The Uncial Letter ~ August 2018

Ginny McBlain reflects on love and marriages and promises…

Fifty years is a long time. During those years I’ve learned a lot about the institution of marriage.

Marriage requires several equally important things. Commitment to the sacred vows made before God and to each other. Hard work to make the partnership viable and keep it that way. It is a conscious decision to love your spouse, despite good–and bad–changes in your circumstances and the inevitable changes in each other. And it is the knowledge that relationships, especially in today’s society, is are fragile.

I believe in happily ever after because it is real for me, which is why I write romance. One might wonder how a small-town Midwestern guy and an east coast suburbanite ever met and fell in love in the first place. I’m convinced we meant to be together, that divine intervention brought about our meeting. I wasn’t supposed to be working the weekend of October 1, 1967, but I, an airline stewardess, was compelled to work one last trip that month. David had been sent back to the States from his duty station in a combined intelligence center in Saigon to learn a new computer. He had gone home for his birthday and was on his way back to Washington, DC. before returning to Vietnam. He stepped on the plane and I knew instantly that he would mean something to me. We had a mechanical problem and sat on the ground for two hours before taking off on the two and half hour flight to Baltimore. There were few passengers and two of us to take care of them. And the rest is history.

Ah, those first months of young love and a brand-new marriage. Remember?

By the time we married on August 10, 1968, David had left active duty and returned to civilian life. We moved to Sherman, Texas, where David had taken a job as Director of Computing Services and assistant professor of math and computer science at a small college.

I had to quit my job, as required by my contract, in order to marry. I had been based in New York City and Washington, DC. Small city living was quite different from the hustle and bustle of such large, vibrant cities. And Texas was a big change for both of us.

Settling in to our first home and becoming “we” instead of “you” and “me” took adjustment to each habits and other’s ways of doing things. This is my premise in Solemn Vows, my August re-release from Uncial Press.


Career-oriented Quinn and Meredith McAllister have barely begun to adjust to being married when they face a major crisis that could well tear their marriage apart. Their carefully planned lives are turned upside down when Quinn is called upon to honor his promise to his “brother” from their years at Boys Town.

Meredith has reason not to want children. Quinn had agreed that they would remain childless, yet now he must take on the guardianship of three small children. With conflicting promises, will love be enough to keep them together, especially given all the other challenges a new marriage offers. In Solemn Vows, Ginny McBlain draws a loving and sensitive picture of the challenges Quinn and Meredith face and of their struggle to overcome them. (ISBN 978-1-60174-242-1; $5.99)

In September we will meet a girl on the cusp of womanhood who faces not only the distrust of her family but the dawning of a power she must learn to control. Mary Patterson Thornburg has penned a sensitive and exciting tale of danger and emerging awareness in Vivia, Waking.

These are the “dog days of summer”, with the constellation Orion high in the southern sky. We’ve always wondered if you folks south of the equator call them the “dog days of winter?” Can someone enlighten us?

Enjoy life, eat chocolate, and read ebooks (from Uncial Press, of course).

Star & Jude

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One Response to “The Uncial Letter ~ August 2018”

  1. Alexandra Wallner Says:

    That’s a very sweet story about Ginny McBain meeting her husband. Thanks, Ginny! –I live in Mexico and I’ve never heard “dog days of winter” but I’m not south of the equator. Here we say Merida has two seasons “hot” and “hotter.”I hear “Hay mucho calor” every day. When we have static on the TV, I have to explain to the technician that we have “rain” on the screen. People here don’t have the reference of “snow.” — I will take your advice, Star and Jude, and load up on chocolate. The chocolate that’s made here is to die for, especially the one with chili. — Thanks for the newsletter. Alex