"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen


How I'm Doing Thusfar

Well, here I am, halfway through the month of November, and I am pleased to say that things are going quite well regarding my progress on writing "Ailing Body, Nourished Soul." I seem to be getting into something of a routine, and if you know me, well, you know that is a good thing.

My goal for the month of November is 7,500 words written, which works out to 250 words a day. Being as half that total is 3,750, and today is the 15th of the month, I am thrilled to say that my current wordcount of 3908 is 158 words over my target. Woowoo!

I have gotten myself in the habit of opening my document nightly, after I've put the kids to bed, and writing my 250 or so words then before I do anything else on my computer. I sometimes get a chance to write at other times during the day, but that is not a regular thing. This schedule is working nicely for me.

I'd truly appreciate your prayers as I work through the second half of this month. I'm currently writing about some very difficult times at the beginning of Marc's health issues, and the emotions can sometimes feel quite raw. Thank you, all, for your encouragement and support in my writing journey. It means more to me than I can possibly say.


  1. JoDear, you are such an encouragement to me!! You're our fearless leader and you set a great example. Thank you!!

  2. Jo, thusfar I am extremely proud of you:) Don't know I've ever seen thusfar written out and I know I have never once used it thusfar in my life. ROFL. Okay, am done teasing.

    I am very proud of you. Continue on. Press through and know your sisters are cheering you on each step of the way.

    I'm seeing how writing affects my moods. It is just crazy. Praying for you, Jo. The things you're having to relive, I'm sure, are very hard.

    Love you, friend thusfar and into the far away future:) Oh man, had to tease again. Done now. Really truly. Loves!

  3. Glad to see that someone is setting goals and accomplishing them unlike myself right now).Will be keeping you in my prayers as you continue to write this book. Your dedication to it is remarkable, and so I know it's going to be good once it is finished.


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