"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


Kicking up my heels

Well...not EXACTLY, but I AM celebrating finishing my rough draft of Ailing Body, Nourished Soul by not working on my manuscript until March is over. :D

Of course, working on my book is only ONE thing I do, but it IS one that took up a bit of my time. So, I'm planning to do some other things for the rest of the month to "fill in the gap" (plus, it's nearly the Faithwriters' Writing Challenge break too, so that frees up even a touch more time!).

So, for the curious, for the next ten days or so, I plan to:

  1. Submit at least three (maybe more) old challenge entries for paid publication somewhere.
  2. AT LEAST get started reading the latest revision of Rick Higginson's Marta's Pod, sequel to his Cardan's Pod. (He's an amazing writer and cool Faithwriters/blogging friend - and he blessed ME with the opportunity to check out his book before it's "ready for prime time." I've had it for almost a month - on my hard drive - and haven't even opened it :::blush:::)
  3. Participate in Jan's Master Class on the Faithwriters' Message Boards. It's a wonderful bunch of weekly classes that cover various writing techniques, and I haven't been a part of it in quite a while. Looking forward to learning tons!
AND, once April starts? Time to get working on a)figuring out the order of my book, b)getting a concept of chapters that may need to be joined, or broken up, and 3)editing, slicing, dicing, adding, and revising.

But until then, a nice little change of pace sounds good. And maybe I'll do a bit of extra blogging. Who knows, eh?

Thanks for coming along for the ride.


  1. Sounds like a good plan, Jo! Blessings to you as you go forward with the next phase of your book!

  2. I just dropped by to let you know that I have enjoyed following your blog, and have given you a blog award! :)


  3. I am so proud of you, my friend. You have drive and determination. It's been awesome to watch your progress! Cheering you on as you work towards your goals!

  4. Congrats!!! And I'll be praying you thru these goals!

  5. Great plans. I need to make up a list of my own this week.

    I have given you yet another blog award. I hope you'll stop by my spot, http://joyfulscribe.blogspot.com and check it out.

    Blessings, Karlene


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