"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


Gumby in February

I am VERY fond of routine. LOVE being in a predictable pattern. I'm NOT big on change. But, that is not always best for me.

I'm feeling like God is telling me that I need a challenge. I need to get out of my comfort zone and try something I've never tried before - something I am fairly confident I CANNOT do without God's strength, support, and miraculous ways.

So, in February 2010, I'm gonna be Gumby:

Yup - I expect to be especially stretched in my writing this month. I am trying something I have thought about several times, but never had the guts to try.

Over the month of February, I am going to attempt to write a MINIMUM of 35,000 words of my WIP.

Now, for you NaNoWriMo folks, this is probably a piece of cake. But I'm not like that. Remember me? Slow and steady wins the race? Remember the turtle? Write in those spare minutes?

I am fairly confident that I will NOT be able to write an average of 1,250 words a day in five- and ten-minute increments. I am going to have to MAKE TIME to buckle down and make some REAL progress on my novel.

Praise the Lord, I am not alone. A few of my dear friends will be joining me in this little project (including a BFF, who shall remain nameless unless she wishes to share, who is probably as nervous about it as I am). We will be cheering each other on throughout the month, using a wet noodle when necessary.

If any of you would like to participate, you are, of course, more than welcome. I'm hoping to have a word count meter on my blog - though I'm not sure how often I'll be able to update. I'll certainly appreciate the encouragement!

Looking forward to seeing what God accomplishes through this--and hoping that I will stretch - but will NOT turn green! ;)

Paving Rough Roads With God's Presence


  1. ROFL--I confess, it's me. And I'm sooo chewing my nails over this challenge!! Especially since a new project jumped out of the blue at me this weekend!! *roll*

    I know NaNo'ers are rolling their eyes, but misery loves company so you and I can stick together. =] It's a good challenge for us! =]

    I think.



  2. Woohoo! I know you two can do it—you can call it the red-eye special.

  3. You can do it, Jo! Rah, Rah, Rah!!!

  4. Hope you don't mind. I added a link to your blog on arise 2 write.

  5. Cheering you on, Jo! You can do it! You can do it!

  6. Uh-huh, yeah!!!! WOOT!!! *ahem* That was me, JJ. I was cheering for ya, 'cause I know you and do this, you AND Peejers. ^_^ I'm not miserable, but I'll be good company! Trekking along with ya for the fun! ^_^ (((psst...I likey the button. :P )))

  7. *can do this.

    That was a typo. A real one. Wasn't being cute on purpose.


    You can do it! ^_^


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