"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


As of Late: March 17


I know at least some of you are familiar with this monthly meme, started by my dear friend Kristen, and now picked up again by my OTHER dear friend Christy. :) I love how introspective it makes me. All you have to do is post what you've been doing/thinking/??ing lately, then link up at Christy/Critty Joy's blog - and read other folks' thoughts as well. The linkup is on the third Thursday of the month, but Christy said she'll keep it open for a week - so don't feel like you need to do it RIGHT NOW. You're always welcome.

Lately, I've been wondering what I'm doing wrong

Lately, I've been so busy I've (almost) forgotten I'm waiting for big news

Lately, my kids have been perplexing me

Lately, I've been trying to reexamine my priorities

Lately, I've been entirely too lazy in the kitchen

Lately, I've been devouring the spiritual food in my adult Sunday School class

Lately, I've come to depend on my friends (local and not) more and more

Lately, I've been reading (rather than writing) my WIP - and getting all kinds of ideas on how to improve it!

And so I have been wondering: what has been going on with you as of late?

And don't forget to check out Christy's blog, and link up there with your own list!

Paving Rough Roads With God's Presence


  1. I an relate - my kids are perplexing me and my Sunday School has been an amazing blessing. As for the kitchen - well at least we're still eating! :)

  2. So good to hear the questions of your heart. Love you, dear Jo, and praying for you always.

  3. I've been learning how much I need my friends lately too! It's a much needed lesson because I try to be far too self sufficient and it's good to learn that I need others.

    This is a wonderful list... praying for big things!

  4. I'm waiting for good news for you too:)
    For me..I'm trying to build confidence in my new job--I feel so inept..and trying to get the adreneline flowing for my first time speaking----why did I do this again?? :)

  5. Lately life has been a mixture of blessings - wonderful fellowship at small group weekly, wonderful messages at church, good friends who call to say, "How you doin?", blessed by my adult children and my grandchildren - the list goes on! But also life has been tough - mom in a nursing home, passing away of father, illness that lasted a month, car problems - that list goes on as well. And when God asks me if I am happy, in a sense I can always answer "Yes" because He is always with me, and I am learning to trust Him more fully. One thing to add to list of blessings - bloggy friends like you who share the things God puts on their hearts.

  6. I sometimes forget about the waiting for "big news" but I'm always relieved that I can -- would hate for that waiting to completely consume me!

  7. It always seems like when spring hits all the sudden all the cooking and kitchen stuff I love to do goes away. So just blame the kitchen stuff on the weather ;)

    Forgetting you are waiting can be a good thing in my opinion...this is coming from an overthinker.

    I am learning to depend on friends more...they are such a beautiful gift from God.

    So glad you joined us sweet Joanne!

  8. I love this meme, it helps me put things in perspective too. When I read other blogs, it also gives me things to pray for. You are such an encourager it's a pleasure to pray for you.


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