"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

2/28/11

Tightrope: Monday Manna


This week, Vonnie is hosting Monday Manna, so be sure to pop over to My Back Door and read the other entries, and link up if you want to participate.

You broaden my path beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn. Psalm 18:36 NIV

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We all have a path to walk. If we are in tune with God, the path we're on is exactly where the Lord wants us. But sometimes, staying on target isn't as easy as it seems.

You feel like you're surrounded by bad choices, that even the slightest turn could take you on the wrong path. It's like walking a tightrope. One turn of the ankle, and you're not only off track, but you're free-falling to the hard ground.

But that is not the way it's meant to be. God will "broaden my path" so I don't have to keep my eyes on my feet - instead, I'll keep my eyes straight ahead on my goal - or straight up on the One who is leading the way.

If I'm on that tightrope, it feels like a balance beam. The balance beam is a 2x4. And the 2x4? Solid ground. My steps can be sure, because He is in control, and He's made my path wider.

**

Thanks for reading! Be sure to stop on over to Vonnie's blog for more Monday Manna.


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2/25/11

Finds for Fridays: February 25


 

Finds for Fridays is my way of sharing some of the wonderful blogs posts I read each week. I am currently following about 100 blogs and at least scan them as much as I can. Each week, I'll note and "set aside" some posts that especially speak to me for whatever reason. And each Friday that I am able, I'll share them with you. I hope you'll stop by and read the posts, and maybe even follow the blogs if you aren't already. A win-win, right?

And now...here they are!

Precious Jewels by Mari LaVell at A Mari Heart (about finding the precious)

Good News for New Authors By Linda Glaz at Linda Glaz's Blog (some new author hints and plusses)

Quiet Time - Monday Manna By Karen Wilber at Along the Way (about finding the quiet in a busy household)

Canned Peas by Rebecca OConnor at FaithWriters Blog (about trying to make sin unappealing)

No Friend of Morla's by Sherry Castelluccio at Beyond Praise (about attitude)

No Less Precious by Billy Coffey at What I Learned Today (about children and potential and other stuff)

Hope you take some time to check out these posts, and maybe even follow the blogs. You won't be disappointed!


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2/24/11

The (Barn) Door's Open!

The Barn Door

My front door? Not so much. Toooo cold and snowy.

I know I shouldn't be complaining--it's only February--but for some reason, winter seems to be bothering me a bit more this year. And I'm not the only one in my family.

Stop by the Barn Door today and see what I have to say about our Wintery Weather.

And while you're at it? Pop over to my friend Vonnie's blog. She's hosting Monday Manna - and she's got another great verse for us to ponder and write about.
Psalm 18:36
"Thou hast enlarged my steps under me,
that my feet did not slip."


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2/22/11

Growing Up

Here he is - almost two
In five days, my baby boy will be reaching a milestone. I'm not sure I'm ready for it. He, however, has no qualms of any sort.

The signs, of course, have been there for weeks, if not months. Maybe even years. The attitude. The independence. His interest in (gasp!) girls. The changing of his tastes. His clothes shrinking (or something like that!). But I wasn't ready to admit it.

But now I'm doing it in public. My son will be entering "double digits" on Sunday. Yup. TEN YEARS OLD.

It's amazing the changes I've seen in him - even in the past year. He's maturing. Learning from his mistakes. Testing the waters. Driving us bananas in whole new ways (love ya, buddy!). Turning more and more into the man God wants him to be.

And the more I think about it, the more I realize my writing is "growing up" too. At least, I hope it is. It's maturing--dropping those adjectives and adverbs and adding the strong verbs instead. Deepening point of view.

I'm learning from my past mistakes--catching those words I use too often and finding better ones. Making my hints and backstory more subtle. Showing more than telling.

And, yes, I'm driving myself (and those around me) bananas in whole new ways - taking on more projects. Finding new ways to get my thoughts down when I should be doing other things (ummm - like driving?). Yapping away about my favorite character or newest story idea to folks who couldn't care less.

And through this process, at least I hope, I'm turning more and more into the writer--and child of God--the Lord wants me to be. (and if you're wondering - yeah, I'll put a current picture of him up here. ON his birthday)

How about you? In what ways have you seen your own growth as a writer?


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2/21/11

Hearing - Monday Manna


I'm hosting Monday Manna this week :)

The purpose of Monday Manna to get together and get to know Christ more through His Word. Each Thursday, a Bible verse to ponder will be posted, either here or at my dear friend Vonnie's blog, My Back Door. The following Monday, those participating will post their thoughts on the verse at their own blogs and link up at the bottom of the post in the Linky gadget. The main purpose is to chew on the same Scripture and learn from one another.

Here's this week's verse.
My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.” Psalm 27:8 (NLT)
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts. Mine are below.

**

I'm a chatterbox. Ask anyone I know. Whether it's with my friends or family, in person or over the computer or phone, it's rare that I don't have something to say. You could say it's my personality. I love to talk.

I'm told I'm not too bad of a listener either. I'm not so sure, though. I've been thinking about, almost analyzing, my conversations lately. It seems that I'm much more likely to be thinking about my next response to a conversation instead of paying attention to what others are saying to me. And my replies often have more to do with yours truly than what the other has to say.

Sometimes, my relationship with the Lord is similar. I'm too busy asking the Lord for things that I don't hear His voice. My heart is too wrapped up in myself to keep it open to listen. And He wants to talk to me. He wants me to come to Him.

I need to quiet myself so I can hear the Lord speaking to my heart. If I don't, I won't have the opportunity to come to Him with the right attitude.

**

Thanks for reading. Please link up in the gadget below with your own thoughts and read others' contributions. I'm sure you'll be blessed.




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2/19/11

Come be Encouraged - I'm There :)


Yup - I get to be the first "regular" poster at the wonderful, amazing new blog Jewels of Encouragement. You do NOT want to miss this place. :)

Stop by and see what I learned from my kids about Unbridled, Childlike Joy. (and be sure to follow the blog!)


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2/18/11

Finds for Fridays: February 17


 
If you're looking for Friday Fiction, it's just below this post, or just click here.


Finds for Fridays is my way of sharing some of the wonderful blogs posts I read each week. I am currently following about 100 blogs and at least scan them as much as I can. Each week, I'll note and "set aside" some posts that especially speak to me for whatever reason. And each Friday that I am able, I'll share them with you. I hope you'll stop by and read the posts, and maybe even follow the blogs if you aren't already. A win-win, right?

And now...here they are!

Untitled by Caroline at Sunnybank Meanderings (a list of precious things to remember)

Breakfast by Marie Mossner at Gripped by Grace (about what you should feed yourself with first)

A Love Story by Holley Gerth at Heart to Heart with Holley (about Who loves you most)

What's Your Safety Net? By Terri Tiffany at Terri Tiffany Inspirational Writer (about God as our safety net)

Wives, Guard Against Emotional Pornography by Kelly Crawford at At The Well (about women's wandering emotions)

I Can Be Such A Bragger! By LauraLee Shaw at LauraLee Shaw.com (about what we should brag about)

Hope you stop by and read these posts, and maybe even follow the blogs here. You won't be disappointed.



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If Corn Had Ears: Friday Fiction

Big news - today's the grand opening of the wonderful blog Jewels of Encouragement. You do NOT want to miss this treasure trove of amazing writers and encouragers. Stop by today (and every day!!)



Fiction Friday,button,karlene


Welcome to my contribution to Fiction Friday, hosted this week by YOURS TRULY! Make sure that you link up here with your own fiction below. Or, if you just want to read some great fiction (ALWAYS great in my opinion!), just scroll down and check out the links.
This is a very early challenge entry for me--during my first quarter. It was also my first EC. A fun piece, I think. And fun sounded good :) Hope you enjoy it!

IF CORN HAD EARS

Two eight-year-old girls, full of dimples and pigtails, glanced out the kitchen window. The sun was shining, the sky was blue, and the flowers and plants were blooming gloriously. What a perfect time for a picnic dinner!

Mary raced outdoors, dragging a red and white checkered blanket behind her. She spread it out hastily a few feet from the flower and vegetable garden she and her mother had planted earlier in the year. She headed back in, only to nearly run into her friend Sarah, who was carrying a large picnic basket.

"I'll get the lemonade and you set up the rest of the stuff - OK?"

Sarah nodded and started putting out the flowered paper plates, napkins and cups, and the pink plastic forks, knives and spoons. Mary returned and poured out the lemonade. The girls then began unpacking the food - fried chicken, potato chips, string cheese and chocolate chip cookies, just out of the oven.

"You wanna pick some strawberries? We can wash them off with the hose. I planted them all by myself!"

**

"Ow! Be gentle, kid!!"

"Listen to you! You're always complaining, straw! Yanno they can't hear you, so why bother?"

"I've heard about enough of you," an ear of corn added. "You think being picked hurts - try getting shucked!"

"That's nothing - bet none of you has ever had your head cut off!" the lettuce grumbled.

The potatoes rolled their eyes. "Such complainers!"

"When I was young," an iris added, "we had to get our own water - none of this sprinkler and watering can convenience. We sent our roots deep into the ground - uphill, both ways, in scorching heat! You youngsters have it easy!"

"You may be a bearded iris," the bluebells chimed in, "but you're no older than the rest of us, so get off your high horse!"

A serene, calm voice spoke, quieting all the grumbling.

"Now, dear friends, we must appreciate all that the good Lord has given us," the Jack-in-the-pulpit exhorted. "Look at this fine soil, with all the nutrients we could need to grow. And those lovely people who come and water us and give us fertilizer. God has also given us such wonderful diversity and beauty. And, for those of you complaining, remember that our purpose in life, at least in part, is to give pleasure to God's chosen - his humans! Remember that when you are cut or picked or eaten or shucked, God's purpose is being fulfilled!"

Hearty "Amens" came from all corners of the garden.

"And also remember, we could be indoor plants, and we would miss the wonderful show our Lord provides for us each day," Jack continued. "So be grateful and praise Him for exactly where we are!"

"Hey," a violet shouted toward the herbs, "Speaking of the show - does anyone have the thyme?"

The corn sighed and  covered its ears. "That joke wasn't funny the first time you said it. Cut it out, bud!"

"Don't you even joke about cutting with a flower!"

"Watch it, mister! How do you think Susan got that black eye?"

"Hush, children," Jack whispered. "The show is about to begin."

**

Mary's mother stuck her head out the back door.

"Girls - keep your eyes open - looks like the sun is about to set!"

Mary and Sarah, finished with their meals, lay down on the blanket facing west.

As the brilliant reds, oranges, purples and yellows of God's daily performance came into view, two little girls - and several other parts of God's creation - thanked Him for the beauty of His artistry, and His many good gifts.


You mountains and all hills,
Fruit trees and all cedars,
Wild animals and all cattle.
Small creatures and flying birds,
Kings of the earth and all nations,
You princes and all rulers on earth,
Young men and maidens,
Old men and children.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Psalm 148:9-12, 150:6 NIV

**

Thanks for reading! Be sure to check out the other great fiction linked below, and link up your own!


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2/17/11

Monday Manna for February 21




The purpose of Monday Manna to get together and get to know Christ more through His Word. Each Thursday, a Bible verse to ponder will be posted, either here or at my dear friend Vonnie's blog, My Back Door. The following Monday, those participating will post their thoughts on the verse at their own blogs and link up at the bottom of the post in the Mr. Linky  gadget. The main purpose is to chew on the same Scripture and learn from one another.

I'm hosting this week.

I came across this verse at my friend Wanda's blog. It totally grabbed me in the NLT translation. And then, cuz that's the way I am, I looked it up in the NIV. And I recognized it as THE VERY FIRST VERSE used at Monday Manna, back when the lovely Kristen Schiffman created and hosted it back in August of 2008. So, it's a repeat - but I am probably the only person doing Monday Manna now who was doing it 2 1/2 years ago. So here we go :)
My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.” Psalm 27:8 (NLT)
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts. See you back HERE on Monday!

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2/16/11

Barn Doors and Jewels

Lately I've been feeling like a "guest blogging queen." It seems like most of my posts lately are pointing you to some other site.

With THAT being said... ;) I've got a post over at the Barn Door today--a "fictionish" (as I call it) piece about a way my eyes - and ears - were changed about twelve years ago. Would love for you to stop by and hear about the "Noisy Quiet."




Jewels of Encouragement
And now, just for good measure, I thought I'd point you to yet ANOTHER site that is so near and dear to my heart. (Wouldn't want you to stay HERE or anything!) My dear friend and the other half of my brain Patty Wysong has put together a group of incredibly wonderful and encouraging women (yeah - me included) at a brand new group blog that opens FRIDAY.

Jewels of Encouragement is going to be an incredible place to stop by and get some...you guessed it...encouragement. Pop on over now and sign up for the feed - check out the bloggers who will be there (their blogs are on the blog list in the sidebar). And watch for that first post in just TWO DAYS. There are some amazing ladies who will be posting over there (and we're still looking for a few more folks who might be interested in joining us). You'll love it.

And tomorrow, I might even have a post that you'll want to STICK AROUND to read. Maybe... ;)



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2/15/11

Gotta Feel it to Show it

As fiction (and sometimes even nonfiction!) writers, it is our job to bring our characters to life. One very important way to do that is through "showing" rather than "telling." Now, I've written on this subject before, but it was a while ago, and I'd like to think I've grown as a writer (and shower) since then.

Anyhow, my dear friend Karin Beery (a fellow Midwesterner and writer at The Barn Door) invited me to do a guest post on her blog and I, well, agreed :). I'm over at There Has To Be A Beginning today, sharing my thoughts on this very subject. Can You Relate?


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2/14/11

What I Prefer: Monday Manna


This week, Vonnie is hosting Monday Manna, so be sure to pop over to My Back Door and read the other entries, and link up if you want to participate.
"Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another." Romans 12:10 KJV 
Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Romans 12:10 NIV
God is obviously trying to get through to me. First, Vonnie picks this verse for Monday Manna, with no input from yours truly. Then our Sunday morning message was on Philippians 2:3-4 (Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.). So, here's what I came up with.


It's completely unnatural. It goes against every bit of my natural inclination. When left to my own devices, my "default setting" is to look out for myself. Sure, sometimes that "me" gets expanded a bit to include MY husband, or MY kids, or MY family--but it's still yours truly in the dead center of my own little universe.

But that's not the way God wants it to be. He wants you (and that includes me!) to "honor one another above yourselves," to "in humility value others above yourselves."

Now don't get me wrong. I certainly have my moments when I sacrifice for others' good - my kids'...my husband's. But it is almost always a purposeful, pondered, prayed-through act. That's because doing it is against human nature for the most part. Of course, the Lord gave me that "mama bear" instinct with my little ones, and love can make us act outside our natural tendencies. But that's not the norm.

But I've got news for me (and maybe you too!). I am not the center of the universe. My family is not the center of the universe. My country is not the center of the universe. Nothing that belongs to me is, in fact. With one exception.
The center of the universe is my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, God my Father, and the Holy Spirit He gave me.
And when I do things to benefit only me, not only does it ruin fellowship and my witness with those around me, but it can hurt ME too. For every time I am selfish, I am going away from the Lord's perfect plan for me--and no matter how good I believe what I want for myself is, God's plan is infinitely better for me and everyone else.

So, with the help of His Spirit, I can take myself off that pedestal, and put Christ back on it--with others second. That's the only way I can have J(esus)O(thers)Y(ourself).

**

Thanks for reading! Be sure to stop by Vonnie's blog for more Monday Manna - and to link up your own thoughts on this  verse!

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2/11/11

Finds for Fridays: February 11


 

Finds for Fridays is my way of sharing some of the wonderful blogs posts I read each week. I am currently following about 100 blogs and at least scan them as much as I can. Each week, I'll note and "set aside" some posts that especially speak to me for whatever reason. And each Friday that I am able, I'll share them with you. I hope you'll stop by and read the posts, and maybe even follow the blogs if you aren't already. A win-win, right?

And now...here they are!

Ten Things Super Mom Can Teach the National Football League By Cheryl Moeller at Mom Laughs (a woman's take on football)

The Teen Years Don't Have to Be Painful by Jennifer Slattery and Jennifer Slattery Lives Out Loud (about keeping connected with your teen)

It's (NOT) All About Me! By Leah Adams at The Point (about where focus should be)

Writing, Striving and THE GREAT GATSBY by Nathan Bransford at Nathan Bransford, Author (about writers and striving)


Guard Your Door by Mari LaVell at A Mari Heart (about possession, and feeding the right lion)

I hope you check out these posts, and maybe even follow the blogs. You won't be disappointed!


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2/10/11

Me + Driving = TROUBLE

The Barn Door
I don't much like driving. I've also been told (by people whose opinions count, no less), that doing it well is, um, not my spiritual gift. Yet, I do it quite a bit--and at least I'm not dead yet. Right??
I'm over at The Barn Door today, sharing my love-hate relationship with the automobile. Stop by and see why I'm The Reluctant Driver.

My dear friend Vonnie is hosting  next Monday's Monday Manna. And, since Thursday is verse-posting day, here it is!

"Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another." Romans 12:10


Be sure to stop by and share your thoughts on Monday at her blog!


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2/8/11

Which Heart? (at the Cafe)

There are hearts, and then there are hearts. There's a big difference between the kind we draw on our valentines and the one that beats within our chests. I'm at the Internet Cafe today, talking about the difference between them--and the love that comes out of each. Would love for you to stop by and examine which heart you are expressing your love with.

Oh - and a bit of a quick update. I got Ailing Body, Nourished Soul back from the agent's assistant with a handful of suggested fixes. I made them, and the full manuscript is now in the hands of the literary agent, with the assistant's recommendation. Plugging along!

Thanks for stopping by!



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2/7/11

Be Still--or Step Forward?: Monday Manna


The purpose of Monday Manna to get together and get to know Christ more through His Word. Each Thursday, a Bible verse to ponder will be posted, either here or at my dear friend Vonnie's blog, My Back Door. The following Monday, those participating will post their thoughts on the verse at their own blogs and link up at the bottom of the post in the Linky gadget. The main purpose is to chew on the same Scripture and learn from one another.
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This week's verse is from the book of Exodus.
Moses answered the people,  “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD  will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see  again. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:13-14
Looking forward to your thoughts. Mine are below.

**

The children of Israel actually crossed two different bodies of water on their way from Egypt to the Promised Land. And God had them approach each in a different way. And I wonder why.

Moses Red Sea Pictures, Images and PhotosAt the beginning of their journey, they had the Red Sea before them and the armies of Egypt and Pharaoh behind them. Nowhere to run. In the fourteenth chapter of Exodus, the Lord, through Moses, tells His chosen people to stand firm. "The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still." (v. 14) And as they stood on the shore watching and standing firm, the Lord divided the sea, and they all crossed on dry land, into the desert.

But now, fast forward  a few decades. The children of Israel have been wandering in the desert for the past 40 years, and their descendants are finally getting to enter the Promised Land. This time, nobody is chasing them. Still, they have another body of water blocking them. This time, it's the Jordan River. And it's at flood stage.

So, does the Lord again ask His chosen people to be still and watch him work? Not this time. This time, he asked the priests to step into its floodwaters, carrying the ark of the covenant. Only then would the waters part to allow them through.
Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water’s edge, the water from upstream stopped flowing. It piled up in a heap a great distance away, at a town called Adam in the vicinity of Zarethan, while the water flowing down to the Sea of the Arabah (that is, the Dead Sea) was completely cut off. So the people crossed over opposite Jericho. Joshua 3:15-16
Did the people have different things to learn at these two different times? Was the Lord trying to somehow differentiate between the two crossings?

All I know for sure is that God doesn't always solve the same problem in the same way. Sometimes, he wants us to be still and watch. Other times he wants us to step forward in faith. Perhaps that's why it's so important that we listen for His voice.

So, what are your thoughts on the two "water crossings?"

**
Thanks for reading! Be sure to link up below with your own thoughts on these verses, and read others' contributions.





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2/4/11

Finds for Fridays: February 4


 

Finds for Fridays is my way of sharing some of the wonderful blogs posts I read each week. I am currently following about 100 blogs and at least scan them as much as I can. Each week, I'll note and "set aside" some posts that especially speak to me for whatever reason. And each Friday that I am able, I'll share them with you. I hope you'll stop by and read the posts, and maybe even follow the blogs if you aren't already. A win-win, right?

And now...here they are!

Satan Once Lived In Our Ice Trays!! by Jenifer Jernigan at Internet Cafe Devotions (about stubbornness)

Revisions from an Agent by Jessica Faust at BookEnds LLC (about dealing with suggested revisions on your MS)

Difficult Losses by Billy Coffey at What I Learned Today (about losing - games and your perfect reputation)

Because Everyone Needs Friends by Patty Wysong at Ordinary Lives (about small creatures who worm their ways into our hearts)

Ten Things I Wish I Knew About My Husband Being A Dad Before We Had Kids by Tricia Goyer at It's Real Life


Pride vs Publication by Linda Glaz at Linda Glaz' blog (about what we're willing to do to get published)

Hope you'll stop by these awesome blog posts, and maybe even follow the blogs. You won't be disappointed.


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2/3/11

Monday Manna for February 7


The purpose of Monday Manna to get together and get to know Christ more through His Word. Each Thursday, a Bible verse to ponder will be posted, either here or at my dear friend Vonnie's blog, My Back Door. The following Monday, those participating will post their thoughts on the verse at their own blogs and link up at the bottom of the post in the Linky Tools gadget. The main purpose is to chew on the same Scripture and learn from one another.

I'm reading through Exodus in my daily Bible reading right now, and these two verses grabbed me. And here they are:
Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:13-14
Feel free to read the context and ponder them over the weekend. Hope to see you back HERE on Monday so you can link up your thoughts to my post.

Can't wait to hear what everyone comes up with!

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2/2/11

Whoooooooshhh

Did you see January fly by??? I know it was just Christmas. I KNOW it!

But here it is, February 2. One-twelfth of the way through 2011. And, for the loyal Open Book readers, you know what that means. Time to review my goals for January, and set some new ones for February. I'll also look over my goals for the year and see how I'm doing after a month.

My annual goals include getting an agent for Ailing Body, Nourished Soul, and I'm pleased to say that complete manuscript is in the hands of a prominent Christian literary agent's assistant. So now I wait to hear back :) I've been making progress on Handmaiden to a Princess, which is also an annual goal (more info below). I feel like my life is a bit more balanced, and I've been keeping up with my platform (in addition to my usual stuff, I had several posts on other blogs this month!). I also managed two tech-free days (one of which is tomorrow as of this writing, and yesterday as of your reading :::wink:::) So...there's a quick update on my annual goals.

And now...my January goals, straight from my goals/progress post:

1. Keep up on Ailing Body, Nourished Soul and if at all possible, get it to the agent's assistant
2. Either enter, or be prepared to enter, the ACFW Genesis contest with Handmaiden to a Princess (deadline is in March)
3. Three blog posts minimum a week
4. Write 5k more in Handmaiden to a Princess
5. Enter an idea or two in the Peculiar People Orphan Plane project (I highlighted this project a couple of months ago here)

Overall, I did quite well. I already reported on #1 (yeah - it's there!). I also managed to enter Genesis, and submit two stories to The Orphan Plane project (by the way, they're still open for submissions! Click here for details.). As far as blog posts, I managed 19 in January, which is more than three a week, so I'm good.

The only place where I fell short was in my word count for Handmaiden to a Princess. As of the last day of January, I managed 1,996 words--not my goals, but certainly better than nothing. At least I'm moving forward, right??

And now, my goals for February:

1. 7,000 words in Handmaiden to a Princess (that works out to 250 words a day, every day)
2. Three blog posts a week minimum.
3. Do whatever is needed for Ailing Body, Nourished Soul (including looking out for contests to enter it in!)
4. Keep up on my house so I don't have to spend most of my "tech free day" cleaning (by the way, did NOT make this one for January :::blush:::)

So, there ya go! Thanks for reading and cheering me on!


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2/1/11

My Monthly Break


It's the first Tuesday of the month, so today is my monthly "technology fast" day. No computer of any kind, and no texting. Hoping to get some cleaning done and some longhand writing--and maybe even reading.

See ya Wednesday (when my goals/progress post will go live, by the way)!


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