"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


A Full Brain - A Goals/Progress Update

Can hardly believe it's August.

Truly. I have to say that July was a GREAT month for me on the writing front. Not only did I take, and learn A LOT from, two different online writing classes (watch for my writing craft recap post tomorrow!), but I got some exciting news regarding my nonfiction manuscript, Ailing Body Nourished Soul.

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My manuscript is one of five finalists in the Write Integrity Press One Hope Contest for Non-Fiction! I now have until the end of the year to submit my complete manuscript for final judging. The winner will receive a standard publishing contract (!!) and a cash prize. So, yeah, I'm excited :)

But how did I do in July? Let's see. Here are my goals, directly from last month's goals/progress post.
  • Keep up in the FREE ACFW online course, Description, Dialog and Dirty Words by Publisher Jeff Gerke (sound intriguing, doesn't it?)
  • Keep up in Writing and Researching Historical Fiction (runs July 9-August 5) at Savvy Authors - sounds like one I can use. Yathink?? ;)
  • Fix up and send out the proposal for Jennifer Slattery and my tween bib fiction devo book to Write Integrity Press.
Both classes were AMAZING (the Historical Fiction one is still going on - I think one more lesson). I HIGHLY recommend you come back tomorrow for my writing recap post. LOTS to share! And I did submit that proposal to Write Integrity. Waiting :)

So, a good month. And what's in store for August, you ask? Glad you did ;)
  • Do a complete read-through/fix of Ailing Body Nourished Soul to prepare it for two dear friends to look it over/submission to the contest..
  • Look through many of the resources I learned about from my Writing and Researching Historical Fiction class last month, doing some research for Handmaiden to a Princess.
  • Take full advantage of my my one free month at www.bestsellersociety.com (a perk of taking the Jeff Gerke class last month!). Looks like an awesome resource!
 Sounds like a bit, especially considering there's a bit of a vacation in there, and it's SUMMER, but I think it just may be doable :)

Thanks for reading!
Traveling Rough Roads With God's Strength


  1. You are quite inspirational in your setting and accomplishing your goals. Congratulations on making the cut. My husband has struggled with multiple illnesses over the years, just received a discouraging dx last week. It makes me eager to read your book. Blessings. Tina Hunt

  2. I am amazed at what all you accomplished! Your words encourage me to do more AND I am so HAPPY you are in the finals!!

  3. Praying for you, Tina - and your husband. Thanks so much for stopping by. And thank YOU, Terri - you're one of my favorite encouragers - and you did it again :)

  4. Love, Love, Love this report!

  5. You're not alone, sweet Lisa :)
    LOVE you!


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