Monday, August 25, 2014

August

This month has felt like a fight. A fight I was losing. For the first time I feel like I have an upper hand. I know the month is almost over, but maybe I can get back on top before them. Either way I'm starting to work again and that is a very good feeling. Here are a few links to keep you company through the rest of the month.

If you're following the Amazon-Hatchette controversy you might find these interesting. They helped me see things a little more clearly.  Making Sense of Amazon-HatchetteAmazon Channels Orwell.  And, Dispute Between Amazon and Hatchette

You can avoid these newbie writer mestakes.


A great post on writing a synopsis.

Kristin Nelson's quick tips on Query letters

Failure, Writing's Constant Companion

And How to love a Girl who Writes.  I'm sure this could apply to men who write also. I'm not going to say how much of this applied to me but I had to go appologize to The Engineer when I was done.


Hope you enjoy.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Gratitude



There are some important things I’ve been reminded of recently and I wanted to share them here.

I am so lucky to have three beautiful children.

Each of them as been adopted from wonderful families that have loved and accepted the size and shape of our family.

My husband and my families have welcomed each of our children with as much enthusiasm and love as if we’d had them naturally.

I am blessed in the health of my children. Yes, they are passing around a back-to-school cold but they do not have serious debilitating diseases and the health issues they do have are treatable.  If there are problems we have access to insurance and qualified medical people to care for us.

Best of all, we’re all still alive!

We are so lucky to have a home. It isn’t the fanciest/trendiest home in the neighborhood and it isn’t always perfectly clean, but we have a place to sleep, a place to keep our clothes, somewhere to store and cook food, toys, etc.  We have safety and stability. 

We have a wonderful church family that is always there for us since our families live across the country.

We have friends that would do anything for us.

The Lord is always with me and I can turn to him for comfort and guidance.

I have a good life. It’s easy sometimes to get overwhelmed, or look at the bad things in life, but really my life is wonderful, and I’m so very grateful.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Shelfies

Over at Compuserve we've had a thread of 'shelfies' going. It's been fun (if a little jealousy inducing) to see everyone's bookshelves. It's a great way to get to know virtual friends, make them feel less virtual and more actual. While I actually have 8 bookshelves in my house here's a look at two of them. 



Yes, I did cut out everything surround the shelf.  I didn't want you to be disturbed at the clutter or amazed (disturbed) by all our Star Wars memorabilia. Cause that's a whole other post.

So, post your own shelfie and put a link in the comments.  I'd love to see your shelves.



Thursday, July 31, 2014

Introducing...

Our new son!






This last week has felt like riding a roller-coaster through a tornado. It has been crazy hectic but oh, so fun.  Sorry to everyone for not visiting your blogs or responding to comments. 

Last Tuesday evening we got the phone call. Friday we started driving (12 1/2 hour trip. Plus bathroom breaks). Sunday we picked him up. And Tuesday we finalized the adoption.  (This is not normal but the state we adopted him from has some pretty easy going adoption laws).  Now we are home and loving it.

Truck Boy is two years old and the sweetest, happiest kid you have ever met.  He is super friendly and will introduce himself to and hug every single person we see.

Mini Engineer and Pretty Girl are adjusting really well.  Tuesday is the first day of school then hopefully we can get into some sort of routine. I'm looking forward to writing time again. 

So, what's new with you?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Turn, Turn, Turn



One thing I have to remind myself of constantly is that there is a time and place for everything.

Just because I used to do it, is no reason that it is a good idea now.  The things I may do now I never did twenty years ago, and probably won’t do in another 20 years.  Each year of our life is different. We have different needs, health, family, jobs, etc.

Looking back and wondering where the ‘me that used to be’ went is no good. That me doesn’t exist right now.  But I exist. And I like myself. I just can’t live by the same hobbies and goals I used to have.  The things that have dropped by the wayside were let go to make room for better more important things.

And that’s all right.

A little while ago I realized that an author I respect was turning 40.  40!  I hope they don’t take this the wrong way but I thought they were older. This person is barely a year and a half older than I am and has at least a dozen books published.  I guess it was a blow to my ego to realize they were so close to my own age, because what have I accomplished? It's come at an interesting time, as The Engineer and I  have been making plans, giving up on some ideas and accepting new ones. A time of flux.

Everyone takes their own journey. Everyone has their own set of crazy to deal with. To everything there is a season and a time and place for everything.  It’s natural for us to compare ourselves to others, to always long for what we don’t have, or haven’t accomplished yet. Striving to make ourselves better is one of the things that make us human. Or maybe one of the things that make us divine. And perhaps that’s why we have to keep reminding ourselves that there is a time and place for everything, and sometimes just being is enough. 



Monday, July 14, 2014

I'm back!

Hey all!  The past two weeks have been a whirlwind of driving, visiting, driving, swimming, driving, eating, and driving.  Good times, but it's nice to be home. 

Two weeks away from the WIP was a nice break but now I'm ready to dive into more revisions. I still might be able to be querying before the end of year break. 

I have a lot to catch up on in the blogosphere but here are a few interesting things I've found.

Agent Andrea Hurst opens up to submissions until September.

An article about how the average income of writers is getting smaller. 

A thought provoking post about diversity in writing.

A post about how writing is a mind altering substance.



So, what's new with you?



Monday, June 23, 2014

Family Break

We're going to be hunkering down for some family time so I'm not going to be posting for the next three weeks. I hope everyone is enjoying their summer and I'll see you in July!