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Saturday, February 27, 2010

This week in Seekerville

Go check out the line up in Seekerville next week! Especially mark you calendars, I'll be blogging on writing and fitness on Thursday!

Monday: Join Barbour author, Mary Connealy as she discusses consistency in your writing. She'll also be giving away a copy of Black Hills Blessing.

Tuesday: Putting Your Baby To Bed, with Love Inspired debut author, Tina Radcliffe. And a surprise giveaway!

Wednesday: Revell author, Laura Frantz is our special guest.

Thursday: Love Inspired debut author, Audra Harders is your hostess today.

Friday:March Contest Update. The prize vault will be open.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Plotting the trail


Manuscript revisions - check.

Sent to editor - check.

Ideas for new books - check.

Organized thoughts - screeching halt.

I don't know about you, but my mind tends to work like an air hockey table with all the discs hovering around with no direction when I'm brainstorming and plotting. Everything sounds good. But without a central theme, my proverbial Alice In Wonderland of goals, motivations and conflicts only serve to muddle up my mind and stiffle my creativity.

A train wreck waiting to happen.

Over the next few days, I plan on identifying the writing peak I'm going to climb and investigate all the paths and trails that will lead my characters to the summit.

In a coherent fashion.

Tough. Rugged.

Very few Sherpas allowed.

Push that story forward!!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Revisions

I finished the revisions to Rocky Mountain Hero this evening! What a relief!

For the last two weeks, I've been coming home from work, eating with family and other little things, then off to my office from 7 pm to 9 pm. Weekends, I've been burrowed away from the light of day. Of course, this weekend, we've had snow floating down, so mega easy to stay in where it's warm : )

I'm so excited to see Rocky Mountain Hero (formerly Rough and Ready) come together. My editor has a great eye for detail and plot. All of her suggestions for revisions have only made the story stronger.

Okay, time to switch gears now and get mentally ready for day job tomorrow. I like playing 4-H all day, but I like writing inspirational romantic fiction better : )

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Author vs Athelete?

The 2010 Olympics are well on their way! Have you taken time to watch? Sadly, I'm not able to view as much as I'd like, but the moments I have stolen I've absolutely loved.

And sat in awe marvelling at the time, talent, and sacrifice these folks have invested in their dream.

I know, a favorite topic of novelist bloggers right now is comparing writing to the Olympics. In my mind, I don't have any where near the fortitude these focused atheletes do, but I'm dedicated to my craft nonetheless.

Back in one of my prior lifetimes, I lived in Colorado Springs, Colorado, home of the US Olympic Complex and the US Olympic Training Center.

Colorado Springs is also home to the United States Air Force Academy, NORAD, Focus on the Family and a host of other private, corporate and governmental entities--not to mention a campus of the University of Colorado.

Needless to say, I was surrounded by dedicated people doing the most for their dreams. Focus is the featured element in many outstanding professions, including novel writing.

What can we learn from the examples set by the extraordinary atheletes we watch with anticipation over these two weeks? If your heart's desire is big enough for you to dream, it's big enough to sacrifice what it takes to make that dream come true. Don't get discouraged because potholes develope along the path. Either skirt them or repair them, but don't let them derail you.

What doesn't kill you only makes you stronger.

Heh, heh, heh, I pray it doesn't come to that, but you never know what life has in mind : )

Start today to make your dreams come true:

  • Set your goals.

  • Work your hardest.

  • Give it your BEST effort.

  • Pray.

Gold is within your reach. Recognize it when you see it.

Blessing to all!

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Up before dawn

Saturday morning and I can't sleep.

I should be able to, I've lost enough sleep over that past week still flying high on the excitment of selling my book : )

But here I sit. Saturday morning. Drinking coffee. Catching up on emails.

And more than prepared to resume work on the revisions to my book, Rocky Mountain Hero. So much to do and so little time to do it. Ahhh, don't we all work better under pressure, LOL!!

My daughter is driving home from college to spend the weekend. Can you believe we took her up to school just two weeks ago and she's homesick already? And this isn't even her first year of college : )

We miss her, too. My carnivorous child is ready to fill up on meat, meat, and more meat before she goes back on Sunday and faces whatever canned food is sitting in the cupboards.

College life. What a kick.

I changed the background of my blog. Don't know if I like it yet. Gotta wear it a while...break it in...see if it fits.

Oh My Goodness. I've got to work on my website, too.

And finish some judging panels.

And compile our taxes.

So really? Who has time to sleep?