Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Growing Pains!

I guess I'm OK with this, but it hasn't been easy.

For those of you who haven't tuned into the thoughts buzzing around my fuzzy brain this morning, let's review:  my daughter, baby girl of mine, is 15.  The "friend" she's had all school year caught her eye in a brand new way a few months ago, and they have ventured into the hand-holding stage.

I hyperventillated with this news at first, but I'm getting better with it.  He's a very sweet, musically gifted, respectful young man (aren't they all?), and I completely approve.  They've gone to birthday parties together, band events, the movies, the pool, etc.  I do believe their relationship is innocent given the maturity levels of both, but my special super-mom laser vision remains at the ready for any signs to the contrary.

So when they planned to meet with a mutual friend yesterday to go swimming...again, I did what all good, conservative moms do:  I sat down with her bathing suit, a needle and thread and proceeded to cinch up about 3 inches at the cleavage that the rest of the world didn't need to see! (Now, it's almost a turtle neck, HA!)

Seriously, this whole teen-age thing has to get better as they approach adulthood - hopefully before I approach the rocking chair!  All the mood swings, emotional outbursts (oh wait, that's me), non-stop texting and marathon phone calls, oh my goodness.

Between her social calendar and "Mr. High School Graduate with no clear plan," I'll admit, I'm a little edgy these days.  A little raw.  A little quick tempered and sleep-deprived, but I know it's just one more phase in life......right?

Friday, June 25, 2010

I'm SO excited!  I've just ordered Sally Stuart's Christian Writer's Market Guide for 2010, and it will be here, hand-delivered to my house in a day or two.  Yay!  I've wanted it for so long, and found it for a great price on Barnes & Noble's web site.

Now, if I can just jump-start my brain to write something of worth.......

Monday, June 21, 2010

I spent the first waking moments of my morning out on the back patio sipping my coffee and watching the beautiful Goldenfinches huddled around the feeder.  Two blue jays aggressively picked at the grass for worms, bugs and the hulled seed tossed out from our parrot's bowl.  I'm amazed at the doves that visit each day; they flutter down to the grass then help themselves to whatever they can find on the patio.  I'm also glad to see a pretty little robin has found that she can safely drink from our pond fountain.  She sits there eyeing the koi and gold fish that glide around beneath her.

I love the early morning birds and the "June Gloom" weather we've been blessed with here.  It's a nice, calming way to start the day when it begins with nature. 

The roses are bobbing their heads over and through the garden fence now, and the tall verbena provides great nectar and landing pads for butterflies and hummingbirds.  I smile as I watch them race in beneath the arbor to perch on the fence or whatever branch suits them.

I'm hoping the birds will stick around when I take a few minutes to enjoy the patio to work on my manuscript later today.  To me, it's a little piece of heaven out there with the sounds of the waterfall and birds and my music quietly strumming in the background.  The birds inspire me somehow.  I think of Matthew 6:26, which reads: "Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?"  Wow....I suppose one could learn a lot from the birds.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

On A Mission!

So, now to totally switch gears here, I'm focusing completely on getting my book DONE!  I've printed the whole thing out so that I may have something tangible on which to scratch out, move around, delete and add as I wish.  I've completed the whole story; well, it has a beginning and an end, but there is so much in between that needs filling.  It does need a bit more tension throughout, and I think I've figured out how to do that without detracting from or confusing the original story.

Now that garden parties and graduations are over, I'm on a mission to finish this thing.  Let's just say I ran across some "inspiration" this past week to reach the end of this project.  The main goal?  To tell a story about one's faith in God's plan, AND to prove to myself that with God's help, ANYTHING and EVERYTHING is possible.

I try to read Jane Yolen's Journal from her writing web site when I get the chance, and I love what she posted there a few days ago.  It really helped me to realize how much more I need to pay attention to setting and other details that invite the reader into where the action takes place.  I enjoyed her post so much that I sent her an email telling her so.  She was nice enough to write me back the following day to thank me for my comments. 

I realized the other day that when my passion for writing first began (about 18 years ago), that Jane Yolen's little paperback book about writing for children was THE very first one I ever bought!  Who would have thought that one day we'd be emailing each other???  (Actually we wrote a few back and forth about a year ago).

So, I'm off to start my day and looking foward to making time this afternoon to sit on the patio with pen and paper and dive into 1912!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Book Project

Let me mark this day in history as the day I finished the rough draft of my book!  I first scratched out the "idea" more than 10 years ago, and today.....Hallalujah!  I made it to the last scene! 

It's a young adult Christian fiction story that takes place in 1912.  I've had great feedback so far from all who have had it thrust upon them (lol).  I just hope I can do the story justice.

NOW is when the real work starts; filling in all those empty spaces that I told myself, "Oh, I'll add that later."  Well, now is later and I want to completely finish the thing.  I love the story.  Love the characters.  Love the way it begins and the way it ends, but I'm thinking I need to toss in another story line to add a little thread of tension throughout.  I don't want it to just lay there and be predictible.  There needs to be a few more"oh-my-gosh!" moments.  I just need to figure out how to do it......

Hhmmmm......

Monday, June 7, 2010

In Times of Grief

Why do we pray when tragedy strikes?  Why do we seek God's comfort and strength when we have none?  Because nothing else, nor no one else has strength enough to hold us when we're broken.  There is no true alternative, no substitute to the Lord's embrace.  All other forms of "comfort" are only temporary and fall short of the love and grace God provides.

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor
things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God. (Rom 8:38-39)

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