Sunday, January 31, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
That means I’m holding a CONTEST….
There are three ways to enter.
You can press the “follow this blog” on left hand side of this page. That way I can see your smiling face everyday.
You can also follow me via “google reader”. I can’t see who follows me this way, so you’ll have to leave a comment to tell me. I love this feature, because it keeps track of all the blogs you follow, and lets you know when there is a new post. No more checking with each one every day, just to find it hasn’t been updated. If you don’t use it yet, and have questions about how to set it up, let me know. It’s a free service, included in your Google (gmail) account.
Follow me on networked blogs, also on the left side of the page.
Pick the one that works for you, or do all three. You’ll get one entry point for each.
I know you are all anxiously awaiting the announcement of the prize, so I won’t delay any further. The winner will get your very own copy of the movie 13 Going on 30.
I know, I know, you all want to win. But I only have one copy to give, so you’ll just have to enter twice, and hope for the best. J
Contest closes at noon on Tuesday, February 2nd. I will announce the winner by 7:oo that night. Good luck to all, and thanks for reading (and following).
Have a wonderful day.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Next week, I’m going to turn 30. I am not anxious, nervous, or embarrassed about it. I’m looking forward to many things in my 30’s. I’ll do a post about that next week. I even have a mission statement. ;) You’ll have to wait until next week to find out what it is. Today I want to focus on all the things I did and learned during my 20’s.
1. To never say never.
2. To avoid spending time with negative people.
3. It’s an amazing feeling to create something from nothing.
4. My best ideas often come to me when I’m in the shower.
5. I have, and can use, willpower.
6. Potty training is GREAT birth control.
7. How to make bread, and can jam.
8. To never try to finish the laundry, or take out all the garbage. No matter how hard you try, once you turn around, there’s always more.
9. Chocolate makes my clothes shrink.
10. Life can sometimes be hard, but it’s oh-so worth it!
I learned that I want to be a writer. I’ve learned to limit myself, and enjoy my blessings. I’ve learned to cherish good friends. I learned that I have a testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Most importantly, I learned the joy of becoming a mother to two of the most wonderful children sent from Heaven.
As I look back on the last 10 years of my life, I’m okay with saying goodbye. I accomplished a lot of good things, but look forward to the new phase ahead.
Bring on 30! I’m ready.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
This morning I find myself even more crunched for time than usual. I’m back to having a day job. This is going to wreak havoc on my schedule.
It’s a good thing, but oh how I dread it.
I’ve been an independent subcontractor for an architectural firm since I had my first baby, three years ago. Before that, I worked each day at their office. But working from home was a blessing. I got to spend my days with my children, and work while they slept. It was a perfect opportunity.
Then the office got slow, and didn’t have much work for me anymore. My husband and I had planned for this possibility and built up our savings, thankfully so.
I work on a job-to-job basis, and over the last eighteen months I’ve only had about two jobs. I’ve loved the time off, because it’s given me more time to work on my writing. I wouldn’t have finished my first draft yet, if I’d been working regularly.
Last week, my office announced they had a job for me. Wonderful news!! I really do need it. It came at a much needed time, and was an answer to my prayers.
I am, however, worried about finding time to write. The two hours I usually set aside for writing time will now be for work. I’ll need to use even better time-management to squeeze it all in.
But I do know this: I’ll find a way. The work is truly a blessing, but so is the writing. I need to do both. Now I’ll just have to find a way to pull it off, and still be a good parent.
Wish me luck, and Happy Monday!
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
I’m not talking about when you’re having a fight with someone, and always want to be the one to get in the last word (not that I have that problem…).
No, I’m referring to typing the last word in a story. I finished my first draft last week, and I must say it was satisfying, but oddly unsettling.
Now comes the time for revisions, editing, and doubts. Is the story really good enough? Will anyone want to read it? Will it help anyone, make them stronger or better somehow, by reading it? Because that is the reason I want have it published. If there is a way I can write something that will help build up someone else’s testimony, or make them strive to be a stronger, more faithful member of the church, then I have succeeded at my goal.
That’s where the doubt comes in. Why would something I say make a difference in anyone’s life? Well, I have read books that made me want to be better, so I hope I too can accomplish what other writers have. I know they are out there.
For now, all I can do is keep trying. If nothing else were to ever happen with my manuscript, at least I have built up my own testimony as I have worked on it. I still have a lot to learn about becoming an author. And even more to learn about life. But who better to help me through the journey than my Heavenly Father. With His help, I just may have a chance.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
I just wrote the final words of my first draft. I’m done. It feels weird to say. I’m done! I’ve written a novel. I’ve heard people talk about how exciting it is to write “The End”, once they arrive at that point. For me, it was definitely exciting. And a little unreal. And slightly dizzying. But I haven’t been able to stop smiling since.
It came in at 77,500 words. I wonder how many of those original words I will be able to keep, as I go threw the process of revising and editing. I have a lot more work ahead. But today, I’m celebrating.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Monday, January 4, 2010
Friday, January 1, 2010
My original goal, for finishing the first draft of my book, was my birthday in February. In early December, I got the idea that it would be great to finish by the end of the year instead.
On December 12th, 2009, I reached my 50,000-word milestone. Estimating that my first draft would come in around 70,000 words, I had 20,000 words to go. I counted the days on the calendar, and was pleasantly surprised to learn that there were 20 days left. That meant if I wrote 1,000 words a day, I could finish by December 31st.
I kept up with my schedule pretty well. I’d fall behind a couple hundred words one day, but make it up the next. In the end, did I pull it off? Yes. And no.
I did complete my 20,000 words in 20 days, placing my manuscript at 70,000 words. But it’s not finished yet. Upon further review, I now estimate another 10,000 words to finish it off.
My goal was to reach 70,000 words by New Years, THEREBY completing my first draft. I accomplished one of the two. Fifty percent. Did I fail at my goal, or succeed?
I’m chalking this one up to a huge success. I could have rushed through the final chapters, in order to finish the draft, but I didn’t. I took my time, trying my best to do it right.
I wrote a total of 29,450 words in the month of December. That’s 16,000 words more than any other month. There is no way I’m going to say that I failed.
I have so many revisions to do, once I do get it finished, that my head starts to spin just thinking about it. But it’s a first draft. My very first, first draft.
I’m just excited to be allowed to hang out on the writing field, with so many accomplished authors. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again; the support system for aspiring authors in Utah is amazing!
I’m so excited for 2010. I have so much to learn, so much to grow, and so much to write. It’s going to be wonderful.