editing, research, writing

Stuck In The Swamp Of Edit-land

I’ve been editing my first chapter of my MS and have found it extremely difficult. I keep procrastinating. Alot. I mean, I’ve been “farming” on Facebook, for goodness sake! I’m not sure why I can’t seem to make myself just dig in and push my way through.

Maybe it is because there is an issue I’ve been researching and I cannot find the answer! I have searched online and found nothing. I went to the library, but alas, they were closed Thursday through Sunday for the holiday. Sigh…I even resorted to tweeting my question, but again, I came up with nothing.

The question is this: Could a medieval abbess of a convent (head nun, so to speak) force a woman to take her vows if she had been left at the convent as a young girl? Here’s another question. Could a corrupt abbess marry off same woman to the highest bidder if the woman refuses to take her vows?

I don’t want to be wrong, but then if I cannot find the answer, am I at liberty to make up whatever I want? Surely corruption abounds in every generation. Surely greed and power make people do things they normally wouldn’t do, right?

Sigh…my story hinges on the answer to these questions. I need to find answers before I move on and I really need to move on and get this MS edited!

giveaways, review

Just Between You and Me-Review & Giveaway

I finished the book Just Between You and Me by Jenny B. Jones today. I’ve been reading more contemporaries lately, since all the ideas for future projects have been contemporary ones. I don’t know if I just prefer historical or what, because the last few books I’ve read seem to be lacking somehow. I’m sure it’s just personal preference. It is harder to “escape” in a time I am familiar with. Also, I think I like historicals because there can be more adventure…you know, duels, tournaments, battles, men in armor…sigh. 😉

Book Blurb:

A novel of losing fear and finding God.

Maggie lives life on the edge, seemingly unafraid of anything. But the image she so carefully constructed is coming undone.

Her job as a videographer takes her around the world. She tells people’s stories, especially those of impoverished children. That’s when she feels most alive, like she’s making the world better.

But when a secret from her past resurfaces, Maggie gets a call that sends her home. Her dad desperately needs her help. Her estranged sister has run off, leaving 8-year-old Riley in his care. She returns reluctantly, hoping to help her niece. There she reconnects with Cooper–a once awkward and shy, now handsome, veterinarian. Her feelings skyrocket when she’s with him, but she’s afraid if she shows him her true self, he’ll reject her.

An honest, hilarious journey that will transform Maggie–if she just learns to trust more and fear less.

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All in all, this book was a pretty good read. There was great chemistry between Maggie and Connor, with alot of romance. Jones does a great job with sassy dialogue and quick wit (which I love!). I also love the theme of losing fear and trusting God.

The book dealt with some serious issues within the family and the more I learned, the more I understood Maggie’s wall she had built up around herself. It took a long time to chip away at the wall and I found myself frustrated at the slowness. But I suppose I am like that too. I can’t see what is right in front of me, because I have my own plan and want to see it through no matter what God throws right in front of me!

I am giving away my gently read copy, so if you are interested and want a chance to win a copy, please leave your email address (the spam-free way) in the comment section. I’ll announce the winner Friday. (No Fatless Friday for me this week!!!)

*U.S. residents only. (sorry!)

editing, personal, weight loss, writing

A Blessed Fat Friday!

First, an update on my weight loss. I confess I skipped my WW meeting last week, but I had a good reason. Our High School football team made the playoffs and they got to play in the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium! Knowing it would probably be the only time I could ever afford to go, (tickets are $100’s of dollars!) I skipped the meeting and went to the game! AWESOME FUN, even though we lost. 🙂

So this week I went to my meeting, knowing I had failed in my eating plan, and was pleasantly surprised to only have gained 1.4 pounds! AAAAaannnndddd, I was wearing jeans! So, here’s to a new week.

And Thanksgiving! Oh Lord, give me strength!

Now to the blessing of the day! My mom found out this past weekend that she had a blocked artery and needed a stint put in the back valve of her heart. So I traveled the hour drive early yesterday morning to be with her. She was wheeled back into surgery and in no time, the doctor came out and said when they went in, the heart looked great!

NO BLOCKAGE!

The doctor said that the nuclear stress test they do has a 15% false positive result and my mom was just part of that statistic. I, on the other hand, choose to believe that God had his hand upon my Mom. Isn’t that wonderful? I think so!

So here’s an update on my writing….or lack of. I had set aside my first finished MS and began fleshing out a new project, but God has been speaking loud and clear this week, with several confirmations on what I am to do. I am to take up my MS and edit it into the ground. My editor dad has been swamped with work of his own (and helping take care of Mom), so I am going to take what he has done so far and try to incorporate what he has found into the rest of the manuscript. Hopefully, when he does get back to it, he will have less to correct! lol (wishful thinking!)

So here’s to editing. And deleting. And adding. And murdering my adverbs, though I truly think some are beautiful.

Have a great weekend!

critique group, editing, writing

Crit Groups

I’ve been thinking alot about critique groups lately and wondering if I should try to find one. I’ve been praying about it for awhile and then read Lynnette Labelle’s blog Chatterbox Chit Chat. She has become a matchmaker for those who are interested in joining a crit group. All you have to do is shoot her an email and answer a set of questions.

I sent her an email. And I am nervous.

Many of you know my dad is an editor and does work for some really famous people. He has my first MS and has started editing it. He has alot of work himself right now, so hasn’t gotten very far in the edits and I am itching to get my hands on it once again. I think I need to start working on it, digging in and really making myself learn how to edit.

I think a critique group might help me. I think it would give me different perspectives and teach me many things I couldn’t learn on my own.

For those of you in crit groups, how often do you crit? How much do you crit per person in the group? What is the norm? Is there a norm?

Inquiring minds want to know…

blogging, marketing, publishing

Someone Is Reading My Blog

My husband and I took off part of Friday, got our kids out of school early, and went to Houston. The church where my husband grew up was having it’s 50th Anniversary. My husband’s dad was the preacher there for 28 years and so the whole family was there…all 6 kids flew in/drove in for the event. Many people showed up at what turned out to be a wonderful reunion of friends and family.
What blew me away was how many people asked me about my book. Was it finished? Was it finally edited? Was it published? Can they read it yet? I was taken aback by the fact that people knew about my book. What I had forgotten was that I now write a blog and this blog feeds into Facebook. And LOTS of people are on Facebook.
Isn’t it interesting the amount of information that is made available for all to see? In some ways it is a bit frightening. In some ways, exciting. It makes you realize the usefulness of the Internet as advertising.
It makes me wonder what publishing and advertising will be like in the future if I get published. What will publishing, advertising, and marketing look like in 5 years? 10 years? 15 years? Do you ever think about that?