Reflecting on 2009

So long. Farewell. Adieu.

It was a long year that flew by. Strange, isn’t it, how time works like that. So much has happened this year–some good, some not so good. So let’s start with the bad.


  1. We closed the doors to our church plant in March. That was a very hard thing to do, and I miss my Connection family so much.
  2. We put our house on the market half a year ago and it hasn’t sold.
  3. Work is crazy busy this year = less energy for writing.


  1. My husband got a job preaching at a wonderful church in Irving, which is close enough that my kids can finish high school where they are!
  2. I finished my book this summer! HUGE accomplishment for me. My first novel…sigh.
  3. I joined a critique group that will help me develop my writing skills.
  4. My 2nd son got accepted at the Dallas Institute of Art and is doing FABULOUS and making good grades! Yay!!!!!
  5. My daughter is happier now, after quitting basketball and getting a boyfriend. (Yes, I miss going to bb games, but I like the guy!
  6. I’m having a blast with my blog and have met so many wonderful and generous writers, who encourage and inspire me!

I’m sure there is more to add, but those are what stood out to me. It is strange to look back over the year and see what happened. So often I think of what could have been. I could have done things differently. I could have prepared better. I could have…. okay, so I don’t really need to go there, do I? What’s done is done and I move on.

I’m going to set goals this new year. (Not like the funny ones I did Monday, although there was some true to those.)I don’t usually write my goals down, but this year I am setting some specific goals that I really want to reach. I think if maybe I post them for all to see, I will strive to accomplish them. You know, kind of like having an accountability partner. I’ll post them Friday, New Year’s Day.

Do you ever look back and wondered what you could have done differently to make your year better? Or are you happy with your year and the way it unfolded?


Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for Writers

How about these for some New Year’s Resolutions?

  1. Plan menus for the week so that my family doesn’t starve while I am WRITING.
  2. Get a heavy duty shop vac to clear a path from the computer to the bathroom and kitchen. (we all have needs…)
  3. Get a pair of those heated computer gloves so that my warm fingers can fly across the keyboard and churn out another MS this year.
  4. Quit tweeting and updating my FB status as a form of procrastination in writing (or editing) my WIP.
  5. Cancel Cable so that there is nothing to watch on TV and I have time to WRITE. Oh wait…I don’t have cable and STILL watch TV….hmmmm.
  6. Block all invites and applications on FB that has anything to do with Farming, Fish, Cooking, etc.
  7. Invest in some serious chocolate and candles to stimulate my day dream processes.
  8. Find some kind of physical activity to do at the strike of each hour in order to redistribute the dreaded writer’s spread. (I wonder if standing on one’s head would do the trick?)
  9. Quit spending so much money on great fiction books to read so that I have more time to actually WRITE!
  10. Tether the laptop to a desk so that I don’t fall asleep in bed or on the couch anymore.

These are some New Year’s Resolutions that have been swirling around in my brain the past few days. Can you think of any fun goals for writers?

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Kissing Recouperation

I don’t know about you guys, but I had so much fun yesterday! Seriously! There was a total of 88 bloggers who signed up to post a kissing scene on their blog yesterday! Who knew there were so many people out there who LOVE a great kiss….OR…almost kiss. (Yes, I know I keep saying it, but I just love the “almost” kiss!)

I have a confession to make. I haven’t finished reading the blogs. I stayed up until 2:30 this morning readig them, but I just couldn’t get it all done. Please, please forgive me! I will get to them this morning for sure.

You see, yesterday morning I got up early and started to read, but had to go to the doctor for a check up. Then I had to cook pies (buttermilk and chicken!) for a party I was hosting last night. YES…I’m a party animal, and hosted two parties in one day-a dinner party and a blog party! My husband thought I was nuts for running to the computer, then the oven, and then back to the computer all day.

I may have been away from the computer a good part of the evening, but my mind was not far away from all your blogs! I thought about many of the kissing scenes I had read, and I hope my guests didn’t notice my “sighs”. (for I read so many sigh-worthy scenes while baking away)

Thank you all so much for your participation in the Kissing Day Blogfest! You are the ones that made the day such a success! Thanks to Katie for our twittering conversation that got this idea going. You are always so much fun to tweet with…you and Krista…snort!

Annnddd, let me announce that FrankieDiane at Frankie Writes is hosting the No Kiss Blogfest on January 2, 2010. Sign up on her site to post your most tension-filled “almost” kiss. She’s already got a list going!

Now, I’m off to read and swoon some more.

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Kissing Day Blogfest!

I never dreamed this Kissing Day would take off like it has, and I just want to thank all of you for participating and making it FUN! Please check out my previous post HERE (or scroll down) for a list of links to all the bloggers that are participating in the Kissing Blogfest. I am so excited to read everyone’s posts and swoon with the romance of it all!

So here is an excerpt from my WIP, If My Heart Could Speak. It is a medieval, set in the 1100’s, England. To set it up, you need to know that the heroine, Jocelyn, has escaped from a convent as a boy, was rescued along the way by a knight, Malcolm, and became his squire for a tournament he was traveling to. He found out her gender, but due to circumstances I won’t share now, kept the secret. Later, when more than one secret is revealed, they are forced to wed, albeit reluctantly. There are more twists that come, but you will just have to wait and read about it years from now when I get published. 😉

So in this scene, Malcolm and Jocelyn have been out riding and have returned to the castle stables.

“Will you be at supper, my lord?” Jocelyn bit her lip, knowing that she begged. He had not taken supper in the hall the past few days and she wanted him to know she had noticed the slight.

Lifting her down from the horse, he paused, holding her close, not releasing his grip on her waist. “Do you want me there?”

She glanced away from his questioning gaze, distracted by the warmth of his hands. “You need not come if you find it tedious.”

Malcolm caught her face with his hand and turned it toward his own. Her breath caught as he leaned down, his lips hovering over hers. Heart hammering in her chest, Jocelyn struggled for breath, waiting for the warmth of his lips upon hers. His roughened cheek brushed hers as those lips, which should have claimed her own, whispered in her ear instead. “You, my lady, are anything but tedious.”

Jocelyn swallowed hard and tried not to feel so bereft when he dropped his hands, stepped back, and gave her a small bow.

“I thank you for a most enjoyable ride,” he said, leaving her in the hands of his capable guardsman.

Jocelyn took a deep breath and watched Malcolm’s tall, broad form walk purposefully down the bailey. My, but he muddled her head into confusion. Just days ago she had fought against his kiss and yet today, well, today she was of a mind to be kissed senseless.

So there you go. My “almost” kissing scene. I love the tension before the actual kiss. It is almost better than full blown kiss. Almost. 🙂

I thought it would be fun to post a kiss from the show Bones that I just loved. I found a behind-the-scenes clip that I thought was fun to watch. Don’t you ever wonder how actors gear up for those kissing scenes? Well, this is a cute one!

Please don’t forget to scroll down and check out the list for all the bloggers participating in the Official Kissing Day Blogfest! Thanks again for all the snogging! Happy reading!


Post Your Link For The Official Kissing Day Blogfest!

I had a commenter, Rhiannon, ask if we were going to use a Mr. Linky for our Official Kissing Day Blogfest. I blush to say I had to google Mr. Linky and find out what in the world it was! But YES!!!! We are going to use it! This will be a good tool to list all the blogs participating in the Kissing Day Blogfest.

So use Mr. Linky and list your blog address so that we stop by and read your sigh-inducing kissing scene! If you are wondering what The Official Kissing Day is all about, I’ve included info below to get you up to speed.

Join in the fun and we’ll stop by and see you Monday!

Official Kissing Day Blogfest

Monday, December 21st
A Writer’s Tribute to Mistletoe

Here is what to do if you want to participate in the Official Kissing Day Blogfest:

  1. Write a post telling about the Official Kissing Day Blogfest. This way more writer/bloggers will get the word and be able to participate on Monday, Dec. 21st.
  2. Tweet about it, using the hash tag: #kissingdayblogfest (I don’t know if this will help get the word out, but I thought it might be fun to try.)
  3. On Monday, December 21st, post on your blog an excerpt from your current WIP, or write a new scene that spotlights a kiss or an “almost kiss”.
  4. If you are not a writer, or are uncomfortable sharing your work online, post your favorite kissing scene or almost-kissing scene from any book or movie.

**Please note that you do NOT have to do #1 or #2 to participate. I was trying to think of a way to get more writers to join in on the fun, but it is NOT mandatory! Just post your kissing scene on Monday for our reading pleasure!

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FAT Friday & Editing Recap

This hasn’t been my best week–in any area of life. Most of my woes can be attributed to Christmas and lack of time, really, that is just an excuse.

I’ve been to five parties with tons of yummy food. Now I can resist good food and yummy desserts during the year, but at Christmas, my will power goes out the window. Who can resist those sugar cookies shaped like snowmen and frosted up so cute? Sigh…I only get them once a year, right? Well, when I weighed in last night, I had gained. Not just one pound. No, I gained a whopping FOUR pounds! A bit embarrassing, but this week I am going to do better. I AM!
I’ve gotten home late every night this week too, which hasn’t helped my eating. There have been activities that have kept me out until 8 or 9 p.m. and that is way to0 late to have any brain power for editing. So, I haven’t edited much at all. I did do a couple of critiques, but haven’t worked much on my own wip.

Of course, there is the area of my spiritual life. I always think that “this year” I am going to focus on the real meaning of Christmas and not get so stressed out by the busyness of December. I know you are laughing at me, but it’s true. I want to feel it deep in my soul… the wonder and glory of this Season. I want to be awed by the beauty of the holiday and be enveloped by the warmth that being with family gives me. So, I’m trying to not rush through my quiet times, but sit and really listen. I’m not sure what for, but I hope I can maybe hear a whisper calling to my heart.

So how has your week been? Are you ready for Christmas? Are you stressed or have you found meaning during this busy time? Are you getting any writing accomplished?

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Tagged & Questioned

Katie tagged me and now it is my turn…


Tag, your it! Just answer the questions and post them on your blog. Easy.


What’s the last thing you wrote? What’s the first thing you wrote that you still have?
That’s completed? My first novel. I don’t think I’ve kept anything I’ve written previously, other than some bulletin articles I did a long time ago.

Write poetry?
LOLOLOL, I’m terrible at poetry.

Angsty poetry?
That would be a no.

Favorite genre of writing?
Historical fiction, preferably medieval or regency.

Most annoying character you’ve ever created?
Someone who has read the first part of my WIP has said my main character is annoying. Sigh…I’m waiting to see if anyone in my new crit group think that! Personally, I think one of the villains in my WIP is annoying. She kinda goes off the deep end and really gets on my nerves.

Best plot you’ve ever created?
I like the one I just did. I would write a blurb here, but I can’t do it in just a few sentences. I haven’t got that elevator speech done yet! lol I will say it involves an escaped nun disguised as a boy, a knight, an evil step-mother, and a forced marriage.

Coolest plot twist?
I don’t think I have great twists. It’s all pretty predictable, I suppose.

Write fan fiction?
I didn’t even know what fan fiction was until earlier this year! lol

Do you type or write by hand?
I type until I get “blocked” and then I write by hand. There is something about it that gets my creative juices flowing.

Do you save everything you write?
Yes, but I really don’t know why.

Do you ever go back to an idea after you’ve abandoned it?
I’m too new to this writing journey to have that scenario.

What’s your favorite thing you’ve ever written?
My current WIP.

What’s everyone elses favorite story that you’ve written?
My current WIP, mainly because it is the only thing I’ve really written.

Ever written romance or angsty teen drama?
Definitely the romance!

What’s your favorite setting for your characters?
I love medieval with the castles and tournaments. All that chivalry stuff!

How many writing projects do you have going right now?
Just one. I hear of other writers having several things going at once, and I just don’t know how they do it! I can’t focus on more than one thing at a time!

Have you ever won an award for your writing?
No. I’ve never even submitted my WIP in a contest. I plan on submitting in the next month or two if I can find some to enter.

What are your five favorite words?
Hhhhm, let’s see…snogging, thusly, gander, precious, cranky. Yes, they are all very random, I know.

What character have you created that is most like you?
While I would like to be more like my heroine (bold and courageous), I am more like her quiet friend, who is loyal, but likes to be in the shadows.

Where you do get your ideas for your characters?
History books sparks my imagination for historical characters. I have an idea for a contemporary series that I am basing on 3 sisters I know. I think you can get ideas from anywhere! The news, people watching at the mall or the park, history books, and even in the stillness of your mind.

Do you ever write based on your dreams?
I don’t dream. At least, I don’t remember my dreams. I would love to get ideas from dreams, but alas…that is not my lot in life.

Do you favor happy endings?
I’m definitely a happy ending girl! No angst for me.

Does music help you write?
I mostly write in silence, but sometimes if I get stuck, I pull up Pandora and play a station that features epic movies. It gets me back in the mood and helps to play the “movie” in my mind.

Quote something you’ve written. Whatever pops in your head.
His heart wanted to speak, but could not find the words. So his heart took action. (and then there is a kiss scene which I may share on Monday.)

Are you concerned with spelling and grammar as you write?
I wish I wasn’t, but I tend to “think” too hard about words and spelling and grammar while writing the first draft. I would go faster if I didn’t, but I do it anyway.

Don’t forget about The Official Kissing Blogfest on Monday, December 21. On your blog, post a kissing (or almost kissing) scene from your WIP. If you aren’t a writer or don’t feel comfortable sharing your work, share a kissing scene from a movie or book. It will be a great smooch fest! A snogging party!
Question: How many of you writers have more than one project going at a time? I’m curious!