My Personal Soundtrack: A metronome and my husband running through exercises on his bass guitar

I am so tired. Vacation Bible School started this week and a bunch of stuff went completely haywire in the four and a half hours I was at the church. Then, I had to tutor and then Ron came home and we fell asleep on the couch for about three hours because we were just that tired. It was an incredibly long day and it's only Monday. Pray for us y'all. We need it.

Anyway, it's Book-in-a-Week week too. I made a conservative goal of 20pgs. And I think that will be a stretch for me considering the way the week is shaping up, but it's only 3pgs a day and I can definitely write that much (but not today--I'm just shooting for a page of decent material on HLB because I need to go back to bed.)

And, because, I'm totally beat I'm going to refer you to Pub Rants where Kristin Nelson has been running a very informative series called Agenting 101. Enjoy!


Update on the Submission

My Personal Soundtrack: You Mae Me Feel So Young by Frank Sinatra (via Pandora)

So, I got an e-mail yesterday informing me that Tsaba House received my manuscript. She asked me to be patient with them because she's got some manuscripts from her current authors on her desk (and, of course, those take priority!) and they're headed to a trade show next week (ICRS, the International Christian Retail Show, in Denver; I think it had a different name last year).

It was really great of her to send the e-mail, so I know what's going on. I'm doing a remarkable job of not freaking out about the things I can't control, so I'm just going to keep writing (the thing I can control).



A tip of the hat to Cleolinda for passing along this link about simpler spelling.

The person who wrote this article is hysterical, jaunting into the proposed spelling of words for several sentences at a time. Yes, I could still read it, but it made my brain hurt.

[Summer school (I'm teaching not going) and tutoring are draining me right now, hopefully, I'll have some original content for y'all sometime. But, for the moment, I'm just trying to get back into the habit of posting regularly.]


Books to Rock Your World

So, apparently, some librarians in Britain have made a list of the 30 books everyone should read before they die.

A tip of the hat to Miss Snark for the link. I've read 12 of the books and I haven't heard of 5.

But, last night, as I went to bed, I started thinking about what 30 books would I recommend that everyone should read before they die.

Here's my start of a list (I know its short, but I'll finish it eventually)in no particular order:

The Bible
Ender's Game
Charlotte's Web
Where the Red Fern Grows
My Side of the Mountain
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Black Like Me
Mere Christianity
A Tale of Two Cities
Farenheit 451
To Kill a Mockingbird
A Christmas Carol

So, there's thirteen to get you started. What books do you think people should read before they die?


Hit & Run

My Personal Soundtrack: Hard Day on the Planet by Loudon Wainwright III (via Pandora

It's Buy A Friend A Book Week and, in honor of their first anniversary, they're running a contest.

The contest started on July 1st and will run through July 7th, with a different puzzle introduced each day at a different site. You'll have to go to these participating sites on the appropriate days in order to get information about each day's puzzle. (After they are initially announced, all six puzzles will remain available for the duration of the contest. Thus contestants who learn of the puzzle later in the week will not be barred from participating.)

Contest participants must complete the contest's six puzzles and answer a Final Question on the final day of the contest. Three prize winners will be drawn at random from all correct responses received. See the contest's official rules here.

The contest winners will receive hundreds of dollars worth of literary prizes--stacks of books and free memberships in LibraryThing and even a text editor. See the prize list here.

Here's the schedule of events:

July 1 -- Puzzle #1 introduced at Grumpy Old Bookman
July 2 -- Puzzle #2 introduced at Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind
July 3 -- Puzzle #3 introduced at This Writing Life
July 4 -- Puzzle #4 introduced at Books, Inq.
July 5 -- Puzzle #5 introduced at Refrigerator Door
July 6 -- Puzzle #6 introduced at No Rules. Just Write
July 7 -- Final question posed at Buy a Friend a Book

Get yourself to these sites on the appointed days and follow the directions you find there. Good luck!


So, not only do you get to do some fun literary-related puzzles, you get introduced to some pretty interesting blogs.

Have fun! And don't forget to buy a friend a book!


These Magic Changes

My Personal Soundtrack: You are the Sun by Sara Groves (via Pandora)

So, it's been several weeks since my last post, eh? I didn't mean to be away for so long, but lots of stuff has been going on in the last three weeks. I'm hoping to get back to some kind of regular posting schedule now, but, every time, I say that something else happens to run me off track, so maybe I just won't say it this time. Except I already did. We'll just ignore that.


So, I started teaching summer school (Geometry and Trigonometry) which, even though my classes are small, has been quite the adventure. And I tutor several days a week as well, so, getting back into the world of working regularly has been interesting, but I think I've got the hang of it now.

And, in my left-over time from that, I was getting what I have written so far into shape to send to the editor who requested it. I made some changes in later chapters and I would normally wait until I was at the end to go back and fix the character issues and logic errors, but with someone asking to see what I had written to date, I didn't exactly have that luxury. But that's done and sent off, so it's completely out of my hands. (See my happy dance! w00t!) And now, I can go back to just writing.

There's also been a lot of random other time-consuming things (a million and a half graduation parties which we had to attend because all of our kids are graduating this year, friends in from out-of-town), but there's one huge thing that Ron and I are stepping into (no, we're not pregnant. yet.):

We are going to be the Children's Pastors at our church.

This is something we have been praying and discussing for a long time and we're really excited about it. We're not sure of our official start date yet because our senior pastor just had twins (About six weeks early, but everyone knew they were coming early just not when) and he's (understandably) consumed with that, so we've still got some kinks to work out.

But, yeah, Children's Pastors. And we're going in as a husband-wife team because, honestly, that's the only way it's going to work.

But, anyways, Happy Independence Day! And I'll try not to forsake you again.