Friday, February 13, 2015

Consolidation

To give myself one less thing to maintain, I'm switching to using the blogging tool that comes with my website. It doesn't have near the bells and whistles, but let's face it. I'm not the most consistent blogger to begin with.

As an inducement to go check out the new (and hopefully final) move, I'm revealing my cover over there today.

Go check it out!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Life Lessons from Rejection

Looking through the old archives of my blog, I came across this little gem originally post in January of 2012.


From Striatic via Flickr
So I just received my first rejection on what I consider to be the pretty much polished, finished version of my first book. No, I am not going to be someone who posts all my rejections and fusses and complains and all that stuff because I think that's pretty tasteless. I'm not even going to say who this rejection was from or when I received it. I intend to wait a while before actually posting this.

Why? Because the rejection itself is not the point.

The point is that encouragement can be found in the midst of rejection. My interpretation of the letter was basically, "I like your writing, but I didn't like your book." It went on to list a couple of reasons, and they are perfectly valid and possibly true, BUT she liked my writing. And that, my friends, made me thoroughly giddy. Someone who matters in the literary world (as opposed to my mom, my friends, and my husband whose opinions matter immensely only to me) said I had strong writing. I did a little dance.

In writing, and everything else in life, you can't progress without taking any risk. Every rejection is a sign that you took a step forward. That's a good thing, because you can't get any closer to your goal without taking a step.

Would I have been over the moon ecstatic if she'd taken my book? Absolutely! Would it have made this whole writing thing look a little easier than it really is? Probably. Am I disappointed that I still have a lot of work to do in order to overcome that hurdle from unpublished to published? Not really. After all, she liked my writing.


Now there's some really interesting things about this article that made me smile.

1. How much I thought I knew then.
2. How polished I thought the book was. (After many iterations, that book is now A Lady of Esteem, a novella releasing in Fall of 2015.)
3. That I'm now contracted with the publisher this rejection came from. I guess they really did like my writing.

I guess it's true that rejection can be the building block that makes you greater or the stumbling block that makes you fall. Do you have a story of rejection spurring you on to greatness? Leave it in the comments.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

What are you doing? School Projects

School projects. I loved them as a kid. Is it still crazy that I love them as a parent? Blessing1 brings home quite a few school projects now, and we have a lot of fun coming up with new and interesting ways to complete them.

The latest? A shirt celebrating the 100th day of school. It had to have 100 items on it. So we chose puzzle pieces.



I think it turned out pretty cute.

Have you got kids bringing home school projects? What was your favorite project from you school days?

Monday, February 2, 2015

Where are my writing elves?

Yeah... this is where I am right now.




(Comic is linked from InkyGirl.com. See her original post and more of her hilarious writers' comics here.)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Courage Makes a Difference


I have a lot of old posts from the blog I had previous to this one. Some of them should be left to gather dust in the cyber closet, but some of them deserve a new day in the sun. This is one of them. Pictures and formatting may be different from original post. 

Originally posted October 10, 2011


Many years ago, a church had a vision. To make a movie with the message, skills, and resources God provided them. Flywheel, a movie many of you have never heard of, came to be. That small, relatively local success spurred them on to bigger things. Facing the Giants played in theaters nationwide. It caught the attention of other people. Fireproof was born and marriages and lives were changed.

The latest movie from Sherwood Baptist Church is out now. Courageous was the top earning debut film the week it came out. After its second weekend it is still hanging in there on the top ten movie chart. I have heard countless tales of fathers changing the way they do things because of this movie.

So fellow writers, hang in there. Fellow Christians with a dream, keep on. Standing firm for God may not garner us New York Times #1 Bestsellers, but I hope that is not what we're writing for. If nothing else, the success of this movie proves that there are people - lots of people - out there, open to receiving a message from God through their entertainment.

Take this as a reminder. Let it be an encouragement. When we allow God to create through us, miracles happen, lives are changed, and sometimes even earthly success is achieved.

Way to go, Courageous. Your courage to stand firm and not compromise is making a difference.

Looking for something to do this week? Go check out Courageous! Click here to check out the official site.

Have you seen Courageous? What other God-honoring movies have you seen lately? When was the last time a movie changed your life?

Addendum


This post was written just over three years ago. Have you seen the growth of the Christian movie industry over those three years?

Regardless of how you feel about the representation and theology, you have to be excited that movies like Noah and Son of God are getting people talking and reading their Bible. God's Not Dead was incredibly inspiring.

Last weekend Kirk Cameron was in a new movie called Saving Christmas.

Don't give up on your dreams. God put them there for a reason.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Top Ten Disney Princess Songs

One of the beautiful things about the fact that my daughter doesn't read my blog is that I can tell you about her Christmas present and she'll never know.

The project I'm working on for her involves quotes from Disney Princess songs, so I've been weeding through a lot of musical memories the last couple of weeks.

Here are, in no particular order, my ten favorite Disney songs sung by or about the princesses. (So, no, it doesn't include Hercules. No yelling at me for not including I Can Go the Distance.)

10. If I Never Knew You - Pocahontas

This is kind of a cop-out because I didn't really like the movie and the version I listen to isn't the movie version.



9. Reflection - Mulan

Sometimes songs have meaning because of the memories they invoke moreso than the song itself. That being said, I've always liked this song. Who doesn't struggle with the conflict of other's expectations and your own.


8. Someday My Prince Will Come - Snow White

The only copy I could find of the actual movie version didn't allow embedding. You can watch it here. The version below is a really beautiful one though.

 I wasn't one to dream about my wedding, but I often dreamed about and prayed for my future husband. Snow White could probably have settled for someone she didn't love and gotten out of the castle, but she was waiting for the right man. And I think that's pretty cool.


7. Friend Like Me - Aladdin

Stretching the princess connection here as Jasmine has nothing to do with this song, but it is so much fun!



6. I'll Make a Man Out of You - Mulan

On the theme of songs that are just plain fun...


5. When Will My Life Begin - Tangled

Great to sing on those days when life feels stuck in a rut.


4. Part of Your World - Little Mermaid

I think i love this song so much because it's fun to sing. Thinking about it now, though, with the internet and everything, we all have a bit of this mentality. How many celebrities do we follow on Twitter because we want to be part of their world and know what is going on. Interesting thought.


3. For the First Time in Forever - Frozen

I may get some flack for leaving Let It Go off the list, but this is my favorite song from Frozen. Life is full of new experiences and opportunities, even with people we thought we knew. I put the second part of the song, too, because it shows the difference in how people look at those opportunities.





2. I See The Light - Tangled

My daughter loves this song which gives it a little extra oomph in my eyes, but what I really like about this song is that this other person has helped them learn more about themselves. Yes, they want to be together but they've also grown in their own right. It's the mark of any good, true romance.


1. Tale As Old As Time - Beauty and the Beast

I'm going to get all philosophical on you now. In every person there is a bit of beauty and a bit of the untamed. As a lover of romance, the tale of Beauty and the Beast has always held a special place in my heart. I think this song is about that core quality of love and romance: finding the person that connects with you and discovering how that connection changes your life.


Honorable Mention: Half the Anastasia soundtrack

She isn't Disney so she really doesn't belong in this list. But I really love Journey to the Past and At the Beginning. The entire soundtrack was really amazing. I was kind of sad that the people who did Anastasia didn't do more movies. 



Did I leave off your favorite? Tell me in the comments below! 



Friday, November 14, 2014

Tweets of the Past Two Weeks: The Something for Everyone edition

A little something for my fellow control freaks: 

@JonAcuff "God doesn't need your help figuring out your life. He's been God for a long time." What @Jimwideman told me recently.

I focus all day on the words I write, but all too often forget the words I live. 

@StudentLife_Com If "Christian" is a noun, not an adjective, it's time to look at our verbs.

Great for fiction. Scary when you apply it to your life. Beware of wolves in sheep's clothing. 

@AdviceToWriters There is a rule for fantasy writers: The more truth you mix in with a lie, the stronger is gets. Diane Duane

For the history buffs out there:

@HistoryInPics The first official passengers in New York City's first subway, 1904
You know how you occasionally see pictures of tunnels with ridiculously intricate brick work? I have to wonder if this is why. The first subway car is awfully open to the elements. See those beautiful arches? I think this might be the old city hall station, well preserved as it's no longer in use. Check out the pics here. 


And there's always a little something for my writing buddies: 

@KierstenKrum I've no problem ending tweet w/out a period or deleting an apostrophe to make 140 characters, but by God there *will* be an Oxford comma.

@RandiLawson Don't be too hard on yourself when you're not feeling creative. There are literally 2 major league baseball teams named after sock colors.

And one of the best things about Twitter? Those moments when you feel like someone out there gets you and you're not quite as alone as you thought. Or as bizarre. 

This. Almost every day.

@MaggieSheWrote I think I'm caught up. Which generally means I'm forgetting something critical...

This would be me. If I were a runner. Which I'm not. Partly because this would be me. Also because it requires running. But I feel the sentiment.

@SuperWriterMom Saw a running sticker that said 27.4 (I got lost) - this amused me.


 Because getting up early to get something done NEVER works out for me.


@TanyaMichaels I have friend who get up at 5 a.m. to write. I could NEVER do that-- esp. when I've stayed up writing until 4:30. #waswriting