Saturday, December 1, 2012

Lost a four legged baby, finished my book.


I had to put down my first baby a few weeks ago.  Her name was Liberty and she was a 7-year-old german shepherd.  I had gotten her as a  6 week old puppy and she was what kept me from lonliness when I was in a little apartment in Corpus and then a rental home in El Paso...she was my friend.  She was a great, loyal, loving dog.  She had lymphoma.  I found out on a Thursday and the following Monday she was gone.  I'm sad, obviously.  It's one of the hardest things I've had to face.  I never imagined losing my dog would hurt this much. 
I took her to the lake by my home one last time two days before she was put down.  I told her how good she was to me and that I loved her.  I thanked her for always being there for me.  I miss you so much Liberty, rest in peace sweet girl.

....I do have something positive to report.  My book is finished.  I have started to query agents.  Two actually have rejected me but with great feedback so I'm not discouraged.  I plan to keep on researching agents and sending queries till I get a YES.  I am soon to begin my second book.  I haven't decided exactly what I want to write about, but I'm sure the project will begin soon.  And I'll be back on this blog that I never share with anyone. :)

Sunday, November 4, 2012

28,139 words and I am almost finished.

I am nearly finished writing my book.  It has taken almost three years.  I really have no clue how long it will take me to edit it once I'm finished, but I am so excited to be nearing the end of writing it.  It's not long, but I like where it has gone and I have a lot of hope for finding an agent and getting published.  This book needs to be out there for women who have been through what my main character has been through.  There is such an important message in my book and I want to share it.  Before I started this novella, my prayer was that God would use me to get his word out through my writing.  I truly believe He has been behind this work all along.
In other news....baby #4 is kicking a lot these days.  Tonight, as sleepy as I am, I feel incredibly blessed.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Still set on finishing.

I began this book in January of 2010.  At the time I had one child and had just gotten pregnant with my second.  Now I have a three year old, two year old, 8 month old, and am pregnant with my fourth.  The other night after all three kids were asleep I sat down to write.  My teething baby woke up about three minutes after I started.  I closed the laptop and tended to her. 
My desire to finish this project is still strong, I just have the responsibility of two toddlers and an infant first.  
My husband said he has a co-worker that published a book.  He asked her for advice for me.  She simply said, "tell her to finish the book."  Of course.  Finish the book.  I know this, yet sometimes I go weeks, even months, without writing a single sentence. 
I am still certain I am meant for this.  I am still working.  It will be finished!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

24, 468.

That is my word count thus far.  A novella is 20-40 thousand words, is this what I may end up with?  I am not quite sure yet.  It is a possibility.  It isn't the worst thing that could happen. 'Of Mice and Men' is a novella.  Hmm...
I am still chipping away at this, just as I promised I would be...yet it is still difficult to find the time.  The three year old, two year old, seven month old and (gasp!) fourth kid in my belly seem to take up every minute of every day.  :)
Still I am here.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Writing a bit while nursing...

Just put the almost 7-month-old down.  Started working on the book a bit while nursing.  Why not?  One day I will laugh and tell my kids how I worked on this book while being a Mom. Literally.  Nursing and all.  Took a short break to write this post and eat a bowl of late night cereal.  Short post, but wanted to update something.  Track that I'm still working on this project.  Oh, and to say big thanks to Pinterest for the motivational quotes. :)

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Still here. Believe it or not.

23,000 words.  Considering I started writing my book in January of 2010, that may seem pathetic.  But, to be quite honest, I've taken several months off.  Raising kids takes over and I let this go sometimes.  BUT I do return.  And I will continue to return and finish.  I want this too badly.  My kids are three, almost two, and six months old.  It's chaotic around here.  I'm trying my best to be a great wife, great mother, great homemaker.  And it is fulfilling.  Truly, it is enough.  Still I feel strongly about writing.  I feel strongly about the book I'm working on and the impact it could have one people.  I also have an idea for my second book already that I'm looking forward to beginning.  Must. Finish. First. Book. First.  And enjoy myself in the process.  And occasionally blog, just so there is a record somewhere of this process that gets stuck in the internet world forever.  :)