Monday, September 08, 2014

Pre-Conference Mix and Mingle


So, we're just over 2 weeks away from the 2014 ACFW Conference. YIKES! And YAY! I love conference. I love getting to see so many people and celebrate and learn and laugh and catch up. This will be my 8th ACFW Conference, and I'm excited. 

And I'm not the only one. The lovely Laurie Tomlinson has organized a pre-conference mix and mingle blog hop so that we can get to know each other a little better before we all descend on St. Louis. 

I've posted a few pictures of my favorite conference memories, then we'll get to the mix and mingle part.


Michelle Ule, Rebecca Germany, Me, Liz Johnson - the day we found out Log Cabin Christmas had made the New York Times Bestseller list! #CelebratingAtTheACFWBanquet!

Tina Radcliffe and Mary Connealy. Tina and I were Carol Award Finalists in 2012


Me and my lovely agent, Rachelle Gardner
Mary Connealy and I in 2009 with our Carol and Genesis Category Winner Awards

Here are the questions and my answers!

Name: Erica Vetsch
Location: Rochester, MN
What you write/tagline/trademark: Historical Romance / Stories that Testify to Love 
Place in the book world: Multi-published. Represented by the lovely Rachelle Gardner at Books & Such Literary Management. 
On a scale of hugger to 10-foot-pole, please rate your personal space:  ACFW is about the only place I hug people not related to me by birth or marriage. Rachel McMillian kinda nailed it on her blog by saying she's not much of a hugger, but at ACFW you don't have much choice. :D
The unique talking point that will get you going for hours: Books, writing, sports, particularly college basketball and my beloved Jayhawks. Rock Chalk!
Loved ones at home you’ll be missing: My husband is coming with me, as is his custom, so I'll be missing my daughter and son and my psychotically dependent cat who is pretty sure I've died every time I leave my house.
Conference goals we can pray for? That I can be an encouragement to others. 
Anything we can celebrate with you? Books 14-18 will release between 12/15 and 7/15. SQUEE!
One or two ways we can help you build your platform? Yes! You can like my author page on Facebook and check out the group blog I contribute to: Coffee Cups & Camisoles 

HERE’S WHAT TO DO:

- Copy/paste and fill out your own answers (you don’t have to answer all of them!) in a post on your own website and paste the URL to that post (not your home page) using the handy link-up tool you will find on Laurie Tomlinson's Blog. Just click on the blue button below that says “Add your link”. If you don’t have a website, feel free to answer the questions in the comments below!
- Make sure to link back to this post after you fill out your answers so any of your readers who are conference attendees can participate, too! The more, the merrier.
- Click through the links below to get to know other conference attendees before St. Louis!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Good news to celebrate!


I shared some exciting news over at Coffee Cups & Camisoles last week. Click on the link below to read about some upcoming titles that are in the works!

http://coffeecupsandcamisoles.blogspot.com/2014/07/time-to-celebrate.html 

Monday, June 16, 2014

A Church Lady

Our Church, Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church in Rochester, MN

Last week I asked my kids what they hoped they saw when they looked back at the end of their lives. Some things they said were things I expected.

But one thing my daughter said surprised me. She said she hoped to be a wife, a mom, a good teacher...then she said she hoped she would be a 'church lady.'

When I asked her to explain, she said she had always wanted to grow up to be a church lady, helping in the kitchen, helping in the nursery and Sunday School, always in church, a part of a congregation.

This made my heart happy.

Monday, June 09, 2014

Tweaking the routine


 I love my routine. I love the rhythm of my days. I love that things are fairly predictable around here.

And when I get thrown out of my routine, or there is a significant change, I feel out of sorts and uncomfortable.

Recent changes include a college graduate moving back home, and a child graduating from high school and no longer being formally home-schooled. 

We've also finally transitioned from winter to summer here in MN, with more daylight, warmer temps, and an overall uptick in my outlook on life.

All these are good things, but they've created a need to change my routine a bit. I've found I've got more time and energy than I've had in quite awhile. 

I'm not sure that this will translate into more writing time. I've added gardening to my activities list during the warmer months, both to enjoy and to get me outside more. And I've rediscovered my love of cross-stitching, which is time-consuming.

How about you? Are you a creature of routine, or do you thrive on spontaneity? Do you find yourself better able to focus during the long, sunny days of summer, or during the shorter days of winter? 




Monday, June 02, 2014

Planning a trip


My husband and I are planning a little road trip to Florida in a few weeks. The vast majority of Civil War sites lie between me in Minnesota and the Sunshine State, so many that it's hard to pinpoint where we should stop and what we should see.

I'd love some help. If you have a favorite Civil War site or museum, share it with me here. Our schedule is wide open for some adventure!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Happy Memorial Day!



Have a safe and happy Memorial Day.

Thank you to all who have served and are serving.

God Bless!

Monday, May 19, 2014

75% Frustration

Our patio project last summer. It's about 85% finished. :)

This past weekend, my husband was a little out of sorts, which is not at all like my even-keeled spouse. Though we got many things accomplished, including planting the last of the flowers in the new flowerbed,  and laying the last few blocks to complete that flowerbed, he seemed to be feeling the pressure to get stuff done.

When I asked what was wrong, he said it was because he had so many projects that seemed to be about 75% done, but none were finished. 

Which got me to thinking...I can totally relate! I hate not getting things DONE, having half-finished projects lying around. 

The current pebble in my mental shoe is a manuscript I started last fall that is sitting at about 2/3 of the way finished. I quit working on it to start a new project for NaNoWriMo, one that an editor was interested in, and I've never gotten back to it. So, my goal is to replot, rework, and to FINISH this story. It's entitled Trouble's Brewing (though the title will probably change) and it's set in a tea shop on St. Paul's historic Grand Avenue.

How are you with unfinished projects? Do they bother you, or are you okay with them? What is your current project?