This week's Friday Five:
My Five Favorite Time Wasters (Currently)
1. Cake Mania.
2. The Create Channel
3. The Game Show Network
5. Big Kahuna Reef
What about you? How are you squandering the minutes lately?
When we first bought the property that we built our house on, it was part of an open field of alfalfa. We blew our wad on the property and had to save for another two years before we could afford to build. Believe me, I chafed. I wanted out of our living situation at that time so badly I could taste it.
The land lay fallow, except for two edges. The first year we had the property, we decided to plant a hedge. We figured we might as well get a couple years' head start on the hedge while we were saving our pennies to build our house.
We obtained trees/bushes from the Soil and Water Conservation Department of Olmsted County. Tiny twigs, wrapped 25 to the bundle, bare root. Red-twig dogwood (the deer love to eat this one) techny arborvitae (my husband likes these, though they are not my favorite) and fifty old fashioned lilac bushes. Or at least we thought we got 50 lilac bushes. What we did get was 49 lilac bushes and one honeysuckle bush. My husband wants to yank it out and plant another lilac in its place, but I love the whimsy of the oddball.
What does this have to do with writing?
I was thinking of all the mss editors and agents see, hundreds, even thousands of stories, all precious to the authors who have submitted them, each one representing the hopes and dreams of a writer, each one representing hours of hard work, prayer, sacrifice.
To the editors and agents it must seem like and endless stream of lilacs flowing by, pretty, fragrant, even, but blending into one another. I think those agents and editors are looking for a honeysuckle amongst the lilacs. Something that makes your work stand out. An unusual setting, fresh occupation for a main character, a plot twist they hadn't anticipated. And always, the best writing you can do.
May all your manuscripts be honeysuckles. :)
About A Whisper of Freedom
Battles heat up... not only those being waged by the soldiers on both sides fighting for Spain, but in the hearts and minds of the men and women who must sacrifice more than their dreams in order to save the lives of their loved ones. In this meticulously researched novel, brave and idealistic Sophie, Philip, José, and Deion realize their only hope for freedom is escaping Spain's borders. By continuing the story of this band of volunteers during the Spanish Civil War, A Whisper of Freedom proves that courage and commitment don't always result in outward victory. But there are whispers of hope and freedom that resonate through even the darkest night.
Read an excerpt
Books one and two: A Valley of Betryal and A Shadow of Treason
About Tricia: Tricia Goyer is the author of twelve books including From Dust and Ashes, My Life UnScripted, and the children's book, 10 Minutes to Showtime. She won Historical Novel of the Year in 2005 and 2006 from ACFW, and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer's Conference in 2003. Tricia's book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion in 2005. In addition to her novels, Tricia writes non-fiction books and magazine articles for publications like Today's Christian Woman and Focus on the Family. Tricia is a regular speaker at conventions and conferences, and has been a workshop presenter at the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International Conventions. She and her family make their home in the mountains of Montana.
Book excerpt: http://triciagoyer.com/cmsdocuments/WhisperCh1.doc
Buy the book: http://www.amazon.com/Whisper-Freedom-Chronicles-Spanish-Civil
Watch the series trailer: http://cg.creativenuclei.com/wip/TriciaGoyer/cscw.html
Tricia’s website: http://triciagoyer.com/
Tricia’s Blogs: http://triciagoyer.com/blogs.html
Here are the MEME questions with my answers!
1. List three things you would do with a chest full of gold (assuming you got to keep it!)
a. Take a world trip to see England, Egypt, and New Zealand.
b. Put a new roof on my church, and a new air conditioner for the annexe.
c. Buy BOOKS!
2. List three charities/missions/organizations you support (and why).
a. New Life Family Services...because all life is precious, even the unborn.
b. SEND International...because Alaska needs Jesus.
c. Samaritan's Purse...because we LOVE sending the Christmas boxes, and they go where the greatest needs are both physical and spiritual.
3. List three ways you have volunteered your time/services.
a. I care for my MIL who is suffering a terminal illness.
b. Helping with the clothes closet for New Life Family Services.
c. For two years I was a volunteer High School Teacher at a local Christian school.
4. List three things you keep "hidden" when company comes over.
a. my closet
b. my basement storage area
c. the mad scramble that sometimes occurs as we're preparing for company to come over
5. List the last three things you've lost.
a. This is a hard one for me...I can't think of anything I've lost...my sanity? My reason? lolb.
6. List the last three things you've found.
Hee hee hee! Just got an email confirmation that my latest purchase from amazon.com: Revision & Self-Editing by James Scott Bell, has shipped!
Good thing I'm 'between mss' at the moment, since I said I wouldn't read a craft book while I was trying to write. Also timely, I'll be doing revisions on the latest manuscript very soon.
Anyone else order this book? I'm a big JSB fan. Not only is he an amazing writer and writing teacher (His book, Plot and Structure, is terrific) but he's also willing to be silly in front of 500 women by singing a ridiculous song at Sunday morning worship at last year's conference, and he's humble enough to sit in on several classes during the conference...a guy who could teach all the classes offered.