Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Writing vs. Service

This past week on the ACFW e-loop, the question was asked, "How do you balance church service and your writing?"
There were many replies. But one really hit my eye. Ane Mulligan said her pastor told folks to subscribe to the 1-1-1 formula for church involvement/service.
1 Worship Service Attendence.
1 Bible Study Attendence.
1 Service position.
Each week, attend one worship service, one Bible study, and serve in one ministry.
That sounds simple. I could do that. I AM doing that (Though my Bible study meets every other week. Does Sunday School count as a Bible study? Our current class sure seems to, since we're picking apart the book of Romans, one bite at a time.) Writing time mostly takes place during the week, with the occasional Saturday thrown in. I don't write on Sundays. I'm finding the current balance to be not too bad. I don't feel nearly as stretched-thin as I did at this time last year, but my ministry has changed from caring for a terminally ill family member to being more involved in church, nursery, women's ministries, Bible study, etc.
Question: How do you balance your church service and your writing? What do you think of the 1-1-1 formula? (Really curious to see what Pastor Kevin thinks of this, since I didn't get a chance to discuss it with him on Sunday, though I meant to.)

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Tip for Tuesday

I'm very excited that registration will open for the ACFW Conference in a little over a month. It is my favorite conference. I get to meet so many friends, both old and new, and I get to see my editors and my agent. I used to have a countdown widget here on the blog, but it was balling up the page loading, so I had to take it off. :( Sadness.

The ACFW Conference isn't until September. It is now the end of March. Is almost six months too early to prepare for the conference? NO! Actually, in some cases it might not be time enough. There are so many things I need to do in the next six months, I'm wondering if I will get them all done.

So, how do you begin preparing for a conference that doesn't occur for half a year?

  • Start saving money. Conferences aren't cheap, though I'm convinced the best ones are worth the money.
  • Start praying. Pray that God will prepare your heart for the experience. Conferences can be exhilerating, terrifying, friendly, lonely, educational, humbling, uplifting...and that's just in the first hour! Pray that God will help you set your expectations, that you will be realistic, and look on the conference as a stepping stone, not the launchpad of your career.
  • Start honing your pitches and proposals. This is one of the most tense parts of any conference for me, pitching a project. Though, I have to say, my editor made my last pitch session with her a complete breeze!
  • Finish that manuscript. I have a rather stretching goal of completing three manuscripts by September and a couple of pitches with sample chapters on two more projects. Like I said above, I don't know if six months is enough time!
  • Plan to volunteer. You will get so much more out of the conference if you volunteer in some capacity. Last year I was an accidental volunteer in the bookstore, and it was one of the best experiences of the whole conference.

Question: Are you planning to attend a conference? What have been your experiences, and how are you getting prepared for conference season?

Monday, March 29, 2010

College Life

This last Friday, our family attended a Spring Preview Day at the college my daughter will be attending this fall.
This was such a wonderful day for us. My husband and son got their first view of the school. I have to say, it's a beautiful campus, bordered by a lake on three sides, mellow brick buildings, a new arts/theatre building, new athletic building, and they just broke ground on a new Christian Leadership Center building that will house classrooms, administration, and student leadership and development offices.
We took the whole tour, got to meet other students, staff, and parents, and got the bottom line scoop from the business department. The bottom line? School costs a lot more than it once did.
As we progress through this spring and summer, we're getting closer to the time when our girl will leave home. A big step for her, a big step for us. As I sat in the chapel service (Ruth Graham was the speaker- AWESOME!) I realized that one of the hardest things about being a parent with an about-to-be-launched child, is that as she goes away to college, she will become more and more HER, and less and less, US. While she will be growing personally, mentally, and emotionally by leaps and bounds, establishing more firmly the woman God wants her to be, we will stay here, as we are, watching from the sidelines. We'll support as we can, and as she will allow us, but the journey from here on out is hers.
What happened to the time? It was only yesterday I held that pink bundle in the hospital and wondered if I was cut out for the task of being somebody's MOTHER.

Friday, March 26, 2010

The Friday Five

This week's Friday Five is:

Five animals that I think are funny looking, as if they were made up from spare parts.

1. Moose
Talk about a disjointed conglomeration of parts!

2. Okapi
It's closest relative is a giraffe, though it looks half zebra, half donkey.

3. Gray Kangaroo
One of my favorite lines from Quigley Down Under is when Quigley and Cora first see kangaroos and Cora says, "Well, whatever they are, nature sure played an awful trick on 'em."

4. Chameleon
So ugly it's almost cute.

And my favorite oddball picture...

5. The Emu
You talking to me?

Any favorite weirdos from the animal kingdom?

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Quick Cooking Thursday

Today's recipe is from the Brookville Hotel. For years, the hotel and restaurant was located in historic Brookville, Kansas. It has since been relocated to Abilene, Kansas. They served family style fried chicken dinners. MMMMMmmm.
Here's their cole-slaw recipe.
Brookville Coleslaw
1.5" shredded cabbage
1 tsp. salt
2/3 c. sugar
1/3 c. vinegar
1 c whipping cream
Mix all ingredients, chill overnight to let everything marinate together, and serve.
Do you have any historic eating establishments near where you live?

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Beauty from Adversity

The picture above is one taken by my husband not far down the trail from the Oregon Trail wagon ruts we saw in Guernsey, WY. We rounded a bend in the path and all four of us stopped to admire it. I love how the limbs twist skyward, how it's still sturdy, though stark without any leaves or needles. I wonder if it stood there, sentinal over the wagons passing so close under its outspread limbs.
This tree has seen some adversity. Harsh winters, dry, summers, winds, storms, even death. And yet it has a beauty to it now that it wouldn't have without all those hard times. If this tree had been clothed in green like those that surrounded it, we wouldn't have stopped to look. It would've blended into the background, and we would've passed on by.
It makes me think of the adversity we all face. Illness, uncertainty, roadblocks, rejections. I have friends who are suffering through recent surgeries, through job losses, through loved ones who are injured, ill, or dying, or have recently passed away. Friends have been handed rejections of their work from editors, or been rejected by an agent.
These friends, though certainly touched by adversity, molded by it, forced to endure these hardships, are also made more beautiful by their struggles. These women (and men) have grown closer to the Lord, have come to rely more upon His grace and provision. They are people whose faith makes me take a second look, makes me stop and admire the beauty that God is creating in their lives, the refining elements that are revealing and shaping their characters.
Has hardship revealed and refined your character?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Tip for Tuesday

Today's Writing Tip for Tuesday is:

Subscribe to a magazine for writers.

I subscribe to Writer's Digest. Originally, I purchased the subscription to help out a friend
whose kid was selling magazines for a school fundraiser. Since that time a couple years ago, I've kept up the subscription.

What do I get out of the magazine?

Lots of things!

  • I feel writerly when my magazine arrives.
  • The articles about writing are informative and educational. I learn about the industry in ways I couldn't just from my own circle of experience.
  • I learn about more than just writing fiction. Writer's Digest is full of articles on writing for periodicals, writing poetry, non-fiction, agents, publishing trends, etc.
  • The magazine reminds me of how far I've come and how far I've yet to go.

Question for you: Do you subscribe to a writer's magazine? If so, which one?

Monday, March 22, 2010

This Just In!

My second novel, The Marriage Masquerade, is up for a vote on the ACFW Book Club. In June the book club will be reading a Heartsong or Love Inspired title. In order for The Marriage Masquerade to be chosen, it has to be voted the most popular selection in a poll. This poll closes Friday, March 26th.

If you'd like to vote for The Marriage Masquerade or one of the other fabulous books under consideration, please follow this link:

To learn more about the book club, follow this link:

Your Groove

This past fall, our family drove through Wyoming and visited Guernsey, where the best defined and deepest wagon ruts from the Oregon Trail exist. Here's a picture of my family standing in the ruts to give you a sense of the scope and scale of the grooves the wagons cut into the relatively soft rock. Hundreds of wagons, hundreds of humans, hundreds of stories.

This past weekend, I spent a considerable amount of time critiquing a manuscript for a friend. I'm so glad I had this project to work on, because I feel as if I've been out of my writing groove for the past couple of weeks. When I would sit down to write, I was scattered, unfocused, unmotivated. I was tired, and too many other things looked appealing to me. This made me frustrated with myself, and I felt out of sorts.
But working on these crits reminded me of how much I love writing and editing. It reminded me how rewarding hard work is. I've been lethargic about working on my WIP because I sensed that my hero was coming across as unlikeable, and because I wanted to change my antagonist and I wasn't sure just how I wanted him to act. I needed some compost time to change my antagonist from coldly calculating to desperately remorseful. Instead of a revengeful jealous bad guy, I now have an envious man who started a pebble rolling down a hill that caused an avalanche of trouble. He is desperate to cover up his actions, and that desperation and guilt drive him to do something he never thought he would. Much better than an unfeeling, truly evil person, in my mind. :)
Working on critiquing someone else's manuscript helped me get back into my groove, back into the routine, back to the ground my writing wagons have covered again and again.
So, when you get thrown off your groove, how do you get back into it?

Friday, March 19, 2010

The Friday Five

Today's Friday Five is:

Five sure signs spring has come to Minnesota.

1. Mud. Mud tracked into the house and splattered on cars.

2. Trash. The snow melts, and an entire winter of litter is revealed in roadside ditches. People are so thoughtless with their trash!

3. Potholes. I have to say, Sioux Falls, SD had some real beauties! Winter is hard on the roads here, and every spring there is a new crop of potholes to fix. Some are large enough to swallow a Prius.

4. Cat Hair. My cat sheds a lot at the best of times. In the spring, it's EVERYWHERE. She's a gray cat with lots of fluffy hair. We have to pin her down and cut matts off her because her coat is so dense she can't possibly groom it out. Brushing her is a hit or miss thing, because she only tolerates the brush.

5. Daydreams. This is the part of the year when I start daydreaming about getting flowers and planting my flowerbed. This is the best part of the process, since I do buy the flowers, and I do plant them, but then I fail to give them the TLC they need, and they get to looking not so great.

So, any signs of spring where you live? I have a feeling we're in for at least one more really good snowstorm. It's sort of an annual tradition that when the High School boys' basketball tournament rolls around in MN it's time for a blizzard.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Quick Cooking Thursday

Today is the first day of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. Go Jayhawks!!!!

I thought today's quick cooking recipe should be some party food, just in case you're hosting some folks for a basketball game or two.

Rye Bread and dip.

My mom used to make this for the New Year's Day party, and I loved it. I'm going to fix it for New Year's this year.

Take a large round loaf of Rye Bread and hollow out a cylinder about five inches around so the loaf looks like a giant donut. Open a container of Dill Dip and set it in the hole. Tear the removed bread into bite-sized chunks and place around the base of the loaf of bread on a platter. Folks can dip the bread chunks into the Dill Dip. Voila! It's so yummy!
Question for you: Do you watch the tournament? Do you fill out the brackets?

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Whimsical Wednesday

I love nativity sets. I have about a dozen of them. Some stay out all year and some come out only once a year.
I found these two sets at the Manitou Springs Cliff Dwellings Trading Post in Manitou Springs, Colorado this past fall. (And, no, I didn't buy them. They were a bit out of my price range. :-) )
But I did get a kick out of them. Moose? Black Bears?
There might be some out there who don't like nativity sets, and who don't particularly like the whimsicality of animals in the place of people, but there's just something about these that lightened my heart. No, I don't think Mary looked like a moose, nor do I think the sheep would've particularly cared for a Black Bear Shepherd, but these are just fun. :) One of the things I thought was particularly interesting is that in both scenes, there is a beast of burden that is the same species as the wise men and shepherds. :) Like that Moose or Bear drew the short straw and had to play the camel or the donkey in the Christmas pageant.
Question for you: Do you have nativity sets? What's the most unusual one you've seen?
Bonus question: Happy St. Patrick's Day. Are you Irish, and are you wearing green?

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Tip for Tuesday

Tuesday's Writing Tip is:
Do your research.
I've been noodling a story for Summerside Press's Love Finds You In...series for awhile.
I knew I wanted the story set in Minnesota. I knew I wanted it to be historical. I had a really interesting (To me anyway) premise involving the English Colony of Martin County and the grasshopper plagues of the 1870's. (Remember the grasshoppers in On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder?)
And I had a terrific town to set the story in. Love Finds You in Welcome, Minnesota.
All I needed was a bit of on-site research to fine tune my plot. Yay, a visit to a county museum!
Last Friday, my SIL and Dear Daughter got up before the crack of dawn and drove with me westward in the fog, dark, and rain, to arrive in Fairmont, Minnesota by 8:30 am so as to be there when the county historical society museum opened.
I took a quick buzz through the museum, and while Linda and Heather set a more leisurly pace, I headed to the research library on the first floor to do some digging.
Imagine my total GARRRRRRPPPPGGGLLLEEE! when I learned that while the grasshoppers invaded Martin County in the 1870's, my lovely little town of Welcome wasn't formally established until 1890! ARGH! The plot and the setting didn't fit.
While I refrained from hyperventilating, my mind kicked into high gear. How could I solve the problem? The grasshopper plague could be located anywhere in southwest MN. But the English Colony was special to Martin County.
I found a single mention of a spot in Martin County called Snow Corner. Love Finds You In Snow Corner, Minnesota? Hmmm, maybe. But I could find no other reference to the location, nor did the research librarian or curator of the museum know where in Martin County that was. Scratch that.
Then I stumbled across a file called Lost Towns of Martin County.
There, in the pages, I found a map and a description of a town called North Star. All that remains of the town now is a cemetery and the stone foundation of the creamery. But it was a real town, in Martin County, with a cool, Minnesota name, existing at the time when I must have my story set.
It pays to do your research.
Question: Have you ever hit a research glitch? Have you ever been surprised by something in a book that you knew wasn't right?

Monday, March 15, 2010

Book Signing

Woohoo! I survived my very first book signing! I have lots of folks to thank!

  • First, HUGE thanks to Mary Connealy for first broaching the subject of me signing books with her in Sioux Falls, SD. In my mind, I've dubbed her Awesome Mary. I hope she doesn't mind. :) She made the booksigning so much fun. How cool is it that we were together for my first book signing? Mary's first ever book signing was in Rochester a few years ago, and I was there for that one! Sweet huh? And Mary's been such a cheerleader. Awesome Mary, you rock!

  • Second, thank you to Crossroads Books and Music for hosting us. They had everything all set up, posters up, books set out, and had spread the word so well that folks who had bought our books previously came back to get them signed, and others had purchased the books earlier and left them to be signed. The staff encouraged browsers to stop by our tables, and quite a few of them purchased books and had them signed. The store is beautiful. I wish I had more time to browse.

  • Third, thank you to Angie Brillhart and the Barbour folks for printing the wonderful posters, bookmarks, having the books there. I can't say enough about the fabulous staff at Barbour and how graciously they treat their authors.

  • Fourth, thank you to Rose Z. who drove into Sioux Falls and had lunch with Mary and I and stayed for the entire book signing. She's got a ms under consideration with a publishing house, and I can't wait to hear that it's been snapped up. :)

  • Fifth, thank you to Linda and Heather, who got up practically in the middle of the night to ride along with me.

  • Sixth, thank you to Misti for meeting us at the booksigning. It was so great to see you again. And to all the people who came out and bought books and said hello.

Whew, that's a lot of things to be thankful for.

Here are some things I learned.

  • Mapquest can't always be trusted. I had to stop and get directions to the bookstore. I was about three blocks away. And I was a teensy bit late as a result. ARGH! I HATE being late.
  • Book signings in real life aren't as harrowing as I'd made them out in my head. Silly imagination.
  • Mary Connealy had book signings down to an art. She knows just what to say and how to make people feel at ease...both book buyers and co-signers.
  • It pays to do research...but more about that tomorrow.

Question: Do you like to go to book signings? Whose signings have you been to?

Friday, March 12, 2010

The Friday Five

This week's Friday Five is:
Five things I wish I could do well.
1. Anything athletic. I love watching sports, but I'm terribly uncoordinated.
2. Cook. I don't like to cook, so I spend very little time honing my cooking skills.
3. Read people. I'm usually pretty clueless when it comes to picking up vibes.
4. Tell people what my books are about and sound halfway intelligent. I'm getting better with this, but still stutter and stumble. I can talk about other people's books with animation and enthusiasm, but my own...not so much.
5. Juggle. Wouldn't it be cool to be able to juggle. I can't (See number one above.)
What about you? Do you have something you always wish you could do?

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Quick Cooking Thursday

Today's Recipe is
Easy Key Lime Pie
One Graham Cracker Crust
One can Sweetened Condensed Milk
One Cup Lime Juice
One tsp. Vanilla
One container Cool Whip
Mix the condensed milk, lime juice, and vanilla together. Fold in Cool whip. Pour into crust and chill for three hrs.
Garnish with dollops of cool whip and twists of lime.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Boys and Beanpoles

This past week I measured my son. Again. He's grown more than seven inches in the past eight months.
I'm not used to looking up to talk to my son. He's almost six feet tall.
So many changes are happening to him, inside and out. He's stretching and growing, physically, emotionally, mentally. He's exploring new vistas, seeing new possibilities, and while this can be exciting, it can also be frightening. He's slowly becoming accustomed to the changes in his life.
I can sorta relate here.
I've been growing and changing and stretching myself. I am becoming more accustomed to the changes in my life over the last few months. I've become easier in talking to people about my books (though I still freeze up when someone asks "So, what's your book about?") I've gotten more used to hearing people's opinions of my work. I've got two books out in the hands of readers, I'm finding reviews and mentions of my name in ever-increasing circles on the Internet. This Friday I will go to my first official booksigning. I'm very glad I won't be alone in the signing. I'll be with Mary Connealy, friend, mentor, and all-around amazing woman.
Question: Have you hit any growth-spurts lately? Are your kids shooting up faster than you can imagine?

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

A tip for Tuesday

The Tip for Tuesday is:
Buy Goal, Motivation & Conflict by Debra Dixon.
I love this book. I read it every time I'm ready to start a new novel. GMC reminds me of exactly what I need when plotting a book. My characters need goals, internal and external, motivation that stems from their pasts, and conflict, internal and external that keeps them from reaching their goals without a maximum of effort and sacrifice.
Debra Dixon uses well-known films, breaking them down by character and plot, to illustrate the need for GMC in order for a story to make sense and to resonate with readers.
If you have any trouble with plotting, or any trouble having conflict arise from your characters personalities and past, this is the book for you.
I encourage you to check it out for yourself. It's one of my 'must have' books on writing.
Question of the day: Do you have a must have writing book? Have you read Dixon's GMC?

Monday, March 08, 2010


One unique thing about writing for Heartsong Presents Romance is the feedback sheets included at the back of each book. The reader is encouraged to tear these sheets out and fill them out, answering questions about what they liked and didn't like about the story.

This past week, I received my first feedback sheets. People were very nice. They made lots of nice comments. Only one person didn't like the book so much. Many people said they enjoyed it very much.

So which one do you think I thought about the most? The many who liked it? Nope, I thought about the one who said she didn't.

After a bit, I realized I was circling a dead-end drain with these thoughts. I decided to let it go. I decided to stop focusing on the negative, and take a look at the positive. I've got the names of some lovely ladies who cared enough about my book to write in and encourage me. So part of my to-do list this week includes writing some thank you notes.

Because nothing gets you thinking right like saying and being thankful.

Question for you: Have you ever gotten negative feedback that had your head spinning? What did you do to get your head on straight?

Friday, March 05, 2010

The Friday Five

This week's Friday Five is:

Five things I remember about first grade.

1. Learning to read in my head. This was such a revelation to me. I could read without speaking the words aloud.

2. Drawing a picture of a siamese cat that so impressed my art teacher that she framed it.

3. My teacher, Mrs. Williams, had blue and white checked pants, and very sticky red lipstick. And a beehive hairdo.

4. Being reminded on a fairly regular basis when using Elmer's glue that "A Dot Does A Lot."

5. Being sick with the flu and missing two weeks of school, then going back only half days until I was stronger.

What do you remember from First Grade?

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Three Ingredient Thursday

This week's 3 Ingredient Thursday is a favorite of my family.
Ham and Cheese Pocket
1. frozen bread dough
2. cubed ham
3. velveeta
Defrost bread dough and allow to rise. Spray a large cookie sheet with non-stick spray and spread bread dough out like pizza dough. Lay ham cubes down the middle third of the dough (the long way) and lay slices of velveeta on top of the ham. Fold sides of dough over the top so the seam is on top of the roll. Pinch the seam closed and fold up the edges and seal. Let the pocket rise a second time. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Writing Contests

If you spend any time at all over at Seekerville blog you are familiar with many great writing contests available to writers--published an unpublished.
So, do contests really work?
I guess that depends on what you want to accomplish. Here are some of the benefits that I can and have seen as a result of writing contests.
1. A chance to get several critiques. In most contests the first round judges are either published authors or experienced, trained judges. For the cost of 20-35 dollars or so, you can get two or three critiques that can vault your understanding of writing to a whole new level.
2. A chance to get your ms in front of an agent or editor. If you final in a contest, quite often the final round judge is an agent or editor, or in some cases, like the Genesis, the final round is judged by three industry professionals, agents and editors.
3. A chance to get your ms noticed. On more than one occasion, I've heard of authors who finalled in a contest, then contacted the agent who had been holding their ms in a slushpile. The agent plucked the finalling ms out of the slushpile for a closer look.
4. A chance to get to know some other writers. If you final, see if you can contact your fellow finalists and pray for each other until the contest results are announced. You might make some lifetime friends. :)
For the past two years, I've coordinated at least one category for the ACFW Genesis Contest, the premier contest for unpublished writers of Christian Fiction. I encourage you, if you're an unpublished author, to enter. See where your writing is. You might final, but no matter what, the critiques will teach you and propel your writing.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

A tip for Tuesday

Today's Tip for Tuesday comes from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing Christian Fiction.
In Benrey's Writing Christian Fiction, Part 2 is devoted to the how-to of Writing Publishable Christian Fiction. Chapter Five is titled Publishability and the Fictional Dream.
At the beginning of the chapter there is a graphic of a pyramid that shows the progression of a writer.
The broad base is "Writers Writing." There are, I'd venture to say, tens of thousands of people who would like to write a novel. But those folks don't even make it onto the bottom of this pyramid. Those folks only occasionally talk about writing a novel, but they never do anything about it. The base of our pyramid is writers who are actually writing. Hundreds, probably thousands of people, start a novel each year. Five or even ten thousand words on a book they never finish. Or they begin a new story, mess around with it for awhile, abandon it and move on to the next story.
The next level up is "Novelists with a Finished Novel." This is a much smaller group. Most people don't even finish a novel. If you've finished a novel, you've put yourself into a good place with less competition.
All due respect to Mr. Benrey, I might've added another layer in here after those with a finished novel. I think I might have added in here something along the lines of "Novelists who continue to write and grow in their knowledge of the writing craft." (I know, a long name for it.) Into this group, again smaller than the one below it, are the people who don't consider their first efforts to be 'heartbreaking works of staggering genius' (As Randy Ingermanson puts it) but instead, dive into the editing, the polishing, the learning, the networking, the critique groups, craft books, writing workshops, contests, ect. All the things that are available to writers now to hone their work into shape to get noticed by an agent or editor.
The next level, again smaller, is "Agented Novelists." Up until now, your writing hasn't had to pass through any 'gatekeepers.' This is a big-time jump up the pyramid. Someone with industry savvy, someone who isn't your mother, will evaluate your work and give it the yes, or no. As much as you might want to make this leap as soon as possible, my advice is to wait. Learn about the agents, their clients, their submission requirements. Make sure your work is ready. If you're finalling in contests, that can be a good gauge. Writers long for this validation, this tangible proof that their writing is worthy. But don't be in a super rush or you might wind up with the wrong agent.
The next level up on the pyramid is smaller yet, and is called "Published Novelist." It might surprise you that this isn't the top of the pyramid. But this is one of the sweetest stops on the journey.
The peak of the pyramid is the smallest yet, and is labeled "Success." I suspect because "Multi-published and making a comfortable living off their writing" was too big to put in the little triangle.
Where are you on the pyramid? What steps are you taking to get to the next level?

Monday, March 01, 2010

March Goals

It's the first of the month again, and time to re-evaluate those goals.
February was a very busy month. I finished content edits on one novel and copy edits on another, and got revisions underway for the next one in the chain.
So, goals for March:
1. Finish revisions for a new novel.
2. Coordinate two categories for the Genesis Contest. Women's Fiction and Young Adult.
3. Critiques for crit partners.
4. Begin outlining next novel.
5. Blog here at On The Write Path.
6. My first book signing in Sioux Falls, SD on March 12th
7. Coordinate the blogs at Heartsong Connection. March is my month. :)
So, what do your March Goals look like? Are you moving ahead with your writing, taking steps to make your goals a reality? Do you write out your goals to clarify them and to hold yourself accountable?
And did your March come in like a lion or a lamb? It's rather lambish around here at the moment, though March is historically our snowiest month. Southeast Minnesota is almost guaranteed to get clobbered with a blizzard during the state boys' basketball championships.