Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Ahhh.... the scents of summer... and knowing when to let go.

Summer weather is here to stay. And one of my favorite scents is filling my home. My gardenia bush is bursting with gorgeous white, fragrant blooms, fuller than it's been since we moved here six years ago. I love to cut the blooms with their waxy, dark greenery, and float them in a bowl of water. And right now, as I write, I get an occasional waft of the rich, sometimes overpowering fragrance. Ahhhh.....

I haven't posted in ages. But that's a good thing! I've been revising. I've finished my first two "pass-throughs" and am just about finished with my third. Then I'll have to go through to type in all the changes. The problem is, I find it hard to ever say it's done! I'm a perfectionist. And every time I read through the manucript, I find something else to change. I've learned, though, that once I'm merely changing little words here and there that it's time to let it go.

Time to send that baby out into the world--namely to the agents who have requested it. In the meantime, I'm hoping to hear from one editor who has a partial. If all goes well, she'll be requesting this full about the time I'm ready to let it go into the world. Keep your fingers crossed with me!! (And send up prayers if you feel led.) :)


Saturday, May 06, 2006

Moving Mountains

Well, it's shameful to admit, but when I logged in my revision work yesterday, I found I hadn't worked on my manuscript since March 9. Yikes! I deserve a good swift kick in the seat of my pants.

I have to say, though, that it feels SO good to be back in the process. I've missed my writing. And I've missed my characters. Contrary to the way it is in real life, in my writing, I can take lives and bend them the way I want them to go. :) Now, that's real power.

A week or so ago, I read a familiar Bible passage in The Message. And it really spoke to me as I read it in such a different version. (I love, LOVE, The Message.) Here's what I read in Matthew 21:21-22:

But Jesus was matter-of-fact: "Yes--and if you embrace this kingdom life and don't doubt God, you'll not only do minor feats like I did to the fig tree, but also triumph over huge obstacles. This mountain, for instance, you'll tell, 'Go jump in the lake,' and it will jump. Absolutely everything, ranging from small to large, as you make it a part of your believing prayer, gets included as you lay hold of God."

Now, that's REAL power. God's power. And it's power I'm claiming over my writing ministry. But for me to look for God to work in my writing, I have to show up to do my part. Skipping the month of April (no matter what other stuff I had going on writing-wise) is not the way to honor His calling.

So, I'm going to do better. And I started yesterday. Now, I've got to run. My characters are calling my name....