Thursday, August 23, 2007

Catching Up

Well, my son made it home safely! I blogged about it last Thursday (August 16) on the F.A.I.T.H. blog is you'd like to hear a little about his trip.

Since then I've been writing like crazy. I'm pushing through on my manuscript. I'm now at 37,000 words! I started this current version right after RWA National, so it's moving well for me. I'm trying to make good use of this last week before going back to teaching. I start on Monday. I would love to finish first draft by then!

Totally off the subject of writing, I would sure appreciate prayer for rain! We're in a horrible drought. We had a sprinkle last night, and it made me realize I can't remember the last time it rained. I think it was mid-July. We've also had a terrible heat wave--record setting temperatures. Yesterday it hit 105 degrees in a nearby town. And the weatherman said that wasn't with the heat index. It was the actual temperature. With the humidity, I can't imagine how hot it was.

I'm sure my friend Mindy Obenhaus and others in Texas would love to send us some of their rain. I guess we should pray for a break from rain for them.

I recently mentioned the exciting news that Lindi Peterson is a finalist in the Maggie. Well, one of my other critique partners, Maureen Hardegree, is a finalist in the Molly! And she also won the Sandy Contest!! Lots of excitement for our critique group. Congratulations, ladies!

That's all for now. My characters are calling my name....

Missy :)

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Waiting...

My son and the rest of the mission team are on their way home from Kenya! They're only 2 hours out from Atlanta. Okay, so they're 2 hours and 4 minutes, but who's counting? LOL Then they'll get their luggage and have about an hour and a quarter drive from the airport!

Can you tell I'm excited?! :)

I've found the coolest flight tracking site at fboweb.com. I've been able to watch his plane all morning once they reached US airspace. What fun! As I'm writing this, they're over Maine.

This is the longest he's been away from home, and I have to admit that the stress from having him so far away in a third world country has done a number on my poor stomach. But praise God for cell phones (bless you Cingular/AT&T!). He's been able to call us and we've been able to call him directly. Although, I may not be blessing the company so much once the bill gets here! :) It'll be worth every penny for the peace of mind it gave me the last two weeks, though.

I'll tell more about the trip once we see him and hear all the stories. Thank you to all who have been praying for their group since they left. Now, if you'll just keep on praying for the next 2 hours and... Oh! One hour and 51 minutes. :)

Missy

Thursday, August 09, 2007

New Plotting Method

I'm posting on our group blog on Thursday about a new method I discovered I like to use when I get stuck in my plot. So hop on over to the F.A.I.T.H. blog and check it out. And while you're there, check out our interview with Allison Bottke on Wednesday, August 8. She's an intersting lady!

Also, I'd love to hear any suggestions for your favorite plotting methods. Please share!

Missy

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Congratulations, Lindi!! and Photos from National





Great news for my great friend and critique partner, Lindi Peterson. She's a finalist in the Maggie!!!!! (She's on the far left.)I'm so excited for her. This is the 3rd year in a row she's been a finalist. I just know the 3rd time will be a charm.


And speaking of charm! My Maggie medallions are on a beautiful silver chain that has a history. Several years ago, another critique partner, Maureen Hardegree, won a Maggie medallion. Deb Dixon (of the amazing GMC: Goal, Motivation and Conflict reference book) took off her silver chain and passed it to Maureen. When I won a year or two later, Maureen handed it down to me. I've been DYING to hand it down to Lindi!! So I'm keeping my fingers crossed for this year. :)
I'm so low tech sometimes. I have a digital camera, but it's one of the big ones, too big to take to conferences. I can't just pop it in my purse, so I never take it anywhere. I took a disposable camera to RWA National. And of course, it's still sitting here waiting to be developed.

Luckily, I have friends with tiny cameras! :)

Thank you Cheryl Wyatt and Angie Breidenbach for sending me copies.

The first photo at the top shows Lindi Peterson, me, Myra Johnson and Janet Dean after the Faith, Hope and Love conference.

This is Mindy Obenhaus, Janet Dean, me, Debby Giusti, Darlene Buchholz, and Cheryl Wyatt as we headed to a fancy dinner at the rotating restaurant at the top of the Hyatt.


And this is the fun crew of Steeple Hill authors along with Dream, who hosts the e-harlequin boards, and editors Krista Stroever and Melissa Endlich.







I'll probably be posting more photos as more generous friends email them to me. I'll also take my film to be put on a CD. Someday. :)

Missy