Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Mission Accomplished

The check, I mean the manuscript, is in the mail! :) Yes, I finally submitted my manuscript! This is the one that took only 7 weeks to write. Of course, it took me almost 2 months to revise it! LOL But part of the reason was because it came out 2000 words too long. I had to do some major cutting.

At least it's finished. And I wrote the synopsis in about two days--which is like torture! I think from now on I'll write it as I go so I don't forget the order in which things happened. :) As I wrote this book, I also had other ideas for the secondary characters. So maybe they'll have their own stories someday, too.

If all goes well, maybe I'll be able to report a second sale soon!! Prayers would be appreciated.

Looking ahead, I'll be having a couple of guest bloggers/interviews soon. Check back for an interview with Julie Lessman in the coming weeks!


Monday, October 22, 2007

Steeple Hill Harvest Festival!

Hi, all. Come by the Steeple Hill message boards for the Harvest Festival. Here's the info below. I'll see you on there if I EVER get a post to show up. I don't know what I'm doing wrong.

:) Missy

Steeple Hill is having a Harvest Festival. Come on over and join the fun! Many of your favorite authors will be there. Many opportunities for prizes the authors have what are you waiting for?

Come visit at

Schedule of Events:
Monday October 22nd Harvest Cook-Off with Allie Pleiter (Readers will post candy-related recipes on the boards. Winning recipe will be announced on Friday)

Great Moody Pumpkin Writing Challenge with Janet Tronstad (Using 250 words or less, write a partial scene set in a pumpkin patch anywhere in time or place that shows a mood. Winner will be announced at the end of the Festival)

Referral contest: For every person who posts and says they were referred by someone, the referrer will be entered in a drawing for a prize on Friday.

Delurking contest: Every person who posts saying they've delurked will be entered in a drawing for a prize on Friday.

Tuesday October 23rd Dunking for Authors with Cheryl Wyatt (since Cheryl's books aren't available yet, we'll be giving away books from other authors as prizes)

Wednesday October 24th Buried Secrets Scavenger Hunt with Margaret Daley (Readers will read excerpts from Margaret's recent release, Buried Secrets, and answer questions)

Thursday October 25th Pin the Tale on the Author with Cheryl Wyatt (Again, we'll have prizes from other authors. Readers will match correct author and title)

Friday October 26th McKaslin Moments with Jillian Hart (A trivia game based on Jill's McKaslin books)

Thursday, October 18, 2007

New Blogging Adventure!

I'm going to be taking part in a blog with a group of my writing buddies. It's an idea that we've tossed around for a while and recently decided to run with. I have to admit that I didn't do any of the work setting it up. But I look forward to writing my first post on the 23rd of this month. Hop on over to take a peek at it. We're a big group of friends who got together through contests. We kept seeing each other's names as finalists in contests, and a couple of the ladies got together to form our group so we could support each other.

Our motto: Our focus on Him as we write toward the dream, We shall leave no woman behind. (T. Russo, 2005)

Two years ago we formed our close-knit group with the goal of praying and supporting each other into publication. Of the fifteen of us, 8 have gone on to sell our books. So we march ahead as we keep pulling for the other seven! And we'll be blogging, mostly about contests--our experiences, both good and bad. We'll also be posting contest information. So please stop by! I think you'll enjoy yourself.

Plus, I have to add that the group of ladies has been a constant source of laughter for me. I'm sure you'll find something to tickle your funny bone while in Seekerville. :)


Monday, October 15, 2007

I've been tagged! 10-20-30

I was double tagged while out of town this weekend. :) Once by Myra Langley Johnson, the other Jessy Ferguson.

I'm supposed to tell what I was doing 10, 20 and 30 years ago. Hmmm....

10 years ago was about the time I started pursuing publication. I had already been writing for a couple of years, but joined RWA that year or maybe a year earlier, then Georgia Romance Writers. I had 3 small children aged 1, 3, and 7. At that time, we lived in Acworth, Georgia.

20 years ago, I was practically a newlywed. We married in June 1986 so had just had our first anniversary. My husband had graduated from seminary that spring and we'd moved to Lawrenceville, GA where he served as an associate pastor. I worked at Emory University Hospital in the microbiology lab and commuted each day (not fun!).

30 years ago, I was a mere babe. LOL! Actually, I would have been a 15-year-old sophomore dying to be old enough to drive. :) I lived with my family in Kentucky, went to high school where I studied hard, played in the band (the oboe), and was a majorette during football season. I would have been riding to school each day with a senior in my neighborhood because it was just too embarrassing to walk or ride the bus. ;) It was also about the time I met a guy that I dated for the next 3+ years. It was probably about the time I joined the adult choir at church (I still love to sing!).

This was fun. Thanks for tagging me, ladies! If you're reading this, go check out Jess's and Myra's posts (links on their names above) to see what they've been doing over the decades.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Moonlight and Magnolias Report

Hi! It's been ages since I've posted, so I wanted to be sure to stop in and say that I'm posting Thursday, October 4th, on our F.A.I.T.H. group blog. Please be sure to stop by for some great photos from the Georgia Romance Writers conference. It was held in Atlanta (Well, Norcross, actually) this past weekend. I had a great time! It was so fun to be able to attend as a published author for the first time.

Also, Lindi Peterson and I presented a workshop (another first) that we felt went well. Once we relaxed, we had a good time with it. The group of attendees was great, and I hope they went away motivated and with a plan to move on through the pre-published stage.

I also spent time critiquing with Lindi this past weekend. She finished reading my newly completed manuscript and gave some great feedback. I tackled some of the changes today, and hope to get it ready to send off very soon.

I also started a new quarter teaching this week, although I still have students from a dual enrollment program (high school and college credit at the same time) for a few more weeks. Once again, I'm teaching Anatomy and Physiology. I just love that class!

I better sign off. It's 1 am and I have to get up at 6:30!