Friday, June 29, 2012

Hello Oklahoma

The phrase, "It's not what you know, it's WHO you know," took on new meaning this week.  Captain Handsome and I arrived in Oklahoma last week where we immediately registered with the housing office for on post housing.  In the meantime, we settled into a hotel and tried to figure out what to do between now and the anticipated availability date of housing--a four to six week wait.  I won't bore you will all the options, but suffice it to say they all had up and down sides, and all cost money.

Well...God had other plans.  We went to church on Sunday.  The pastor and his wife are friends of friends.  They were leaving Monday morning for several weeks and, after knowing us for a grand total of fifteen minutes, offered to let us stay in their home while they were gone.  We are now  enjoying their beautiful, air-conditioned home complete with a private back yard, grill, and impressive kitchen.

God had another reason for us being here.  Monday morning, the pastor called to say he forgot to pack his passport.  Not good when he was heading out on a mission trip.  We were able to find it for him and overnight it just in time for him to fly out of the country.


On top of that, on the trip here, a couple picked up our hotel bill.  We've never had that happen either.  The south might be hot, but the hospitality is all it's cracked up to be.

I also signed up for Novel Track through ACFW.  Hopefully having to report my word count every night will help me meet my goal of having this novel done by September.

Until next time,

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Good-bye Colorado

The time has come to say Colorado, not to my blog.  However, with all our belongings in storage and a road trip ahead, it might be a while before I can post again.  I hope you will all stick around. I promise to be back and crafting again as soon as possible.  I did stuff my Stamp! Scrap! and Go! bag full because I wasn't willing to go through complete withdrawl.

On the bright side, I got my writing entry turned in on time.  There is one sentence that's KILLING me, though.  Ergh!  And it's in the opening paragraph.  Double ERGH!!  Nothing I can do about it now.  I guess that's the joy and pain of writing.  As soon as you let it go, you see something you want fixed.

I am treating the upcoming American Christian Fiction Writer's conference as my writing deadline.  I have about half a novel left to go, so I need to buckle down and get it finished by September.  Again...that won't be easy with almost all of my writing books in storage.  I did pull out a few I thought would be the most helpful right now, but it's not quite the same as having everything available.

Wish me luck! Oklahoma, here we come.

Until next time,

Friday, June 1, 2012

Top Three

I still can't quite believe this, but I am a finalist in the Genesis Contest sponsored by American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW).  I entered the "Historical Romance" category.  Only three of us passed from the semi-final round into the finals.  I have until Saturday night to make any revisions before my submission goes to editors, agents, and publishers to be judged again.  Winners will be announced at the ACFW national conference in September.

For some reason, I'm having trouble sleeping.

Until next time...which will be AFTER Saturday night,