According to the weather reports we are in for quite the set of storms. Yipee...bring it on if it includes a snow day!
A snow day = a day of productive writing!
Don't get me wrong I want our children to learn the most they can and receive the best education possible but my mind is racing with thoughts and ideas for revising the next chapter. A snow day would gift me with a chunk of time to get some writing done.
I can write for about 30 - 60 minutes a day generally yet I'm not nearly as productive as when I have a 6 - 8 hour window to work with. With a day I could sleep in (feeling sleep deprived), wrap up the proposal and finish revising the next chapter.
Hmm...I love central NY! If we don't have a snow day then I'll have to purpose my Saturday morning and late evening to get the ideas cluttering my brain onto paper, or at least a computer hard drive. LOL
Good Morning Everyone! I usually post after church and before AWANA but today I thought I would try something different. As the curling iron warms in preparation of turning my flat hair to fabulous ~ I decided to blog.
Up until now my writing area has been located in my living room. This has its pros and cons - the pro is I'm still connected with my family and what they're doing and watching yet this would fall into the con category also as on somedays it is difficult to devote the necessary attention to my writing.
A few years ago my husband rearranged our bedroom furniture and I created a writing nook behind my dresser. This worked well but any design show you watch, you shouldn't have your office in your bedroom. This is a place of relaxation and rest - so out the office went. I've also tried working in my front room but I'm too distractable and I didn't accomplish much. So the livingroom has been the prime location up until my brainstorm last night...
I've decided to clean out this small hallway we have and transform it into an office. I'm going to hoe out the closet and do some major cleaning, ask my parents to store the file cabinets at their house and the supplies stacked atop both cabinets will be organized in the newly created space on the closet shelves. If I clean properly I'm hoping to downsize from two file cabinets two one. Maybe if I clean out the small one I could take it to school to store my stuff there...hmm...now I'm thinking.
By the way - I'm hoping to paint two strips of "chalkboard" paint on the two walls behind my desk area for notes! WooHoo! I'll let my daughter create some blackboards on her walls with the extra - she has been asking. It will move me into "cool mom" for a bit when I actually planned to use it first. :)
Sunday is a day of rest so the project won't start today but the brainstorming has.
Enjoy your Sabbath - spend some time Worshipping our Savior and fellowshipping today before coming home to rest and enjoy your family. Each moment is precious and we don't know what tomorrow will bring.
In today's Our Daily Bread the author, David McCasland talked about one's "Six Word Memoir". He suggested a couple different memoirs for Solomon - a pre and post. As I read this this morning I decided to take this as a challenge, to write a six-word memoir for myself.
As my day progressed and I listened to the Worship team practice for tomorrow's service as I cleaned the church I thought - hmm...What six words could sum up my life? Do I have a pre and post like Solomon? I'm not sure, here are a couple. I'm not convinced either of these are my six-word memoir but I thought I would share my thinking aloud with you to get you started and thinking.
My six-word memoir drafts:
"Life of sin, saved by Grace"
"Writing for God, people need hope"
What is your six-word memoir? Feel free to share here or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you don't want everyone to know your life memoir.
Have fun with this...
Hello everyone! It has been a busy day - school, a photo shoot with the second night of the middle school play to conclude the day's events. I met Cammi Clark from "Today's CNY Woman" and her photographer, Kimberly book at the Belladerma Wellness Spa in Brewerton after school today for an hour of pampering and spoiling.
Thankfully my husband had the day off of work and he and my daughter both joined me for this first. The spa is above the "The Brick House" cafe on Route 11 ~ both were wonderful. I was relaxed instantly as I entered. After confirming we were at the correct location I went to the to grap my framed photographs and the old typewriter my mother-in-law gave me. With my daughter at my side we ventured into the cafe, up the stairs to the spa to enter a quaint room for the photo shoot.
Both Cammi and Kim were wonderful to make us feel comfortable while setting up. By the time my husband filled the car up with gas and returned Kim was clicking away and I was smiling. Well I thought I was but my lovely family kept telling me to "smile". Who would have known I would get so nervous.
They took some shots with me typing on the typewriter, sitting in a chair in front of the fire place, sitting on the floor typing surrounded by wadded up papers and even snapped a few of my daughter and I sitting on the floor as I explained how the old typewriter worked.
It was a wonderful experience and appreciate the magazine including me in their March issue. The magazines are available at local grocery stores and it is also available online. Once the March issue is released - I'll blog with a link to the email edition and let you know specifically where you can get your hands on a hard copy.
Good night everyone ~ I'm tired and have some cleaning to do tomorrow.
This has been an exciting week to say the least - God has answered prayers and encouraged me in such amazing ways this week. First of all He started the week with a snowday then the email from an interested publisher with today's phone message at work bringing more smiles and encouragement.
Do you remember the article Carol Thompson wrote for The Valley News at the end of the year? Well...she had mentioned the editors were interested in featuring me in their CNY Woman magazine in 2011. I was stunned and accepted but hadn't heard anything more about it ~ until today that is.
This morning I was handed a note asking me to call so I could set up my "photo shoot" for the March issue of CNY Woman. I read that message multiple times today and looked up and said "Thank you Jesus!" Oh my goodness, a photo shoot! Wow! I returned the phone call once I was calm or at least could sound calm only to learn they wanted me to do the shoot after-school this afternoon.
Bummer...I had a prior commitment. My daughter's first middle school play was this evening and I was going to spend the ever so brief hour between work and call time dolling up her hair and putting on her make-up. As I prepared to transition my writing from a beloved passion into a career I asked God to help me always keep Him and my family first. As much as I wanted to attend my first photo shoot this afternoon - I wasn't going to miss my daughter's opening night.
Guess what...they said no problem they can do it tomorrow afternoon! Yeah! So this Friday will mark my first photo shoot as a writer! God is Faithful...snowday, contacted by a publisher and now He made both opening night and the photo shoot possible.
I'm looking forward to tomorrow yet I'm nervous, excited and most importantly "What will I wear!?" Make sure you read tomorrow night's blog - I'll fill you in on the excitement and my thoughts following my
Each Wednesday evening we host Bible Study and small group in our home - while sharing praises I shared of a publisher's interest in receiving my manuscript as these are part of my prayer team with my writing. We rejoiced and gave God the praise for the interest and the way He was working and guiding me through this part of the journey. I'm aware this isn't a guranteed acceptance yet it is the opening of a door...a door only God could have opened.
As we discussed the submission process I explained I was finishing my book proposal and they were interested in what the this comprised off. I shared the different parts and the information most publishers and agents want to know. Since we were talking about the proposal - I shared part of it with my small group tonight. There wasn't much feedback from the one part I shared (my one-page sell sheet) yet I was asked if they could keep it. :) I was touched.
Writing is a journey and we all have different interests. While at the middle school this afternoon for my daughter's play rehearsal I was visiting with one of her 7th grade classmates. I asked if she (the girl) was still in chorus and if she was playing sports this year. She said she was in chorus this year but wasn't going to next year and she wasn't doing sports. I tried to encourage her yet I could tell she wasn't interested. So I ventured to a route very comfortable to me - I said "What if there was an after-school writing group? Would you do that?" She smiled widely and said "Yes! I would do that." It touched my heart.
Since I'm at the elementary school, this isn't something I could do yet it was a gentle reminder - we are all gifted and interested in different things. We aren't all meant to stand on the stage performing or on the court playing - some of us are gifted to write the play being performed or creating the slogans for the posters decorating the halls and gym the night of the big game.
Thankfully God has blessed me with an array of gifts - I pray our children are offered opportunities to utilize and perfect their gifts and to explore a variety of avenues until they find their nack. Thank goodness we're all different...many parts make a whole.
Did you have a favorite after-school activity? Writing club wasn't an option in the 80's at my school - maybe this is a matter of prayer for the upcoming year. How could I use my writing skills and incorporate it with the kids at school while still allowing the necessary time to work on my own writing, market my book, travel and speak as necessary to share the story God's given me to help others? Hmmm....something to sleep on.
Upstate New York State is so beautiful...everywhere you look it is white. I'm blessed with a little creek running by my house and up until a winter-thaw, with a bridge my grandmother had built for the kids to cross. They traveled it too many times to count for picnics, roasting marshmallows, bbq, or even to catch frogs. The bridge now rest semi-sideways on the bank awaiting my husband, father and friends to return it to its home across the creek. Even with my lonely bridge in a slumber it is beautiful. The ice with the snow gently piling atop creates a beauty only God could be responsible for. It is especially breathtaking in the morning as the sun rises and reflects off the ice. Ahh...
I've fluttered in awe of God's blessing and answered prayers in my life so often...He is amazing! I'm overwhelmed and don't feel deserving of His love and provision at times yet it is in these instances I feel God's arms wrapped ever so tightly around me as I weep tears of joy and hope...He may never answer my prayer to know where my sister is yet He is going to use my story to help other siblings understand they aren't alone and He loves them too...
I write for Him...my goal for the week is this: FINISH THE PROPOSAL! Get back to revising the manuscript no later than Monday afternoon or evening.
Thanks for reading my blog
It is bitterly frigid in Upstate New York today yet I didn't feel it at all. The Lord blessed me abundantly today...first with a snow day and then with an email from a publisher. Yes you heard me, a publisher contacted me today about my book. As if an unexpected day to spend writing wasn't enough, the Lord answered prayer like only He can.
Ephesians 3:20-21 NIV
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen
I've spent the past few weeks developing my book proposal with the goal of sending it to an agent. Yet when the journey started I was looking to submit to publishers and then altered the plan and decided to pursue an agent. Then today God blesses me with an email that took my breath away. Had I veered off His path to travel my own? I hope not...
Since July I have shared with you my desire is to write for God and to use the story of my sister's abduction and the impact it had on my life to help someone else know, without a shadow of a doubt, they are not alone. God is always right there with them...and me as we live each day without our sister or brother.
I pray daily for God's direction in my writing and for the life of this book. Some of you may remember I was feeling discouraged and downtrodden over my Christmas vacation for not accomplishing as much "writing" as I had wanted ~ I prayed for God to show me if I was to be writing for Him or if it was an attack.
Since January 1st, God has shown me over and over He is sitting with me, walking me and even jumping the happy dance with me when I'm writing in obedience to Him. My sister's abduction was a terrible and tragic experience, one I live each day BUT God is bigger and better than the evil that took my sister from our lives...He can work good and miracles in all situations.
I pray for those who will read my book one day before I start writing and sometimes when I am writing. I pray for you as you read the blog to know Jesus and His amazing love for you. God wants me to share this story. There are sisters and brothers living without their sibling feeling alone, angry and hurt...they will know God loves them and He is the hope they need.
Will you join me in prayer for my book? Pray I will follow God's path whether it be an agent or the publisher that contacted me today ~ so others will know of God's great love for them.
With God...nothing is impossible!
Celebrating the hope and encouragement He sent today...
Yesterday I shared some of the different places I've learned trigger my best writing. I teased you with the idea of how to capture the prize winning thought and topic for my next writing piece when my trusty college-ruled, 3 subject notebook isn't available. Hmm...For those of you who know me well some of this won't be new yet to others - you will be enlightened, or at least amused.
Elaine W. Miller posted in her blog ( http://www.elainewmiller.blogspot.com/) this past Friday about being an "odd duck" because she is a writer. I agree, we are "odd ducks" and it is wonderful. There is no reason to explain why we do what we do yet it is fun to explain the different idiosyncrasies we have to one another and those interested enough to listen. How is that for a bunny trail?
I love to write and come up with random thoughts and ideas for something to write about. For instance while waiting for the children to come to the AWANA circle this evening, someone said "one sock on, one sock off" and I say "That is a great idea for story." Hmm...yet I had no paper or pen in hand so the thought was lost until I started this blog. Now that I've remembered it there are options - I can leave it on my blog so when I reread posts it triggers the memory or I might jot it down on an index card and dump it in my hanging file organizer of "random writing topics" for some day, that isn't today. LOL
Sometimes as I listen to Pastor preach I will get this great idea and don't want to lose it so I start writing on the next clean page in my note-taking journal during his sermon. (Sorry Pastor!) Or if it is just a random thought triggered by a word or phrase he has said, I scribble it on a sticky note and attach it to the front of my Bible. These sticky notes end up in an array of places in my house -you never know where one might turn up and this is half the fun - I never know when God might return that sticky note to me.
While driving I seem to get the best ideas yet can't pull over to start writing so I call (hand's free) to my self at home and leave a message detailing this new and brilliant idea. Sometimes I get home and say "Who is that? Oh it's me...what am I talking about?" and just laugh and others, I sit down and start writing or add it to the file or stick it on a post-it and move on. It depends on the day and my mood.
While out to dinner I love to watch people - if someone or something ignites a fuel for writing in my finger tips I will borrow a pen from the nearest person, scribble the idea on my napkin and stick in my pocket. Now if only I could remember to take the napkins out of my pants before tossing them in the hamper, washer and dryer! Ugh...and yes I blame an innocent family member before realizing it was me - and mourn the lost idea.
I keep washable crayons in the shower so I can write ideas on the bathroom walls while showering. When I have a designated room for writing in my house (that isn't my living room) I would like to paint one entire wall with chalkboard paint - so I can scribble all these ideas on the wall for a visual reminder. This would stimulate creative thinking instantly.
Basically - the nearest paper and pen, eyeliner, lipstick, crayon or answering machine I can find will capture my thoughts until "later". When does later come?
Have a great week!
I've always enjoyed learning "where" an author likes to their writing or feels they do their best writing.
I heard Laurie Halse-Anderson speak before and she talked about how the end of her couch had indentations from her sitting there to do her writing so often. I can't remember when in her career she was talking about yet it made an impact on me - we need to write where we are comfortable. Today Laurie Halse-Anderson writes in a eco-friendly writing cabin in the woods somewhere with a beautiful circular window. She blogged about the earth-friendliness and serenity of her writing cabin. I was inspired to know an indentation of my bottom sitting in the same chair at home classified my writing zone yet her cabin inspired me to aim higher. Some day my writing cottage will overlook the lake or ocean...ahh...
For now my favorite writing spot is determined by the writing task at hand.
*If I am writing something for school to share with the students - I like to sit in the comfy chair with a mechanical pencil and yellow writing tablet on my lap with the television on and my family in the room.
*If I am writing an article for the newspaper - I'm at the laptop for easy research and quick typing. Since I tend to be a "long winded" writer - to write clear, concise and short in length requires much "cutting" in a document. There aren't enough erasers if I was to attempt this sitting in the comfy chair. There is something about sitting in a computer chair to "work" versus the comfy chair designed for "relaxation".
*If I am working on revising a chapter for my book - usually an environment of activity and noise. I enjoy revising while sitting in the back of the room while my daughter has play practice - although it isn't quiet there is something going on around me. If I had enough money I could sit in a tea or coffee shop, the food court at the mall or within a bookstore and revise my little heart out. The commotion going on around me but not including me is fabulously engergizing. Although there is a lot happening in my environment - the only thing I see are the words dancing in my head while hearing the tapping of keys or pencil scratching on the paper.
*Another favorite location to revise and edit - My parents house. Oh my goodness, I accomplish so much when I sit at my parent's kitchen table, headphones on, music loudly playing and the heat of the woodstove bubbling perspiration on my forehead. When I need a brain break - I enjoy a visit with my parents or simply take off the headphones and look up to see a wood burned picture of my sister Heidi and Sarah Ann Wood that was purchased for my parents by the New Haven Elementary School teachers. And next to this is the enlargement of the NCMEC riders in the beauty of pink and blue the day they rode specifically for Heidi. A reminder of why I write...
*If I am finalizing a chapter after critique - QUIET! I need to be able to read each sentence aloud and "hear" what the reader heard. I'm an auditory learner and writer - if I hear the words, then I can write them in a more professional and reader friendly way. Sometimes the USMC clock on the wall near my computer is too loud and I have to move it - the ticking is too loud.
*If I am writing something new - I like to have my laptop beneath my fintertips so I can "dump" the thoughts and words from my brain to written word as quickly as possible. I hit save and close the document when I'm finished and come back to it later for edits and further developing.
There are some days I can't find a good place to write or the words just aren't there. I have found when I can't write, I become irritable and a not-so-nice person to live with. Instead of becoming the quenn of crank I need to stop and think about why this is so... the answer is simple, I hadn't prayed to ask God for protection and for His hand on my writing. God is faithful when I take the time to seek Him first, then write.
To find out what I do when I get an idea and there isn't a keyboard or pad of paper around - read tomorrow's blog.
Earlier this month yet another American classic was in the spotlight. Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn is a topic of discussion because of the use of the "N-word" and some want to change this word to "slave". In response to this debate, journalist Steve Yablonski ran an article on January 14th to address this. Steve contacted me to see if I was interested in doing an interview with him for his article. I accepted and looked forward to reading the article. Steve interviwed other authors and book store owners and the opinion was unanimous - keep Twain's classic a classic.
To read more about the debate and my interview with the Oswego Daily News - visit http://oswegocountytoday.com/?p=54362. I'm glad Steve saught my opinion as both an educator and a writer.
American classics are just that...classic. As we read them we need to keep in mind the era they were written in and the time setting of the book - using these as teaching points and a way to interact with today's child about the growth of America. They are our future...use past errors exemplified through literature to ignite compassion in our youth to continue transforming and improving this great country we live in.
The modifications and additions from my brainstorming and editorial session with one of my friends are complete. Now that I'm done boasting about myself and writing talents I can write about the items that come a little easier - describing the book, its chapters and my marketing plan and competitive analysis.
I know the three chapters I plan to include in the proposal so the end is finished. I like that...working on the middle knowing finishing the middle completes the proposal.
I'm off to do a wee bit of writing and then to bed early. I either need a good night's sleep or someone to teach me the artistry of applying make-up correctly. A thought I have had often, especially as I look to the future with more speaking engagements to market my book when it is published. I have a couple people in mind. But for now...I'll get some sleep.
Do you have a difficult time multi-tasking when completing a writing project? Or saying "Sorry I can't do that today, I have a deadline to meet." I maximized my writing time and found it surprisingly easy to say those words this week knowing I had an appointment the following week. A new goal: schedule a weekly meeting to go over my writing process with someone. I don't want to waste anyone's time so I'm work a little harder, use my time more efficiently and it gives me permission to say "No" to others.
Yet in saying "No" to others I am saying "Yes" to God in my obedience of writing for Him.
Ephesians 1:18 -20
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.
I worked diligently this weekend on my book proposal knowing I was meeting with a friend this afternoon to review and discuss the sections that were finished. I believe accountablility partners keep us true to our word and God in all arenas of life. I'm thankful for a friend willing to critique and help me develop the best book proposal I can. She said she knew what I had done over the three day weekend with a smile on her face. Many things she like, some punctuational mishaps and formatting changes were suggested and a lot of fabulous discussion. We closed our work session with some yellow cake layered with cool whip, blueberries and frozen rasberries I picked this summer with my daughter. A nice treat to end a productive and enjoyable afternoon.
I have another friend anxiously awaiting the next chapter yet she will have to wait since in love I was told "This chapter doesn't flow and I don't know where you are going. Don't try to work on the proposal and the book simultaneously." I guess my multi-tasking wasn't working too well. LOL So the proposal first and then the next chapter so I can show MJM how chapter five fits. :)
More tomorrow...making editorial changes tonight when I get home from the church board meeting from today's accomplishments and then to the next section.
I've had two people contact me about not being able to "see" the print with the facelift. I apologize to those this is happening to ~ I will look into it with Weebly and see if there is a reason only a few can't see. My apologies...know I'm looking into this.
I spent eight and a half hours working on my book proposal, updating my website, responding to posts, emails and researching yesterday. A friend suggested I "hide out" at my parents when I have a good chunk of time so I can write without distractions. It was a productive day to say the least! I finished my query letter, cover letter and cover page and had started working on the next section when my body couldn't read, write or think in an organized or conherent fashion anymore. I came home from my parents with intentions of reading or crocheting but decided to watch a movie with my daughter - a perfect ending to a great day. Since tomorrow is Martin Luther King day there isn't school so it will be a day devoted to writing. Another friend is meeting me on Tuesday to go over my book proposal - so I must chop, chop so we have something to go over!
Today I enjoyed teaching Sunday school to the preschoolers about Jesus being our shepherd and we are his sheep. He loves us and today we learned He saved us by dying on the cross for our sins and rising again! Amazing. Next week they will learn how Jesus is their protector. I pray you know this too.
After church we enjoyed a breakfast lunch with friends followed by a few games of "Sequence" (The girls won!!!) and wrapped up the afternoon with a couple rounds of "Quiddler" - a fun word game. This is a game on my wish list - love word games.
We're home with high spirits from the time spent with friends and tired for the same very reasons. My hubby is watching football and I'm catching a movie (on VHS) with my daughter! Have a great evening everyone!
Hope you like the new look!
In my blog posting "Answered Prayer" there have been a few postings with a couple readers sharing their one-word for 2011. Each chosing a word that speaks to them and will bring encouragement throughout the year. There words are "hope" and "can". Thanks ladies! If you want to know the importance of their words ~ check out the "Answered Prayer" posting.
As for my word - "Faithful" It has come to mind multiple times yet I thought "Naw...there has to be a different word" yet this is the word the continues to reappear and speak to me.
After reading its definition and spending a little more time praying and thinking - sometimes I "think" to much. So today I will be "faithful" in listening to God's speaking. I'll blog tomorrow about ways I can be more faithful or simply to start being faithful in some areas.
"Faithful" is defined on dictionary.com as:
. strict or thorough in the performance of duty: a faithful worker.
2. true to one's word, promises, vows, etc.
3. steady in allegiance or affection; loyal; constant: faithful friends.
4. reliable, trusted, or believed.
5. adhering or true to fact, a standard, or an original; accurate: a faithful account; a faithful copy.
6. Obsolete . full of faith; believing.
noun 7. the faithful, a. the believers, esp. members of a Christian church or adherents of Islam. b. the body of loyal members of any party or group.
Have you chose your "One-Word" for 2011? Respond to the post and share. If you're not comfortable posting ~ you are welcome to email me. Lbuskewriter@aol.com
To celebrate the new year and continue the joy and laughter felt during our "Secret Santa" this past December ~ our school started a "Secret Pal".
From January through June I have the opportunity to bless someone else with kind words, goodies or inspiration while also receiving some of the same joys and blessings. To join or not to join was an individual choice. I said "Oh yeah!"
We each filled out an informational sheet containing our likes, hobbies, and personal tidbits to help our secret pal. Once they were filled out one of our fellowship leaders came around and we "picked" a piece of paper ~ opening it to reveal who we would be blessing with some tidbits of information we may have known or not known. I've enjoyed this and we're only in week 2!
My Secret Pal blessed me with a card and chocolate! Yum! This week I've been blessed twice ~ first with a fantastic tigger pen that says "Tiggers can do anything!" and some more chocolates. Today another surprise was left hanging on the door. A kiwi-pear candle and a package of 100 calorie cookies. Thank you Secret Pal!!!
The day I received my pen was just a couple days after wrestling with myself if I should be writing - the Lord worked through my Secret Pal to strengthen and encourage me. Did you know one pen had so much Power? And the 100 calorie cookie pouch was wonderful as I'm trying to start a new habit - to be healthy! By the end of February - may this new habit of health be a lifestlye!
Thank you Secret Pal! I've been using that WONDERFUL Tigger pen as I work on my book proposal and it reminds me, "Tiggers can do anything!"
Although it may only be Wednesday it has been an exciting and inspirational week. God has used the words from a few of you reading my blogs to encourage and motivate me in ways I couldn't imagine.
I've spoken with a few people this week about my blog postings. It was awkward at first to be discussing someone's blog posting in break room when it was me and my posts being discussed. On the other hand, it was neat to be able to "hear" what others are thinking in response to my postings. Even though an average of twenty-five people are reading my blog daily - I only hear from a handful via both email and responding to a post. An exciting and new venture...a new me in 2011.
A couple readers mentioned the my challenge to select "one word" for 2011. They were fun and enjoyable conversations in which none of us had chosen our one word. Look back to the "Answered Prayer" posting to learn one of these individual's words for the year.
Another post I've had a conversation was in regards to keyboards being musical. It was an uplifting conversation as my joy and fascination of the keyboard keys each having their own unique sound insteresting and musical left another "bothered" as she types now because she hadn't realized this before. We laughed at the prospect of keyboards triggering such a fun conversation, especially as others joined in.
Enjoying the snow and praying for a snow day tomorrow! Would love the gift of a Writing Work Day!
The only person aware of my prayers outside my immediate family was God! He is ever faithful and I'm blessed to be His daughter...fabulous earthly parents and an awesome Heavenly Father!
As most of you know I had set a goal to submit my book proposal by Thanksgiving which wasn't met yet after prayer and encouragement from friends, family and you I made it over that hurdle. It is all part of God's plan!
For some reason 2010 ended with incomplete goals and projects as it pertains to my writing yet as 2011 came in I realized I hadn't "written" as much as I liked yet I had done a lot of reading and researching.
Last week I thought "I'll get a lot of writing done this week!" Not so much so as the week progressed I started to beat myself up again and questioning if I should be writing, if God wanted me to write this book or if the obstacles were created to prevent me from finishing. I shared this with God each day and my family.
The past two days God has spoke volumes to me as He encouraged me to keep writing and He was in control and with me. (Duh...I know this yet I lost site of this valuable tidbit) I received emails in the past two days that touched my heart and were witness to God's blessing on my writing. An answer to prayer!
I would like to share one with you today.
There is a woman by the name of Aimee Lee. I first received an email from Aimee on 8/2/10. We have communicated a couple times since then yet it was an email I received from her yesterday that touched my heart and strengthened me exactly where I needed it.
Aimee has written a book about an emotional and disturbing life experience with her daughter. In her email she told me she had submitted her book proposal and was waiting to hear. She also had developed her own webpage.
I asked her permission to share a little with you, along with her website. Aimee said, "Hope you don't mind but I liked your idea of creating a website so much that I made one myself. Feel free to check it out and share with others."
Thank you Aimee ~ God used you to answer a prayer!
May God bless you in your pursuit for publication and raising awareness!
Did you know each key on your keyboard has a unique sound as you type? I learned this tidbit yesterday and found it interesting. As I sit here revising and writing the next chapter I'm not only writing a book. I'm making music.
If you've heard me sing or attempt to play an instrument you know I'm not generally musically gifted yet with this new information ~ I can strive to be a musical genious.
With the tap, tap, tap of each key I'm sharing my life story as it pertains to the disappearance of my one and only sister, Heidi M. Allen. With each detail of how my life has changed, how I've grown spiritually and how my view of the world and being a parent are expressed through the written word ~ I am making music!
The keyboard is singing praises to God! He has equipped me to not only write and share my story to help others but also He has blessed me with a way to exercise a positive musical talent.
Have a great day! May your keyboard sing praises today
Lisa M Buske
P.O. Box 323