In less than one week school opens up and I will see all the students smiling faces as they step off the bus a year older with a hunger to learn. Their excitement and joy motivates me to be the best teacher I can be yet there are another group of individuals preparing for September – cyclists across New York State are training for upcoming Ride for Missing Children (RMC) events.
On September 23, 2011 there are two Ride for Missing Children, a mission of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. In years past we have traveled to Albany in September for to participate in this ride, this year we are staying closer to home. www.rideformissingchildren.org – Syracuse Ride has surpassed their goal of riders for their first official “Syracuse Ride”.
Event coordinators, Chris Arnold and Susan Bertrand have worked with the various committees to make this year’s ride a success and highlight for Septembers to come. This evening I had the pleasure of meeting Chris and Susan, share a cup of coffee at Dunkin Donuts and get to know each other on a more personal level. In addition to getting to know each other, they shared details of ride with joy and excitement. It is contagious. I LOVE the RMC!
As if this meeting wasn’t enough, I was invited to join Chris and Susan for one of their training rides. I was able to meet nearly two dozen riders as they set time aside to train. Their compassion, love, support, and dedication takes my breath away. The pink and blue jerseys, smiles, and camaraderie warm my heart even now as I think about it. I was blessed by the time spent with all the riders.
With the sun starting to nestle in for the evening, it is time for the riders to train. I was invited to share a few words of encouragement for this training ride ~ I pray my words encouraged them and helped them each to see this is more than a 100 mile bike ride ~ it is a mission to educate our children and keep them safe. Thank you riders!
There will be more about the ride in future blogs. I will be joining the riders on Friday morning as they start their trek – as their opening speaker! How exciting! Keep the riders in your prayers and if you would like to help raise posters (every $.25 equals one missing person’s flyer) or to continue providing educational programming in our schools – visit the RMC website. www.rideformissingchildren.org and you can “Like them” on your Facebook page!
Big hugs and kisses to our Albany RMC family - you are in our prayers too! Know that as we are in Syracuse, our hearts and prayers reach all the way to Albany and I plan to share this connection with the riders in Syracuse.
The alarm went off at 6 a.m. this morning ~ an appointment at 8:30 a.m. so I figured I wouldn't shut it off (like I did yesterday, lol) BUT...oh yeah, I did! I woke up at 7:30 a.m. With fifteen minutes to get ready before I needed to be out the door, I moved quicker in the a.m. than I have since June. Good practice for next week ~ hopefully by next Tuesday when the alarm goes off at 4:45 a.m., I will get out of bed before I shut the alarm off. I am sure I will, going back to school is exciting ~ the doctor, not so much. lol
Two houses cleaned, bills organized, started to read a new book and finished updating my calendar. Mary worked in the garden, made a couple deliveries of fresh veggies and is concluding her day by babysitting two precious little girls. Too cute. Ed worked and is enjoying some sports on the television while visiting with his brothers on the phone.
Once the last couple piles are organized and placed in their new homes, I'm returning to my book for a good read. A busy week ahead, can't believe I will have worked an entire day by this time next week. I can't wait. I should probably get to bed before Midnight ~ then maybe I could get up in the a.m.
An all day, shopping day with my daughter tomorrow until I meet a new Ride for Missing Children friend for coffee. As if this isn't exciting enough, after coffee she invited me to meet a group of riders before they head out for a practice ride - what a blessing. I look forward to sharing my story and hope with the riders tomorrow, they ride for our missing children ~ "Keeping our children safer, One child at a time".
Ever since I was a little girl, spring and summer was spent along the outer edge of my father’s garden. He tilled the ground for the first time the spring of 1972. The smell of freshly tilled soil still brings a smile to his face today. This past June I came home from school one day to see a row of forty some tomato plants newly planted. Dad was on the deck lost in thought while staring at his newly planted garden.
“Dad, what are you thinking about?”
With a smile, “see those tomato plants?” I nod. “As the plants grow taller and the wind comes in off our wonderful Lake Ontario…we will lose plants again this year unless we figure out a way to support them.”
I love our times sitting on the deck. Times of reflection, memories and plans for the future are common; time with my Dad…priceless. But this isn’t the focus of the blog, just a bonus tidbit.
The next day as I drive come to my parent’s property I notice there are two 4x4’s staked on either side of the tomato plant row with a rope attached from their tops. Once in the driveway I make my way to the garden first before going inside, intrigued by the new addition. With each step forward I can see a multitude of fluorescent green strings tied to the top rope and staked in the ground near the base of the tomato plant.
My Dad’s voice startles me, “What do you think kid?”
“Very cool. Great Idea, hopefully it works.”
After walking around the property and checking both gardens we join my mom on the deck to enjoy the breeze. As we sit, the breeze gently moves the green strings ~ the view takes my breath away and I find myself thinking of the Parable of the Sower.
“I’ll be right back; I need to snap a picture.”
The purpose of the support beams, rope and string are to stabilize and support the tomato plants as they grow and start to produce a healthy fruit. The plants grow along the string, with its leaves and stems weaved around the string. The rope gives a little as the weight of the tomatoes begin to take its toll but the plant continues to grow upwards, using the string as its support and guide. Dad’s invention is a success…the majority the plants make it.
But not all the plants make it. A couple of the strings didn’t withstand the wind. Some broke as rocks worked their way to the surface and cut them. And then some of the plants produced beautiful fruit but they fell from the vine, losing their nourishment before the harvest.
Others grew and at first glance appear to be a beautiful fruit until it is picked and turned. Instead of a sphere of red, there is rot and decay. The lack of sunlight or its resting in the dark and coldness of the dirt prevent it from reaching its full potential. While attached at the vine, it was still deficient and unable to be a blessing to someone, as a meal.e to edit.
Isn’t that like us? We are the tomato plant in need of a solid foundation, nourishment and someone to meet our needs in order to grow to our full potential.
The two outer beams represent Jesus and God, strong and able to support us. The rope along the top represents God’s love reaching out to us. The green strings are the Holy Spirit interceding on our behalf.
Do you remember the strings that broke? The Holy Spirit hasn’t left us but instead Satan’s lies and schemes break our bond and support. We just need to keep our communication open and even though the string may sway, we are never alone. We need to hang on and with God’s help…we’ll get through.
And then there is the Christian who appears to be connected to God, trusting Him to provide for their needs on the outside but their heart is buried underneath the darkness of life. Instead of pruning the leaves, this person is buried deeper into the darkness – only to wait for someone to pick it up and show it some love.
In my father’s garden, there is no waste. We pick “ugly” tomatoes, but they taste just as good once they are washed. Some are “bruised” or “rotted” on one side, but once washed with the bad part removed, it tastes good. Of course there are some tomatoes that aren’t salvageable, but they still have a purpose. They become fertilizer for next year’s garden ~ martyrs for the garden.
Haven’t we all been bruised before? Haven’t we all felt ugly, rotten and unsalvageable before? Yet we are still here, as long as we have breath ~ we have hope. Our hope needs to be in Jesus. He is the solid foundation and can redeem anyone in any situation when he or she opens their heart to Him, confesses their sins and acknowledges Jesus shed His blood for those very sins. He rose again and loves you ~ will you trust him?
Yesterday I told you I had finshed preparations for Eddie Pepper's 26th birthday party - the party was this afternoon. I really wanted to be at church this a.m. so we took the food over late last night so it would all be there when the party started at 12:00 Noon, knowing we would be a few minutes late. Well...we were much later than a few minutes and we "snuck" out as the closing song was starting.
We arrived to a home full of laughter and joy - celebrating Eddie's 26th birthday. Once we said hello, set down some more things we brought with us and made our way to the food, Deb asks, "Did you see the cake?" so I circle back to check out his beautiful cake decorated with frogs. But it was the cake to the right that she made sure I notice.
Since I was in Philadelphia at the GPCWC on my actual birthday, Deb ordered a cake and asked her son if he would share his birthday with me. He said yes...there was a cake, napkins, and plates with "Happy 40th Birthday" written on them. I was so excited!! All I wanted for my birthday was a surprise party (yes, thats all, lol) - and my dream came true. Who would have known - I guess Debbie, her son Eddie and my husband Ed. They didn't tell Mary for fear she would let it slip. Wise choice.
I was even given a few gifts - new handmade dishclothes, a couple wicker baskets (just what I needed, lol - running joke with my husband. I LOVE baskets, he's not sure how many I "need"), a hummingbird window figurine, a note holder for my desk, and a new Bible. Amazing...the cake, plates and napkins were more than enough - but I loved the gifts too. Thanks everyone!
I brought my writing bag with me but left it to the side and enjoyed an afternoon and evening of laughter, cards, and conversation with the family. A wonderful and unexpected birthday party - sneaky, sneaky. Thanks Deb, Eddie and Ed!
Hoping to post tomorrow about another aspect of gardening and tomatoes and the message God gave me one day early in the planting of the garden. I had to wait for the fruit to produce to finish. :) Is your interest peaked?
A busy and productive day – a couple dozen deviled eggs, watermelon fruit basket, veggie tray, and chocolate covered strawberries and pineapple…the house smelled great. Tomorrow our wonderful cousin, Eddie Pepper will be 26 years old and his mom has a ton of delicious food to fill our stomachs.
Once the food preparations were finished and the dishes were done – my writing partner, Amy came over with her daughter. The girls and Ed played Disney’s Scene It while Amy and I caught up. I shared a tidbit of the information I learned while at the Philly conference and updated her on the completion of my manuscript and who I have submitted my proposal and manuscript to. As I reviewed my notes to share with Amy, I remembered so much. Thank goodness we got together – I’ve started my next list of things to do before school starts. I love it…will miss having hours to writ yet love my job at the school – so a bittersweet week.
I have some ideas for future blogs I plan on putting together next week; some blogs to finish that have been sitting in my draft folder, and ideas to promote my book. I’ve been praying about a topic or two to speak about and who to contact. I have a couple suggestions of people to contact, thanks girls. Next week will be one of relaxing yet I find writing relaxing, lol. Mary likes it too because her free time opens up.
Keep those in line for Irene in your prayers…
Special thanks to:
My husband - for covering me up and turning off the lights the past week after I fall asleep with my book on my lap. Thanks for your support and love.
My daughter – for understanding as I worked away on my book and helping to watch the clock for “work” time and “chill” time. It was great to work and chill with you the past couple weeks – I can’t wait to read the book you are writing.
My parents – for letting me hide away at their house away from my phone and for reading over my chapters with an editor’s eye versus the supporting parent, lol. Thanks for spoiling me while I worked – I felt like I should have been wearing a tiara. LOL Thanks for always being there.
My “editors” – Beth, Mary and Amy: thanks for devoting time the past couple weeks to read my revised chapters and new chapters, provide feedback, read again and even all the calls to say “Hey, what about?” or “Did you think to add…?” Thank you so much. Your time, critique and input are appreciated more than you might know. Your friendship…priceless.
My “editors” families – Thank you for your willingness to share your Mom/wife’s time with me the past couple weeks as they wore their editor hat to help me prepare my manuscript for submission.
All my friends and family – for your support since July 2010 when I decided to be “Lisa M. Buske, Christian writer” in addition to my other hats. Thanks for understanding when I say “No, I’m busy writing.” And taking my writing career seriously. I love you all and am blessed to have you each in my life.
My prayer partners: Thank you for remembering me, my writing and my sister in your prayers when God lays them before you. Correct me If I’m wrong, isn’t the shortest sentence in the Bible…”Pray.” Thank you!
Thanks to all of you – for your support, prayers and feedback. I smile each day when I open my email to see a note of encouragement waiting for me in my inbox, or posted as a comment on the blog, a text, phone call and even in my mail box outside. I have been trusting my book and writing to God from beginning, it is in His hands. I pray to be the woman and writer He desires and pray for the publisher He has for this book. Thank you again!
Each time I think, “Lord, It hurts to dig this back up – do I really need this part?” He answers immediately through one of you – don’t underestimate the power of a note, comment or text. You are an encouragement and answer to prayer – your words provide the motivation and support I need, just when I need it.
I submitted my book proposal and manuscript last night to the editor who requested “everything I have” during my appointment while at the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writer’s Conference a couple weeks ago. As of today, three editors are reviewing my book proposal and one has my entire manuscript. Please pray God will continue to open and close doors as it pertains to my book – for it to be clear of His direction for me. Thank you.
This past Sunday, August 21st was our 18th wedding anniversary. It has been an eventful marriage. At our wedding reception one of my aunts said, "If you can get through the first ten years, the rest are a piece of cake." I thought this was a good philosophy until our first year of marriage started.
Only days before I walk down the aisle we learn I have pre-cancerous cells and need immediate surgery and will never have children. My darling husband wanted a few children yet when I told him what I learned at the doctor's office, his response - "I'm not marrying you for the babies we might have. I love YOU." Aww...If I wasn't sure I had the right guy before that moment, this was the clincher.
And then tragedy strikes eight months into the marriage. My Great Aunt passes away with my sister's kidnapping the following day. Between August 21st, 1993 and our anniversary on August 21st in 1994 - I had surgery expecting to never have children, there were seven deaths and a kidnapping! I remember sitting next to my aunt at the Heidi Allen Command center one day and looking her square in the eyes - "I can't handle another nine years like this." She assured me we had stood the test seven-fold and not to worry about the rest. If we could survive a year like this, then we are golden.
I am happy to report the Lord blessed us with a beautiful daughter in 1998 despite the doctor's predictions. We have made wonderful friends and have a great home.
As long as we have each other - life is good!
Happy Anniversary Ed!
I finished one of my most mentally draining chapters today and I finished the last chapter on Saturday! WooHoo!
It is time to celebrate.
Sidenote: The indian corn stands over ten feet tall! Wow!
A few weeks ago I posted a picture of the red bud tree beautifying the hill above my father’s garden. The simplicity of the purplish-pink flower of the red bud ree with the apple blossoms and glorious green hilly terrain blanketed with an overcast sky… breath-taking. I didn’t think the sight could improve much this year until the azalea bush started to blossom its outstanding orange petals. Today’s photograph reminded me of God’s love and hope for us…the best is yet to come.
I honestly didn’t think my parent’s property could be much prettier and then as if to say, “You haven’t seen anything yet” the azalea joins the scene. As I snapped a photo from below the bush to capture the sky in the background I spied the rose bud and red maple. A bright and vibrant orange splashed in front of a pale pink, burgundy and green backdrop.
1 Corinthians 2:9 tells us “…No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him…” Think about it ~ the prettiest and most powerful vision of nature experienced on earth is nothing compared to the beautiful heaven waiting for us when we die.
God is good and blesses us more than we deserve yet each time He does, I’m overwhelmed and in awe. Each and every time He surprises me with a “Wow” blessing, I’m humbled and amazed. Then I chuckle because once again I’m surprised, yet the Bible tells us God will bless us and we should expect it. As I shared a blessing with my friends yesterday we discussed this same thought – The Bible says God will answer prayer and will bless us, so why are we amazed when He does what He says He would do? Hmm…It was a nice time of fellowship and our unanimous decision at the end is this. We’re determined to be in awe and amazed at the way God works in our lives, each and every time. He always has something better for us, if we are looking. He is waiting to bless us. He is waiting to answer prayer, when we ask.
Take a moment to think of one (yes only one for right now, you can list a notebook full in a minute) amazing, awe-inspiring and only God instant in your life. Where were you? What happened? Who was with you? Had you prayed and God answered in a profound way? Was it a “wish” or “dream” on your heart that He blessed you with? The sky is the limit.
God is always working in our lives, if we are looking. He always has something better in store for us as long as we keep our heart and eyes focused on Him. If you would like to share a way God has blessed you this week or one of past that still touches your life today ~ will you share with the others reading today’s blog?
A journal entry from June: "This week God humbled me to my knees in thanksgiving and hope. I’m not sure what the most powerful piece of the blessing was – if it was a friend pitching my book while at a conference or is it that God opened a door for me to submit my book proposal to the prestigious publisher I hadn’t even consider myself worthy enough to submit too? I cried, prayed, thanked God, I jumped the happy dance, cried again, more praise, prayer, jumping, dancing and rejoicing. A celebration for God’s love and faith in me, thanksgiving for a friend that believes in me and my writing enough to share on my behalf, and hope for the story about how He worked through my sister’s kidnapping to restore and intensify my faith in Him. Thank you Jesus!"
To read more about the Throne in Heaven, read Revelation 4 (last book of the Bible)
Final lesson from Caz Taylor's "Writing: God's Perspective, Part III" - What do you think?
Another chapter nearly tightened! :) WooHoo!
New blogs spinning in my head too!
Caz Taylor's "Writing: God's Perspective, Part 2" - Enjoy!
I finished fine-tuning another chapter last night. A friend is doing a read through for readability and missed gramatical errors. Working on the next chapter...Love it!!
The first of three messages to teach us about "Writing God's Perspective" with Caz Taylor - Part I of III
Chapters to fine tune...enjoy a message from Lisa Bevere today. I would be interested to know what your thoughts. :) Lisa
This is my Gram Mary saying "There she is Miss America...Good job!!"
With joy, hope and an overwhelmed spirit we loaded the last of our bags in Elaine's car yesterday afternoon to begin the trek back to New York. Although the drive is over five hours, it felt like less than an hour as Shirley and I visted the entire way home. We shared the new friends we made, the friends we saw again, the stories we heard, new skills and techniques learned, and the way God worked in our lives through the conference. Four days...weeks of information to digest.
Thank you for your prayers while away. They were felt and appreciated. All together I met with two agents and three editors during the conference. I shared my heart, my sister and my story with each ~ not to mention all the wonderful conferees I met along the way. My "pitch" was nothing like what I had written and formed itself over the length of the conference. As I waited for my appointments I prayed for God's strength, direction and will. He is ALWAYS faithful.
I am happy to say all three editor's liked my story. One requested a proposal to take back to her team - she encouraged me, prayed with me, and offered the hope I needed to share my story with the world. She is one great duck! ;)
Another made suggestions of ways I could move forward with my story and wished me well. All the editors and agents were helpful and offered suggestions of ways to improve and move forward with my writing. I'm thankful for this.
The final publisher was also an encouragement ~ requesting everything I have for my book. I was so overwhelmed with God's love following this appointment I rushed outside to find a quiet spot to praise and thank God for who He was. I opened my Bible read a Psalm of praise aloud and returned inside to splash cold water on my face before my next appointment.
The first agent I met with was not interested in me at all - he didn't even let me take out my writing. I was crushed yet afterward I remembered I prayed for God to open and close the doors (I struggle when there is gray, lol). So this agents blunt rejection was merely a closed door. He suggested I submit my story to Reader's Digest or Guideposts, so this was a confirmation because the first editor also suggested this as a way of getting my name out in publication more. So I did learn something.
The second agent is an amazing woman. Oh my goodness. She loves the Lord and she offered suggestions and guidance as I move forward with my writing career. I may submit my book proposal to her or wait a year until I hear back from the different editors looking at my proposal currently. I thank God for the authenticity and love of this woman ~ she is a blessing and treasure.
I will be adding a new feature to the website in the near future to list what is happening in regards to the submission and publication processes of my book. Thank you for your prayers, believing in me and all the support you each provide. You are ALL a blessing to me and my famliy! May God bless you in return.
With only minutes to spare before the hour strikes Midnight, let me do the shortest review of today's events:
*Worship ~ Opening Session with Cecil Murphy (an amazing birthday gift in itself, lol)
*Ask the Editor
*Continuing session with Marti Pieper Part III
*Met with an editor! Amazing and powerful meeting - my heart was so inspired!
*"Tackling Trauma in your writing" with Yvonne Ortega
*Met with an agent - he offered a great avenue to pursue to start publishing articles
*Workshop with Steven Lawson - Writing to the Niche
*Continuing session with Marti Pieper Part IV
*Worship ~ evening session with mission's messages (amazing!)
*Walk back to dorm
*Shower, pack, prepare for home - blog
More blogs to come over the next weeks - if you want to experience it all, join us next year! It has been an amazing experience and there is still one more day. Yipee!
Meeting with a couple more editors tomorrow and an agent. Please lift my book, its readers, and me in prayer - for God's will for this book. He knows the agent and publisher. I was blessed today through my appointments - thank you for your prayers and thank you Jesus for loving me!
Today is my 40th birthday! A day to celebrate and rejoice...
It has been a wonderful day so far. From a text at 6 a.m., a card and homemade peppermint soap or the phone calls from home - it has been a great day. I haven't been to my email or Facebook yet - that will be fun too. The evening session of the conference starts in ten minutes but I wanted to thank everyone for making my day special. I may not be with my biological family but I'm with my writing family...
As much as I celebrate and enjoy my birthday, the day still makes me a bit sad ~ as I share my book with other writers, an agent and an editor today I smile at the memories of my sister and the way God has used the tragedy of her kidnapping to make me a better person. Up until today I have been able to share without watery eyes or that empty feeling in the pit of my stomach but there is something about pitching my book as I remember all the happy times spent with my sister on day's like today.
April 3, 1994 I lost my sister and my best friend. In 2004, I found the Best Friend anyone could ever have or need - Jesus. He can redeem Satan's hand in our lives when we trust it to Him. I pray my book will touch the hearts of the sister, brother and family grieving the loss of their missing loved one in ways beyond their imagination.
I turn 40 today remembering my sister...and thanking God for each new day and breath He blesses me with. Enjoy the photos! Thanks Mom and Dad for doing the leg work to scan and email them when I have a vision in the middle of the night for the next day's blog away from the tools to make it happen. I love you and I'm tickled to have you as my parents. Love ya, Brat
I am in the center of the photo above ~ Heidi would have only been a baby this year.
The photo to the left is a summer vacation. Side note: I thought the crab chased me down the dock!! LOL
My eyes rested shortly after 11 p.m. last night and awoke forty-five minutes before the alarm. I forget how many "little" sounds are possibly when you try to move about the room in silence so your roommate can sleep. Ugh...I had also forgotten this is a greater challenge with the tile covered cement floors, and all that go with dorm living. Other than closing my top dresser door with enough pressure that it sounded like a soft knock. Have you ever noticed when you are trying to be quiet, you seem to make more noise?
Anyway - back to the conference. I started my morning with a mile walk before breakfast and it felt fabulous. The sun warmed my cheeks with a gentle breeze of God's love wrapping its arms around me as I walked. I met another mother-daughter duo this morning during breakfast ~ how will I ever remember everyone's name? It take me until Halloween to learn my students name each year. LOL I am so encouraged with the teens here - to write for Him and build His Kingdom! My heart is uplifted.
The opening session included worship, a mini-lesson with Tim Shoemaker. He demonstrated how a little compromise and sin in our heart erupts and spills out in to all areas of our life. I'm praying he puts it on youtube.com and shares the link. Everyone needs to see this, I'm visual and it spoke to my heart. Then Ted Baehr shared ways for us, the Christian writers of the world can transform Hollywood!! He was motivational, to say the least.
Next, I stopped at the registration table to pay for the conference writing contest that I entered. And then off to the first of a five part session "Writer Wannabe" with Marti Pieper. Marti asked us each to share a bit about ourselves and our writing before starting her presentation. This will be a great five-session seminar. We were let out a bit early so I took advantage of a writing break down by the pond nestled in the front of the campus. I met a local community member who had walked up to enjoy the view, enjoyed a brief conversation.
Lunch was delicious with great conversation. Directly after lunch was an "Ask the agent" session. I found the room easy enough yet the overflow was listening from the hallway when I arrive. We chuckle quietly because none of us leave but strain to listen from the hall. Within moments one of the conference workers was across the room trying to open the dividers ~ within minutes the room was doubled in size. I learned a lot listening to the agents share and answer questions. Praying I remember all the helpful pointers tomorrow as I pitch my book for the first time.
Then I pull a classic Lisa - I go to my next room, pull out my netbook to post a midday blog. The workshop doesn't start for twenty minutes so there is plenty of time because I already had a portion done from a five minute down time earlier. My camera disk inserted and pictures downloading as I wrap up my blog when I notice there is no one in the room with me. Hmm...there were other people in here when I came in. Odd.
Well...after the pictures complete their download I remove the disk from the drive, place it back in the camera, lean to place the camera in my bag when I realize I am in the wrong room!! Ugh...too funny. I shut down the netbook, pick up my bags and walk down the hall, to the stairs and hoof it to correct room. Once there, I pause. The sign on the door list a different workshop. I turn in disbelief when a kind lady tells me "Are you here for the "Top Ten blunders..." workshop. It is in there. People have been going in." I thank her and try to sneak in late until the door creaks open, only to slam in spite of my ginger attempt to nestle it in. Lucy, I'm home! LOL I am glad I made it to the right spot because I learned a lot of useable information.
There was a coffee fellowship between the next seminars but I decided after last time, I was going to the correct room so I would not be late again. I arrive to see nearly every chair on the one side of the room filled. (Yes, it was in the room I listened to the agent panel earlier in the day) Agent, Diana Flegal, with Harline Literary Agency http://www.hartlineliterary.com/index.html, was presenting on "How to write an attention getting proposal". I took oodles of notes mentally and in my notebook.
As she talked I was mentally checking off the items in my book proposal and their set up. She reminds everyone multiple times to review the submission guidelines for the agent and publisher they are interested in submitting to because each agent and house has a different format they like. I am happy to say I did this for the ten agents/publishers I might potentially have appointments during this conference.
We finished a little late but the majority didn't notice the time because the presentation was that interesting. I'm off to the second session of my five-part session. Marti Pieper encouraged us to set a measurable goal and to DO IT. The part that stood out the most during this session was the lessons on self-editing. I might have to visit the book table.
With my head overflowing with all the information shared today I walk to the cafeteria for dinner. Another nice dinner and conversation followed by the evening session with Liz Babbs. She talked to us about writing in the "Age of Opposition". The presentation was rivoting and thought provoking, depressing yet hopeful to know Christian writers can bring light to a dark are. Thank goodness we closed in worship and prayer - my heart is heavy for our nation and those around us.
My buddy Shirley and I reunited following dinner and attended the evening session together. In our return walk to Heritage Hall (photo above) we visted with each other and the ladies around us. Once inside the doors I ask if she has a moment so I could share something with her. She politely accepts. I share my information for my appointments tomorrow and Saturday ~ she assures me I'm ready.
One great reference I used to freshen up my book proposal is Dave Fessenden's newly released book, From Concept to Contract. Dave also has a blog you could visit at: http://fromconcepttocontract.com/?cat=6.
Thanks to a workshop by Elaine W. Miller (http://www.elainewmiller.blogspot.com/) and the information she shared at my very first writer's workshop in July of 2010 I have I have a platform. I remember Elaine telling us "Go home and do it." So I did. It helps I have summers off and had nearly two months to implement all I was taught.
I encourage everyone to attend a writer's conference if you are a writer. Not only will you learn ways to improve your craft, you will hear first hand some tidbits not available on the agents and publishers websites.
As for now ~ I need to organize for tomorrow's adventure, learning, sharing, fellowshipping, and pitching.
Please keep me in your prayers tomorrow as I will be pitching my book for the first time. At 2:15 p.m. to an editor/writer and then at 3:30 p.m. to an literary agent. This book and mission has always been in God's hands - pray His will and for the agent and publisher He has for this book. Thanks!
Do you remember Laverne and Shirley? I loved that show and wish Nick at Nite would bring them back but until then I have a dear friend now nicknamed Shirley and I, Laverne. Laverne and Shirley worked in the beer factory but my friend and I work in God's factory. Thanks for a great walk and visit Shirley!
See you tomorrow for new pics and news about day 3 of the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writer's Conference!!! Thank you Jesus! Thank you Ed and Mary for your support, love and prayers! Thank you Mom and Dad for trusting... Love you all, Lisa
I have returned to my room for the evening. After a fun-filled ride to the conference - it is time to get to work. First, Elaine's books were unloaded from the trunk and set up on display for sale this week. http://elainewmiller.blogspot.com/ Elaine is presented this afternoon so she was able to register upon arrival.
While we waited for the clock to read 2:30, we looked at the array of books available for sale this week. Oh my gosh!!!! I love books and books about writing...better yet. Once I registered, we drove to Heritage Hall to pick up our room keys. We decided not to room together so we could meet new people. Great idea! My roomie is wonderful and a missionary - great conversation!
With my bed made, suitcases unpacked (Thanks Dad for bringing me this morning and carryingy my luggage. You are the best Dad!!), clothes hung up and an eager spirit ~ Im off to my first workshop. Pam Halter and Joyce Magnin presented and had a room of nervous first-timers laughing and relaxed before leaving the room. The next workshop I planned to attend was moved to Friday so I joined Tim Shoemaker for "Appointments: Starting off on the right foot". This was very informative also, and I'm revamping my pitch. (Yes, again!)
Dinner was delicious and very filling with a closing lesson with C. Hope Flinchbaugh titled "Focus on The Cross. She challenged everyone to bear a cross for others to see - whether it be a simple cross necklace, a cross in the front lawn or twenty-eight of your closest friends pitching in $100 each to purchase a billboard. http://liftjesuscross.wordpress.com/
I returned with intentions of joining in the activities in the lobby yet when I stopped to leave off my stuff ~ I enjoyed a visit with my roommate instead. A blessing.
I'm off to bed - up by 6 a.m. with breakfast at 7 a.m. I met some wonderful people today, one young teen has written three books! Mary - you are never to young. She said to tell you to keep writing!
P.S. I learned my new netbook has a video cam in it - the photos in the blog this time I took myself. :) LOL This last picture was when I looked down and saw myself!
Hello Everyone! We have arrived and it was a wonderful, safe and laugh-filled trip to the conference. More to come later - just wanted to let you know we are here! :)
Elaine W. Miller (http://elainewmiller.blogspot.com/) did a wonderful job driving as Miss Garmen and I co-pilot the way. God brought us here safely and we enjoyed lunch
in shade with a slight breeze to keep us cool. Thank you Elaine!
Last minute writing, packing, and quality time frantically occuring in our home tonight!
Excited and looking forward to tomorrow's adventure. I heard from my cousin's who live near the college hosting the conference yesterday. While the conference schedule are busy and full from 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. ish - the morning and evening messages are open to the community - so who knows, maybe we will be able to join together for a message and worship while I'm at the conference. If not, I'll know how to get there now!
Today I would like to invite you to visit my writing accountability partner's website for her blog today - dedicated to little ol' me. Thanks Amy!
I'm busy finishing uplast minute rewrites and want to grab a movie with my girl so thanks to Amy - you have a blog. :)
I'll post about my first day's experiences tomorrow night, if all goes well. I might post in the a.m. before I leave too - can you believe it, a double-post day in the future? LOL
Sweet sleep Elaine! Safe travels to everyone heading to the Philly conference.
Lisa M Buske
P.O. Box 323