Are you asking yourself what a Hershey kiss and writing have in common? I hope so...
This analogy will only work if you like to eat chocolate of course yet if you know a chocolate addict - you should be able to relate.
I have always enjoyed eating Hershey Kisses. I've been known to start with only one kiss and before I know it - the entire bag is empty. Once I open the bag and the aroma of chocolate hits my senses - well, lets just say there aren't usually any leftovers.
This is like reading a good book - you start by opening the cover to read the preface and first chapter. The aroma of a good story starts to occupy your mind. You can smell a great story instantly.
You check the clock - you have thirty minutes before the kids get home or you have thirty minutes while your cherubs have their music lesson so you dive in - "Mom...hello? Mom...are we going home?" What is that noise - oh my goodness - the lesson can't be over you think to yourself. I just started reading.
This is the type of book I want to write - I want someone to open the cover and start reading the preface with an intention of reading more later - only to find themselves being awaken from their reading stuper with a hunger to read more.
Even though the bag of Hershey Kisses eventually runs out - the hunger for "just one more" doesn't seem to diminish as quickly.
The calories stay with us until we exercise in order to shed them. I pray my book ends leaving the reader hungry for one more chapter - and when they get to the end they have processed enough to satisfy their hunger with a slight craving for just one more - Heidi's story hasn't ended.
Eventually Heidi's case will close yet our lives will never be the same so there will always be one more chapter to write. The Cookies-n-Cream Hershey Kiss is my new favorite (next to the seasonal Pumpkin Spice) and I may need to lock them in my van so I don't gain ten pounds.
Extra weight and going up a pant size is never enjoyable yet devouring a good book and having one's eternal perspective increase - a blessing and gift from God. :)
Keep reading! I'll keep writing!
Thanks for being my prayer warriers! My personal deadline is slipping away - with the school year started - having difficulty devoting the necessary hours required for higher level writing and revising. I need to do a calendar of events and "schedule" my writing for October in INK. Ruth suggested it - yet the pencil erases and the other stuff took its place.
Pray I find the right balance to write!
Good Morning Everyone! On August 16th I was blessed by a phone interview with the Syracuse Post Standard. The following Friday their photographer came for a photo shoot in my very own living room. It was an exciting week. Since then - I've been checking the Post Standard anxiously each day.
God woke me up at Midnight last night with the ending for the chapter I had been working on. I'm still technically in "Chapter 3" of my original manuscript yet it was Chapter 5 I completed.
I made a "Writing to be published" deadline calendar and have it hanging on the wall near my computer. My original manuscript had seventeen chapters. I have goals set to revise said chapters so there would the next completed revision would be ready by the end of Thanksgiving. So far it appears I am five weeks behind!! LOL Yet I'm not really - as I've been revising and adding the juicy details - the first three chapters have turned into five.
I'll be honest with you - I haven't been devoting the necessary time each day to write. I could list my excuses: first couple weeks of school, fulfilling tasks as Oswego Reading Council president, church ministries, volunteer things along with the tasks and joys of being a wife and mom. BUT...I won't!
If I want to finish my book and have it in a publisher's hands by the end of November...I need to prioritize some things and get writing!
Another area I must confess I have let slide is my daily prayer and devotion time! Uh Oh Shaggy! I spent time in the Word yesterday and was refreshed when I closed my eyes for sleep last night. God blessed me when he woke me up in the middle of the night to write. As if to say...see child, if you are obedient I'll help you along the way.
Seriously though - my soul was uplifted getting in the Word and having some solid prayer and devotion time yesterday. I enjoy that half-hour to hour of quiet with my friend and Savior...He is faithful.
Please,don't take this wrong - I'm not reading my Bible, praying and spending time of devotion and listening to receive yet the renewed strength and uplifted spirit help me in every area of my life throughout the day!
Look for more tomorrow!
Hello Everyone! Thanks for visiting my blog. I am so thankful for a God that lifts us up when we are feeling down. My previous post came from deep within my heart - I received a few emails and had a couple people stop to share words of encouragement or words of "I don't what to say" with me yesterday. I was told it was a depressing post and some weren't sure why I had posted it. While others thanked me for sharing the good, bad and the ugly!
From the lips of children and infants
When I consider your heavens,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
You made him ruler over the works of your hands;
the birds of the air,
O LORD, our Lord,
I've spent the last week preparing in anticipation for my sister-in-law's wedding. It was a busy and fun week. There was much laughter and joy as everyone worked together to wrap up final details before Friday's rehearsal. Rehearsal and the dinner were fun and only intensified the fluttering in our hearts.
Saturday morning started with visits to the beauty salon (Thank you Rachel!!). All the girls spent the day together enjoying memories, food and jokes. It doesn't get any better than that. Sena had her three sisters and myself (the sister-in-law), her niece and two of her girlfriends in the wedding party. It was a busy salon. Still much laughter and fun...
We arrived at the church to get dressed and "hide" until the groom was in position. The wedding started as most do - Sena looked beautiful walking down with her brother Rob to give her away.
As the ceremony progressed and the priest began his talk - it hit me..."I will never be sitting at my sister's wedding!" Yes I love me sister-in-laws are all wonderful and they are my sisters, but they are not Heidi. The tears formulated in my eyes out of joy and awe for Sena and Rob's beauty while at the same time there were tears of grief as I mourned the wedding Heidi would never have. So I talk to myself saying "Lisa, get it together - this is Sena's day and you have 4 sisters that love you." - so I enjoy the wedding again.
We stood in the receiving line and each time I heard "sister-in-law" my heart broke. I kept watching for the last person to come through the line so I could get inside for a breather - once away from the crowd - the tears started. Oh my gosh...what was happening?
Then during the photo shoot they wanted a "sister" shot - only sisters, not the in-law. Oh my gosh, that had hurt. I don't know why because I was hoping they would have at least a few pictures with just the four girls and then the brothers and then the whole bunch with Mom Buske. "Why did that hurt?" My emotions were running wild - of course they pulled me into tons of pictures and I had no logical reason to feel that way.
It was a bittersweet day - I was blessed to watch one of my sister-in-laws get married for the first time. I was blessed to spend two fabulous days with my sister-in-laws laughing, reminicing and enjoying each other like sisters do. I was blessed to be a part of the whole process, cermony and celebration as their sister. I was blessed to be told "love you sis" with a hug from each throughout the day.
Yet I came home and cried - Where's Heidi? Why was this joy robbed from her? Each wedding I've attended since Heidi's abduction usually stir up this feeling for a moment - I say a prayer and I'm okay. There is only one other wedding that affected me so strongly and that was when I was able to watch one of her best friend's get married.
How could I think of myself and my loss after such a beautiful and blessed day? The answer is simple...I am human, grief is natural and it is all part of the healing process.
Although no one could ever take the place of my one and only sister - I lost one sister and friend and gained four! I love them so much and know I'm blessed because they are each in my life. :)
My heart still aches a touch this morning yet the happiness is far greater! God is good and His goodness will be seen even in the hardest of times.
Have a great day everyone!
Today has been such a blessing! Before I even arrived at work I had a few messages via Facebook, my email and through the Blog encouraging me today! Thank you everyone!
Oh my goodness, Monday afternoon and I'm pooped! This will be the first full week of school - I'm so blessed to have a job I LOVE! The new children are wonderful and such joys. Thankfully so...as wonderful as they are, it is emotionally and physically tiring sometimes.
I haven't edited, revised or written a thing since last Tuesday when school started. I have managed to get a couple Blog postings up but that is it. Tomorrow is Heidi's birthday and there is a touch of guilt for not have written this week yet I know I've done what needed to be done. :) I have nothing scheduled tomorrow afternoon - it is Heidi's birthday and my gift to her is to WRITE, WRITE and WRITE SOME MORE!
Life happens and "we need to live for the living" I can hear my Gram speaking these words to me - I've heard more than one author say "Writing requires you to be selfish! If you want to write and be a successful published author - you need to be selfish!" Not to right off the world but writing requires discipline and time - good writers/authors need to learn the word "No" and "Not today, I'm working that day." Writing is work...
So I am doubly blessed - I love my job working for the school and I love my second job, writing! God is good...I'm off to finish dinner and do some writing tonight! Left the school work...at school! I have two meetings at the same time, lol...that should prove to be interesting.
Have a great night everyone!
Before I get started with writing a short prayer - Lord, please comfort the families, friends and co-workers of those who lost their lives on 9/11. Touch their lives and let them feel your presence as they continue on this journey. I also pray for our nation - to heal and move forward. Amen.
"One Tuesday Morning" and "Beyond Tuesday Morning" is written by Karen Kingsbury. Both are beautiful and touching...there is a 3rd book in the series out - I haven't read that yet. I'm ashamed to say I wasn't aware of it until I went to get the link for you. I'm heading to the library this week! :)
I'll write more Monday...
As the new school year starts in Central New York I am inspired and motivated through the energy and excitement exhibited by the children crossing the school's threshold in the morning. The smiles extend from ear to ear while bouncing down the hall to meet their new teachers and possibly some new friends. :) I've worked with 3rd and 4th grade the past couple years and have been blessed to be placed back in a kindergarten classroom this year for a good part of my day. It is so much fun.
In less than a week students and teachers, grades PreK - 12th will be heading back to school in Central New York. An exciting and busy time of year.
Most college students have already returned and have started their courses. And this is my first item of news - I've been invited to speak at Cayuga Community College this semester! It will be sometime in October - dates to be confirmed in the next week or two. I was asked in August with time to pray before accepting. God is so amazing - I've accepted and look forward to what God has planned for me to share and how He will use my writing and words to help the students. It will be fun. I'll keep you posted on this venture.
I've done a phone interview with the Post Standard newspaper and it should be running later this month in the Sunday paper. The Valley News has also asked to set up an interview - so this will be happening this month too. God has and is doing so much more than I could have ever imagined -now I need to be obedient and make Him proud - time to get revising!
I leave you with this:
Ephesians 3:16-21: I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
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.
How has God worked immeasurably more than you could have asked or imagined in your life? He has and is! :)
My goodness, can you beleive it is September 1st already? I can yet I can't. My family and I had a fabulous summer - traveling to visit relatives, picnics, birthdays, sleeping in and enjoying life!
In regards to my writing...it has been a summer of transition. The shift started though at the Alliance Women's "Spring Refresh" retreat in Auburn. While being refreshed in my heart and soul through the speakers and sisters in Christ. All of a sudden one of the speakers announces "The first Christian Writer's Gathering at Delta Lake". I can still feel the goosebumps as I listened to her share the details for the weekend.
I couldn't wait for the break to pick up the informational flyer. They were all gone! But I learned they had more at the store - I would have to wait until the next break. I was a half focused participant at this point. It was the first time I could taste my writing! If I wasn't so interested in hearing God's Word and the way He was working in the lives and others - and ways I could personally change...I probably would have taken a notebook and pen to nearest cubby and started writing.
I'm not sure if I was as excited for the upcoming "Writer's Gathering" or that I wanted to write. I wanted to finish my book. As I listened to the speakers - each had a tidbit of information that could apply to finishing my book and using the gifts God's given me. A good thing I stayed!
Once I had the informational flyer - I called Ed to tell him about it and discuss finances. It has been a challenging couple years and didn't want to make a decision without discussing it. He was a gungho "YES!" while I was still reviewing the budget in my brain. Role reversal at its finest! I listened to Ed and registered.
The clock seemed to be moving ever so slow awaiting the upcoming opportunity to be surrounded by writers - learning how to be a better writer and to market my book once it was finished.
The school year ended and the first week of Julyl arrived...What to pack? What to share? Share!!! Oh my goodness...I'm not sharing but I'll bring it. Well...I brought everything. Only one person traveling to this conference from my home yet the van was full! LOL I didn't want to be inspired and not have whatever I needed to write that particular tidbit.
I came home from the conference - developed this Internet site with my first BLOG, created a Facebook page for my writing and started revising my original draft and the first revision. Authors have offered support, critique and prayers! I'm moving forward with God steering and leading - it has been a wild ride.
School starts on Tuesday - praying to use my lunch and break time as "writing time" so I can meet my November deadline.
I've looked into what most agents require for submission - I have a couple I'm interested in right now but still researching. Once I have at least 5 chapters revised, I'm going to start looking for my agent. I'm hoping an agent will help with completing the revision process in a timely manner while starting to seek the publisher God has waiting for this book.
God is good and leading the way...thankfully He chose me to travel this journey with him. From a grief stricken journey to one filled with joy and hope - Only God can do such things!
Have a great day!
Lisa M Buske
P.O. Box 323