A New Chapter

Today is the first day of September. Where did the time go? Tomorrow I start a new chapter in my life. The title? Married Woman. I’m a bit scared, but not really nervous. I know God’s been in control of this entire journey and He will continue to be as long as Bill and I keep Him at the center of our lives.

That being said, I’d like to reflect a bit on August and then move on to my September goals. There will be quite a few pictures.

August Goals:

  • Make veil (DONE!)
  • Make decorations (DONE!)
  • Pack everything (DONE!)
  • Move most things to Bill’s (DONE!)
  • Read some marriage-y books (DONE!)
  • Read a fun book (DONE! I actually read more than one)
  • Finalize Gestern blog tour (DONE!)
  • Sew a couple other things (undecided as to what they are yet) (DONE!)
  • Have fun at the Bridal Showers (DONE!)
  • Try to relax a little bit (DONE!)
  • Finish wedding favors (DONE!)
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Our favorite from the photo shoot

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And the second favorite

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Roses made from extra proof copies

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My little brother is packed and ready to move with me. 😉

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Rehearsal bouquet!

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I couldn’t resist this picture…

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My office

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Office with one color (one wall still looks like this)

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The other three look like this

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My wrist bouquet

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Party favors being blocked.

It’s been a busy, but productive month. The best part is that everything went smoothly and here, the day before the wedding, I am barely stressed. Praise God!

September Goals

I’m honeymooning for about two weeks, so my goals will be fairly minimal, but here they are:

  • Have fun (shouldn’t be hard)
  • Get used to married life at least a little
  • Start Ta’Mara’s blog tour set up
  • Edit Sing the Wondrous Story
  • Edit He Hideth My Soul
  • Figure out cleaning schedule for my new house
  • Read three or more books, not counting the audiobooks Bill and I are bringing
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May Goals

Monthly Goals

April was a busy, but very good month. Here are the goals I made with the completions in bold:

  • Keep up with the Facebook group (Done! If you’re a writer and on Facebook, we’re keeping the Encouragement Campfire going year-round. Let me know if you want to join)
  • Write 2,000+ words per day (Averaged out, yes, for a total of 55,083 this month)
  • Promo books on twitter (Done! And hired a Virtual Assistant to help me keep up with it. Thanks, Naomi!!)
  • Finish two writing books (Done! And reviewed here and here.)
  • Keep up with reviewing books read (Done! One is being reviewed on Friday).
  • Edit All the Way and send to proofreaders (Done!)
  • Get Be Thou My Vision and Blessed Assurance on Pronoun (Done and loving it!)
  • Total word count goal: 50,000 (Done plus 5,000 extra)

And now it’s on to May. Is it just me or is this year going by way too fast? Continue reading

Book Review: Editor-Proof Your Writing

51rtgjm5cal-_sy346_Title: Editor-Proof Your Writing: 21 Steps to the clear prose publishers and agents crave
Author: Don McNair
Genre: Writing Helps/Non-fiction
Recommended Ages: 18 & Up

Introduction:

I really wanted to like this book. As an author, I wanted to know what I could do to help my writing a little more. There were definitely some good tips in the book, but there were other parts that I had a harder time with. Not that they weren’t good points, they were just made in a manner I didn’t appreciate. Or sometimes, they were things I had heard many times before. Continue reading

Sad and Exciting News

Exciting News

How do you like that for a title? I know most people prefer the sad news first, but I’m going to make you wait because I can’t wait to share the exciting news with you.

If you’re on Facebook, you may have seen my update about the rough draft of The Solid Rock. But, for those of you who are not, here’s the news. Continue reading

Updates

Today I have updates about a few different things including my website and my books. Also, if you have an opinion on what you want to see on my blog this year, please visit this blog post.

Website Updates

Progress bars

First of all, I want to make you aware of something fun I decided to try. On the sidebar of this blog and also on the books page of my website, I have progress bars. One is for Amazing Grace, one for Book #4, and the other for my short story, I Love Thee. The progress bars are going to progress differently. Amazing Grace is being edited and will fluctuate some from having less or more finished, but then, come about February (Lord willing), it will disappear until after it comes back from my beta-readers. Book 4 will slowly fill up as I work to finish the rough draft. I Love Thee is being edited and has been put on hold until after Amazing Grace is emailed to my beta-readers. I hope you enjoy seeing the progress I am making. Continue reading

Snippets

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While Be Thou My Vision is being read by my proofreaders, I am finally catching up on a few other writing projects that I had started, but set aside for the final push with Be Thou My Vision. The last week or so, I have worked on two short stories for a contest on the Pen Help blog. These stories need to be entered by October 1st, so I am kind of pushing it closer to the deadline than I would like. However, both of these short stories need to be less than 10,000 words, so I should be just fine.

Both stories, Reunion and Satan’s Plans (working title), have been written and just need a little editing. I will be editing them both this week and then sending the stories in to the contest. 🙂

Since I couldn’t come up with another post that wouldn’t take me all day to write, I thought I would share a few snippets of each story with you as well as the plot concept from both. Continue reading

An Exhortation for the New Year

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Today’s post has a two-fold goal.  1. To provide a quick glimpse at my past year, and 2. To exhort my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.

Year In Review

January: I finished the manuscript for A Mighty Fortress and sent it to the Women of Faith writing contest as well as the Injoy Publications contest.

February: On the ninth, I had officially been working at my part-time job for one year.

March: I was part of a musical ensemble for Easter at our church.  I played the flute.

April: I found out that I was a semi-finalist for the Injoy Publications contest.

May: The 22nd was my last day at Bible Study Fellowship for the year.  We had a very encouraging study in the book of Genesis.

June: Spring Chicken butchering at my uncle’s house with good fellowship with the family. Continue reading