Quote of the Day -5/5/09

"I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity."
— Edgar Allan Poe

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Woot!

I just had to share with you guys my awesome news. I recently attended the LDStorymakers Conference where they hold a first chapter contest every year. I entered the story I wrote for our class last year, Newtimber, and I won the GRAND PRIZE! How cool is that?

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

When's the Book Coming Out?

When was Dene's book coming out?

Monday, April 13, 2009

So When Do You Write?

One of the breakout sessions at WIFYR this year is called "How to finish a novel when you can't even finish the laundry" or something like that. That is so me. I am going to that one.

Exactly one year ago I started blocking out time to write every day. I did it because Elder Faust said in his talk at General Conference that women should set aside time to develop their talents. Before that I guiltily snatched time here and there, and occasionally gave in to bouts of binge writing. These days I write between lunch and when the older children get home from school. I still have one child at home, so I use my writing time to expose him to high art, like "Blue's Big Musical Movie" and "Kiki's Delivery Service." I consider my writing time "going to work" and I give it the same priority I would give a part-time job.

Friday, April 10, 2009

I Woke Up to the Absurdity of it All

Yesterday I woke up to the absurdity of it all. I sprang up from my afternoon nap with the firm conviction that I can't do it. I can't write a book. Those shiny, plastic covered things with words inside that I pick up from the library every few weeks - I can't make one of those! What was I thinking?

"You don't have to make one of those. The publisher will make it. You just supply the words." My husband tried to encourage me.

"But I can't supply the words! What was I thinking?" People like me don't write books.

People like me take their kids to the park and sit on a bench and watch to make sure they don't get kidnapped or climb up the outside of the playground equipment and fall off and break a bone or beat up the smaller kids or play with the drinking fountain and get their clothes soaked when it is windy and sixty degrees outside. Well, I did let them play with the drinking fountain. I felt too despondent to intervene unless it was a life-or-limb-threatening situation. When one of my major life goals suddenly seems like an utter sham I don't care what the kids do so long as it doesn't cause permanent damage.

Gradually, watching the older ones fly kites and the younger ones roll down the grassy hill softened me up enough to laugh with them. We went home and built a fire in our new fire-pit in the back yard, toasted hot dogs and marshmallows, and then I sat out by the dying coals with a book in my hand.

This morning I woke up and knew what to do. Before my nap yesterday I'd been re-writing chapter ten and had taken a wrong turn. One of the characters had done something completely contrary to his personality that threw a wrench in the rest of the plot. Easily fixed, now that I realize what the problem was. I'm back to work!

Friday, April 3, 2009

I Just Couldn't Stand It

I told myself and told myself I couldn't make it to WIFYR this year. My kids would still be in school, I thought. Then I looked at the calendar and realized that NO THEY ARE NOT!!!! I CAN GO!!!

Husband laid off from work - short on $ - signed up for afternoons only. See you there!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

I See POSTS!

I am so happy! People are posting here again! Hooray!

It has almost been a year. I wonder how everyone is doing. I'd like to e-mail everyone and see what they're up to!