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    write it…maybe?

    It felt a little like InterVarsity Press’ version of Carly Rae Jepsen- “we like your concept, so write it maybe” when I got the email with a solid “not yet” regarding my book proposal.  I have been putting off writing this blog post in part because I’ve been sorting through next steps of where to go from here with their suggestions to resubmit my proposal, staffing a student conference in MI, throwing a pity party, and getting advice from other author friends.    Though I was pretty down when I got the email, especially because Dave was out of town and I was with the boys by myself (and my…

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    If and when I go into labor

    book proposalIt is difficult not to picture the moment that will change life forever.  Will it happen when I'm out running errands, helping myself to a second cup of coffee, or at a dinner party with friends?  Will I be alone when I realize it is actually going to happen or be able to celebrate in the company of others?  How will I feel when I realize that what I've been waiting for, longing for and picturing is actually going to happen...... or not happen.I'm still waiting to hear back from InterVarsity press about the  

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    gonna make it…..?

    I have 23 days to go in my self-imposed challenge of writing a book proposal in 60-days.  I can’t help but picture Steve Martin in Three Amigos when he’s shackled to the wall  trying to escape the jail cell telling himself as he takes step by step under the weight of chains…..”gonna make it, gonna make…it” Then the chains pull him back right where he was when he started and he wearily says “not gonna make it” as he slumps to the floor.  Writing this book proposal has felt a bit like this; thinking I’ve made progress and then going back to edit and feeling yanked back to where I…

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    week #1 of the writing adventure

    Inspired. Productive. Joyful. Words to describe my first day of writing last week for my book proposal. It’s been almost a week since I went public with my goal to write a book proposal in 60 days & I wanted to give a brief update on how things went for my first writing day. I felt super grateful for the quiet space overlooking the woods on a cool day to kick this adventure off.  The month before as I was roaming the woods among the bluebells, ferns and riverbank on a retreat of silence, I could feel the envy for the beautiful home & lush property creeping up in my…

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    The 60 day challenge; can I write a book proposal?

    Starting tomorrow, May 1st I’m starting on a book project. Since I’m a slacker who doesn’t get stuff done unless I have a deadline, I thought I’d go public about the project for some accountability & encouragement. I’ve been wanting to write a book for awhile, but as any of my friends who are authors have told me there is this thing called resistance when it comes to writing. Resistance whether it’s scheduling the time to do it, the mental hurdles of believing an idea is worth taking the time to write about, or finding an idea in the first place. As Renee Zellweger as a new breakout star said in…