>> Monday, December 19, 2011
Oh holy night, the stars are brightly shining…
It is the night of our dear savior’s birth…
Long lay the world, in sin and error piningTill He appeared and the soul felt its worth…
A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoicesFor yonder breaks, a new and glorious morn...
Fall on your knees, oh hear the angels’ voices…
Oh night divine, oh night when Christ was born…
*Lyrics to "Oh Holy Night" composed by Adlophe Adam*
>> Sunday, December 11, 2011
Never Give Up On SomethingYou Can't Go A Day Without Thinking About
I saw this quote on FaceBook. It struck me like a thunderbolt and jolted me to the tips of my toes. Unable to get it out of my mind, it niggled my brain to distraction.
So I made a list.
Coming up with all the things I think about on a given day wasn't all that hard. That being said, I'm a simple woman with a pretty straight-foward outlook on life so there wasn't that much to choose from.
Here's my list, in no particular order (except for #1.)
2. Friends & Family
5. My job
7. My home
8. Golf (summer months only)
10. The Civic
11. My hair (it has to be on the list; however, it actually belongs in the 'addiction' category.)
It's not all that astounding and those that know me well probably could have pin-pointed most of them. But when I started to mull the list over in light of the first half of the quote, it begged a question:
Life can be difficult. And everyone feels like giving up sometimes. But how often do I throw up my hands and toss in the towel?Do I give up on the important things?
Some of my items are just normal things that can be annoying on occasion. Surely I would never give up on my home, car, or pets. Golf? I've considered it after a really bad round. Until the next time I step up to the tee.
Electronics can frustrate even the most saintly, but I wouldn't dream of living without them. My hair? I've learned to get past that one.
Writing is my passion and isn't going anywhere. When my brain turns to mush and I want to chuck it all, I just save and close the file, easy-peasy. It will be there another day.
Relationships can be hard. And messy. They're complicated and can make us crazy. But to do without? Not an option. You just learn to fight through the bad stuff: it always passes.
So maybe I don't give up on things. Do I take a break? Umm...yeah...probably more than I should. And eventually wander back.
It should be noted that God is in the top spot for a reason. I can honestly say I don't give up on him. Why? Because he NEVER gives up on me. I'm sure I frustrate him on occasion. And I totally know that my antics must amuse him.
There are times I whine at him and can be a bit of a complainer. I can lapse into victimhood in one dramatic heartbeat. His broad shoulders probably take me with a grain of salt, even at my worst.
And when I get distracted, he welcomes me back with a hug. After I figure out I don't have to do it all on my own.
Thank goodness he's always there.
Leads me to believe that he can't go a day without thinking about me.
Which means he'll never give up on me either.
That's a relief.
>> Tuesday, December 6, 2011
November totally rocked!
It flew by at warp speed and now that it's over, I'm looking back to reflect on what I learned and figure out where I go from here.
As I'm sure you all know, I was wrapped up in the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo for short).
I typed my fingers to nubbins, striving to reach the 50,000 word goal by the 30th. It was fast and furious fun and just the same as the last two years, it was a learning experience too.
Here's a few of this year's insights:
1. Getting words on a page isn't that hard for me. I was able to spit out an average of 2-3,000 per day so I ended up over word count and ahead of schedule most of the time.
2. The quality of said words? Not so great. But it didn't matter: Just getting the storyline down created a framework to expand, revise, and tighten up.
3. There's a competitive streak in me that serves as a catalyst for my motivation. Deadlines really can be our friend!
4. I love to win! Enough said.
The end result of NaNo was that yes, I reached the 50,000 (55,659, to be exact) and more important, I was able to complete the rough draft of the manuscript I started two years ago.
Photo Finish is now safely tucked into a notebook (and backed up several different ways) so that the editing process can begin. I have test readers lined up, pre-editing phase done up to chapter 19 (of 50) and hope to move it into editing by the first of the year.
I'm also ready to get back to blogging. I made a choice to put my blog on the back burner because I was busy burning midnight oil on NaNo. Thanks for hanging in there. I hope you haven't grown weary of waiting for me to show up again and I appreciate your patience.
I plan on making a commitment to weekly posts (at least) and will bring in some of my fiction, devotionals, and of course, now that I let Miranda DailyLife have a crack at it, I'm sure I won't be able to get rid of her. (Note to self: change phone number.)
November may be a distant memory, but I have a constant reminder in the form of the winner's certificates.
They grace my wall as a reminder of the last three Novembers and are a visual what I can accomplish when I set my mind (and fingers) to it.
If I need encouragement when I feel like giving up, all I have to do is look up from my writing chair: instant gratification. (Who doesn't love that?)
And yes, there's room for more: I've already got a storyline bouncing around in my head for next November...