Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook

Outside my window... warmer than it was. That's a relief!

I am thinking... about devotions I want to write for Proverbs 31. Sometimes I will write a devotion months and months before I turn it in. I just label it and put it in a folder to go out for a month in the future. In this way I don't feel under deadline to write. I had two things happen to me this week that made good devotion fodder so I went ahead and wrote them. I try to do that as often as I can. It helps to try to stay ahead and I can write from a place of enjoyment and not pressure. I think the writing reflects both.

I am thankful for... time to work on stuff I need to get done. The other day I sat down and wrote out everything on my mind that I needed to take care of. I had a list of 21 things. On Friday I did nothing but tackle as many of those things as I could while Curt occupied the kids. I got 8 of the 21 crossed off!

I am wearing... jeans and an Elevation sweatshirt-- cozy

I am remembering... all the people in my life I want to make an effort to keep up with.

I am going... to keep scheduling time with those people, being intentional about keeping relationships at the forefront of my priority list, no matter how busy I am.

I am currently reading... Writing For The Soul by Jerry Jenkins and a book for She Reads that is top secret! We are making new plans over at She Reads-- be sure and hop over there to read our recent announcement! I am very excited about the great novels we are getting ready to share with you all in 2010!

I am hoping... to keep hacking away at that to-do list so that I can focus on writing the novel I have due June 1.

On my mind... characters and plot points for another novel. It's a sickness.

Noticing that... my 4 yo can pick out her name and some letters now. She is growing up and preschool is certainly helping with her learning!

Pondering these words... "One thing I learned in the early stages of my novel was the difference between writer's block and the lack of discipline. When I looked at my writing as a career and not a hobby, my energies shifted. Writing became my fire, the thing that brought me joy above all else. It wasn't the thing I'd do when "in the mood"-- it was what I needed to do and wanted to do." Beth Hoffman, author of the new novel Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt

From the kitchen... planning a menu as we speak that will be posted tomorrow. Later today I will go on a big grocery run.

Around the house... cleaning, laundry, dishes... the usual.

One of my favorite things... 7 yo boys with buzz cuts and devilish grins.

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1 comment:

Flamingo Mama said...

this is quite comical to me. my husband and i were just talking about writing. already i am in the "giving up" stage and questioning what in the world i'm supposed to do with it:) regardless he was encouraging me and he talked about viewing it as a pressure. it actually reinvigorated me and took the pressure off me. However, I appreciated the line about only writing when "in the mood". That was super encouraging to me because i definitely have writing "moods". I thought that perhaps I would never be a "true" writer because of them. :)