Catchy title, isn’t it?
First of all, go read this. Because that’s my monthly blog for the ICFW.
Ok. So you know my knee issues? Yes, yes you remember. No cartilage, lots of physio, blah blah.
Today I had an appointment with Performance Orthotic something or other. And I went in with my shorts and we discussed my knee issue. My issue is that I want a knee brace so I can play tennis. And go faster on the elliptical without breaking my leg. His issue is that I overpronate. Which I already know. Hence the orthotics. He asked me how long I’ve had them, and I answered that these are new as of December but I’ve worn them for four years.
Then he asked me if I wear them in the house. To which I said no, it’s gross to wear shoes in the house. And I prefer to be barefoot.
The mystery to my disappearing knee cartilage? Because I overpronate and my legs have twisted and worn down all the cartilage in my knees because I don’t wear my orthotics more often.
So…. that means the other knee is shot too?
Yep. Pretty much.
So I was fitted for a custom knee brace, getting a full leg cast etc. And then I was told the price.
Fifteen hundred dollars.
I’m really, really praying that Manulife will cover this….
And I ordered it in baby blue. Because it’s prettier.
Writing news: am searching for the perfect moment for heroine to get her kiss. It has to be awesome.
Reading: just finished ‘Don’t You Want Me’ by India Knight. Anyone under 18 should not read it.
Drinking: tea. pumpkin chai.
Eating: dunno. sandwich?
Listening to: City and Colour. Am in luuuurve!!!!
First of all, thank you, thank you, thank you to the people who have taken the time to write me a letter of encouragement. Your letters mean so much more than you ever know. Do you know that I print them off and tape them into an ‘encouragement’ book so I can look at it periodically? Thank you.
So. What’s new? Well, I’ve submitted my manuscript to a publisher (the YA dystopian one) and I am awaiting an answer on that. In the meantime, I’m working on the Amish one. Which isn’t ‘technically’ Amish because when you think of Amish books, you think of your typical ‘life in the community of’, but this is more with a twist. So I’ve been working on that. Slowly. And funny enough, the music that has been ‘musing’ me through, is the ‘Brother’s’ album by the ‘Black Keys’. Go figure. I’m at about 10,000 words and have many more to go. But I keep wondering outloud how things will tie together. Because tying is always important. Especially when wearing shoes.
And then I think about all the other ‘plots’ I want to write about. I’ve got this ‘Journal’ one that’s brewing in my heart (temporary title so it makes sense to hubby when I start spouting off things…) so I’ve made a very important decision. Depending on of course, what I am listening to and what moves me, I will be working on three novels. Which could be complicated, but I’m going to print them out and place them in three different stacks so that I can reread what I need to and get in the groove. Because honestly? I should be done by now!!!
Incidentally, I also posted two blogs on the International Christian Fiction Writers’ blog, and here they are. This one and this one.
happy spring to you!
I met up with an old friend from high school yesterday. He was a brilliant artist back then and to this day has grown fantastically in his art. We talked about books and illustrations, and the art of selling out (see previous post).
So after our discussion, I became very excited about my next venture. While I am still going to attempt Amish Romance, my heart is very excited about a picture book.
Yes, a picture book. I can’t tell you anything of anything, except to say that he came up with the most perfect character and I have a storyboard and some watercolour backgrounds to try out. Am very excited.
I honestly have no idea what I’m doing, but I’m feeling very confident about this project. Not sure why…
Eating: salted caramel hot chocolate … reheated 5 times.
Watching: snow fall and my dog snore
Listening to: dog snoring.
Reading: Karen Kingsbury thingy, Desecration and picture books
But I started a new book.
And it ain’t for kids.
See, I was having a fantastic conversation with the lovely Kathleen, and discussed how at her new Publishing house, she’ll be senior editor of women’s fiction and amish romance. For those of you who are unaware, yes, amish romance does exist. So I laughed. And then realized that she just might be an outlet into other, possibly bigger things. Hm…
So as we email chatted, I came up with what I thought was a brilliant storyline for women’s fiction/amish romance. I have yet to figure out which it’ll be.
So today, after the gym and my Farm Boy lunch run, I made it over to my favourite coffee shop, noticed two of my books had sold over the weekend (yay me!) and began to write.
I wrote 1,000 words without breaking a sweat.
While I am all for writing another Jackson Jones (gosh they are fun to write and I’m pretty sure I have the plot down for the third – which will involve a shipwreck), if I don’t sell an adequate amount of the first, there will not be a contract for a third … yet. Deep down I’m hoping for a late start out of the gate and mid-summer things will pick up smoothly (although I pray for a great Christmas spike) and then I’ll be asked to write more. But why limit myself? I’ve always wanted to write a grown-up book. I’ve always wanted to write a teen series. I’ve always wanted to write an adult fiction.
So why not?
Reading: same as before
Eating: pumpkin scone from starbucks. too sweet! ick. shoulda had chocolate square or something
Listening to: the dog chew her feet.
Watching: Hulk with Ed Norton.
of myself as a disorganized, organized person.
I have all my plans and dates in three different date books but they are scattered throughout the house. I have discarded papers all over my library floor (editing) but I can tell you that my journal is underneath the pile of blank papers over by the second printer. I can tell you that my July student loan payment receipts (yes, still paying them off!) are underneath the empty bowl, empty plate, other journal and a book on the black bookshelf. I can tell you that I have a stack of magazines (all Bon Appetit, Cooking Light and some Writer’s Magazines) are beside the chair, stacked, underneath two bibles (I like different translations) and part of my manuscript. I can tell you that my brown jacket is underneath my party dress that I wore two nights ago, which is lying over the chair.
I thought for sure I had four weeks until the edited version was due.
Reading: Pollyanna Grows Up
Eating: chai latte! hello? I’m writing!
Watching: IronMan 2
Listening to: clock ticking