Rare Occasion for Georgia

For those in the Northern states I’m sure you’ll get a great chuckle about those of us in the South. Georgia doesn’t see snow very often and when we do we all get excited. The kids grab the sled’s, adults want to be able to brag that they made it down the road without crashing, and those of us with more common sense stay home with a cup of hot chocolate and a fire going in the fireplace.

Today was one of those days. Just 2 days ago we had bright sunshine and a warm 72 degrees in North Georgia where I live. Atlanta hit 78 degrees! In less than 36 hours we are 30 degrees and looking out my window is a winter wonderland.

After living in Wyoming through two winters I am thanking God this will be gone by morning. I’m enjoying it now but oh so thankful for it’s disappearance and warm days returning. I hate cold weather!

Here’s some pictures I hope you enjoy. And hey, you Northerners, don’t laugh too hard, we’ll be in shorts while you’re still shoveling out. ๐Ÿ™‚

One lone Cardinal enjoying the snow.
In front of my house.
My back yard
Darn, the Cardinal flew away.

And its still snowing. We’re supposed to get about 3-4 inches and I think we will. That’s enough to build a little snowman!

Have a great day everyone and if you didn’t get snow – enjoy some of mine. ๐Ÿ™‚

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What a Blessed Morning

I not only received the last of the endorsements to turn into the publisher but the smiles, gratitude, and love shown by some of the residents at The Oaks at Hampton Senior living was such fun and a mighty blessing.

Lifestyle Director, Sandy listed the residents that are in wheelchairs and we gave each a hand crocheted lap afghan in the color of their choice.

I had 2 tubs filled with afghans

We went room to room and here are the pictures that were taken. Just look at those smiles!

Gail is an assistant and said, “Just look at the details in this!”
Ms. Vivian is 100 yrs. old. She loves red and is looking pretty cozy.
It was barely 30 degrees outside so I kept my heavy coat on.
When asked which he liked, “I want lots of color!”
He got it!
He just wanted a nap and could care less what color. ๐Ÿ™‚
But he was appreciative.
Veteran Bill loved the red, white, and blue.

It is amazing how we can bring some joy and feelings of not being forgotten or loved to others by simply caring.

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Patience is a Virtue?

Have you ever prayed for patience? I used to but I don’t anymore because I have found that the Lord will answer that prayer by placing me in a position that can try my patience to the enth degree. I hope “enth” is a word, but maybe not, but you know what I mean.

I used to drive from Tennessee back to Georgia and then return to Tennessee when I lived there. (Thank God I’m back living in Ga.) Every single time I took a “short cut” across a two lane road for fifty miles I would get behind a big truck or a farmer on a tractor and have to follow them for miles with no passing zones doing 30 mph in a 55 mph zone. Grrrrrrr

Talk about trying my patience! Oh I would be upset! But if I went the interstate I would add at least fifty miles to my normally 4 hour trip so I think the Lord used that “short cut” to try my patience and I was not happy about it in the least.

There are many instances that He will put us to the test. How about standing in line at the grocery store? The infamous Walmart is known for having two registers opened on a busy day. Now that will try your patience!

I’m waiting for an endorsement to come in that has been promised for my new novel, Amy’s Quest, but, and although I really, really need to get it sent to the publisher so as not to hold up their production timelines I’m being patient about it.

We have to give the people time to read the story and because I didn’t give enough time for the very busy people I asked, I’m having to be patient.

I think in this case I’m passing the “patience test” the Lord has me in, if it is Him doing it. Instead of getting upset, I can sit back and enjoy my crocheting while I patiently await the last of the endorsements to come in.

And by the way, tomorrow I’ll be bringing many big smiles to the elderly with 14 lap afghans I have crocheted for the residents who are confined in wheelchairs. Now that’s a blessed way to enjoy being patient.

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Grab the Boot Straps

I have no idea what happened but I wrote a post today, published it, and it disappeared into the wild yonder of never never land.

Anyway, I apologize for not having been keeping up with posting on here but there’s been several unexpected events that have not only scrambled the brain but stood me on my head for a bit.

God is good though and has brought me through losing one sister and having another diagnosed with cancer three days later. She had surgery just last night and came through fine with the Dr. saying “everything went well.” So now it’s time to grab the boot straps and get back to doing what has been set aside for a time.

I found a publisher, had my manuscript accepted, filled out the questionnaire, sent the tax papers, and received an e-mail stating Amy’ Quest is now being sent over to the editorial review department.

What is editorial review? It is the department that goes through the manuscript with a fine tooth comb looking for grammatical, organizational, and spelling errors. They also look for word usage, sentence structure, redundancy, and consistency. They will also make suggestions.

It is in this phase of the start of production that NO changes can be made to the manuscript. What is sent to them is what they use. So make sure that what you submit is what you want printed. Of course spelling, etc. will be corrected at some point but if you decide to add to your story or remove a chapter or whatever you’ll be charged a fee. And it is not cheap!

The editing review part will take about two months to complete so in the time period while I wait for their part to be done and sent back to me for my corrections and approval or disapproval for any suggestions they may make I am waiting for the endorsements to come in. Be sure your approval/disapproval is a part of your contract!

The endorsements from the pastors and another author is being allowed to be submitted during the editing phase ONLY because the publisher agreed to that before I sent the manuscript.

Thank you to all those who have been praying for my sister and our family during this trying time. We appreciate it greatly. Have a blessed weekend and thank you for stopping by.

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It’s Really Happening

Is it really happening? Oh yes, it has started. I received an e-mail stating that my book, Amy’s Quest has been accepted and as soon as I sent the required publishing fee I got a phone call from my publication specialist that will be my “go-to” throughout the process, and had a nice conversation with her.

We discussed some forms I need to sign and send back and she familiarized me with some of the questions I need to answer before they can get started. I wasn’t expecting to have to write the blurb this soon. What’s a “blurb?” That’s a short synapse of what your story is about. It goes on the back cover along with a short biography about you and maybe a picture of you. The picture is optional.

I had several professional pictures taken some time back and if the Lord keeps having me write all these books I think I may have to see a photographer again. I’ve run out of different poses, anyway the ones I like.

I like having my picture on the back cover for a couple of reasons. Sometimes people won’t recognize the author’s name right away but if they’ve read, and seen my “mug shot” before, they will recognize me and might say, “Oh, I remember her. She wrote that book I really loved.”

The other reason is because I really enjoy, (actually get a real laugh,) at those that will pick up my book that I’ve lain on the table in the doctor’s office, for example, and see my picture. They look up and see me sitting in a chair and the expression of surprise? confusion? is priceless. It’s the back and forth comparing the picture with the face in the chair. (I’m laughing right now just typing it.)

I had one lady come over and ask me, “Is that you?” pointing to the picture. “Wow, she sure looks like me!” Is my usual response, and they really get confused then until I start laughing and admit it is me.

That usually starts a conversation with, “Oh wow, you’re a real author?” With which I admit I wrote the book and stick my arm out and grin. “You can touch me if you want.” I’ve actually had some young people actually touch my arm with a totally awestruck expression!

The responses can be quite humorous at times and it usually happens at book signings and the “awe struck” ones are usually younger women.

Well, I went completely off on a rabbit trail so next time we’ll talk about the publishers and my editing process. That may sound boring but believe me it is not. It’s the most important part of the production process.

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Landmark Day

I’m not sure that’s the right title for this but in a way it is a landmark day since the manuscript for Amy’s Quest, my new novel, has been accepted by the publisher. (I knew it would be.)

I got the contract today and went through it with a fine tooth comb. Better read any fine print before you sign one. I did, and had a couple of questions and got those answered.

So as of about thirty minutes ago I have a publisher! And the process can now really get started. Of course they want money so that has been taken care of and next I will be meeting my new publication specialist. He/she will be working with me throughout the entire process. Hopefully they won’t be changing like we change our underwear like one publisher I had.

So now what’s next? They will be sending me forms to fill out such as a tax form, a questionnaire about the book genre, the target age groups of readers, etc.

This can be an exciting time and I thank the Lord that it was accepted, He provided the publishing fee, and we can now get moving to get this “master piece” on the way to getting it out to the readers.

The entire process will take 5-8 months. During that time there will be more work to be done; editing, making corrections, more editing, back cover bio and blurb, and the cover design. Those all take time because approval of all has to be done by me and that means back and forth with the publisher and various departments.

If you thought writing a book is easy it is. It’s getting it published that’s got people fooled. So many think, I’ll write it and bingo there it is on the book store shelves.

Its not quite that easy.

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The Wait

The days, weeks, and months of praying and typing. Sleepless nights, dragging about with sleepy eyes, blurry eyes, brain in high gear, thinking, pondering, decisions to be made, searching, and wanting to finish.

It all comes down to this…

I’ve found a publisher. From all I have read on their website, reading past authors comments who have published with them, talking to their representative, and much prayer I have submitted that long prayed over and worked on manuscript today to them.

This is not one of those “glorified printers” that print what you send them and make big promises at lower author “packages.” From past experience with some publishers I think I have found one that is reputable, will fulfill their promises, and do a good job – but that remains to be seen since I have not used them before.

When the Lord says, “submit it” that tells me He approves. And when He approves and says to do it I am confident that when my story is accepted He will provide the publisher’s fees and all that is needed to go forward.

But now it’s a wait and see. I will hear back as to whether it is being accepted or rejected in about five business days which means next week some time. I’m not chewing my nails because I have confidence in the Lord. He wrote it, its His book for His glory. If my story gets rejected it will be a first – and that my friends will really shock me!

So I wait, and instead of writing, typing, and sleepless nights I will be crocheting lap afghans for wheelchair residents and hats for the homeless.

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The Work Continues

I know you all can hear my sigh of relief that I have finished writing my suspense story, “Amy’s Quest,” but the work is not yet done. The major part is writing the story, but then there is more work to be done.

My book chapters have been gone through the editing by my dear roommate, but we are human and it’s easy to miss things, especially when we get so involved with our story, or are tired, or whatever. Even the professionals miss stuff. That’s why they send it back to you to thoroughly recheck.

I’ve mentioned before that a whole bunch of eyes reading it is better than just two, particularly the author’s eyes. So now the next step is my going back and reading the whole manuscript/story to make sure I like the way it flows, there are no jig-jags along the story line, and punctuation’s and misspelled words.

What’s a “jig-jag?” I call jumping from one unrelated topic to another a jig-jag. Just my own term for it. I’m also looking for punctuation and spelling mishaps. This is a thick book. It will more than likely be 450 or more pages gauging the word count against my other one that’s thick, The Narrow Road. It’s 465 pages.

Now that I have wore myself out doing my happy dance yesterday I have spent most of today, sitting in uncomfortable chairs waiting to get my Driver’s license renewed, answering phone calls and e-mails, and supervising the heat and air guys do their winter maintenance inspection, and trying to find what the Lord wants for a cover design.

The publisher will ask if you have any particular kind of design for your book cover. I think I’ve mentioned in the past that we want a cover that will “pop” on the shelf. “Pop” means it will stand out among the dozens and dozens of other covers.

I’ve perused the google images off and on and couldn’t find anything that “spoke to me.” Finally today I just said, “Lord we gotta have a cover design!” He is always faithful and led me right to what He wants and it is the perfect cover! Hallelujah.

Okay, this is important! You cannot use a picture of something from Google images or some other website for a book cover design! We use them often for blogs but we are not using them on something that we will be selling for profit. That requires written permission from the owner of that picture.

So how do I manage to use a picture I have found on the inner net? I don’t! I find a picture of what I like so when the publisher asks if there is anything specific I would like for my cover design I show them the picture I like and ask that they make a cover design similar to what is on the picture I give them.

If the publisher has templates similar they can use those legally. If the publisher has a real artist on staff they will draw a cover design similar to what I have shown them but not exactly the same.

What we can also do is just tell them I want, for example, a path going around a curve with some trees but not overwhelming trees with our own sketch, stick figures and all. That’s what I did for The Narrow Road cover. Or, I want a mother and small child by a beach, like I did with Dawn’s Light. There are a variety of ways to get what you want on a book cover.

Now that I have accomplished finding my cover design I’m e-mailing people about writing endorsements. Nope I have not contacted a publisher yet. I want my “ducks” in a nice little row when I do. Right now the ducks are playing at the waters edge. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for stopping by. I hope what I write is helpful and maybe a little entertaining at times. I really thought the little girl doing her happy dance was cute. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Happy Dance Time

These days seem to have gotten really cluttered up with “stuff.” It seems every time I turn around its something else that needs tending to. I received a notice in the mail that I need to renew my driver’s license. I’ve never had that happen before. It isn’t expired its just that I have a birthday coming up next month.

Wow, where does the time go?

That also means I have to get the required car inspection, which to me is just another means of stealing our hard earned money but its required or we can’t get tags.

It really makes me wonder about the whole system because I see several cars and pick-ups on the road that wouldn’t even qualify for a good junk yard wreck and yet they have current tags. Hmmm how does that happen?

Anyway, besides doctors appointments to get my ears unblocked, trying to write and do all the other necessary chores I have managed to get in some writing late at night.

In fact, having struggled with thoughts of this “freakin’ book will never end,” I kept writing. I go to bed at midnight, can’t go to sleep so I get up at two and write until I can’t see anymore.

Persistence pays off –

I FINISHED THE STORY LAST NIGHT!

Yahoooo, hallelujah, happy dance time…

Now I get to start researching publishers since the Lord does not want me using the same one as last time. Oh joy, how fun is that going to be? Not much but it has to be done.

Its really nice to know the story is finished but I still have to reread the entire manuscript, correct anything that may have been missed, find willing people to endorse it, and find a publisher.

The work is not yet completed.

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Keep On Keeping On

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE.

I hope you all had a wonderful celebration of our Lord and Savior’s coming. Praise be to God that He loves us enough to come as a baby, be our example for living, die a horrific death on a cross for our redemption, and rise again to greet us on the other side. Wow, I can’t wait for that day!

But until then, another year has passed by and I think we all have had some accomplishments as well as maybe some disappointments. But hey, that’s life. We do the best we can and hopefully put the disappointments or “bad stuff” behind us and use the lessons learned from those times for betterment.

I’ve been a bit under the weather with what I think is a sinus infection. I haven’t been able to get to the Doc. yet due to the holidays. It’s a good thing we aren’t trying to talk on the phone because my ears are blocked from whatever this is and I wouldn’t be able to hear you. ๐Ÿ™‚ No, I don’t text so that wouldn’t work either.

I have been able to write some when I’ve felt up to it. As you know from past posts I stay up really late at night but not with this stuff! 9:30 p.m. finds my house dark and me in the bed. Well, some nights, not every night.

I think I only have 1-2 more chapters to write to complete “Amy’s Quest” and then I will start hunting for the publisher who will be blessed to have my new story. I just need to get my head squared away and finish writing it.

Many publishers, most I think, will take your money before you’ve completed writing the story, but for me personally that puts added pressure on me to finish and I don’t like writing under pressure. Some may do fine with that and that’s okay. Whatever floats your boat, as the saying goes.

With a new year staring us in the face I hope whatever gift you have been given by the Lord will be used for His glory; be it writing, singing, or anything else. May the Lord bless you in 2020 and looking forward just keep on keeping on.

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