BLOG # 18The Writing of LilyAn Unedited Journal(Blog


BLOG # 18

The Writing of Lily

An Unedited Journal

(Blog #1 Starts in January with the Introduction)

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May 31, 2004 Memorial DayWOW!  I can’t believe it. 

May 31, 2004 

Memorial Day

WOW!  I can’t believe it.  I finally finished the rewrite I was working on.  I probably will need to go through it again, and possibly again.  But, I’ve got to stop sometime.  I think I’m going to try to market it for a while and see what happens.  Yippee!  Hurrah!  Happy, happy, happy.

I think I started this rewrite in January of 2003—that’s 16 months ago.

Another big boost is that I had the carpet, windows, and curtains cleaned and the outside of the house washed.  I took clutter out of my writing room and I’m not about to put it back. I’m sorting, organizing, and throwing away also.  Another yippee!

June 23, 2004

I sent Lily to Nick Harrison at Harvest House Publishers and to literary agents, Michael Larsen and Elizabeth Pomada.  I’ve also researching agents.  I put my agent rejections in alphabetical order so it will be easy to look them up while reading the most up-to-date info on them in Jeff Herman’s agent book.  I’ve accumulated 77 rejections from agents over the years, and I have at least 65 possibilities to submit to.  What a job.

I’ve been a little melancholy lately.  It’s been overcast for days.  Daddy died three years ago, the day after father’s day.  Royal Family Kids’ Camp is going on, and I’m not at camp with them.  Maybe it’s because of all of the rejections from agents.  Who knows? Maybe it’s none of these things. 

I’m feeling tired and achy.  I stayed up until 1:00 AM this morning— that could be a really good reason for being tired.  Feeling achy is probably age and arthritis.  Moan, moan, moan.

February 20, 2005

I don’t know what has happened since the last time I made an entry . . .  except major life changes.  We sold our beautiful Victorian home in Fortuna, California, Gallbladder surgery in December, moving out of the house on February 5th, temporarily lived in a travel trailer for three months, and the purchased of a new manufactured home in Roseburg, Oregon.

I also think that the reason I didn’t consistently submit Lily was because I was disappointed in Nick’s and an agent’s lack of interest in it.  I felt discouraged.  I did make some changes; hopefully, to correct the beginning from moving so slow, but I was also disappointed in the changes I made, because I liked it the way it was originally. 

Will Lily ever be published? Read?

I’ll continue to try to sell Lily as is and soon start on a new book—possibly one with a Maui setting, a historical with missionaries, forbidden love . . .

June 30, 2005

Okay, Lily.  I’m not sure if I’ve found my voice or not.  What say you?

“I say, get off your butt and submit the damn manuscript.  It was my voice all along.”

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BLOG # 17The Writing of LilyAn Unedited Journal(Blog

BLOG # 17

The Writing of Lily

An Unedited Journal

(Blog #1 Starts in January with the Introduction)


December 27, 2003

Entered rewrites into the computer, yet still more to do on trial chapter (35).

January 1 and 2, 2003

I rewrote the trial chapter with scenes of White Dove and James, James and Tess, and the trial.  I still don’t know if it needs more work or not.  I’ll read it to Evergreen Writers tomorrow. I only have 20 pages left to do on this revision.  Then I’ll start at the beginning and see if there is a need for another rewrite.  Ugh.

A Recap of 2003

            I spent many hours revising Lily. I wrote people features regularly for the Times-Standard (a newspaper in Eureka, California) and tests for Harcourt Brace. A book signing at the Fortuna Library was a highlight. Another highlight was a great Royal Family Kids’ Camp as director.

            Personally, I enjoyed time with family at Lake Tahoe, Danny (son) and Ana’s wedding and Thanksgiving and Christmas.

            2003 was one of my better writing years, including income. I set some pretty ambitious goals and accomplished them.  And I’m feeling really good about 2004.  I’m also setting monetary goals which I don’t think I’ve ever done in the past.  Why not go for it, I say.

January 15, 2004

I worked on entering the suggested rewrites from Evergreen Writers for Lily’s trial in the computer.  It isn’t easy, but I was able to do a little work

February 4, 2004

I concentrated on getting Amigos ready to self-publish, and I worked on four features a month for the Times-Standard.  I came home with a cold after spending a couple of days in Windsor, California with friends, Claire and Jim Vincent.  Nursed the cold for ten days and didn’t feel good for most of the month of January. I fell in the bathtub and that didn’t help.  I’m working as the receptionist/secretary at Hydesville Community Church.  I’m still not happy with the trial chapter of Lily

March 5, 2004

I can’t believe it’s been a whole month since I’ve worked on Lily.  I’m still not happy with the chapter and feel I need to rework it before going on, since this is the second time around.  I so wanted it to be ready to submit by now; actually, I wanted to submit it years ago.

I didn’t feel well for about six weeks.  I’m just now feeling better.  If it wasn’t the cold, it was my back.  If it wasn’t my back, it was my eye.  Always something, it’s hell getting old.

I spent a lot of time getting Amigos ready to self-publish.  I also worked on updating How to be a Published Writer, and ordered copies of My Time with God for the Fortuna Library Day book signing on March 10th.  I’m really looking forward to the day.  I hope I sell a lot of books.

There was a nice feature about the event (Fortuna Library Day) written by Claudia Nelson.  I experienced another high when Pastor Scotty West told me that about once a week someone mentions the piece I wrote about him a year ago.  Someone mailed it to a friend in San Francisco; that person moved to Humboldt County and is attending Scotty’s church.  Wow!  That’s exciting.

Computer problems. The tech said, “Next time don’t fix it.” If something goes wrong in the future, buy a new computer.  With computer repairs, purchasing copies of My Time with God for the book signing, etc. my expenses are soaring.

April 2004

            I donated 54 copies of Amigos to local public schools with an invoice for future orders. I never received any orders. Hopefully, young people will benefit from reading Jeremy’s story.

May 8, 2004

Two months with nothing accomplished on the revision of Lily.  I’ve sure done a lot of other writing and publishing though.

Today was a very good day.  I was determined to work on Lily, come hell or high water, and I did.  I revised several chapters of Part III.   (A scene between James and Tess.) “White Dove said that her attorney is old and that he was appointed to her case.” He stood, walked to the chair facing her and sat down. “I need to go and see for myself that she gets a fair trial.”

Tess stood, walked around the desk, put her hands on his shoulder, and kissed the top of his head. “You’re a good man, James Conte.” (Lily pg. 159)


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