Lily Journal

February 2007

            My mother died alone, in a nursing home, without her family at her bedside. What happened to the beautiful, strong and fun loving mother of my early childhood? When did I become her parent? I know Mama never wanted to be a burden, yet I always felt she needed more from me than I was able to give. My prayer is that she will find the peace in heaven that eluded her on earth. I plan to dedicate Lily in memory of my parents.

May 22, 2007

            I’m on writing high! I taught my “Find Your Writing Voice” workshop to 30 people at the Oregon Christian Writers Conference in Eugene. I sold three copies of My Time with God and another three copies today to SMART Coordinators. I’ll probably do one or two book signings in Roseburg in December. And I have an assignment to write seven devotionals for the Quiet Hour. Yahoo!

            After holding my article, “Influence a Child for Christ—Become an Unforgettable Teacher,” for a year and a half, the magazine, Kids’ Ministry Ideas bought it. (I feel like I’m back in business.)

September 2007

            I’m so excited! I received a contract from OTTN Publishing to write Queen Esther’s (from the Bible) biography. (I paid Ron Bolt, a retired teacher, to edit the manuscript.) I worked hard on this project and in the end it was rejected (January 17, 2008). The fine print in the contract read, if we don’t like it, we don’t have to buy it. The publisher felt it needed major revision and I could not see how I could improve it. I’d written it to the best of my ability, at that time, and had someone else edit it to the best of his ability as well. This was one of my most devastating rejections. Someday I will pull it out of its box and revise it and submit it elsewhere, but I’m not ready to do it yet.

August 26, 2008

            I’m feeling low today, discouraged. I’m not good enough.

November 18, 2008

            I’m on somewhat of a high. I finished teaching a nine week writing series. I stretched myself, now I’m prepared to do it in the future.

January 2010

            I did it! I did it! I created my website: Yahoo!

January 28, 2010

            I’m discouraged. My critique group said I needed to go back again and again revising Gillian’s Heart. I’d hoped the current rewrite would be the last. Ugh! Are their comments negative or realistic?

            I wrote the contest rules, judged and presented awards to the winners of the writing section of INSPIRE at the River Lodge in Fortuna, California. What a lovely event and a real highlight for me.

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