Look! A Book!

The week before my wedding, a friend reached out to me and asked if I wanted a job. Her mom had written a book, and she was looking for someone who could edit it for her.

I loved my wedding. It was perfect. But at that moment I was just so tired of planning it. I was extremely stressed – so much so that it was affecting my health – and as I was no longer working, everything in my life was about the wedding. And moving.

I needed something to refresh me. So I took the job.

I know, I know. I sound like I’m nuts. But I was confident that I could do it.

I blocked off two days and got to work. No wedding stuff, just editing and proofreading.

And it was wonderful.

I really love editing. I think it’s so much fun! And I am so weird for saying that! But I really do, and I felt more like myself and so happy those two days that when it was over, I did feel refreshed and ready to get back to the wedding planning.

Yesterday a small package was dropped off.

8 Weeks of Love: A Bible Study for Single Mothers by Lois Breit

8 Weeks of Love: A Bible Study for Single Mothers by Lois Breit

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And there it was, in print – my name as an editor!

I was so happy I started crying. My poor husband just held me as I cried and laughed on his shoulder.

There’s a book in this world – an actual physical book with an ISBN and everything! – and my name is in it.

I am very thankful and very happy.

So a big thank you to my dear friend who thought of me, and thank you to her dear mother, Lois Breit, for giving me a chance.

And thank you to my husband who didn’t freak out when I said I was going to edit a book so close to our wedding, and who couldn’t stop smiling as I rejoiced last night over such a small yet such a wonderful moment in my life.


To learn more about Lois Breit’s ministry to single mothers, please visit LoisBreit.com.

To purchase 8 Weeks of Love, click here.

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Writerly Rom-Com Review #2

Continuing on with Part II of my reviews of romantic comedy films featuring two of my favorite things in the whole world: 1) writers and 2) Brits.

Because why watch one Scottish rom-com about writers starring a Doctor Who actor when you can watch two?

Thankfully, Netflix knows me well and was quick to suggest Not Another Happy Ending. At first glance, it looks like a rather quirky indie film that should star Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt and be produced by Hello Giggles.

Which isn’t far off. There’s just a little more angst, and a plot that’s a bit all over the place.

It’s a hot mess, but Karen Gillan is rather likable and relatable, which in turn made the film enjoyable. Continue reading

Writerly Rom-Com Review #1

The Decoy Bride (2011)

The Decoy Bride (2011)

And now for something a little more lighthearted…

When it’s Valentine’s Day and you’ve worked all day long and come home to cat and Netflix, the only thing to do is watch rom-coms until you fall asleep.

And of course, the most perfect rom-coms are British ones about awkward writers falling in love with each other.

I ended up watching two such films in quick succession, and yes, it was a perk that both happen to star a couple of my favorite Doctor Who stars. Continue reading

The Story Is Growing

“Do you know many stories?”The Name of the Wind

He smiled, and the network of lines that crossed his face turned to make themselves part of that smile. “I only know one story. But oftentimes small pieces seem to be stories themselves.” He took a drink. “It’s growing all around us. In the manor houses of the Cealdim and in the workshops of the Cealdar, over the Stormwal in the great sand sea. In the low stone houses of the Adem, full of silent conversation. And sometimes,” He smiled. “Sometimes the story is growing in squalid backstreet bars, Dockside in Tarbean.” His bright eyes looked deep into me, as if I were a book that he could read.

There’s no good story that doesn’t touch the truth,” I said, repeating something my father used to say, mostly to fill the silence. It felt strange talking to someone again, strange but good. “There’s as much truth here as anywhere, I suppose. It’s too bad, the world could do with a little less truth and a little more…” I trailed off, not knowing what I wanted more of…

“Is it true? The story.” I made an inarticulate gesture. “The part you told today?”

All stories are true,” Skarpi said. “But this one really happened, if that’s what you mean.”

Chapter 27 “Lanre Turned”

The Name of the Wind

Patrick Rothfuss

Writing: Playing God

This week I have worked a lot on my novel. I’ve spent 2 full days this week doing pretty much nothing but writing and editing. Today was one of those days. And it was stressful.

Basically, two of my characters rebelled against me. It was a little like this:

Okay, guys? I think we’ve strayed from our goal here. Let’s refresh. From the top.

Minnie: No. He’s an idiot, and I want to do things my way. Got that?

Bailey: Oh my God, you’re crazy! You’re completely contradicting chapter 13!

Minnie: That was ages ago! My character has moved on. It’s called “development.”

Bailey: It’s called being a woman.

Hey!

Minnie: I’m sorry, what did you say?

Bailey: Emily, she is being unreasonable.

I think you are overreacting, Minnie.

Minnie: Oh sure, take his side. You like him more than me, anyway.

I do not.

Minnie: I haven’t forgotten you cut me out of the story once.

Want me to do it again?

Bailey: Yes, please.

Minnie: You stay out of this!

Guys, please. Can we go back to the way things were in the rough draft? Please? Everyone was happy? Remember being happy?

Bailey: Not really, no.

Minnie: Yeah, I remember a lot of people dying.

Bailey: Yeah me, too. And I keep getting into fights. What’s that about?

You’re… Irish?

Bailey: Seriously? You’re going to go with that stereotype?

Would you two just listen to me and get back to the story?

Minnie: I refuse to work with him. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go and enjoy the Roaring 20s.

Bailey: Can I go, too, Emily?

No.

Bailey: But, Emily—flappers! Gangsters! Jazz! Gatsby!

No. Go home.

New Girl 

It’s a good thing I’m not God.

Update: Writing

I’m still writing.

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Blogging for Retail

My online portfolio

I have the opportunity to blog for the business I work at. I also do a lot on our social media sites. Behind the scenes, I write a lot of copy.

It’s all very different for me. I work in baby retail. It’s not an area of business that I ever really had much interest in before, and it’s strange to think that I now have an opinion on cloth diapering or crib mattresses. But I do. And I really enjoy work.

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Website
Blog
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Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest

Retail hours can be frustrating, however. I don’t have weekends anymore. Not really.

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Manuscript, Numero Dos

I’m in the process of editing my second story. I had hoped to work on a chapter per week, but I made an executive decision last week that shot that idea in the foot. I am still editing chapter one, and I’m writing new material, too! Because I realized that when I muse over this story, I see it as having 2 main characters, and therefore, I thought it only write right, (sorry–Freudian slip), to let the second also share his side of the story. At least partly.

We’ll see how long that lasts. It’s a bit of writing out of my comfort zone. This second character I know well, having created him, and yet helping him find his voice is proving to be a challenge because he’s very different from the original protagonist.

So, yeah. Any thoughts? Tips? Suggestions? Writing gigs?

Top Ten Tuesday: Goals for 2013

The Fight

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Bookish Goals for 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish

01. Maintain his blog

Seriously. With posts that are actually worth reading and not just rehashing of the same thoughts and topics. Or just Top Ten Tuesday posts.

02. Write on schedule

I want to write like it’s my job. I want a schedule and goals to reach each week. I want to find more freelance work, and I want to continue working on my stories.

My college friend Tim has posted several instagram photos depicting his own writing efforts in 2013. I admire his dedication. I miss having that resolve. Tim, if you read this, keep it up! You’re my hero!

03. Write more in public

I write the best and the most when I force myself to leave the privacy of my home and find a spot in a café. I write better when I am surrounded by people, whereas in my home I might write, but I’ll also clean, eat, sleep, read, sing, dance, snack, paint my nails—I get distracted, and something that might take me an hour or two to write at Starbucks will take me six hours to do at home.

The problem with writing in public means I have to get up, get dressed, and be around people. Ugh. People.

 04. Actually have someone read one of my manuscripts from start to finish, not just little pieces.

Of course, this means that I have to actually have something worth reading, and as of right now, my first manuscript is in a box in my closet, and my second one is undergoing thorough revisions in my mind. (Seriously, I might have just completely changed the entire direction of the story.)

05. Start pestering publishers and agents.

Once Goals 2, 3, and 4 have been achieved, of course.

06. Join a writing community in my town.

I’m very fortunate in that I am constantly meeting writers. I didn’t realize just how many of us are out there. Here’s hoping that I don’t get sucked into my own self in 2013, and that I actually go out and spend time with the wonderful people who have reached out to me.

07. Manage my portfolio

Make copies: hard copies, digital copies—store copies in the cloud. Whatever. Just to do something that keeps me organized. And professional.

08. Publish. Something.

09. Go to another writer’s conference.

10. Actually read one of those dang books on writing that I bought a year ago. I drag them around with me everywhere I go, and yet I’ve yet to actually read them.

Anybody out there who can sympathize? Empathize? And more importantly, keep me accountable?