The Making of a Novel: Complications

I wish I could go back in time and blog more. There’s so much I’ve forgotten already. But Callie’s getting ready to graduate Friday. That time has gone.

I do want to share her capstone presentation. She totally rocked it! She wrote a book for her senior capstone project. We had it edited, a cover designed, and actually printed copies! I didn’t do such a good job as her project manager in allowing enough time to edit and when it needed to be printed. So in this first batch, I’m sure there are formatting and misspellings. If you have a copy, take it easy on me!

We’re planning to clean it up more and maybe put it on Amazon for those who’ve said they’d like to buy one.

But here’s the video and the thinking behind the book …

2 Milestones Within 24 Hours

Yesterday my yard was invaded by pink flamingos…


40th Birthday Pink Flamingos

Also, my wonderful Mother posted pictures on Facebook…


Wasn’t I cute? Ha!

So I turn 40 yesterday and then today I put my baby (ok she’s 13 now) on a bus to go on her first school field trip without me — a multiple-overnight field trip.

Two milestones within 24 hours. Prayers for Duck are needed in case I lose it! ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m a giver.

I don’t say that to brag, or to have people pump me up. It has its downsides too.

I wanted to clarify something I wrote yesterday (I don’t think very highly of myself).

Duck…Mom…I didn’t mean to hurt your hearts. There are lots of thoughts running through my head and sometimes they aren’t very pretty — that’s just the truth. The other part of the truth is those lies come from the devil. (Mom, you can’t take any responsibility for that!) The ones that whisper who do you think you are to want to talk to Ann? You don’t have anything to offer her. Best just leave her alone.

In truth, I let those thoughts talk me out of meeting her and it’s entirely possible I missed out on a blessing from God. I do that sort of thing a lot when I’m not doing my quiet time or reading God’s word. I become lazy in focusing on the Truth and fall for the lies.

Duck and I had a great conversation last night. He told me how much he loved me and how I’m beautiful on the inside as well as the outside — “you have a heart of gold” he said. I needed to hear him say those things to me — to remind me — but it was also a little uncomfortable for me to receive those words.

You see, I’m a giver. My comfort zone is in giving. I would much rather give something than to get something. I want to help people, and I feel uncomfortable at time receiving even money for my work. I have been working on that and getting better ๐Ÿ™‚

When I was talking with Duck last night, I realized that in my head, I was helping Ann by not going to talk to her. I was helping her get to her hotel room and sleep a few minutes earlier by not having to meet me or talk with me. That way of thinking is so engrained in me.

God’s been working on me though to get me out of my comfort zone of giving and wants me to receive His blessings and be thankful for them. So I’m continuing with my thankfulness!

10. awesome parents who I have always known love me no matter what I do

11. a warm hug and encouraging words

12. a daughter who actually said thank you this morning for her breakfast

13. listening to Duck help Doodle with homework

14. sweet comments from online friends I haven’t heard from in awhile

15. Sudafed

16. grocery store where we can get food to prepare for the storm coming

17. cooler weather signaling my favorite time of the year

18. Cokes ๐Ÿ™‚