Sunday, January 31, 2010

My Website is Back!!!

The last entry here was about my New Year's determinations. One of those determinations was to complete my manuscript for "Dream a Little Dream of Me," a 1933 historical set in my hometown of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. You can read more about it on my revamped website. Link is below.

I completed the manuscript a few days ago and it's now in the editing stages.

Another determination was to get my website design completed and back up live. I'm doing it myself this time using Iweb, a program that came with my MacBook. After a short learning curve, I found it easy to use and I am happy to say that is back in action!

It still needs some additions and tweaking which should come later this week.

So come on by and take a peek. I don't have a guest book there, so please feel free to leave a comment here if you'd like. I'll soon have contact info up there for you to write me directly.

My next determination is to blog much more regularly than I did in January. That wouldn't take much LOL.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

February Releases - ACFW Authors

1. Abigail: A Novel, The Wives of King David, Book 2, by Jill Eileen Smith from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Turmoil marks her life - what price will she pay for love?

2. A Valentine Wish, by Betsy St. Amant from Steeple Hill Love Inspired. Lori, chocolate-lover extraordinare, is unemployed, single, and out of brownie mix. But when a secret admirer pops up at her new job running a chocolate boutique, she might have the ingredients for a special Valentine's after all!

3. Deliver Us From Evil, by Robin Caroll from B&H Publishing. When a female helicopter pilot rescues a US Marshal escorting a heart, they must race against time to uncover the largest child trafficking ring in history.

4. Hometown Promise; First in the Kellerville Series, by Merrillee Whren from Steeple Hill Love Insired. Kellerville: Finding family, community and love in one small town

5. Love's Winding Path, by Lauralee Bliss from Heartsong Presents, Barbour Publishing. A prodigal's life is never out of God's reach and His love as two lonely adventurers are about to discover.

6. The Marriage Masquerade, by Erica Vetsch from Heartsong Presents, Barbour Publishing. Sometimes running away brings you right back where you started.

7. Meander Scar, by Lisa Lickel from Black Lion. When Ann is ready to jump back into life with a new love, she discovers the devastating truth behind her husband's disappearance.

8. My Deadly Valentine, by Lynette Eason and Valerie Hansen from Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense. Two suspense-filled stories about stalkers and the men determined to protect the women they love.

9. On Wings of Love, by Kim Watters from Steeple Hill Love Inspired. A dedicated nurse devotes her life helping others, only to discover the man who steals her heart doesn't want her help..

10. The Pastor's Wife, by Jennifer AlLee from Abingdon Press. A woman must face the husband - and the congregation - she ran from six years earlier.

11. Walking on Broken Glass, by Christa Allen from Abingdon Press. Leah Thornton stops numbing her pain with alcohol, but discovers the road to redemption might still be under construction.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

My New Year Determinations.

The other night we ushered in a new year and a new decade. For me it was more than just turning the page on the calendar, as it brought to an end my five-year tenure on the ACFW Operating Board as its secretary. As the cliche goes, it's been a great ride. But all rides must eventually come to an end. Even good ones.

I will miss the fellowship I've had with my fellow board members on the board email loop, as it was more than a place for business discussions. We prayed for each other, laughed with each other, and encouraged each other in our lives apart from ACFW. But, I will not miss the time I had to invest in my responsibilities on the board, because ending my term means that I now have more time to write.

It is my prayer that I will do that and not wile away those extra minutes by too much web surfing or FaceBook/Twitter reading. It's so easy to get caught up in those activities and faster than you can say "FaceBook," the morning or afternoon is gone. God has given me back this time, and I desire to serve Him well.

Instead of making resolutions, I am making determinations.

First, I am determined to blog more in 2010. Until this past year, I had blogged at least once a week, but life got in the way. My hope is to bring it back to a weekly activity, if not more.

I am determined to make every morning count by treating my writing as the day job it is. At my desk and ready to go no later than nine (hopefully earlier) and staying with it until lunch.

I am determined that after a break for food, errands, exercise, chores, etc. I will come back to the computer for a couple more hours in the afternoon. It may not be to write my own story, but to crit for others.

Of course there will be days when I will be involved in ministry or other activities away from my computer. But, for the majority of time, I am determined to keep this my schedule.

The first draft of my 1933 historical is about 80 percent done, and I am determined to get it wrapped up in the next few weeks. Then while my crit partners are reviewing my chapters, I'll go to my other project that is set in Little Hope, Wisconsin. It is about 2/3 done and the first draft needs completion by April. I am determined to make this happen.

I am loving both stories, and I am writing more seat-of-the-pants than I ever have with the historical. The plot outline is there, but my characters are showing me the story's direction within those parameters and I'm taking their lead. This is making for a much more layered and captivating story than the synopsis I started with.

So on this first Saturday of the new year, I am right where I need to be. Determined and writing!

How about you? What are your New Year's determinations?