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20 September 2009

Pause and Reflect

I know, it's not like I've been this diligent poster or anything, but I will be taking a mini blog-cation for the next two weeks. It's time to re-think my blogs and what it is I'm doing with them, where I want them to go, what I want them to communicate. I appreciate your patience and I do hope to see you here again, bright and early on Monday 05 October when I plan to be back in action, better than ever! You'll still see me around, though. I'll be reading and commenting so never fear. I won't be too far away!

Have a safe, blessed, and happy two weeks!!

Until October,
Jen

16 September 2009

Wednesday Wishing Well

When I was a kid, I couldn't pass a mall fountain without tossing a penny into the bubbling, chlorinated waters. Perhaps it was the novelity of seeing a fountain with sparkling pennies at the bottom. Or just the novelty of going to a mall. I still don't frequent shopping malls. I'm not a fan of rude crowds of people, elbowing their way through others just to get another peice of junk that will likely be forgotten in another month or two. But when I was younger, shopping malls were amazing things. All those stores in one place! And all those opportunities to make wishes. I was convinced those wishes would come true. Come on! I paid a whole penny for it, something had to happen, right?

I'm no longer a kid (well, not on the outside, anyway), but I do still believe in wishes. Sure I know all the psycho babble of making goals and not just dreaming because goals have foundations and dreams do not. Yes, yes, this I understand. There's something magical, however, about wishes. Something that goal sheet or a business plan just can't conjure up. In all their practicality and work now ethic, they just can't touch the feeling I get when I step outside on a crisp winter's night, wink back at the stars and make a few dozen wishes.

We all have wishes, especially as writers. We wish we'd get published, we wish our dream agent would call. We wish that character would stop hiding behind the gardenias and take their beating like a man!

I wish for an agent I can work with for a lifetime (or at least the lifetime of a couple of series).
One that will care about my work as passionately as I do, who will help guide me to the right editor and publishing house that will benefit us both.

I wish for a publishing house that will actually care about my work, not just another sale or numbers in a big, black book.

I wish for my books to be given wings, to fly around the world and touch the hearts and imaginations of millions.

I wish that a child, aching from loneliness, will pick up one of my stories and realize they aren't so different after all.

I wish for days when I can get up, putter about on line, make a pot of coffee, and wander up to my writing room where I'll stay for a good four hours working on my latest novel.

I wish for a career as endearing and prolific as Debbie Macomber, Susan Whittig Albert, Laura Childs, Madeleine L'Engle and Beatrix Potter.

What do you wish for?

14 September 2009

Monday Motivation

"It was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, 'Always do what you are afraid to do'."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

How's that for a kick in the tail! I know I needed it :)

Happy Monday to you all,
Jen

08 September 2009

I've Got Pictures!

Hey guys! During my Labor Day/moving induced exile from the Internet, I was finally able to get some pictures uploaded to my computer and posted! Wander on over to http://lessonsintheartofslow.blogspot.com/ and take a peek at what we've affectionately come to call The Manor.

Cheers!
Jen

04 September 2009

Update

Good morning (or afternoon as the case may be)!

I've been work-work-working all week. New stories, organizing old ones, and, of course, moving into our new loft. I apologize for the lack of pictures (and updates) but i have yet to have a spare moment to sit down with my trusty laptop and upload the few pictures I've taken. The loft is coming along quite nicely and I'm going to take some pictures today. This weekend is a long one and I'll definitely have time to sit down with a cup of tea (I found my tea kettle!!!), my laptop and post, post, post!

Speaking of new stories, I'm working on a collection of short stories and in the spirit of the season, they're all spooky :) Short stories are a challenge for me because I am, quite bluntly, long winded. I love words so much I hate the thought of cutting back. However, I enjoy the challenge. I have one under my belt so far and the second one is coming along. I'm hoping when I dig out my first one and finish this second one, they won't be too long to post. I'd love to post one each week during the month of October. What do you think? Or, if they are a bit long for one post, I could post a little each day. Let me know! I love getting feedback (and I certainly don't want to post anything that would bore you to tears!).

Remember that query letter? Well, it's taking flight today to my dearest writing friend who so graciously agreed to review it for me (again!). Hopefully it's improved since last time. Once this thing is done, it's off to the races! (Sorry. We live near Atlanta Motor Speedway. It's race weekend. I'm not a fan, but it does tend to sneak into your everyday conversation...)

My blog update is a bit sporadic today, sorry about that! If you're looking for a more meaty entry, pop on over to my friend Kristen's blog, Write in the Way. I hear there's some story reminiscing going on today :)

Have a great weekend and enjoy a safe, blessed and FUN Labor Day!!!

Cheers!
Jen

02 September 2009

September

Grey and dismal, in came September,
on the heels of an unbidden storm
The clouds they rolled with a grumble of thunder
but the rain refused to fall
Visions of autumn dance in my head,
of fire lit evenings and blazing colored leaves
The taste of orchards on my tongue,
the scent of wood smoke on my sleeve
A walk in the woods under a brilliant azure sky
is a ghost of a memory
Held up against the back drop of a blissful, grey, dismal,
first September day.
Cheers!
Jen
PS: this little ditty is the post for today on my other blog as well :)
PPS: I apologize for the scrunched up lines. I've tried and tried to put spaces in between each entry, but for some reason, blogger is being a nasty little gremlin today. Ah well...

01 September 2009

You asked for it...

I finally put up my published recipe: Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cream Pies! It's over at my other blog, Lessons in the Art of Slow. Check it out and let me know what you think :)

Cheers!
Jen