Thursday, August 31, 2006

Advice for Young Writers

Not from me - from a few others via the Atlantic Monthly

A Day with Time

I had time the other day - as opposed to it having me. Time not to hurry, time to be leisurely in pace and mind.
I wandered through a bookstore, picked up a novel I'd read a couple of years ago. Its characters still haunt a corner of my mind so I snatched it up - my treasure for the day at 6.99!
I bought a literary magazine too, which I do every now and then and as I read the winning entry in their fiction contest I found that words began to flow - words I'd been missing in One Smooth Stone - words I had thought I couldn't find. But they were there, in my mind, my pen. I just needed the time to find them.
So I know now. I need to take time - take it and wander and read and rest.
Perhaps one of the great gifts of heaven will be being free of the constraints of time - being without time, being free to wander.


Friday, August 18, 2006

CBA Canada

Just attended the Christian Book Association of Canada convention in Edmonton. It was an interesting experience - met some great people who are operating bookstores across the West, and some from the far east too - as far as Cape Breton! I was there to sign books and to help the Word Guild promote Canadian authors. It was encouraging to see the response from the retailers and distributors alike. I think we definitely created a wave that will sweep across the country - maybe even a tsunami! Most of the retailers were delighted to have someone point out the Cdn. writers and they were more than willing to promote them in their stores. At one point one of my colleagues questioned why they hadn't thought of it before but when I thought about it, it's only been in recent years that Canadian writers who are Christian have been coming to the fore - beginning with Janette Oke, then Sigmund Brouwer, now Mark Buchanan and others. There are enough now to fill a display, whereas only a few years ago there were maybe only one or two. It's exciting to see what's happening! :)M

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

It's Not Just Me!

Received a wonderful note from my friend, Linda Hall, the other day. She complimented me on my writing, but the best part was she admitted that she often has doubts about her work too. It's so great to know this something other writers struggle with and that it will eventually pass.

Monday, August 14, 2006

trying to be patient

Still waiting for the contract and to hear about my editor. I just sent a short email to my publisher to let him know I'll be gone on the 19th. Hoping that might spur him on a bit.
Still being plagued by negative thoughts too - but received a really great endorsement from Phil Callaway today, which helped. Why is it we are so reluctant to believe good things about our work? Or is it just me?

Thursday, August 10, 2006

True words

from Athol Dickson, author of this wonderful book, come these sobering words -

Panic attacks and other strategies I should know

Yesterday I took my ms. to Sigmund Brouwer's office - he's one of the writers who has agreed to do an endorsement of One Smooth Stone. I dropped it off and headed out of the building and I had to fight to keep going. I had a sudden and very strong urge to run back and snatch it from the hands of the secretary. Negative thoughts poured through my mind - such as - you dummy! Do you realize he's actually going to read it!? Don't you know it's not good enough - not nearly good enough for someone like Sigmund Brouwer to read? What makes you think your work will ever be good enough to publish?
I sat in my car and realized it already has been accepted for publication - it is going to be published - so someone obviously thought it was good enough - more than one someone. Then I realized where the negative thoughts were coming from and I fought to chase them out of my mind.
I packaged up two more copies to send by mail today - and guess what kind of thoughts were running through my mind? Yeah right. Another battle. Sigh.
Then I read Karen Hancock's latest blog - it's about fear. Go figure! Thanks Karen. I needed that!
God is good!

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Prayer Team

I've just set up a group in my email program called Stone Prayers, with 65 people on the list who are willing to pray for this book project. I'm excited about getting this going - should have done it sooner! If you'd like to receive prayer bulletins let me know and I'll add you to the list.

A couple of the people I asked to give endorsements of the book have requested hard copies so will be printing out the ms. as soon as I can get to a shop to buy more paper. My recyled clinic paper won't do for this! :) But I'm also thinking I'd like to go through the whole ms. again, to check for sensory details. So off I go ... sniffing with my ears perked.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

A phone call

Just had a phone call from the man who is doing the illustration for the cover of my book. I'm excited because we definitely seem to be on the same wavelength. I told him I don't like covers that picture the characters and he agreed completely. He said he's never done a cover with people on it. Yeah! He's thinking simple and so am I. He mentioned perhaps a hand with a stone resting in it. I told him I had thought of a single stone on a beach.
I'm really excited and anxious to see what he comes up with. Each time I hear from the publisher this all seems a little more real.
:) M