We’re already into February! Oh yay, oh yay. Just 6 more weeks of snow – 10 tops. I hope.
I found the perfect way to have January slip by without notice of the cold outside – I stayed in my cave. But I’m getting ahead of myself... here’s my monthly report:
Street Invaders Youth Mission Team to South Africa this summer. Yikes! I thought Australia was far last year, but S. Africa just seems so much farther somehow. One thing is for sure... we have to start fundraising for his ticket. Ideas, anyone?
My weight loss schedule has wobbled a bit. Not so much because of the holidays, but with the 53 lb loss, I was cold all the time. Major cold. Seriously. The doctor said it was because my bones were starving and I had to eat more protein. In my attempt to do so, I changed my eating habits, went over my self-imposed daily calorie count, and ended up gaining weight. So, I’m back to losing – hopefully with better food choices. I’ll be doing a blogpost at Inkwell Inspirations on Monday, Feb 28th about my weight loss journey, my starving bones, and what I needed to feed them.
Remember my manuscript submission of Emma’s Outlaw last Nov? Well, I received an email from the editor and she’s passed on it. That’s a nice way of saying she rejected it. Funny thing is, it seems to have rolled off my shoulders without a qualm because I don’t feel sad. Haven’t even shed a tear over it. You think I’m still in shock?
Meanwhile, I’ve written 65% of the first draft of The Key to His Heart, my new 1888 story with a North West Mounted Police (NWMP) officer as the hero. Much of that progress can be attributed to the ACFW for its NovelTrack initiative where the mbrs support and encourage each other along. Thank you, ACFW.
Also, Barbour Publishing has opened its doors to authors who’d like to write novellas for their anthologies. My Inky sisters and I are working on some proposals together. At the moment, our stumbling block is that we need another published author to join us – preferably one Barbour is familiar with. And although I’d love for our projects to reach the publication stage, these group proposals are teaching me so many things about writing and submitting proposals as well as team writing. Great stuff there.
I'll be drawing a name for a free book from all those comments received on this post (blogger and facebook) by Sunday midnight CST. The winner will be announced on Mon, Feb 7th and will have the choice of one book from a list which will include both secular (ABA markets) and inspirational (CBA markets). Some are autographed. I'd go pick one out now, but they're in my office garage and it's too cold outside. I'm also thinking you'd rather choose one yourself.
So, what’s January been like for you?