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January Update

Jan 23, 2019

So sorry I got off to a slow start on writing Newsletters. In December I had surgery to implant a spinal cord stimulator and that stopped me in my tracks on all fronts, including writing. I’m finally back to doing most of my previous activities. It’s now obvious to me that I’ll be writing Newsletters on a quarterly basis rather than monthly. I’ve found this isn’t uncommon for writers.

For the first time in my son’s life, we did not share any Christmas time with him. We’ve experienced him being with his wife’s family on Christmas, and we’d get together some time during the holidays. But Green Bay is a long way from Oklahoma!

Our daughter and her family came to our house on Sunday before Christmas. We all enjoyed the little ones’ excitement over opening packages and gift sacks. They didn’t really care whose gift it was, it was fun to open! Monday we all traveled to my mother’s house for a Christmas Eve celebration with others of my family.

My dear husband took on the task of putting up and taking down the Christmas tree by himself, while I looked on part of the time. I did enjoy our beautiful tree and other seasonal decorations.

We did have a 10-inch snow right after the first of the year. It was cold enough that it stayed around for days.

I haven’t been able to attend Oklahoma Christian Fiction Writers’ monthly meeting in many months. We’re hoping to be in Oklahoma City for the third Saturday in February for the next meeting.

Part of the time when I wasn’t able to think straight or sit up and type on my novel, I printed it out and spent time reading it out loud and marking places that needed changes. I’ve discovered that most of the 25,000 to 30,000 words I still lack for my market are needed for my sagging middle. I’ve taken classes on this. Some review and hard work writing should take care of that. In case you forgot or didn’t know, my work in progress is an inspirational historic romance that I’ve titled Promises to Keep. My main characters are Grace and Zach who embarked on a marriage of convenience in eastern New Mexico Territory, 1910.

I have a hard decision to make on whether to attend the American Christian Fiction Writers convention in September in San Antonio or the West Texas A & M University Writers’ Academy in June, which is closer and not as expensive. Both have proved excellent in my experience.

Until next time, remember —

G – God’s

R – Redemption

A – at

C – Christ’s

E – Expense