Sunday, August 30, 2009

Camping and reading

Just got back from a nice weekend RV camping with my sister and her husband. Quiet time in the woods. Finished "Books," by Larry McMurtry - enjoyed the adventures of another bibliophile, who not only loves to read, but has spent a lifetime as a bookseller.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

A book in hand ...

Just got a copy of Deep River Friends: A Valiant People, by Cecil E. Haworth. It's the revised edition, 2009 date inside, so shiny and new! Amazing to have a book that I helped proofread and see some of the changes that were made since I saw the manuscript.

The book I edited this summer, a collection of Quaker biographies, is still in the early stages. May meet with the author next weekend.

I finally got back to my own manuscript this weekend, using Holly Lisle's One-Pass Manuscript Revision techniques, http://ow.ly/b4pa
I love how she says that you can fidget around with your revisions for years, but real authors FINISH BOOKS. So this week I did the first few steps, deciding what my theme was and drafting a high-level blurb (that was hard! still not satisfied with the blurb). Next step, start slashing up the chapters/scenes ...

Friday, August 14, 2009

Mexico update

The mission trip was physically and emotionally exhausting, but we got a lot of work done. Here's a list of tweets from the trip.
July 16: safe and sound in Mexico for mission trip. No mucho tiempo en la computadora (oh-not much time on computer).
July 17:
Hot, exhausting day painting new church building in Mexico. Thankful to feel every muscle.
July 17:
had great ideas for writing while up on ladder painting today. Now, totally brain dead.
July 18/19 midnight:
excited, got visa to go farther into Mexico. Have to get up to leave in a few hours.
July 19, night:
Me: I love Mexican food. I'm in Mexico! Tummy (after 1 week): no mas! VETO the spicy food!
Monday, July 20:
Bible school kids showed up, saw new swing set, didn't know what to do with it. Helpers taught them how to use slide.
July 24:
Home safe and sound from Mexico. Thanks for prayers and encouragement.