What a Weekend

Thursday morning I kissed each girl on the head and hurried them out the door. A few minutes later,  I kissed each boy on the head and sent them off with a friend.  And then I, with three friends, took off for a writer’s retreat on a beautiful lake north of Seattle.  It was a long drive – about six hours or so, and worth every minute. 

I met 20 wonderful people and made 20 new friends, I learned a ton, got to hang out with fabulous published authors and authors to be, and I even finished my book. I still have a few edits to make, but it is past the major rough draft stage. I have hacked off chapters, done complete rewrites of a number of chapters, and while I was at the retreat, added a final chapter into the beginning that was desperately needed.  My MAJOR edits should be behind me, with only a few edits and tweaks to go.

So, what am I going to do now? Well, in Mary Lou’s words (at the retreat) I am going to “sieze the trout” and start working on my query letter. Do I think it will get published? I honestly don’t know. I’ve received a lot of positive feedback on it and I figure I will never know until I try. So, I am going to do a bit of research to figure out where to send it, and start the process.  Who knows, in a few years, maybe I will be surprised and we’ll see my name in print somewhere.  And if not, well, I’m ok with that, because my kids and family will enjoy the story – and those to come, regardless. 

 I will keep you updated, and I will try to be more consistent on my blog too. 🙂  It might not be everyday, but I will shoot for at least once a week.

On a side note – James goes in for surgery (for undescended testes & hernia) on Wednesday. We should be home the same day. I will post an update, and prayers are always appreciated. 🙂

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8 responses to “What a Weekend

  1. Make sure you proofread your letter carefully. ;o)

    lol! I fixed it – well the obvious one – I probably have more in there. I will definitely proof it very carefully 😀

  2. Wendy

    Congrats again on finishing your book! That’s so exciting.

    It was great meeting you at the retreat. Let me know if you want any advance readers for your MS.

  3. Sounds nice to get away! Good luck with your book 🙂

  4. Hurray for finishing the book! I can’t wait to read it!

  5. mcinsane

    YAY for you!! I hope you are able to get it published! And our thoughts are with little James!

  6. Just wanted to stop in to say I’ll be thinking about & praying for sweet James tomorrow! Hope everything goes very smoothly.

    I’m so excited about your book. You’ll have a bunch of standing in line to buy it when it comes out!

  7. Deb

    Poor James. Be he and you will be in my thoughts and prayers today.

    Your retreat sounds like a blast. Good luck with the query letter. Those darn things give me night sweats and send me running for coffee and chocolate. :o)

  8. What an amazing experience! I’ve always wanted to write a book, but I’m just not there yet. Congrats to you on your accomplishment!!!

    Thank you for the congrats on my husband’s baptism. I couldn’t be happier. He met with the Bishop last night for an interview for the priesthood – my life is falling right into place.

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