What I’m Digging
Happy Friday, friends! Sorry to be a bit scarce this week. Admittedly, I’m finding it a bit challenging to get back into the rhythm of regular blogging. I think, though, that has way more to do with having just completed a second book manuscript while simultaneously juggling promoting, photos, and edits on another and much less to do with the actual blogging process itself. You know what makes it all better, though, and paves the way for an epic Friday? When you have a quick conversation with your editor about the manuscript you submitted last Thursday and she tells you she loves it and is super pleased with it. Yes. That. That right there is where goodness lives and where super fantastic beginnings to weekends commence!
Even seven books in, I still worry, and fret, and have pangs of anxiety over whether what I’ve written will be well received. Honestly, I hope I always feel a bit of that. I hope I’m never so confident in my writing that I don’t get a wee bit anxious, at the very least, over how the editor and the general public will accept what I’ve spent months fastidiously working on. I don’t have a large ego, and I’m happy about that. I want to approach every new writing endeavor I undertake as a stand alone project, as though I’ve never written a thing before it and am addressing it with a clean slate. That mindset, I feel, keeps me on my toes, keeps me from getting lazy or sloppy or just phoning it in. Even seasoned writers like Steven King give a great deal of time, thought, and attention to their works. I loved learning that King spends months working out a book in his head at night before going to sleep, and doesn’t commit a single word to paper until he’s perfected the opening sentence. That is seriously my kind of eccentric. Oh, I do so love eccentrics!
In other news, here’s a smattering of this and thats that caught my attention this week:
*Alicia’s got a new blog and is looking for submissions! Sacred hospitality, anyone?
*Fresh apricot bars, for the win!
*Open Arms has such a fantastic mission and equally lovely products.
*The time for grilled Mexican-style corn is now.
*Paxton Gate is amazing, especially the options for kids!
*Not at all in my budget right now, but still so very beautiful, clever, and creative.
*Oh, this photo stream. I could look at it all day.
*These ecodomes are gorgeous and fascinating!
Here’s wishing you a great weekend. We’ve got some friends coming over for dinner tomorrow night and my big contribution to the meal will be dessert, in the form of salted chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches. I. KNOW!
Wherever you go this weekend, whatever you do, and whomever you do it with, may it be grand!
*I post a photo of Huxley here each Friday because, truly, he’s what his Papa and I love the most. Check out the double chin on my sweet bean! To think he was such a serious shrimp when he made his debut. He’s really, really, REALLY into puzzles lately, both digital and, in this instance, analog. He still needs a good deal of help, with the framing out, but once the puzzle has borders, he’s getting astonishingly good at working it out from there.