Tuesday, May 13, 2014

All the Things


Last weekend I had my second fun trip in two weeks. Who does that??? Not this girl. Not until now.

I met up with Emily, or as I like to call her, my writing therapist.

We gathered ourselves in separate rooms on the fake-13th floor of a hotel and we holed up to work on writing projects. In between work-related fits, we walked to business casual restaurants in yoga pants and janky ponytails and got caught up on life and all the other importants.


I'll be honest, I wasn't at a good place with my current project when I arrived.
I was lost.

It was lost.
I lost it somewhere in the Polar Vortex. (Best scapegoat of 2014 and the year isn't even half over!)

Some silly part of me thought she might agree that I should just hang it up. I kept telling her how it was so hard, too hard, shouldn't it be easier than this if I'm "supposed" to write the dang book?

That sassy lady looked me square in the face and said, "Sometimes a book just falls out. But other times you have to beat it out." 

Oh my word, she scared me a little.

I decided if anyone was going to beat this thing out of me, I'd prefer it be me.
So I got to work.

That's all I know.

Like anything I do anymore, I try not to worry about "success" or even how to define success. I can't promise it'll ever meet the light of day. But I believe I'm supposed to write it, so I am.

(Read this post tonight by Donald Miller and thought the timing was interesting. Also, his comments section is popping. yikes.)


In other news, the fun ladies of Junk Evolution fame asked me to lead a single-evening class called Blogging 101 on May 22 at 6pm. Since you all know what a slick techy I am, you won't be surprised to hear that I'll be focusing on the really basic basics of how to start a blog and then what on earth to do after the third random blog name you punched in at 2 in the morning is secured. (People, I was thisclose to being Farmgirl Foodie. What???! God is good, all the time.) If you're near the South Bend, IN area and you're interested, click here for details and to sign up.

So. The good news is, Hope Spoken is selling the audio files from the conference back in March. The bad news? One of them is mine. The good news? You've all been duly warned about my "husky" voice, so we shouldn't have to go through all that again. The best news? I didn't cry as often as I remember, though indeed, this is the session where I had to take a brief time-out, turn my back to the audience, and regain my composure. It's meaty, emotional stuff, people! Click here then hover over the pictures to purchase the file from any of the HS14 speakers.

Okay. Oy. This post was very me-me-me-ish. I'm sorry. LAME!

Consider Girl You Wish You Hadn't Started a Conversation With my apology.

And then, you know, offer me some Tuesday wisdom.


27 comments:

  1. I wish beyond all wishes that I lived near you, because I really, desperately need to hear you speak on blogging! I've started a blog recently, and I love it so, but don't know what in the world I'm doing. But, I'm determined to "beat it out of me" because it just feels so right, yet so doggone hard at the same time. My, how I wish you could broadcast that "blogging basics" live!

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  2. That is really great news about your book. I am sure it will be just awesome and your heart will show through as your blog posts do. Good luck with the class, I am with Amy and would LOVE to be able to attend. Thank you for sharing and have a great day. :-)

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  3. It'll be worth it. Whatever the 'it' of the day happens to be, the beating it out and all.

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  4. Some friends and I just finished Emily's "Grace for the Good Girl." It is changing my life.

    Also, what if I am not interested in starting a blog but I just want to come hear you speak? :)

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  5. Beat that book out of you, girl.
    I need to read it.
    And hold it in my hands.

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  6. maybe we could do an intervention and draaaaag your book out of your brain.
    I want to hear you speak about blogging, too. Dang kids hope end of year chuck e cheese party whatever. just kidding. love the kids, love the community. hate. hate. hate. chuck e. hate hate hate some more.
    anyhoo- why dontcha make a podcast or webcast or somethin?

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    1. Just, have you MET me? Podcast? Huh???
      We're all lucky I know how to TYPE.
      That's about as techy as I get, and I still only use my right thumb for the space bar.

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  7. Is this the book with Lainey Cortland? I remember reading some posts about her? Good luck best wishes break a leg and what ever else is appropriate when one writes a book!

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    1. Ha! Good memory. You win eight million bonus points. Congrats!! :)
      Lainey Courtland is my fiction heroine. The novel is mostly finished and shelved while I beat out the non-fiction. :)

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  8. I, too, wish I could attend your session about starting a blog. I'm feeling compelled to blog & share my story. But, nervous as this isn't something I've done before & aren't there enough people speaking already...but, going to do so anyway...I just started reading Emily's book, A Million Ways. I LOVE it & it's SO resonating w/me! Just what I need to hear. Thanks for sharing it in one of your posts about books!

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    1. I just started reading A Million Ways :) I'd love to discuss this in a group.
      I'm trying out blogging, and haven't quite found my voice or my niche.

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  9. I just shared "girl you wish you hadn't started a conversation with at a party" with my pastor-friends. Totally sounds like me trying to pull together a sermon late on Saturday night, some weeks. (And we actually just had two different "should I use the n-word from the pulpit" conversations in our facebook group) Thanks for the laugh!

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    1. also, to file under it's a small world after all: the first comment on that Donald Miller post is a friend of mine!

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  10. i'm trying to be patient with my writing. my blog is on an ebb. i cannot even imagine how amazing it would be to sit with emily and write. or you for that matter. the two of you in the same room writing?! oh, man.

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  11. We love, you, you, you...all of you!!! :)

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  12. Hey! Commenting worked again!

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  13. Sometimes you just have to spit it all out. :) I don't mind being a sounding board of yours, friend! And I sure hope this book beating-out continues as I'd very much like to know the vision and contents of it's hypothetical, taking-shape self!!

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  14. Can we just chat about life, decorating, and the general dreaminess of a complicated life? I live on the water and you're always welcome. I'm 4 chapters away from finishing my first attempt at a book. I'd love to talk about that too.

    I'm not a stalker but I saw this on my Pinterest feed and I'm pretty sure it's you.
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/65935582018958195/
    which lead to this:
    http://www.modetheworld.net/2013/11/check-shirtcotton-scarf-and-wire-knit.html

    I took it as a sign that I should leave you a comment and tell you how great you are and how much I appreciate your blog. Because we never say kind things to strangers enough.

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    1. Ooooh, so much to talk about! My kind of lady.

      Say what with that site using my photo????? Oy. Thanks for the head's up.

      I loved your sweet comment tonight. Get that book written, lady, then tell me how to finish mine!

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  15. Just really enjoy your writing style... and admire the way you can put into words all the unedited fun stuff. (I am an over-editor.) Keep going on your book!

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  16. I cannot offer you Tuesday wisdom as it's now Wednesday, however, I did apparently offer you a sweet, little brown rabbit in my dream last night. Weird, huh? You were so pleased though and didn't think it was weird at all. I've told you before how you inspire me as a writer, and I've had some of the most amazing writing teachers - so you're in good company. (Although I've never offered any of them a bunny so you've got elevated status!)

    Some of the best advice I received was the idea of writing so you're "speeding ahead of the censor." We all have that inner voice telling us from time to time that what we write is junk - that we are junk. (Who is that voice anyway? Why do we listen? Another post.) Anyway, just write write write ... faster than the voice can speak. Some of what I write when I do that IS junk. But ... but ... there's almost always a kernel of truth and goodness that I can build upon.

    Writing wears overalls. It's hard work.

    As for my blog ...I think I need to pull the plug. Again. Strike two! I cannot, cannot fathom and figure out the technology piece. With this last failed attempt, I think I created a name no one can find ... even if they DO look (which is a big IF)... I can't even find it in a search. Sigh. I'm thinking of asking a techie acquaintance to help me set up - but I hate spending money on such things and wish I weren't so inept so I could figure it out myself.

    Thanks for the chat!

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  17. Feeling your writing pain here too. I'm 2/3 of the way through a first manuscript...totally hitting the wall and longing for a cabin. I'm also reading Emily's A Million Little Ways with a writers' group I recently started with seventeen amazing women. Love it! Great sources of inspiration--the book and the group. Then for a hot second I was scheming about popping over to South Bend to glean some wisdom on the blogging front. But, alas, that is the night my wee one is graduating from Kindergarten. Never mind. Anyhow, keep slogging it out! I, too, love your words and can't wait to read more of them.

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  18. Last night was a moms night out for me - hallelujah! Some moms from my MOPS group went to see "Moms Night Out". It was funny, relatable, touching, and encouraging. Worth the night out for sure.

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  19. lamest post ever.
    HA.
    definitely not. i am so glad you had that weekend!!! i just know your book will be lovely. :)

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  20. I've been reading your blog forever, and it is still one of my favorites. Happy Mother's Day a day or two late. Love this post.

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  21. wow, thanks for this. i needed to know i'm not the only who feels she's "supposed" to write a book, but is having trouble doing so. i'm with you: i don't want anyone else to beat it out of me, so i guess i'll get after it myself! that was great. how did you come to have one on one time with a personal writing therapist? that would be fantastic, i think. personally, i'd just like to have a writing weekend with my co-author, who lives 800 miles away!

    hope you don't mind my comment about me-hehehe! seriously, i love your honesty, and for submitting yourself to the possibility that the process is more important than the end result.

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  22. I will read whatever you write. True story.

    So go beat out some good words. :)

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