Thursday, April 28, 2011
If your life was a movie, what genre would it be (action, comedy, drama, family, fantasy & sci-fi, romance, etc.)?
My answer: a humorous drama!
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
2. Our mama bunny had babies again - just in time for the babies to go to new homes for Easter. From about now until the end of summer (every time Fluffy has a new litter), our house is very popular. The neighborhood children love to see and hold the baby bunnies.
3. I've also got birthday party planning for my oldest.
4. And I'm trying to think of accesories to glam-up my little black dress for a formal dinner/event in a few weeks.
5. Finally, my book projects. I'm still querying my WWI book and researching/working on the companion novel.
What projects are you working on lately?
**I was tagged over at Christine Bryant's blog today! Come see why I like historical fiction and what historical past time I've always wanted to attend.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
However, I do have one secret weapon in my nearly empty (though growing) arsenal of cooking skills, and that's cookies. I can make chocolate chip cookies with oat flour like nobody's business.
When a friend asked me how I made them the way I did, I wasn't sure what to say at first. I'd NEVER been consulted on cooking matters. "I just add more flour," I said a little tentatively. But actually knowing the answer to that question boosted my confidence and so have the requests for said cookies.
So what the heck does this have to do with writing? When all is said and done, after you've read all the writing advice, after you've met the "masters," after you've devoured every book in your genre, the most important thing is to BE YOURSELF.
Maybe you aren't a culinary bread maker (like my husband) or a dessert extraordinaire (like one of my sisters-in-law) or the next J.K. Rowling, but that's okay. You are you and somewhere inside you've got a secret weapon - your unique writing voice - that no one can match because it's yours.
What's the best advice you've heard on being true to your voice? What boosts your confidence in being youself? Do you like to cook? If so, what's your favorite thing to make?
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
This last weekend I felt impressed to make a similar decision - this time with my life. I'm striving to do things with more bravery and enthusiasm. I want to focus more on the doing and less on the nerves. I've done tough, scary things in the past, but it's usually been with lots of fear and worry BEFORE, DURING, and AFTER. Not anymore.
This last week I tackled two things with bravery and enthusiasm: queried some agents and performed a fun lip sync with some other moms (see the video that inspired us here) for a church activity. Because I was prepared and focused on being brave and enthusiastic, I accomplished both tasks without so much of the nerves. And especially in the case of the lip sync, I had an absolute ball doing it.
What have you done lately that's required bravery and enthusiasm? Is bravery something we lose a bit as we get older? How do you live your life bravely and enthusiastically?
Friday, April 1, 2011
The last couple of days have brought some disappointments and chances for worry, so I tried this little memory trick yesterday. And it works!
I thought back to a day before my DH and I were married. We'd talked about marriage and wedding plans, but I didn't want to go ring shopping until I had my answer about us getting married. The memory I recalled was the day I told him "let's go ring shopping." His face was priceless because he knew I was saying so much more with those words. Remembering this happy memory really did lift my mood and helped the worries retreat.
Have you ever tried this trick? What helps drive worry from your mind? What's one of your happy memories?
*Check out my guest post over at InkSlingers today, a writing group that Bethany Mattingly is a part of and whose blog I really enjoy reading.
- Stacy Henrie
- I'm a stay-at-home mom to three kids and an author of inspirational historical romance. I love laughing with my family, reading, interior decorating, and chocolate.
Lady Outlaw, published by Harlequin Love Inspired Historical in 2012, is my first novel.
I am represented by Jessica Alvarez of BookEnds, LLC.
No one would ever imagine a fresh-faced young woman could be robbing stage bandits of their ill-gotten fortunes. But Jennie Jones is desperate to save her family's ranch from foreclosure. And the risks seem worth it, until her upright new ranch hand offers a glimpse of how much is really at stake.
Former bounty hunter Caleb Johnson is ready for a new, clean start. With a woman like Jennie, he could build a future there in Utah territory. But only if his gentle faith can guide her in a choice between the land she's fought so hard to save and a future by his side.
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I blog on Wednesdays - about life, motherhood, writing or my recommendations for inspirational romance books.