I’m a Guest on Hannah Conway’s Blog!!!

I have told you all that I’m a part of a Writer’s Group on Wednesday nights. Well, our fearless leader and published author has invited me to be a guest on her blog to talk about my experience with postpartum depression…

His Eye Is On The Sparrow: Postpartum Depression

Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father….so do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows. Matthew 10:29, 31
Why should I feel discouraged? Why should the shadows come?
Why should my heart feel lonely and long for heaven and home?
When Jesus is my portion, my constant friend is He
His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me.
I sing because I’m happy
I sing because I’m free
His eye is on the sparrow
And I know He watches me.
I love this song. Maybe because my grandfather sang it often and it’s a fond memory I have of him. But in the midst of my (post partum) depression, this song took on a whole new dimension (meaning) for me. This song proposes that with Jesus as our portion, we shouldn’t feel discouraged and the shadows shouldn’t come over us. You and I know that this is not true; that even with Jesus in our life, depression will come. It rains on the righteous and the unrighteous the same (Matthew 5:45). Depressive disorders fall on those who live with Christ in their lives and those who live without Him just the same. It doesn’t seem right, it doesn’t seem fair…but yet it is true. Scripture tells us that this is how it will be.

– See more on Hanna’s blog site

The Next Step…the Edited Pages

editorWell, I finally “met” my editor for The Lady Bornekova (through e-mail). And she is so much fun! When I initially opened up my manuscript and saw all the markings on it, I was…well, “nervous” may not be the right word. There was definitely a weight in the pit of my stomach. But I took a deep breath and plunged in. And I soon realized that she just likes to share her thoughts as she goes along, whether in critique or in pointing out something she really liked, commenting on the story, or, even, talking to my characters. Yes. She totally talked to my characters in her comments. It was hil-arious! But I loved it!

I’ve made the first pass through the manuscript, looking through her comments, making (many of the) changes she suggested, and taking out contractions (grrrr…). Not that there’s anything wrong with contractions in writing a novel, but, admittedly, during this period in history, they would not be using them. And she is sharp…nothing, and I mean nothing got past her. Even things that had not occurred to me the multiple times I had read through it. For example. I was so careful not to have any mention of firearms anywhere in the novel as they would not have been invented yet. But I sure did say that a horse “shot off like a bullet” (grrr…).

So, my next step is to more closely read through the novel once more before turning it back over to her for another review. This part of the process has been far less painful than I thought it would be. I thought I would be a puddle of Sara weepiness when I got my edits back, but it wasn’t that bad. I supposed it would wound my writer’s heart to have my mistakes pointed out to me, but she was so tactful and kind that it was easier than I would have thought.

All in all, I am rather grateful for my editor (both for her abilities and her approach) and I hope to work with her in the future.

Keeping you in the loop…

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Audrey, my eldest, at a few months old

Well…the last time I wrote, I was poised to delve into the meat of the “Trail of Fears” novel. I am now well into it. I have written the actual forcible removal of the characters I am following in the novel and now am at the point where we find the characters in the internment camps. I continue to proceed very carefully with each line, each scene that I write, having a great respect for the people who experienced the things I am writing about.

I also have updates about “The Lady Bornekova“. I am still waiting on the editor, but I expect to hear back in the next week or so. And I have been informed that we are looking at a summer release for the ebook! So, keep your eyes peeled for later July/early August (more details to come).

All in all, it seems like there’s a lot going on over here with the writing. I’m beginning to look at my writing as more of a career and less of a hobby. As I make that transition, my husband is becoming more pleased with the time I’m putting into it and the progress I’m making. He is also making it more possible for me to put that much more time into it despite the other things on my plate (kids, house, meals, etc.).

I’m trying to get as much writing done now as I know in a few weeks I’ll be gearing up for marketing “The Lady Bornekova”. This will be yet more new territory for me. One that I may need to rely on you, dear friends and family, for…at least in part. I don’t expect people buy a book because the author says “buy my book, please”, rather they buy it because someone they know says “i read this book and it’s a good book”.

All in all…it’s going well…stay posted!


Hurry up…and wait

It seems to me that there has been a LOT of work involved in getting the book publication-ready up to this point. And, don’t get me wrong, I know that more work is coming, but there is also a pretty fair amount of waiting. Waiting while a beta reader has it. Waiting to hear back from querying. Waiting while it’s in the hands of an editor. Waiting on the cover art. Waiting, waiting, waiting. And, patience, mind you, is not a virtue I was gifted in spades.

Which is why, my dear friends, I’m glad that I have multiple books I’m working on. So, right now, while I’m waiting on The Lady Bornekova to be edited by my publisher, I’m applying what I have learned about Deep Point of View, limiting adverbs, and other things from my publishers “Pre-Edit List” to my other novels. This can only make them stronger for when it’s their time to be queried.

I’m also doing more reading. Remember the Writer’s Group I joined? Well, our fearless leader wisely encouraged us to spend time reading as well, exposing ourselves to different writing styles and learning that way. So, I’m actually reading her book (The Wounded Warrior’s Wife) and reading one of my favorite author’s new books (Michelle Moran’s Rebel Queen). Now that I am focusing on honing my craft, I am gleaning much as I am reading.

writer's lifeSo, now while I’m in major “edit mode”, I’m crazy longing to get back into actual writing. My WIP (Work In Progress), Trail of Fears is calling to me. Thomas, my main character, is standing there waiting for his next line of dialogue and it haunts me. But there’s only so much time in the day (and night), right?