Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Oh wow!

Paige Winship Dooly, Elizabeth Ludwig, Beth Goddard, and I just got word today that Becky Germany, Fiction Editor with Barbour Publishing, wants to buy our contemporary novella collection for Christmas 2009! Our anthology title is currently Christmas Homecoming. We have no idea if we can keep that title or if it’ll be changed, but whatever the case, we’re ecstatic about this sale!

I feel incredibly blessed by what's happened over the past month—a sale to Summerside Press, a 3-book sale to Heartsong Presents, and now this. I have lots of hard work to look forward to, but it's such a dream come true!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Getting ready for ACFW!

Now that the conference is slightly more than a month away, I’m starting to think about things like how should I wear my hair (curly or straight, long or short), what to wear, should I or shouldn’t I lose weight. That last one’s a problem for me because I love food. I eat plenty of the healthy stuff like lean protein, fruits, and veggies, but I’ve never met a brownie or cookie I didn’t like. I work out five days a week, starting with a 2-mile walk before coming inside for some strength training and stretching. Sure, I could do more, but I have books to write and students to work with, and I like having a little fun every now and then.

As I’ve gotten older and wiser, I realize that no one else really cares if I’m a few pounds thinner or heavier. If they’re my friends, they’ll like me anyway. But I do think I could stand to lose a few pounds for health, so I’ll give it a shot. I think I’ll probably back off the second portions for the next few weeks, but I won’t stress over the muffin top or freak out if the scale doesn’t do what I want. I might even add another half mile to my walk.