Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Several New Developments!

I am no longer editing The Shepherdess Princess to get it prepared to send off to an agent.  I will get back to it someday, but it won't be the novel that will get picked up right away.  I am starting work on another project now that will be the one I send off once it's spruced up.  The new novel is called A Personal Journey Through Faith.  I have been sharing some of the chapters in my other blog.  It consists of my Believing God posts, but that will be changed around in the novel itself. 

Some Other Changes...

The Shepherdess Princess is no longer going to be a six-novel historical romance series.  I have narrowed it down to two because I realized the other four novels I planned on was just retelling the original story from different character viewpoints.  The duology will now only be made up of The Shepherdess Princess, and Noble Beginnings.  Those are the only two novels in the series that could stand on their own without being redundant.

I have a file on my computer just for my story ideas.  That list consisted mainly of sci-fi/fantasy type novels along with several romance novels I thought up.  The entire list consisted of fifteen books....It is now down to seven books.  Aside from The Shepherdess Princess and Noble Beginnings, the other five books are faith based. 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Two New Poems!!

I just finished adding to The Trifecta: A Collection of Poetry two new poems.  The first one I'm going to share I started writing on February 17th, and didn't finish until last night.  The second one I wrote on St. Patrick's Day, 2017.  Both are the first poems I have written in almost two years!!!  Here they are:

The Master’s Plan

There is a time for believing,
And a time for receiving
God’s love
Raining down on you from above.

The Master’s plan is not for me to understand.
I know there is safety in the palm of His hands.
The Holy Spirit, He gives as a guide
To all believers worldwide.

Why waste the time I have
With living a life that is drab?
God renews me day by day,
And waits on me to show me the way.

All I have to do is ask,
And in His love I will bask.
I know He wants to bless me more
Than He has ever done in my life before.

A Cross to Bear

There is One person who never gives up
When things get tough.
Jesus is more than enough,
And has also had it rough.

He never wallowed in despair
Too long because he cares
For all who live a life of sin,
And the Father adopts all who believe in Him.

I too have a cross to bear,
But my load I can share
With the One who gave his life,
So I could one day be his wife.

He has been through it all,
And is waiting for my long-distance call
To ask God for His help
When I want to yelp!

The situation is not as bad
When I have my Heavenly Dad
To help me through
Because we are stuck together like glue.

He is worthy of my trust
When I feel like things are bust.
I dwell on the past
While He’s trying to prepare me for a love that lasts.

I keep fighting when I need to give in
Because God is supposed to win.
Faith and trust turns me into us.
God is enough! 

I hope you enjoyed them.  As for other writing, I have new ideas brewing about how I can bulk up The Shepherdess Princess before it is ready to send off to more agents.  I have a couple of months before the next grant application I have to work on comes around, so I think I may have to start filling my time with working on my novel some more.  Stay tuned!

I have been having some health problems lately, so that's been taking up a lot of my time the last couple of weeks,  I still have another week full of appointments to sort some things out.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

I thought I should update my readers before 2016 ends...

My writing has gone by the wayside where The Shepherdess Princess is concerned.  I want to revise it some more before I send it off to the final three possible agents on my list.  I have been wanting to go back to working on my manuscript, but other stuff takes priority first.

I am still writing, of sorts...

I'm looking for grants for a family friend to start a homeless shelter in my hometown.  The grant applications I've applied for on her behalf have been misses, so I'm still searching for grants coming out in 2017. She hasn't raised any money towards opening the shelter through grant funds yet, but there is a donation jar that she put out at her place of business for anybody who wants to donate to the shelter project.

I have one potential grant application to turn in come July 2017 that could give her all the funding she needs to open up.  It is so far off that in the meantime I will be looking for grant applications due earlier in the year.  February or March is the earliest I'm pushing for because that will give me all the time I need to get all the additional paperwork that gets included in the grant applications attachments.

Not much new has been going on since my last update.  I can't believe Christmas is just a few days away, and the year is ending so soon.

Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year to all!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Finally, a Blog Update...

It's been a long time since I updated my readers on this blog because I've had no news to share.  I'm still searching for a literary agent for my book.  I'm still waiting to hear back from several of them that I contacted three months ago.
I was able to bulk up my manuscript for "The Shepherdess Princess" some since I started contacting possible agents.  I'm hoping the new pages, which is very close to the publishing standards for a novel, will help me get an agent very soon.  I noted the changes to the last ten query letters I sent out three months ago, and have yet to hear back from four of the ten agents.
Over the last couple weeks, my priorities have shifted.  I am helping an owner of a local thrift store, and a friend of the family for several years, get a grant so she could open up a homeless shelter in my hometown.  She already has a possible location for the shelter, the neighbors are excited at the prospect of having it there, and she's going to use part of the space to expand her business.  She gets so many item donations from people she knows that she has had to turn back some donations in the past, so she has the inventory already for the expansion.  I should have the grant application sent off this week for her.
She is going to be compensating me for the work I've been doing, but we haven't discussed how much she is going to pay me for it.  I offered to volunteer my services since she doesn't make a lot of money because she gives so much back to the community, but she wouldn't hear of it.

Monday, May 16, 2016

A New Update! (Finally!)

I can't believe the last time I posted a blog entry was last November.  I'm still searching for a literary agent.  I've contacted 30 agents total so far, and have had no takers.  I still have about 20 more to contact on a list I compiled when I began the search.  All of the agents I have heard back from think the novel is good, but it's not what they are interested in themselves.  They do encourage me to keep searching because they know someone else might love it enough to represent it.  A few of them have even said they wouldn't mind seeing it on the shelf of a bookstore someday, but, again, they had too many clients already and weren't taking any new authors at the moment.

I have been doing some editing to The Shepherdess Princess because it is still a little shorter than the publishing companies recommend.  I was planning to add more to my manuscript file on Microsoft Word today, but I forgot my notebook at home so I will have to wait to do that later.

I haven't written anything new in months.  I don't think it's writers block.  I've been sick twice with the flu, and twice with a really bad head cold over the last couples months.  Then, I had allergies to complicate matters.  The important thing is I'm feeling well enough to pick up a pen again, and I hope to work on one of my writing projects this weekend.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

National Novel Writing Month!

It's November again, so that means NaNoWriMo has started for those authors trying to write a 50,000 word, or more, novel in 30 days.  I've participated in the past, but I'm not doing it this year because I can't use the same novel for two consecutive years.  I would have to start a new novel from scratch to participate.  That's doable for me because I have so many new story ideas to choose from, but I have been writing up a storm in the sequel to The Shepherdess Princess.  I don't want to lose the momentum because I have had writer's block for several months prior to my breakthrough.

At the rate I've been writing over the last few weeks, I could have the sequel completed by the end of the month.  That would be something because I don't have a literary agent for the first book, yet.

I would like to try the traditional publishing route this time around, but I am contemplating self-publishing The Shepherdess Princess straight to Kindle as a back-up plan.  I know someone who is growing impatient, and wants it to be published so he could read it.

Monday, October 19, 2015

A New Poem & Agent Update

I finally have some new stuff to share here.  I wrote a new poem last weekend for the first time in two years.  I had just found out that a friend's dad had passed away in the beginning of October, and this is what popped into my head.  Here it is:

A Heavenly Reunion
(In Memory of Traci & Vincent Guillot)
I showed up in Heaven today,
And not even God would stand in my way
When it comes to seeing you again:
The daughter I loved until the end.
“Living the past four years without you has been hard on me,
But that doesn’t matter now that you’re here with a heart full of glee.
Only our love for each other shines through
To the loved ones still missing me and you.”
“Dad, I’m so glad to see
We don’t have to be
Separated from each other anymore
By a gulf between two distant shores.”
“I’m glad to be here, too.
Where the colors are so vibrant and new.
Let’s walk hand in hand
As you give me a tour of the Promised Land.”
Then the two strolled
Together down a street made of the purest gold.

Agent Update

I completed my second round of queries to possible agents.  I've received five rejections, and have five more yet to hear from.  That makes 15 rejections out of 20 total.  I'm not letting it get me down.  Each agent has said the same thing: "It's not a right fit for them, but good luck finding an agent."  One even said it "sounded like a good book, but they had a full client list and wasn't taking on any new authors" with the standard "good luck" in closing.

I keep a positive outlook by thinking:

Stephen King was rejected 100 times before he sold Carrie.

John Grisham was rejected 25 times before he sold A Time to Kill.

If they could persevere, so can I!