What I’m Writing and What I’m Reading (Including Blogroll Highlights)

Today’s Hot Drink of Choice: Panera Bread’s Chai Tea (Shout out to my GnG girls!)

Today’s Scripture: Think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths. – Proverbs 3:6

Okay, it’s truth time: I’m your classic overachiever. In an effort to get my often full schedule more focused (or at least more compartmentalized) in the New Year, I’ll be sharing more about what I’m tackling with regard to the written language on my blog. This will include both writing and reading endeavors, which will help keep me accountable as a writer. After all, this blog is about: “Serving up Scriptural reflections on WRITING with a hot drink and a dose of encouragement” (emphasis added).

What I’m Writing
I pray about this all the time because I love to write and want my efforts focused where God wants them. He knows what’s best for me and those around me. Currently, I’m working on third draft edits of my first Young Adult manuscript, a first draft of a second YA manuscript (a NaNoWriMo goal almost reached), a new non-fiction manuscript I vowed a few years ago never to write, and a slimmed down freelancing schedule. I have chosen to not pursue a recent offer to publish one of my children’s book manuscripts this year because I want to focus more on family and becoming a better writer. The offer I’ve had will (from what I’ve been told) be there when I’m ready. I believe my current projects will help me hone my writing skills and, since I won’t have to help promote anything yet, leave me more flexibility for my very young and very impressionable children. It may take me longer until I work with my dream editor and publisher this way (wouldn’t you like to know who they are!), but I’m willing to put in the time and effort to be the best I can be for the team of people I end up working initially with in the book world. God’s taught me a lot about the value of the process over the years.

What I’m Reading
I read constantly. This week I’m reading the book of 1 Thessalonians (as part of an extended study on the writings of Paul), A Confident Heart by Renee Swope (with my amazing Proverbs 31 Gather and Grow small group), Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott (because so many editors quote it), and A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (because it’s in my top three favorite books of all time and a great way to kick off the New Year). None of these are for the faint of heart, and I would be remiss if I didn’t warn you about the language in Bird by Bird!

Blogroll Highlights
As always, the blogs on my blogroll are encouraging examples to yours truly and have a lot of good things to say. Here are some highlights from over the holidays and this week:

He Is Waiting For You

The Proverbs 31 Encouragement Cafe Daily Devotion for my birthday (12/24) was a well-written, truth-filled, and relevant-to-my-life-at-one-point post! If you’ve ever gone through a difficult time in your marriage, click on the icon and read more! (By the way, my husband and I are doing great at the moment! We honestly can’t give credit to any one person for that. Only God has proven Himself faithful to handle our messes!)

In his post, “How to Give Yourself an Edge in Making 2013 Your Best Year Ever,” Michael Hyatt features lessons learn from his friend Robert D. Smith. For the record, I want to read Smith’s book, 20,000 Days and Counting, in the near future. Look for it on my Goodreads account. Click on the logo above to read Hyatt’s post.

I just had a conversation with a friend yesterday about how there is so much lip service within today’s Christian church and not enough people truly willing to sacrifice their lives and time for others. (I know, I know… I just made a very strong, very loaded statement.) This post by Stephanie Clayton, entitled “Lip Service or Life Service” brings the point home for me!

The Writers Alley post “Top Ten New Year Resolutions for Writers,” dishes out some amazing advice to writers for kicking the New Year off right!

Speaking of full plates, I am (with thousands of others at this time of year) attempting to lose weight. Look for the new Lose It! widget toward the bottom of my home page sidebar to change a lot at the beginning of this year (hopefully)! As some of you know, I love music and play various instruments. My reward for hitting my goal weight in 2013 will be a new electric violin. I have a lot of weight to lose, so I needed to make the reward a good one!

Whew! That’s a lot to throw out there to you! If you’ve stuck with my blog this far, tell me how you feel about your writing goals (or any others you’d like to share) for 2013.

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3 thoughts on “What I’m Writing and What I’m Reading (Including Blogroll Highlights)

  1. Great goals, Suzanne! I’m going to get my website up, master blogging, and be ready to promote my book when it comes out in June. Oh, and meet more great people like you.

    • Thanks for stopping by, Stephanie! I’ll look forward to seeing where God takes you, girl! Make sure you send updates my way and let me know when your release date is. 😉

  2. Pingback: Coffee and a Reading Wrap: What I’m Reading and Why | Spoonfuls of Grace

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