Friday, December 10, 2010

FRIDAY FIVE

1. My wonderful blogging friend, Sherrie Peterson, just signed with agent Michelle Humphrey @ ICM. Please take the time to go over and congratulate Sherrie. She’s an amazing person, blogger, and writer. Her blog was one of the first I ever found and I was instantly hooked by her genuine heart. Then we also entered Authoress’ Secret Agent Contest the same time. To me, her entry was the best out of all 250 by far. I love her voice!

2. I’m so grateful for all the kind participation in my 200th post celebration, Project Give a Book, Give the World. I’m up to committing to 80… (Read: OVERWHELMINGLY EIGHTY!!!) ...school kits to make. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, click HERE. I’m so happy about the response from you all, though, and I’ve my own army of superwomen here in Flagstaff who has offered to help assemble them. It makes the task not feel as daunting. Now if we could only get some school supplies donated….

3. Christmas preparations at the Alston home are almost complete. I’m very happy about that, I tell you.

4. Revising the two books I’m working on is NOT almost complete. Truthfully, I’ve been going through a slump the last few weeks. My craft is not up to the caliber I want it to be. So this week I had a long talk with my husband and his words rang true: you can’t stop yourself from writing, so just get better. Page by page. That’s what I’m going to do: focus on the baby steps of revising (Read: REWRITING!!) the darn books.

5. My baby is sixteen months old today. Man, time flies....

35 comments:

  1. Ah...revision. It's fun, isn't it? But it IS worth it and you WILL get better. Take it from a girl who needed 14 drafts of her MS to get it queryable. And once I signed with my agent, first thing she did was make me revise again. Then again. Le sigh.

    Hang in there.

    And yay for Sherrie. <3 her so much!

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  2. Many congrats to Sherrie - good luck to you as well with your writing. Just keep going!

    Jane

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  3. Wonderful wonderful friday five!! Happy birthday to your baby!! Awww that's lovely!!

    congratulations to Sherrie Peterson too - and Yay for your project give a book!!!! Wonderful responses!!

    Have a great weekend - good luck with your revisions - your husband is so right!!! Yay for him! Take care
    x

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  4. That's a great Friday Five. And I'm so happy for Sherrie! I absolutely love the age your baby is at - so much fun!

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  5. Omigosh, Jackee, thank you! You are too kind *blushes*

    Give your husband a big hug because he's absolutely right. You can't stop. And give that baby a hug too. I miss have little ones around!

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  6. I love your husband's advice! And yay to Sherrie!!!

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  7. Wow, you've got lots going on--some really great projects too!

    Congrats to your friend.

    Revision is tough. I'm doing a rewrite and it feels like slogging through the mud. It'll be better in the end, though!

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  8. Happy birthday to your baby. Congratulations to Sherrie, that's fantastic news! Your husband sounds very wise and I have a feeling with his support you'll soon be very happy with where your writing is at.

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  9. I am so impressed and overwhelmed that you're making 80 school kits and thank you for clarifying my contribution. (Maths never was my strong point!)
    p.s. There's an award waiting for you on my blog :-)

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  10. hi miss jackee! wow you sure got a lot of school kits to make. how cool is that!that means lots of books are getting to kids. my brother alex said you could try toys r us for getting some of the school stuff donated or at a lot less cost. i already said a big hooray to miss sherrie. shes so cool and a really nice lady. miss sharon said you got a picture of my wild friend cashew coon on a mistake email. ha ha. i hope you have a really nice day!
    ...hugs from lenny

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  11. Congratulations to Sherrie!

    Happy 16-months-old to your baby. :)

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  12. Congrats! :) That's great on the participation in your celebration. We are going to be donating this year as well. The first year I have (I was a spoiled child). Look forward to how Christmas goes. :)

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  13. 1.I'm so excited for Sherrie. Her blog was one of the first ones I found too. :) (like minds...just dayin...)

    2. I'm getting some stuff together to send to you plus some thing else that will help with some of the expenses. Lenny had a good suggestion. Walmart might donate if you ask the store manager, not an assistant. I used to be able to get them to donate to my class.

    3. WTG!

    4. Yep...I'm blogging instead of writing...Shame on me!

    Have a great weekend!

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  14. Good luck with the revisions. It's a lot of work, but so worth it in the end. I love what your husband said.

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  15. I love that your husband understands how it is. If you need a reader, I'm willing. And good luck with the school kits.

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  16. Congrats to Sherrie, that's quite a literary feat!

    Also, w/ 80 school kits to prepare, it's no surprise that you won't find time to do much revising.

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  17. Jackee, I love that your husband is such a rock for you. He's right and his pearls of wisdom are going to get you through this slump. Sometimes it helps to focus on the little details instead of worry about the big picture, at least until you're out of the slump.

    I'm giving four books to some kids really soon. I wanted to wait to let you know because I hadn't decided exactly which book but I think four is a good number.

    And it's amazing to hear of your superwomen! There's such beauty in the world.

    Jai

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  18. Jackee, if you have a Dollar Tree store near you, see if they might be able to help out with some school supplies. Walmart may also be a good place to check.

    That is a cool picture you have with this post. Where is that located?

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  19. Love your hubby's words of wisdom - he's a keeper!! (In case you didn't already know that :))

    You've done an amazing job with your Give a Book project - you are terrific!

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  20. Right around the eighteen months mark was my favorite age when my kids were babies - enjoy!

    That's great advice from your husband! He sounds like a wise man. :)

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  21. I'm revising too. It seems neverending!
    I'm so happy for Sherrie!!! I knew she'd be scooped up sooner than later!
    Enjoy your weekend!

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  22. Time DOES fly, especially where kidlets are concerned. As much as I look forward to the next stages, sometimes I'd like to slow it all down.

    Good luck with your revisions! And Merry Christmas. :)

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  23. Your husband's words were wonderful! It's so true. And we enjoy it, so we can enjoy writing while we're getting better.

    Yay for Sherrie! And wow on the kits. It's a great thing you're doing.

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  24. Good for you for having that talk with the husband. ANd for moving forward and making your writing the best it can be! It will be, I can tell by your perseverence.

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  25. I'm so glad I found this blog. I will be following...

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  26. 80 kits--HOLY MOLY! Are they all the same or are you mixing it up a little? What supplies are you looking for?

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  27. Happy belated birthday to your little one!
    YES, time does fly!

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  28. What an amazing commitment to put together those school kits! The world needs more people like you. And keep on working on your writing because I am excited to read YOUR books someday!

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  29. Yay Sherrie! That is great news!

    My baby is a few years old. I was so surprised he wasn't a baby anymore (someone had to point it out to me, because he will always be my baby). =)

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  30. I'm so glad to hear your project is going well. What an awesome way to give back. And I'll have to stop by Sherrie's blog to congratulate her. What a coup!

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  31. I bought some kids books today, and I'll be back (as soon as I give them away) to officially enter "Give a book..." :)

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  33. Where do I start?

    16-months old. Wow! Where does the time go?!

    80 kits is amazing. I wish I were there to help you. What a wonderful thing you're doing and what a difference it's going to make.

    How nice for Sherrie. It's nice to hear a success story now and again.

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  34. 80 kits, woo! Go!

    I'm with you on the revision--just keep on keeping on! That's what I'm doing. If it's not improving as fast as I'd like, at least it's improving!

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