Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Has It Been That Long?

Wow! I'm embarrassed that it has been so long since I have updated my blog. Please forgive me, it will be more regular before long.

What have I been doing? Traveling and packing. This is getting old fast, but we see a light at the end of the tunnel.

It seems we have been to Kentucky about every week-end. I enjoy my children and grandchildren, but the traveling is getting to me. I am so thankful that I now have a C pap machine and I am resting much better. I don't think I could have made the trips without it.

My living room is packed except for lamps and a few items. One guest bedroom is pretty well packed also and the master bath is looking good. I need to tackle the kitchen today.

Yesterday I talked to the couple we bought the house from and they were to get the last of the things out last night. We will have keys tomorrow and can start moving our things in. First we have to paint and take down wallpaper boarders. I'm not a big wallpaper person, but I do have one I want to put up in the family room. It's more me, lighthouses.

What about my book? Well, I received a rejection letter from Bethany House. Harvest House wants me to finish editing and send another proposal. That sounded more interesting to me. At least that was not a rejection. She told me to take my time because, "unless the Lord comes first, we'll be here."

Bethany House said they did not feel they had a market of a series about Melungeon's because they are not well known. I understand that it is going to be a hard series to sell. Right now I am considering changing the series to something else. I could make it the Clinch Mountain Series or the Appalachian Mountain Series. I haven't decided yet. It could be East Tennessee Mountain Series or Tennessee Mountain Series. Any suggestions would be welcome.

For the next couple of weeks, I will be out in space somewhere. Our date to move almost completely out is December 3. Beware Kentucky, we're moving in.

Monday, November 2, 2009

The sun is shining

Last week was such a gloomy week, but today the sun shines in more ways than one. A beautiful day!

I've been working on editing my book and getting along quiet nicely, I think. My editor probably doesn't think so. I'm slow doing a self-edit. I had thought my chapters were too long, so I shortened them the last time I edited. Now they are too short, so I am combining them again. I'm easy to get turned around and this has happened several times. It slows me down when I realize I put chapters together that were in another chapter. I have a little plan now and hope I can take care of things without that happening again.

This morning the girls my husband worked with came out for breakfast and then bought several yard sale items. My husband thought another day like this and we could finance our trip to Florida to my niece's wedding later in the month. It was good to see the things leave the house. and to have a visit with friends.

I'm packing more today. We will take another pick-up truck load before long. I need to de-clutter the house and this is a good way to do it. My office needs it as does the kitchen.

While we are in Kentucky this time I will go to a meeting with a writer's group. Should be interesting.