Tuesday, August 31, 2010

This and That

Mindy here. So what does a not-quite-ready-to-admit-she's-middle-aged grammy do when the three year old granddaughter she's had for fifteen months is reunited with her Navy mama?

For this grammy, it wasn't a matter of figuring out what to do, it was where to start. When you've had to realign your priorities to the needs of a toddler, it stands to reason they'd need to be reconfigured once said toddler is gone. So it's time to get back to the basics? The three R's--research, (w)riting, and redecorating.

In just a few hours, I'll be on my way to the mountains of Colorado for five glorious days of R & R--research and retreat. I've started a new story so, at my husband's insistence, I'm off, hoping to get a different perspective of the small town where the story is set. And while I'll still be a visitor, I want to see the area through the eyes of the locals. I have a couple of contacts who will be able to steer me to the right folks for whatever information I may need, whether it's the history of the town, geological information, or simply what their day-to-day life is like.

Of course, being away from my family and all the distractions of home, I plan to get in lots of writing too. ACFW Conference is only a couple of weeks away, so this will be a great opportunity for me to do some prep for that as well.

As I look ahead to October, redecorating is on the agenda. Thanks to a big sale at Sherwin-Williams, I've had a five gallon bucket of paint sitting in the corner of my den for four weeks. Lord willing, new furniture and flooring will be part of the deal too. This will be good for me. Decorating always gets my creative juices flowing.

On another note, I came across a verse the other day that, as a writer, I found very encouraging. Isaiah 64:4 says that God "acts for the one who waits for Him." I don't know about you, but there are times when I can get real frustrated in my writing. Sometimes it's the lack of time to actually write. Sometimes the ideas aren't coming/working. Other times I wonder if I'm laboring in vain. But this verse assures me that God is at work. While I'm waiting, He's acting. I like that.

Where are you in your writing journey? Are you rushing to meet a deadline or being forced to pull back? Or are you simply plugging along, waiting for God to act?

Have a great Tuesday, y'all.


  1. First, let me say that you are incredibly blessed to have a husband who understands the need to get away and write!

    I'm a little panicked right now as I decided at almost the last minute to pitch at ACFW. I've got about half of the rough draft of my one sheet finished. But I also have a million other things to do before conference (as I'm sure everyone does). I'm trying to stay focused and work consistently, pray constantly and remember to breathe.

    Thanks for a great post, Mindy!

  2. Yes, I am Edwina. He's my biggest cheerleader (also my harshest critic:-)
    Sounds like you are on the right track with your conference prep. It'll all come together.

  3. Yep, you caught me, Mindy. I'm a plodder. Right now I'm still trying to find my writing groove since I'm back at work which is proving to be very difficult this year. And, I'm prepping for ACFW in Indy.

    I just signed up for an online class this month with the hopes that the class will spur me on to finish up the revisions for Charmed Deception. I'm really ready to be done with that one and on to the next one. (Somehow new story ideas are so much more fun before you get into the technicalities of writing them down.)

    Enjoy you R&R&R time, Mindy. I'm sure God will make your time productive and peaceful.

    Edwina, you-can-do-it. Do I need to email you every morning to remind you of this?

  4. Mindy! Have a wonderful time! Ouray snuck up on me, but I know you've been looking forward to this. Settle down in that town and use your time wisely!

    Happy redecorating!

  5. Edwina,

    Remember, we'll have 9 hours to perfect your pitch before conference. Work on the things you can't do in a car!


    Glad you signed up for the class! Keep plugging!

  6. Mindy,

    Have a great writing and researching trip!! And enjoy the quite for the few days.

  7. Mindy,

    I think you are a wonderful grammy for what you've done for your granddaughter. You see, everything will soon fall into place.