Monday, November 15, 2010

And now we wait

So I sent the revision back yesterday. Ten thousand words longer and much fuller, and now the wait begins.

I'm truly beat, but I have to give shout outs to JRM, Carolyn, Tami, and Jen who jumped in to speed-read and give me feedback. You guys are amazing, and in the middle of NaNo even. I have no awards to give you, but perhaps an acknowledgements section--?

It's been crazy trying to keep up with the day jobs while revising, but I wanted to share with you the feature I wrote on local writer Murray Dunlap (link). His anthology What Doesn't Kill You actually just came out. You can purchase a copy here (link).

Give it up for my oldest daughter, who is representing her class in the school-wide spelling bee tomorrow. Yay, for my baby! I'm a very proud Mamma. This is clearly her dad's influence because the only thing I do worse than spell is remember names.

And the new Harry Potter film opens Friday! Exciting times. Mix in Tangled and the holidays, and that should take the edge off my wait.

In conclusion, a little inspiration from that book I'm studying with friends. Remember last Monday, the Mother Teresa quote?

Anyway, it was talking about your strengths and flow. It talked about how in the Bible, the first person who was mentioned as having the "Spirit of God" was a guy named Bezalel. Seriously. Who the heck is Bezalel? I didn't even know, but apparently he was one of those biblical architects who helped build the first tabernacle.

The point was this quote:

"We do not work mainly for money, recognition, promotion, applause, or fame. We work for flow. We live for flow. We hunger for the experience of flow, and when it is present, something happens in our spirit as we connect with a reality beyond ourselves and partner with God." --John Ortberg, The Me I Want to Be

It reminded me of a quote Angie shared with me a few months back:

"Creation is your opportunity in this life and your destiny in the life to come. Start small. Don't let fear of failure discourage you. Don't let the voice of critics paralyze you--whether that voice comes from the outside or the inside. the more you trust and rely upon the Spirit, the grater your capacity to create." --Dieter F. Uchtdorf

'til Thursday~ <3

30 comments:

Anne said...

Yay! I'm so excited for you! I'll keep my fingers crossed for great news.

DEZMOND said...

yay for LTM junior :) and can't wait to watch TANGLED myself!

Matthew Rush said...

So excited! Can't wait to hear the great news.

Carole Anne Carr said...

Very wise words!

Dawn said...

Crossing fingers and toes for you :-)

Lydia Kang said...

Wonderful quotes! And lots of fingers crossed for good news on your revision!

Jen Daiker said...

Awe Leigh you're a sweetheart! I adored giving feed back and I know you'll do great... truly amazing novel! I enjoyed it! Can't wait to have my copy for the shelves!

Wow! Mamma bear should be very happy! That's amazing news! I wish her the best of luck!

HARRY POTTER!!! AHHH!!! Tangled and the holidays! WOw, you really did nail it all didn't you!

Patti said...

I love this quote: Don't let fear of failure discourage you.

I really need to work on this.

Old Kitty said...

CONGRATULATIONS to your amazing daughter!!!! Wow!!! That's such a brilliant achievement for her! Yay!

And good luck with your revised ms!!!! All the best with it! Thanks for all the lovely links and wise wise quotes!!
Take care x

LTM said...

Thanks guys! Tough times, but trying to keep distracted and keep working. There's so much going on, I almost feel lucky there's much to "lose" myself in... now if I could just make that happen! :D

Vicki Rocho said...

Hoping to hear BIG news from you soon. I'm sure your revision was amazing!

Yay for junior in the spelling bee. I'm a good speller, but never did well in spelling bees.

Talli Roland said...

Woooooo! Be sure to keep us posted! Please! Fingers crossed for you - and for your daughter!

KarenG said...

These are awesome quotes! And good luck with the submission!!!

Angie said...

Good job! I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Good luck to your daughter too. Great quote, and thanks for sharing mine again. :)

Elana Johnson said...

Good luck! I hope you hear quickly and that it's good!

Summer Ross said...

Awesome news that you have your revisions done! That's a big feat sometimes.

I really do love your quotes.
and isn't it wonderful to see your children excel! I love it when my girls do, I can just picture you beaming with pride. :)

Good luck to her and you!

Carolyn Abiad said...

Good luck to Mini-Leigh
on her spelling bee!
(It rhymes :D)
And I've got all my fingers crossed for your good news soon!

Melissa said...

Good luck to your daughter and her spelling bee!

Hope the revisions went well! Great job!

Stephen Tremp said...

Nano and a revision. Congrats! You deserve the best just because of your efforts!

Colene Murphy said...

What lovely quotes. Good luck on your waiting! Fingers crossed for you. And YES to Tangled! I feel like it is getting lost in all the HP attention(but really...come on...)But totally excited for it!

LTM said...

you guys are the absolute best--Summer, Mel & Stephen--the ones I can't email back--THANKS! And to everyone... bluh. I'll keep you posted~

Hart Johnson said...

I really hope they LOVE your revisions! Don't stress too badly in the in-betweeen--find something else to work on to keep you busy. (there is still half a month left if you want to WriMo *shifty*)

Interesting guy you interviewed--brain injury would be such a HUGE challenge! And congrats to your little speller!

Clarissa Draper said...

Some great quotes and tips and other stuff. I hope your revisions go over well. Let us know what happens.
CD

Ellen aka Ella said...

Congrats,xXx thrilled for you and looks like you had great feedback~

Bravo to your daughter, let us know how she makes out~ Be proud,Mom, reading does help with spelling~

Love the quote and insight, really beautiful and kind of where I am right now...Thanks so much for sharing~

Samantha VĂ©rant said...

Good luck with the revision! Was this a revise and resubmit, or is it for publishers???

Creepy Query Girl said...

congrats and fingers crossed for you! Thanks for the inspiration and good luck to your baby bear in the spelling bee!

Julie Musil said...

OOOOO! My fingers are crossed for your revisions! I know you're crazy nervous, and I hope you'll have fingernails by the time you hear the news.

LOVE those quotes at the end. Hand in there!

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