When Life Gives You Lemons, Throw The Freaking Lemons Back Like A Pro Baseball Pitcher

Today’s post is written in a little bit of…anger, shall we say? I will try my best to stay civil, but here’s your warning that I’m upset (that’s kind of an understatement, but sometimes the English language doesn’t even get close to describing how I feel without having to resort to cusswords, something I refuse to do).

My website was hacked.
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Intentionality: 3 Ways To Make Progress On Your Dream

How I Edited Book 2, Twice, In 5 Months (After Over 5 Years Of Editing)

I published the first book of my series The Guardian of Hope in early 2009. I then spent the next five years agonizing over the editing of Book 2. I got maybe a fourth of the way through.

Then I changed tactics. And from late April to the end of October, about five and a half months, I completed the remaining editing. And not just the first round of edits, but that includes going through Book 2 a second time. I got an entire round of second edits in that timeframe too. Book 2 is now waiting on feedback and a last round of edits before it gets send on to the publisher.

Now, for some people, this wouldn’t seem like a big deal. But you have to understand that I dislike editing. I love writing. Editing…not so much. I could do without it. Honestly, I’d rather let other people do all the editing, but I want my work to be good so I have to edit it myself.

Which explains why it had taken me five years to get through a fourth of Book 2. Part of it, granted, was life changes – I moved, got married and moved in with my husband, changed jobs a few times, and moved again. So granted, there was a lot going on.

Yet despite that, and despite my dislike of editing, I was dragging my feet. I felt like I could never find time to edit, let alone do much writing (although I did some on stories outside of The Guardian of Hope.)

So if finishing the first round of edits, and completing the second round of edits in five months doesn’t sound impressive, how about also writing 245,152 words in those five months, on top of the editing?
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The Guardian of Hope Book 2 – Underway!

I am excited to announce that Book 2 of The Guardian of Hope series has officially been drafted and revised, and I’ve now sent it to my husband for an outsider’s review! In terms of the process, at this point I’ll wait for his feedback, then I’ll probably work on the final line of edits and send it on to the publisher. I am so excited!
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Summer Break…But Hard At Work

I’m still here!

The last month and a half I decided to take a break, partly because of travel and visiting family, but also partly because I’ve been hard at work on something else. Namely, Book 2 of The Guardian of Hope.

And I’m very excited to report that I finally have Book 2 rough drafted!!!
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Why I Started Writing “The Guardian Of Hope”

If anyone has bothered to look at the first few pages of The Guardian of Hope, you’ll probably notice that it says “To my sisters, for whom I began writing.” And it’s true – I had this idea for a story I wanted to share with my sisters. But did you know there’s a second reason that I kept writing?
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