Tuesday, March 29, 2011

9 Weeks Until Publication - Just Too Busy

There are some things I believe we are born to do, purposed to become. For me, motherhood is the magical adventure that keeps each day a spirited, spunky, surprise.

As a little girl, I wrote in my brown leather diary and kept journals my mother always seemed to find.

Motherhood and writing. Who knew God would bring the love of both together, like chocolate and peanut-butter...a deliciously perfect combination.

Brushing my teeth one evening, I yelled back at my husband who was reading in bed. “Paul, I’m going to write a book one day.”

Getting no answer, I yelled through my garbled mouthful of toothpaste and spit for emphasis, just in case he hadn’t heard me.

“Paul. Did you hear me? I said, I’m going to write a book one day. Do you believe me?”

“Yes. I believe you.” He yelled back. “You’ll do anything to keep from cleaning the house.”

Excerpt from Just too Busy - Taking You're Family on a Radical Sabbatical

My to-do list for the next nine weeks looks a little like this:

  • Go over galley copy with the eyes of a hawk - search for every teeny, tiny, microscopic typo.
  • Get my author site up and running. Begin posting excerpts on a daily basis.
  • Post author site link to my Facebook page and Twitter account via Hootsuite
  • Work on leader's guide to put up on author site in downloadable pdf format.
  • Work on newsletter for author site.
  • Write press releases for Pitch Engine site.
  • Gather blog review list for Beacon Hill.
  • Write blog tour letter begging for marketing help.
  • Query magazine editors with article possibilities.
  • Mail postcards to local women's ministry and MOPS groups.
  • Print off labels to stick onto postcards with contact info before mailing.
  • Work on story; Finding Grace,  being published in Popcorn Miracles book and resend to editor.
  • Remember to care for my family, make dinners, work my hours at the police department, get Samuel's birthday gift for Saturday, grocery shop for his favorite foods and Austin Cream Pie, order glass for french doors going in, mail Susan's article critiques,  find paint colors for painter coming next week, go to Lowe's and purchase cabinet refinishing kit and practice on my laundry room, pickup wood to replace front porch railings, order Grace's yearbook, pickup large bag of pretzels at Costco for David, sign Samuel up for soccer, clean up bonus room for Meghan's visit over Easter break, figure out which day to begin Bible study with girls at work.
I hear someone wrote a book about being Just Too Busy. I may have to read it.


Mari said...

I can't believe it's getting so close!
Yes - it does sounds like you may be just a little busy. :)

Katie Ganshert said...

I really can't wait to read this book, Joanne! I loved the excerpt!

Dawn said...

So very excited for you, Joanne, since it looks like you have no time to be excited for yourself.

You make me want to come refinish cabinets with you and give you a hug. I won't help you in the bonus room, though, I'm trying to clean my own...

What a blessing you are. Can't wait. Did I mention that I'm so happy for you?


katiefish <> said...

After you're done with all of that, what are you doing tomorrow? LOL I'm excited for you - I pray that everything is right on track. God has a way of helping us out with those things. Love you, girl! katie

Chris Pedersen said...

Dear Friend, prayer is being lifted to heaven on your behalf. May God blanket you with comfort and peace. <3

Elizabeth M Thompson said...

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Phil. 4:13

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30

"I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service." 1 Timothy 1:12

Just a reminder. I know you already know all these verses, but sometimes when there's more to do than is humanly possible, it's good to remember we are not alone in the task and that there is great JOY in doing what God has called us to do, especially when we are doing it with Him.

I'm praying for you, sweet friend.

Joanne@ Blessed... said...

Thanks for this Beth. I've had a spiritual re-awakening this week. Have such JOY in my heart, feel so close to God this week.

Your verses added fuel to the fire! (in a good way)

Susan Panzica - EternityCafe said...

So busy but with exciting stuff! Count me in on your blog tour and anything else I can help you do.
I already pre-ordered the book on Amazon! You're on your way, girlfriend!!

Erin MacPherson said...

Yay! I really can't wait... it's going to be such a great book!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

I notice your last bullet point is in the smallest print... any hidden agenda in that one?:)

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