Thursday, April 07, 2005

Happy Birthday to my husband!

Captain’s Log, Stardate 04.07.2005

Today, on his 39th birthday, my husband is as sick as a dog. He had a high fever this morning and I think he’s been sleeping all day. Poor guy. I’ve been praying he’ll be feeling better soon.

Last night, the San Jose ACFW group met at my house, although two people couldn’t make it. We had so much fun gabbing and talking shop. I made a chocolate trifle that turned out rather well, I thought. As sweet as sin, that’s fur shore.

Writing: Going slowly. I worked on my manuscript some last night after the meeting and got quite a bit done, but not as much as I wanted to. I pray I have the discipline to write more tonight.

Part of me is scared silly. It’s this thought, “Okay, I finished a manuscript. I want to make sure that wasn’t a fluke so I have to finish this second one.” Isn’t that just dumb? Somebody smack me.

My friend Cheryl is a genius at marketing. She’s holding a contest to attract more people to her website. Now I always assumed I’d do stuff like that once I got a contract, but she’s doing this even before she’s published. Isn’t that amazing? Gutsy but also very savvy. She’s taking advantage of this time to build up a base of people who would be interested in reading her work once it’s published (and I have no doubt it will be soon).

I wonder if I should do that. Not just marketing for myself, but also marketing for others--I could do a book give-away contest with books from my writer friends. It would build my reader base and also introduce people to other Christian authors. Hmm, I’ll have to think about that. My friend Steve is working on my website and it’s going slowly, but maybe he can help me set up something temporary so I can do that.

Diet: I pigged out a little last night and a bit today at lunch, but I also ran tonight with the dog. I pushed myself despite feeling tired, I’m glad I did.

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