3 C’s – It’s Friday!

I’m turning the big 2-8 on Monday. The pathetic part is that I had to ask my husband how old I would be, and when he didn’t know, I had to count from 1982. Why is it so hard for me to remember my age?

My book is supposed to go to Pub Board next week. Um, yeah…..just typing that makes my stomach ridiculously woozy. I’m trying to remain realistic. The publishing industry is sloooow. The chances of my book actually getting to Pub Board next week might not be that high. It just totally depends on what else is scheduled. Ultimately, I’m praying for God’s perfect timing and His perfect fit.

As far as the outcome, I totter back and forth from high hopes to a pessimistic realism. There’s a piece of me that says, “Katie, you’re getting your hopes up too high. You’re really setting yourself up for a crash if this publishing house doesn’t want your manuscript.” To which I am trying to respond, “Shut it, voice! Life’s too short not to dream big. If I crash, I crash. So be it. I’ll get back up, dust myself off, and try again. In the mean time, let this girl dream.” So dream I shall!

I spent the past three nights reading this horrendous book. It’s gotten, like, five bazillion reviews on Amazon, ranging from one star to five stars. I’m not going to say what book it is, because that would be mean and we all have different tastes. Yet, despite my frustration with the characters, the plot, and the never-ending rambling, I still finished it. It was like watching a soap opera. The acting was terrible, but I couldn’t stop watching. I had to find out what happened.

The other day, Ryan and I received a huge, unexpected, financial blessing. We are very humbled and thankful and filled with praise.

My mom is buying me a Kindle for my birthday!

Question to Ponder: What are your cares, concerns, and celebrations today? I’d love to lift you up in prayer if you are struggling, or come alongside you with praise if you are celebrating.removetweetmeme

25 thoughts on “3 C’s – It’s Friday!

  1. Rosslyn Elliott

    I'm rooting for you, Katie. Go, Wordserve!

    But I am also scoffing at the big 28. Try the big 38, my friend. Ha ha!

  2. prashant

    Sounds like you have the right attitude, although I'm sure the waiting game is tough.
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  3. Nicole Baart

    Thinking about you and praying for you in the coming week!


  4. K.M. Weiland

    You know I have a hard time remembering my age too. My thought process is always:

    How old am I?


    How old's my sister?

    Ah, yes. Add four years. Voila!

    The question is why can I remember my sister's age and not mine?

  5. Jen

    I never remember how old I am either! i think that's a sign of old age πŸ™‚

  6. patti

    Katie, I love you for doing this.

    Cares: Not enough time to do what I need to do. Need God's wisdom a la Holy Spirit to sort it all out.

    Prayers for friends and Bible study ladies suffering from mental and emotional issues.

    Celebrations: I'm going on a Grace women's retreat this weekend!!!

  7. Jill Kemerer

    I'm so glad you had a good week! I'm praying the pub. board loves your book, AND that they get to it soon!

    Cares: I spent the week with my family–wonderful!–but it's really hard for me to take a week off of writing and all the Internet stuff that goes with it. Here's hoping the nagging sensation goes away!

    Celebrations: I finally broke down and got the two books I've been dying to read! Yahoo!

  8. Holly

    Pub board! Pub Board! [This is me cheering for your book]. And just in case things go awry, I have my strongly worded letter to the publishing house already drafted. Just so you know.

    Cares: I'm trying to channel some motivation to start packing up the house this weekend.
    Concerns: Can't seem to get that aforementioned motivation channeled.
    Celebrations: We bought a house! Movin to Middleton on May 28th!

    Love you bunches,

  9. Diane

    Great news. You're more of a trooper than I would have been with that book. Painful! :O)


  10. Erica Vetsch

    I'm trying to remember what I was doing at 28…nope, it's lost in the mists of time. πŸ™‚

    Dream, girl! And know, soar or splat, we'll be here to celebrate with you or commiserate and help with the dusting off, the spitting on the hands (well, we'll let you spit on your own hands!) and the getting back on the horse.

    Yay for unexpected blessings. Those are the best kind!

  11. Alison Eckel

    Happy Birthday! In case you want to get the bad taste out of your mouth from the horrendous book, I just read THE HELP, and loved it!

  12. T. Anne

    Happy birthday (almost)! Congrats on the Kindle. I love mine! I also bought the nice leather case for it. It folds open like a book and you can push the flap back out of the way. It protects the screen nicely. this year I'm buying the waterproof bag because I do a lot of reading by the pool. =) Have a great weekend!

  13. Sarah Forgrave

    Way to go on the pub board! Sounds like you have the right attitude, although I'm sure the waiting game is tough.

    Your age thing cracked me up because the year I turned 29, I was absolutely convinced I was turning 28. Then my husband had to burst my bubble and say, "But honey, I turned 29 this year, so that means you're turning 29 too." *gulp* That one stung! πŸ™‚

  14. Laura Pauling

    I understand. Waiting is hard. And I fluctuate back and forth from high hopes to low hopes. I guess that's part of the journey. Hope you find God's timing. That's been my prayer all along – or a clear sign of why I'm on this path.

  15. Susan J. Reinhardt

    Hi Katie –

    Happy Birthday! Enjoy your Kindle.

    I have a job interview of Friday, April 16th. Please pray for favor, calmness, and a good interview. While I've had a lot of interviews, the competition is stiff. (Hmm, reminds me of writing.)

    Thanks, Katie, for your prayers.


  16. Julie Jarnagin

    Happy early birthday! I totally understand about not knowing how old you are. I'm 29, and all year, I've been telling people I'm 30. I guess when my husband turned 30, I thought I turned 30 also.

  17. Terri Tiffany

    I want your financial blessing!!lol I am so happy for what's happening in your life:) ANd you are sooooo young! Wish I could trade ages with you.
    I am celebrating that I am going to a conference and see my daughter in May. Concern that I have heard nothing back from the agent and I am afraid to email for fear of rejection!:)

  18. Keli Gwyn

    I hope you have a wonderful birthday, Katie. I hope your next year will be one you long remember as the year you sold your first book.

  19. katharrmann

    Isn't it funny how bad books still suck you in sometimes? I keep reading — usually hoping that it will redeem itself in SOME way before the end. Wendy … I don't know you, but I'm jealous of your netbook. πŸ˜‰ (I would love to NOT be tied to my desk when writing — sigh!)

  20. Jeanette Levellie

    Happy Birthday, dear. 28 is a great age to have a Pub board fall in love with your book and publish it. I love people who get their hopes up–keep at it!

    Cares and concerns: my brother and mom, our trip to visit my daughter and kids.

    Celebrations: The sun is shining, I get to see my babies in 3 days!

  21. Janna Qualman

    I know I may catch you on Monday, but Happy Birthday! in case I don't. And congrats on the Kindle!

  22. Wendy Paine Miller

    I'll be thinking of you. 28 is a great age. Sad, I'm starting not to remember! πŸ˜‰ Happy early Birthday. Why did you suffer through that book? I put 'em down. I'll have to share my 50 page rule.

    Cares: I sound like Debra Winger in An Officer and a Gentleman. Rough cough.

    Concerns: Not rebelling against the stages of grief.

    Celebrations: I'm excited about diving into novel #4 again. I think we are going to invest in a netbook for me this weekend and I got some very meaningful encouragement recently (see blog).

    Sending love,

  23. Lynn

    I'll send out a prayer for you too, Katie. Have a great week and Happy Birthday.
    Cares: My Plot Story in my Portfolio-not my strongest writing.
    Celebrations: I finished my portfolio for my short story class a week before due!

  24. CJ

    Kindle, very cool!

  25. sherrinda

    I'm so excited for you Katie! What an exciting week you have lined up! I'll be praying about the publisher and try not to be too envious of the Kindle! πŸ˜‰


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