Airplane phobia: Off the charts. Me ever fly again? Forget it.
Eye twitch: Gone-zo! Thanks for all your medical advice.
Dining adventures: Russ and I are in charge of educating some youth from our church group about his two-year stint in Fortaleza, Brazil, for youth conference in a couple of weeks. So we went to Mercado Latino and Many Lands yesterday to buy cashew juice, coconut water, and pasta de guayaba, which is not pasta so much as paste made of guava. Sounds . . . delicious?
Blogging status: Not into it much lately. Busy reading and critiquing thirteen twenty-page manuscripts for the writing conference I’m going to next week. SO EXCITED! Are you going? If so, leave me a comment on whose class you’re going to be in and where I can say hi to you.
Reject status: Once a writer, always a reject. But at least the rejection I got from an agent last week was encouraging.
Writing tip: Remember way back when I said I was going to leave a weekly writing tip? I meant that sort of in the way Jory keeps a diary in Syndey Salter’s debut book:
“August 25. First day of school. I’m going to write every day.
“January 1. I’m going to write every day.
“July 19. He kissed me!”
To make up for several weeks of no tips, I give you a whole article I enjoyed reading over the weekend. It’s about overcoming resistance. A quick snippet: “Many of us plunge into our dreams without anticipating Resistance, but dreaming is so different from doing. Dreaming requires only imagination, but doing requires effort, and an ability to push through unpleasant feelings — like dread, fear or disappointment.”
If you ever feel dread when you sit down to write, or practice the piano, or start a painting, or scrub the tub—this article is for you. Enjoy!