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Future Novelist

Welcome to my very own Creative Writing Month where each day of the month I am focusing on a topic and spending fifteen minutes reflecting and writing as inspired by the topic. For more information about why and how check out my post, Writing Down the Bones.

*This weekend I spent some time away at the annual FCA Fall Retreat which I organize along with other local FCA Leaders and volunteers. Due to my lack of wifi I will be posting twice today to get caught up. 

Today’s topic: Visualize a place where you would like to be and give a detailed description.

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In my sweaty hands I am clinging to a copy of my first novel. A crowd has emerged in a small local bookstore. Rows of metal chairs have been filled with readers eager to hear from the author of their new favorite novel. Each of them armed with questions and details to bring to the forum. My heart is thudding as a woman at the podium introduces me and the crowd begins to clap lightly. My family is in the back of the room cheering me on.

My heels drag in the padded carpet of the bookstore on my way to podium. I place my copy of the novel and my note cards on the podium. For the first time in my life I am about to open up to a crowd of strangers about my newly released novel. Public speaking isn’t really my thing, but it’s expected in this line of work. I’m about to answer questions about a book that I spent over two years of my life on. Eagerness to hear the thoughts and questions from the dedicated readers fills my heart. I am thankful for the opportunity. It moves me to tears to see so many people who were touched in some way by the story I had crafted by divine intervention. I open with a short reading from mid-novel. A sentence that stood out to me as the author and helped me to determine the title of this first book. Then the floor is opened for questions and comments and hands are thrown up all across the room.

“Where did you get the ideas?”

“Why did you decided to…?”

“To you, what was the most important part of this novel?”

Each question proving that others had put time and thought into this work. That every minute spent struggling my way through the story was returned by readers. The message resonating with those who made the trek through the pages themselves. And in the midst of all of the newness and excitement I am reminded that none of this is because of my doing. That through it all God had been there giving me the words and perseverance to make this happen. He had put the story on my heart and given it life. He had inspired this dream and this moment and led me to fulfill his purposes.

Blessings

Happy 6 Month Blogiversary to ME

Six months ago today I hit publish on my first ever post for The Ameri Brit Mom blog. It was such a huge step toward my personal goals and a huge day in my life. I went from closet writing to publicly releasing my work in a matter of seconds. Previously, I had a readership of one (my husband), but now I have just under 1000 subscribers who regularly receive and read my work. A lot has changed over the past six months and so many opportunities have surfaced for me all because I had the courage to make my dreams public.

I want to thank everyone who has been a part of this journey. If you have taken the time to read anything I have posted on this blog you have contributed to my dream.

Things have been busy at the Sisley home over the past week. My husband has begun working in the school district where I am also employed. We are right smack in the middle of a transitional period, so if it seems like my posts have been shorter and further between it is because we are trying to figure out this new schedule and rhythm which consequently is making it a struggle to pencil in my writing time. But, this transitional phase will be coming to an end soon and I will be regaining my regular writing habits and routines.

Before I hit publish on today’s post I want to share two things with you. The first thing I’d like to share are some statistics from my blog over the past six months.

As of today I currently have 993 followers or subscribers.

My blog has been viewed 3,408 times by 1,592 different browsers from 30 different countries.

I have received 123 comments and 464 likes.

I have published 132 unique posts.

For me, it has never been about the statistics, but they are definitely a huge encouragement to look back on. When I took the leap of faith and became a blogger I never could’ve imagined the success I would receive in the first six months.

The second thing I want to share with you are a couple of projects that I am working on for my blog:

  • Starting tomorrow I will be a part of a writing link-up called On Being a Writer based on the book On Being a Writer by Anne Kroeker and Charity Singleton Craig. I will post twice a week about this book and topics featured on Kate Motaung’s blog.

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  • Now that my blog is six months old it now qualifies for quite a few blogging groups so I will be beginning the process of membership in to these groups.
  • Next week, I will begin a series that will be published every other month reviewing the online fashion and personal stylist site, StitchFix. This is going to be a series based on my personal experiences with this program. If you aren’t familiar with StitchFix please check out their site by next week.

If you have any ideas for other writing ideas or opportunities for me please email me at: theameribritmom@gmail.com

Thanks again for making these six months so meaningful and fulfilling. I look forward to growing with you in the future.

Link-Ups

Five Minute Friday: Try

This week the topic for the Five Minute Friday link-up post is try. What is a link-up? Essentially a link-up is when you join other bloggers and write on a similar topic. You share your blog posts with one another and begin conversations via a host site. You can head over to Kate Motaung’s page to check out other entries from inspired bloggers. Here’s my five minutes of uninterrupted, unedited writing on this week’s topic:

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As I sit here on a beautiful Friday afternoon in July I am trying not to focus on the fact that my days of summer are dwindling away. I’m also trying not to think about all of the unchecked items on my to-do list. Many things I had planned to do this summer are going unfulfilled. Time just slipped away and here were are on the final day of July looking at a calendar that points toward the beginning of a new school year. Time has flown. Where has it gone?

I’ve tried my best to spend this summer relaxing and moving forward with some of my goals. At times, I’ve done a superb job. I’ve read nearly a book a week all summer. I’ve kept up with my writing and blogging, which may not seem relaxing, but for me it is. I’ve done some things I’ve wanted to do for a while like beginning my first ever garden and changing up my diet. At other times I’ve done a less than superb job. I’ve tried to exercise regularly, but it didn’t always happen. I’ve also given in a few too many times to frappucinos and ice cream. (But seriously, I live near too many Starbucks and Jenis shops and what is summer without these two?)

Sometimes trying is the best I can do. I can try to sit here and pretend that my summer isn’t fading away. I can try to live a healthy and fit lifestyle. I can try to make time for the things in life that really matter, but in the end trying doesn’t always lead to success. This is a concept I am working through. In order to be successful in some areas one must try and fail. I don’t handle failure in the best way. I’m working on it. But luckily God is there through it all. He sees my success and failures and loves me the same. He knows that I’m trying in many ways to seek Him and listen to Him, but I fail at that sometimes too.

Today I am thankful for a God who sees my heart. He knows that I’m going to mess up, but all he cares about is my heart and whether or not I am trying to do the right thing.

What are you trying to do lately?