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There’s always time

Is it just me, or are things getting crazy busy?  With so much going on before summer vacation starts and a manuscript hogging  my attention, I almost forgot to sew over these last couple of weeks.  Almost.

But even in the throes of chaos, there’s always time for playing with pretty fabric, right?   Maybe I’ll have this baby finished by the end of the summer!  🙂

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Keeping busy

Thanks to the Modern Patchwork magazine, I finished this reflected wedges table runner without any major glitches.  And I actually enjoyed doing the binding!

I’m also doing a little celebrating this week – I finally finished the edits on my book Just Breathe over the weekend and sent it to an editor friend.   Just Breathe is my favorite story yet; I can’t wait to see what readers think of it!

Now it’s time to dig into some fresh projects… a new manuscript, a colorful lap quilt, and a few pillows and blankets for my boys’ bedrooms.  Plenty to keep me busy!    What are you keeping busy with these days?

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Pretties and projects

I’m closing in on the final days of my editing project – the manuscript is so close to being finished (first round of edits, anyway!) that I can nearly taste it.  Yay!

When I put so much time into my writing I have to put extra time into playing too.  I can’t write well if I don’t also enjoy a little tactile creativity.  So I figured a trip to the local fabric store, the beautiful Millie P’s, was in order.  🙂

I’m not yet sure what I’ll make with all of these pretty fabrics.  Maybe some new hot pads or table runners for the kitchen, maybe a few pillow covers for my boys or my office.  There are lots of fun possibilities – and lots of inspiration as I work my way through the rest of my manuscript.   So (sew) excited! 🙂

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Ten Random Excuses

As I stared miserably at my manuscript this afternoon, I asked myself – WHY am I struggling with editing so much?  I had quite a list of excuses ready.

1.  Because the toys in this house are very noisy.  And so is the little boy who operates them.

2.  Because I’ve just returned from a mini-vacation in Seattle.  The time difference (all two hours of it) screwed up my ability to think straight.

3.  Because it’s spring.  I have allergies.  (Then why, my husband keeps asking, do I insist on putting flowers in the house??)

4.  Because there’s something beautiful to be made with this blueberry fabric.  I’m just not sure what it is yet.

5.  Because editing is hard!  (stamp foot on the ground for effect)  Especially when you’ve been out of the routine for five days and there’s a noisy little boy underfoot and there’s blueberry fabric sitting beside the new sewing machine.  And did I mention there’s a two-hour time difference between Seattle and Minnesota?

6.  Because there is sewing to do and there are quilts to be made.  (Aren’t these quilts pretty?  I found them all over my friend’s house while visiting Seattle.  Yes, I took pictures of her baby too!  He’s adorable!)

7.  Because I’m hungry.  While in Seattle my friends fed me steak, blue cheese and bacon mac-n-cheese, and sautéed spinach.  I ate like a queen.  (Or a pig – probably more appropriate.)

8.  Because this little elephant is waiting for me to make him into a baby block.

9.  Achoo!

10.  Because I had to write out all of these excuses for not editing today.  And blog about it.  And then add pictures.

OKAY, I know.  I can hear you telling me to stop whining and just get on with my editing!  I’ll go put some ear plugs in, move the flowers to another room, and stop staring at the blueberry fabric.  Promise.  But thanks for letting me get away with it for just a little bit.  And in case you felt like making some excuses of your own, here’s a little quote I found that can help kick our rears back into gear.  🙂

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“The person who really wants to do something finds a way; the other person finds an excuse.”  ~Author Unknown

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On goals and courage

Have you ever had a goal, so big and so exciting, that you were actually hesitant about trying to achieve it?

I ran a half marathon once.  It took me six months to prepare, physically and mentally.  I was so anxious that I became ill for the entire week before the race.  My friend (who asked me to run it with her) had to practically beg me to show up on race day and just try.

I’m so glad that I did.  It was one of the proudest moments of my life.  When I crossed the finish line I was gasping with exhaustion and tears – I couldn’t believe I had done it!  It wasn’t the perfect run and I didn’t have a record time.  But I did it.

This is how I feel about writing.  It’s exactly how I feel about my current manuscript.  I have a goal, a very big and exciting one, to finish all editing this summer and to self-publish by September.   And now I’m starting to feel a little scared because I might actually achieve it.

Currently, I’ve edited to page 141 out of 191 pages.   Although the editing process is going slower than I expected, I still plan to finish in the next month or so.  I have two wonderful friends standing by, waiting to receive a copy so they can add their editing genius.  By the end of the summer – September 1st is my goal – I’ll have a self published e-book ready.  And printed books on the way.

Like my half marathon, I’m not expecting my first published book to be perfect or to bring in a record number of readers (though, I’m a dreamy sort of girl who is certainly not closed off to the possibility!)  What I am expecting is to feel the same kind of pride as I did when I finished that half marathon – the amazement that I did it!   I’m fully prepared to look back one day and be proud of what I’ve accomplished in my writing… simply because I had the courage to start.

So here’s to courage and being brave enough to try!

What are you scared you might achieve?  And are you going for it anyway?  I sure hope so!