If you're a missionary mom like me (a mother whose kid is serving a 2 year mission for the LDS Church), then you understand the title of this post perfectly. This is my son's second Halloween from home. He was out just a few months last Halloween. I take great joy in knowing that for the next one, he'll be home. Today was General Conference for the LDS Church and while listening to some very uplifting talks about life and trying to be a better person, I spent my time crafting this little number. He'll give most of the candy away (cuz he's nice like that), but I think he'll enjoy the graphics and know that I've been thinking about him. Hopefully, it will make him smile. I had a blast putting it together, kind of like a scrap book for The Nightmare Before Christmas. Enjoy! Feel free to copy away!
Do you have anyone far from home that you're thinking of and worrying about? Let's talk! I'd love to hear some of your care package ideas!
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So, getting Between Fire and Fury published is taking waaaaay longer than I thought. Of course, it had absolutely NOTHING to do with my son's wedding. Nothing. Ha!
Well, a little. I'd forgotten a friend's birthday in October and she told me not to worry, that weddings take up A LOT of brain space. For realzzz! And I'm the mother of the groom. The mother of the bride must've gone insane. I do happen to know she slept in so long the day after the wedding that her husband was really worried about her;) But she's okay, just got tuckered out.
Here's the update: I just finished correcting all the line …
It all came crashing in on me at once.
Preparing for my son's wedding and an online meeting for my bi-weekly critique group. I had started work on the sequel to my first novel, 17 chapters actually, and felt good about where it was going until...
One of my critique partners suggested that it wasn't really a romance. What???
That really took me aback because that's what I had been doing all along, trying to get my characters back into the heat of romance. It's a medieval action/adventure tale and every one knows that if you're going to keep writing about the same couple in love, you have to keep them apart for a while so they can come back to the relationship with even more fervor than before.
She was right.
But it took a lot of self-reflection to realize that I really had been focusing too much on the action/adventure aspects than the love story. I was getting around to it, but I was writing too many subplots and taking too much time to get there. One thing she said…