Check In 1.14.2022

Check In 1.14.2022

Hi, guys! Here’s my video update from Friday, January 14, 2022.

In case you don’t have time to watch, here’s the gist. =)

My goal was to write 20,000 words this week, and so far I’m on schedule, with 16K written as of Thursday evening. I’m not sure I’ll actually hit my 4K goal today, because we’re heading down to the DC area this afternoon for dinner, but hopefully I can either get it in or make up for it over the weekend. Next week, more writing!

I have a new editor at Bethany House and got to meet her via Zoom yesterday, which was fun. And as you can see in the other post, I also got my first listen to the audio narrator selected for the Visibullis biblical fiction books!

My son, Rowyn, also had his 1-year lab work done after his Type 1 diagnosis, and I’m happy to report that everything else they check for–cholesterol, thyroid issues, Celiac (commonly go along with T1)–are are perfect!

It’s been so great getting to know all of you this week! Please chime in, either in comments here or in the app, with your updates or prayer requests!

Audio sample!

Audio sample!

Exciting news! So a couple months ago, I signed a contract with Tantor Audio to produce my biblical fiction (A Stray Drop of Blood, A Soft Breath of Wind, and Jewel of Persia) as audio books. Yay!

Well, they’re doing the casting now! I thought it would be fun to share with you guys the narrators as we select them. (By “select,” I mean that they send me their choice and I can veto it or approve it, LOL.)

So this is the narrator for Stray Drop and Soft Breath, Mary Sarah. She has quite the resume! I admit I wasn’t sure as I listened to the first paragraph or two, but by the end of this clip she had totally won me over. The passion and drama in her reading!!!

What do you think?

(We’re still nailing down Jewel of Persia‘s casting, but hopefully I’ll have that one to share next week.)
Check In 1.7.2022

Check In 1.7.2022

Hi, guys! Here’s my video update from Friday, January 7, 2022.

If you don’t want to watch, here’s the gist. =) This year I have goals of increasing my writing time, my reading/studying time, and my prayer time.

This week I wrote just under 4,000 words in Yesterday’s Tides, the next book due to my publisher. It’s due on February 15, and I’m just under 19,000 words into the manuscript, which means I have a LOT of work to do in the next month + a week!

Next week I’m hoping to dedicate several full days or all half days (still have to decide) to writing and get about 20,000 words written. I appreciate your prayers on that!

This week of course I also released a book, To Treasure an Heiress, yay!! And built out Patrons & Peers, which took quite a bit of time.

On the personal side, I’ve started a Bible in a Year (been a while since I’ve done that), and am also setting aside time each day for personal prayer (which has always been a challenge for me, though we do daily family prayer time both morning and night). And our family left our old church in the fall and went to a new one, which means membership classes there that also take up our time but which was been SO BEAUTIFUL AND AMAZING.

That’s pretty much it this week. =) Do feel free to share your goals and updates and passions, either in the Marco Polo app via video, or even just comments here!