My newest project!

 

OK…here we go.

We (and when I say “we”- I mean mom) have decided that I need to take my writing to the “next level”. Since we are currently in limbo regarding the status of my Novel – “A Mother for Leah” – we have decided to do something a bit different.

While we wait, and I write more on book 2 of the original series, I am also writing a novella from the companion series – Hearts of Hope Springs – which we will be self-publishing.

Won’t you come along on the journey…

 

Tonight, I have added a grand total of 2,040 words to “A Choice For Karen”.

YAY!

 

Pop back over Monday for an update and a look at what “A Choice For Karen” is all about.

Then stop in on Friday for more updates and a special character interview with Karen herself.

 

My current plan is to work on both novels at the same time, and I plan to have “A Choice For Karen” ready for release by July!

Happy Birthday to me!

I may even offer the eBook free at some point as a special birthday gift FROM me!

Good evening and God Bless!

 

P.S. Pray for me please… I’m just the tiniest bit trepidatious about this step but I’m determined to put my work out there so it seems the logical conclusion!

 

© Rachel L. Miller 2015

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A Look at the Amish of Windy Gap through the eyes of an English orphan…

Isn’t it amazing how a minor character can sometimes take on a whole new life you never had planned for them…

Yes, by the way… That is what has happened here.

Margaretta is a friend of Leah’s and she has decided to start a blog. She talks about life among the Amish – through the eyes of an English orphan. Yes, she’s an orphan – but could you really think of a better place for an orphan?

The people of Windy Gap (two sisters in particular) have taken her under their wing and everyone just loves her!

Windy Gap Wishes Header

 

So… pop over to Windy Gap Wishes on November 15th to meet Margaretta ???

I’ve got a few more days to come up with a last name for her huh…

(Be forewarned. The link above isn’t going to work yet. It will be active on the 15th though so pop over and check it out then.)

Word Counts, Coffee and Counting down to Conference

Good Morning. 

As you know, I am currently prepping for the 2014 ACFW Conference and let me tell you, it is a mad dash of insanity.

Not only do I have to edit my first novel, I am working hard to get as much of my second novel done at the same time.

Coffee consumption is a large part of how I am accomplishing all of this. I am extremely grateful that Pumpkin Spice creamer has made it’s debut for the season and that Sam’s Club has such a wonderful deal on it because I have already begun to dwindle the supply I stocked the fridge with last week.

Time for another trip to Sam’s I guess…

The most difficult thing for me is that I tend to be easily distracted by details when preparing for an important event.

I have been bogged down by the Business of preparing – ordering business cards, designing one-sheets, accumulating author photos and acquiring social media interest.

All of these things have distracted me for long periods of time from my writing. We all know how that goes. Writers can constantly be found lamenting the fact that they are easily distracted by social media and other small things that can take up a great deal of your day if you let it.

It is extremely easy to get caught up in the plethora of available designs on Vistaprint’s website and spend hours perusing the BONUS items that can be personalized to your original design.

It is exceedingly easy to get caught up in the many stock photo websites where you can find images to manipulate for your book cover image.

It is nearly impossible to walk away from your one-sheet design because every time you look over it again, you will find one more thing to edit.

And do I really need to go into all of the ways in which you can get lost in social media? No, I don’t because you know exactly what I’m talking about – you know how ridiculously easy it is to get lost in Facebook or Twitter or Pinterest. Even WordPress can take up a tremendous amount of time.

All of these things work together to distract from what really needs to be done to prepare for a Writer’s Conference.

…Writing.

So, with that in mind, I’m going to get back to it. I have at least 2,000 words to write today!

 

Have a GREAT weekend!

God Bless!

©Rachel L Miller 2014

Conferences, Conferences, Everywhere…

GOD IS SO GOOD!

The ACFW Annual Writer’s Conference is in Beautiful St. Louis this year and I am beyond excited!

The only reason I am going to conference this year is because GOD PROVIDES!

 

Only a few weeks ago, I was certain we could never afford to go and I was heartbroken but trying very hard to buck up and let it go.

I wasn’t terribly successful but my wonderful family didn’t let on too much… that I was annoying them to death.

Then mum sprung the surprise on me! We were going! God provided the money we needed to make it happen and it was just in time too! Another few days and we would have been saying no again – because the registration would go up by $100!

GOD IS SO GOOD!

So, instead of being heartbroken, I am now in a mad dash to get my manuscript (MS) as perfect as I possibly can before conference so it’s ready to be shown to agents and editors and anyone else who might happen to want to see it!

And a HUGE Thank You to VistaPrint for having such AMAZING deals on Business cards! If not for their deals, I wouldn’t have business cards to pass out to the aforementioned agents and editors and fellow authors!

 

So now I will go back to my MS and keep polishing! I might even find time to work on book 2 of the series!

 

Good night and God Bless!

 

©Rachel L Miller 2014

Progress in my first week…

Here is the folly of Camp NaNoWriMo… I am editing – not just writing.

When I put in my starting word count, the NaNo meter went wild. It was like it could not believe I had gotten THAT many words already. And that was great – a WONDERFUL feeling! But… in the week since, my word count has jumped slightly and then inched and then stopped – as I have actually subtracted words at this point. 

As happens with editing.

Some days you add 500 words and don’t subtract any. Some days you add 300 and take away 250. Some days you add 10 and delete 400. Some days you simply read through and do absolutely nothing. Hey! It happens. I KNOW I can’t be the only one who actually writes some parts perfectly the first time.

But what do you do when you are revising and you actually subtract more than you put in? Do you just leave your word count where it is or do you correct it and cry as you do and your little line goes down and the computer goes… HEY WAIT! What are you doing!

Well I chose to leave it… it has to go back up at some point – right?

 

Anyway that has been my first week in Camp. I wrote. I edited. I deleted some words. I added others. I laughed. I sat and stared at the computer with a weird look on my face. And I drank more coffee in one week than I have in the past month. Oh yeah… and we held our first meeting of the NaNoWriMo Inspirational Authors group at a local Starbucks and we’ve planned our next one – this time at a local Barnes & Noble.

Now I’m off to week 2! FUN!

 

 

© Rachel L. Miller 2014