We got snow in Ga and it was so cool! Several inches! I know--laugh if you want but this is a big deal down here. I stayed at a friends' house and then we got to play in it with her dog. Remember Roi, the antagonist?
It was fun to walk outside in it, play, and take pictures. Best of all, the silence as it fell. That's my favorite part. And I saw a cardinal. Gorgeous. But I didn't get a picture of it before it flew away.
I know it's not so much everywhere else, but in Georgia, snow is magical. Like fairies. If we're lucky we see flurries maybe once a year. Snow resulting in several inches is a miracle. So last night I felt like I was surrounded by fairies.
And then, there were the Olympics! So fun!
Also, my legs are currently in Haiti. Kind of. AIM (Adventures in Missions) has set up a huge movement to get relief and people into the country so torn by the earthquake. I'm not going (for now), but last week they asked my talented friend to create a logo for the teams. It would be posted as a magnet on vans and stuff as way of identification. The next thing I knew, she pulled me outside to model. Here's the product:
Photo and creation by Connie Rock. Legs all mine. :0)
This week is going to be different. I'm technically unplugging until next Friday. But I'll still post on Wednesday of this week and be around until then. On Thursday, it's off to Peru! (We had to push back the dates of the trip because of air fare. So now it's Feb 18-23). From snow to Haiti :0) and the Amazon jungle in less than a week! That's a lot of fun!
Finally, I thought I'd give y'all a little update on my writing, since it's been a while since I've talked about it. I've been thinking a lot about the best way to present my novel (we'll call it "Novel #5") this time around. I queried it a year ago and received roughly ten battle wounds, one with an actual response (and suggestions) from a very prominent agent. I've since followed this person's advice completely. My novel has undergone extensive revisions several times over. It has been critiqued by an objective--and wise and talented--third party and is so much stronger than before. It's also lost "weight"--10k words--sitting right at 83k. I feel like I've done everything I can to it and it's ready.
I'm nervous. Because this is the second time around and if all the responses are "no" again, I'm going to have to put this one aside for a long time. And that would make me really, really sad. I want this to be my first novel.
So I've decided to wait on querying. Instead, I'm going to enter the Genesis contest and one other. Both will reveal their results at the same time. I'm mostly entering Genesis for the feedback. Depending on what's said, I'll know whether to query or do more work.
In other news, all this talk about Sparks' The Wedding on Friday made me want to read it again. I think it's the first time a book I reviewed on my own blog has influenced me to re-read it for the millionth time. :0)
See y'all Wednesday!