It occurred to me a day or so ago that the blog has been suffering a severe case of neglect over the past couple of weeks. You'd think it was because I'm doing Nanowrimo (particularly after my last post which was about, you guessed it, Nanowrimo), but I'm not. I sat down on November 1, opened a blank Word document, and heard God say, "Nope. You need to go back to that scene you're scared to face. Finish the book you started." Alas, no Nano for me this year. I did get a great idea for a novel after the current one is finished, so all is not lost.

If you've been keeping an eye on the progress meter to your right, you'll see that Rearview Mirror, the tentatively-titled second book in the Dellinger Racing Series, is growing. Well, it was growing until today. I had a word goal of 1,000 words today. Wrote 500. Deleted 5,000. Ouch. Still, my goal is to have the first draft done by Thanksgiving. At least, that was the goal before I deleted 5,000 words today. May have to revise that goal. Seriously, about 4,000 of those words will go back in at a later place in the book, so technically they aren't deleted. They're rearranged. That sounds better to my ears. Either way, I'm having a whole lot of fun with Ryan and Kate's story, even though I did struggle for two weeks with one particular scene that brought up some old grief in me. Not fun. But I'm praying Kate's grief is honest.

Other news? I have an amazing agent! You read it right. Consider this the official announcement. :-) Thursday, after our second conversation, I hung up the phone and cried. Something about hearing Sandra say, "I believe in this" humbled me and made me amazingly grateful. I wish I could express that feeling, but I can't. I just can't. Suffice it to say, God is unbelievably gracious and so very good to me.

And now, the blog will probably suffer some more, since I've imposed this huge, immediate deadline on myself this week.

Thanks for reading.

3 Responses
  1. Donna Says:

    I believe in you too. So happy that it is official that you have an agent. I'm proud of you.

  2. Woo hoo! Congratulations Jodie. I'm so happy for you! And I can't WAIT to read your books when they find a publisher home...and they WILL. :o)