True Confessions of a Novelist Wannabe

Since I was in braces I’ve wanted to publish a novel.

This is the heading used when I was a teenage columnist for the local newspaper, the Cavalier County Republican in Langdon, ND.   In my  first column I publically admitted I wanted to be a novelist.

After college I married Scott and we began a family.

During those frantic years of childbearing, when I always had one attached in utero or attached above nursing, one attached at the hip, and sometimes one on each ankle, I didn’t have a lot of time to write.

Oh, I wrote letters to my mom, endless grocery lists, and the kids’ names on things they scribbled for my fridge.

Occasionally I wrote something I thought was profound, but usually on a napkin that got used to wipe a nose, or a piece of paper that was scribbled over with red crayon.

These were the days when the only windows I had in my home, were the single-pained metal ones in my trailer. The only PC was a toddler in the bathroom pointing to their yellow puddle of victory, squealing, “Pee, see!  Mommy, see pee!”

Somewhere inbetween giving birth to six kids, homeschooling, moving a bajillion times, and going through cancer a few times, I rekindled that passion to write.

Two years ago, I joined Northwest Christian Writers’ Association and have been blessed to learn much about the writing and publishing world. I’ve made great friends and had a lot of prayer support.

Tonight, another milestone in my writing life appeared on the road, the beginning of a writing group just for fiction writers. A small, excited group, some beginners and some published, met and made plans for the coming year.

Every emotion is swirling around in my Mommy sleep-deprived brain~I’m excited, nervous, thrilled, thankful, and scared.

My personal goal is to finish  the novels I’ve started and  be published before I’m 50. That seems old to most of you, but it’s dangerously close for me.

This is my


True Confession.

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7 Responses to True Confessions of a Novelist Wannabe

  1. The Roli Poli's September 20, 2011 at 1:54 pm #

    AmaZing goal!!!! I know you can do it and am excited to see you pursue this Passion of yours! Proud of you Momma!

  2. The Queen of Brussels Sprouts September 20, 2011 at 4:50 pm #

    I can't wait to read it! I am a Christian Fiction Junkie. Seriously, you should see my bookshelves. May I order a signed copy please? 🙂

  3. Elise September 20, 2011 at 8:11 pm #

    beautiful goal!! Do it!! : )Psalm 20!

  4. Sweet Tea September 21, 2011 at 5:24 am #

    Go for it – whatcha got to lose?Now.Is.The.Time. :-)Carpe Diem.

  5. Cookie baker Lynn September 21, 2011 at 3:23 pm #

    Lord willing, it WILL happen! Can't wait to read it because I know it will be as awesome and amazing as you are. Seriously.

  6. Mcarthur Mile September 21, 2011 at 7:15 pm #

    Yay! I am sure they will be great! If you need any help proof reading you know where I am.

  7. John October 19, 2011 at 7:13 pm #

    Go for it! 🙂 I'm looking forward to working on my book, too – want to race? I'm sure yours will be longer and more interesting than mine, but we can still see who gets done first. 🙂

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