What You Might Think
1. New cover reveals. Just saw the newest cover to my book coming out from Zondervan called Never Said. It’s beautiful.
2.Being asked to blurb a book. I’m reading something terrific right now for S&S.
3. Talking ideas with Kyra Leigh, Queen Bee.
4. Writing. I also hate this part of being a writer.
5. When the book is coming along and I am happy.
6. Getting a nice review.
7. Teaching others about writing. There is something about watching other people succeed that is very familial.
8. Talking to my agent/editor.
9. Holding that new book.
10. Thinking about the next idea when I have no idea what I might write. At this moment, as I near the completion of two books I am working on by myself, I feel like I might never write another novel. This is kinda scary. Will I settle on something new? Will I be able to write it? What am I going to do?
What You Might Not Think
1. Reading Dear Abby. Even though sometimes she doesn’t know what she’s talking about.
2. Driving past homes at night where you can see inside and people are being a family. (That happens around here in UT.) Or things are just in there. I have never seen a dirty house at night. This is one reason I keep my blinds shut in the evenings.
3. Listening in on other people’s conversations. All kinds. The old lady swearing up a storm at the man in Village Inn. The newly married couple in the freezer section of Smith’s. The kids playing outside across the street (those beautiful girls were the first to sing a song from Frozen to me).
4.Watching students on campus at BYU. Once I saw a guy grab a girl up in a tight hug and she checked her phone over his shoulder.
5. Hearing stories from my mom. They come few and far between, but every once in a while . . .
6. Talking to my writer friends about their writing troubles. Don’t get me wrong. I am happy for their successes. But I like working out worries together.
7. Looking through homes for sale for the place with the perfect office.
8. Watching my daughters make choices when times are truly tough. I don’t always like the results. In fact, there are times when the results are hart breaking. But.
9. Once my beloved grandmother said, “And who would read somebody else’s letters? Who? Or look through another person’s drawers.” I couldn’t answer her.
10. Thinking about the next idea when I have no idea what I might write. Will it be found somewhere mentioned above?