another update ~ writing, faith, life…

I’m still experimenting with updating each area in my blog’s tagline ( writing ~ faith ~ life ) and here’s how this past week went…

W R I T I N G

As I mentioned in my last update, I realized a couple of weeks ago that – at least in this moment of time – if I don’t write some fiction in the morning, the fiction doesn’t get written that day.

That realization, and admitting it to myself, led to making fiction writing part of my morning routine.

This is easier said than done, especially as I’ve been in the process of changing my night-time and morning routines to something that works for me… and something that’s different than anything my night and morning routines have been in a very-very-long time.

All of that is still very much “in process” and (for me) it can feel overwhelming to try to change lots of things at once… but I knew implementing a routine of morning-fiction-writing needed to be a priority.

So I made a plan and put it into place and it’s been working for me.

My overall morning routine is still something I’m trying to figure out, but I’m writing at least some fiction in the mornings – and that’s kept the writing momentum going.

F A I T H

With October over and my writing of Ephesians completed, this new month called for a new challenge. My writing of Ruth in September and Ephesians in October came about from a group I’m in – and this month, the group challenge consists of daily verses related to giving thanks.

I’m participating in the group challenge, but I’ve been so blessed by writing out complete books of Scripture, I decided to write the book of Philippians this month.

Philippians is very important to me personally, in large part because of how it helps with my anxiety.

So I’m writing verses and passages about gratitude and thanksgiving, and I’m also copying out the book of Philippians… spending time in the word of God.

L I F E

Last week, my husband and I celebrated 30 years of marriage.

And the overflow of that joy spread to everything else.

 

writing, faith, life ~ update October 28

This is the second week of experimenting with posting an update about each area in my blog’s tagline ( writing ~ faith ~ life ) and here’s how the last week has been…

W R I T I N G

Momentum is happening! I’ve been working on the current novel as well as the anthology, and most days this past week I wrote.

But I didn’t write every day. And I finally admitted something to myself.

If I don’t work on the fiction at least for a little while in the morning, then it doesn’t happen at all.

This hasn’t always been the case – although I’d sometimes work on fiction in the mornings, my best writing times actually used to be in the afternoons or at night after supper. But that was then, before my several-years-long break from writing fiction. Since returning to writing, I’ve been all over the place when it comes to timing and routines (or lack thereof), and this week I finally faced the fact that, at least for now, I need to fit fiction into my morning.

Admitting this to myself feels huge. And it means I’m taking steps to make fiction-in-the-morning a habit and a routine.

In addition to mornings, I still often write in the afternoons. But I’m not sure I’ll even try writing in the evenings anymore. My whole evening/night routine has shifted the past year or so and I end my days much earlier than I used to.

Now that I’m trying to implement a new routine, I’m curious to see how it’ll go during the next week.

F A I T H

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m participating in a challenge this month to write out the book of Ephesians.

I continued this week and now I have only a few more verses to copy before it’s finished. Writing Ephesians this way has been a blessing.

L I F E

This past week had book club day, with book talk and general chatter and pizza and other good stuff. I started attending the monthly book club in June, and I’m so grateful I pushed past my social anxiety to go the first time… and to keep going each month.

Painting and reading and relaxing were all part of my week too, and some days were sunny and some were dreary.

Tomorrow is our 30th wedding anniversary, so this week has also held times of thinking back over the decades and remembering what was going on this week back in 1988… the family and friends coming to town, the nervous excitement about getting married and starting a new life, the last-minute preparations.

My husband and I are having a low-key celebration of a special dinner tomorrow night. We used to always take a trip out of town for our anniversary, but we haven’t traveled for the past several years (for a few reasons, a main one being things going on with my health).

It’s okay that we’re not doing anything fancy, but simply being together – because being together is the important thing. Our marriage has experienced ups and downs as I suppose all marriages do, and we went through a particularly rough time for a while over a decade ago, but I’m grateful and blessed to be married to my best friend and the one person who never lets me down and accepts me for all I am (weirdness and quirks and all).

Spending a quiet evening with him, doing nothing extra-special, just enjoying the company and comfort and coziness and love that’s stood through so many years… that makes my heart sing.

That brings me joy.

writing, faith, life ~ update October 21…

The “tagline” for my blog is writing ~ faith ~ life … and I’ve decided to experiment with posting a little weekly update that covers each of these areas. I’ll try it out and see how it goes, and how it feels, and just take it a step at a time.

So here’s the update for this past week…

W R I T I N G

I got some work done on the novel, and that was my only writing focus – and I feel conflicted about that.

On one hand, yay for making progress with the novel!

On the other hand, I didn’t do anything with the anthology, and the only blog post I put up was another printable (which didn’t require much actual writing).

It feels like I didn’t spend as much time writing as I could have. I wasn’t as productive with the writing as I wanted to be.

In thinking about moving forward in a way that feels better, I’ve decided I want to try a more structured schedule (again) than what I’ve had lately.

F A I T H

Time in prayer steadies me, comforts me, sustains me… and this week reminded me of that truth again and again.

This month I’m participating in a challenge to write out the book of Ephesians. I write a few verses each day and use a variety of tools to go deeper into the book, and this week I continued with that study.

This week I was reminded, daily, of the importance of my personal relationship with Jesus. I was also reminded (again) that I’m not good at apologetics (for a variety of reasons).

And I was reminded to take my life moment by moment, staying in the present moment, not looking too far back or too far forward.

L I F E

After summer weather continuing into autumn, we suddenly seem to have jumped to more winter-like temperatures. (I hope things swing back a bit so we can experience autumn.)

We were having to run the air conditioner just a few days ago and now we’re running the central heat. Not even a full week passed between them – and it used to be that we could go for a few weeks without running the a/c or the heat (and save some bucks on the electric bill) … but the past couple of years have been different.

I won’t get into ideas or theories about the weather changes, but I’ll just say things are not the way they were for most of my life, and I’ve been alive for quite a while.

Our kitty has sought lap-time on these cooler mornings.

My husband had the day off work on Monday, and didn’t have to go to work on Friday until early afternoon, so we had extra days this week of relaxing mornings and taking-it-easy time.

Even though it’s cold outside right now and I get grumpy if I think about the weird temperature changes, the sun is shining and the sky is a beautiful blue…

And I am grateful.