Dear Diary (October 2013)

oct2013Absolutely no word on the novel yet.  I know that publishing is a “hurry up and wait” game, but it is so hard.  I desperately want an editor to love my story and give me a chance, and it sometimes feels so close and sometimes so far away.

To occupy my waiting time, I have started to work on a new novel— and not the one I’ve thought for the last two years that I was going to write.  I have an idea now that I love and am excited about, but I am not joking: this first draft feels lethal.  It’s like I’ve forgotten how to write a novel.  I keep wondering, “Maybe those first two stories were all you had in you.”  I don’t really believe that, but sometimes it feels that way.

I’ve been traveling for work.  Just around Minnesota and South Dakota, and I’m meeting some wonderful students!

Alison Dotson and I are putting on an event for OCD Awareness Week!  If you live in the Twin Cities, you should come on out to the Loft/Open Book in Minneapolis.  I’ll be reading some fiction I wrote about ERP, and she’ll be reading from her non-fiction book (soon to be released!).  Check out the details here.

I just shared about OCD with two separate biblical counseling undergraduate classes at the University of Northwestern.  It was a great experience, and the students listened well and asked wonderful questions.

My short story will be published soon through Hunger Mountain!  The rights will revert back to me after that, and I’ll share the story with you then– I can’t wait to hear what you guys think of it!  (I’d be lying if I said my eyes weren’t glued to my mailbox, waiting for the check to arrive too.)

Blessings, all!  Thanks for caring about the details!