Book signing January 31, 2010 - and such...

I will be signing copies of Abigail and/or Michal (which will be available for purchase) atWoodside Bible Church 6600 Rochester Rd Troy, MI 48085-1352 (248) 879-8533

Sunday, January 31, 2010 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

If you live in the area, I hope you'll stop buy. I'd love to meet you!

The weekend flew by, as usual weekends go. I've been working hard on my de-cluttering project. Saturday I spent hours cleaning out one small section of our "office", which is really a catch-all junk room, soon to be a guest bedroom, if I can keep up the momentum. Our bedroom is looking pretty nice, though I still have some dusting to do. We got rid of four boxes of books, which I hope the church library can put to good use.

I'm working on the first draft of Sarai, tentative title for book one in The Wives of the Patriarchs series. First drafts are always hard for me, but where I usually get stuck is when I haven't done enough research. So I spent time on Amazon and CBD.com searching for history books and commentaries on ancient Mesopotamia and Genesis. My order should come tomorrow, and I can't wait to dive into the reading. After three days of hard work on the house (and not as much as I'd like to show for it), I've been completely exhausted. Feels like I've packed up enough to move (but far from it). A massage sounds so good right now!

I also started working with plot and characters for a new story last night. It's always fun to start a new project, to see where the story takes me. I'm hoping to have a new proposal for my agent in the next few months. I would love to keep writing biblical fiction for a long time to come, though I also toy with writing other historical fiction as well someday.

I finished a column for our church newspaper. I've changed the focus from reviewing Christian fiction (only because I'd run out of books to review and I can't read fast enough for three books a month). So I'm writing about writing Christian fiction. Funny how inadequate I still feel about teaching or writing about writing. Seems like I should have more books to my name or more years under my writing belt to be qualified. Maybe we never feel qualified. Still, I hope someone benefits from what I've learned.

The fire is going in the fireplace, and I think it's time for some chamomile tea and our favorite TV show. Hopefully, my cleaning spree will start to look like it's making headway, and I'll be less exhausted in the process.

Happy Monday~