I got to spend the morning writing and working on the manuscript I want to take to ACFW Conference 2010 for critique. Yay!
But now I’m discouraged and wondering if the $640 I spent on registration and another $400+ on a room (not sure how much yet) is throwing my money away on a pipe dream. Boo.
So many of my friends know that I’m pursuing this dream, and I feel like I’m going to look foolish. “She thinks she can write? She’s crazy.” I hear those eeeeevil voices in my head.
People from my corner of the world don’t spend that kind of money just for fun. And I’m not doing it “just for fun” either. But, just sayin’, it’s a lot of moo-lah to spend on a dream that might not even be close to coming true.
The more I know about writing, the more I realize I don’t know about it. It’s so subjective, and yet, there are some really important things I’m just not good at yet.
“Don’t expect a lot at your first conference,” is the advice I hear a lot from seasoned writers. The thing is, to come up with that kind of money again may be impossible. It’s like, this is my main shot. I gotta make it work. I gotta open at least one little door with this conference.
Okay, okay, calm down. Breathe. Pray. Rest in God.
I’m trying, but it’s a struggle not to feel frantic. It’s a struggle to shut the negative voices off and tune into God’s Truth. But I must.
Will you pray for me as I walk through the door God has opened?
Am I the only one who is feeling this way?
This two-letter word in English has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that word is ‘UP.’ It is listed in the dictionary as an [adv], [prep], [adj], [n] or [v].
It’s easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP?
At a meeting, why does a topic come UP? Why do we speak UP, and why are the officers UP for electionand why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report? We call UP our friends, brighten UP a room,polish UP the silver, warm UPthe leftovers and clean UP the kitchen. We lock UPthe house and fixUPthe old car.
At other times this little word has real special meaning. People stir UP trouble, line UPfor tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses.
To be dressed is one thing but to be dressed UP is special.
And this UP is confusing: A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP.
We open UPa store in the morning but we close it UPat night.We seem to be pretty mixed UPabout UP !
To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, look UPthe word UP in the dictionary.. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4 of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions. If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many waysUP is used. It will takeUPa lot of your time,but if you don’t giveUP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more.
When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP . When the sun comes out we say it is clearing UP. When it rains, it soaksUP the earth. When it does not rain for awhile, things dry UP. One could go on & on, but I’ll wrap it UP, for now ……..my time is UP !
Does this crack you UP?
Don’t screw UP.