#13 - Post-Conference Boost

I've done more writing in the last week than I have in the last month or two, but hardly any of it has been toward finishing my novel.

It's just that I went to the League of Utah Writers Round-Up conference a week ago and I was so inspired with so many great ideas, I couldn't help getting a bunch of things down on paper. I wrote some poetry, I started a new children's picture book, I worked on re-writing a picture book I've been collecting rejection slips for, and I started another novel that will probably end up being a YA fantasy.

Now my biggest problem is deciding which project to work on. Do I tough it out and finish my LDS Women's novel even though I'm not all that excited about that project at the moment? I really want to be able to say I finished a novel. I really want to get it sent in to Deseret Book and see if I can get published. I believe it's a good book. But it's so much hard work. Even though I'm closing in on finishing the first draft, there's still so much hard work to be done before I'll be ready to send it off.

Right now, I'm feeling like I should plug ahead with the novel and leave the other projects alone now that I've got the basic idea for each one down on paper. But I'm conflicted because I'm just not that excited about doing all the hard work. On the other hand, I know that there will come a point in each of my other projects where it quits being fun and turns into hard work, too, and then I'll just have two novels that aren't finished instead of one. :D

Anyone have advice or opinions for me? What should I focus my energy on?

#12 - Tagged

I was tagged again, this time by Andi so here are my answers . . .

4 jobs I've had...
Newspaper Delivery Girl
Dairy Queen Counter Person and Ice Cream Maker
Village Inn Hostess
Icing Decorator at a Candy Factory

4 movies I could watch over and over...
Ever After with Drew Barrymore
Singin' In The Rain
Back to the Future
Somewhere In Time

4 places I have lived...
Orem, Utah
Provo, Utah
American Fork, Utah
Lehi, Utah
Wow, that makes for a boring list. Sorry! :D

4 favorite television shows...
Everybody Loves Raymond
Clean Sweep
Dr. Phil

4 places I've been...
The Nauvoo Temple
Victoria, B.C.
Friday Harbor (on an island off the Washington Coast)
On a road trip from Utah County, Utah, all the way across the country to North Carolina and West Virginia, and back again

4 favorite foods...
Ice Cream
Sweet & Sour Chicken

4 websites I check often...
Local library catalogs
My kids' school website
http://www.rachaelrayshow.com/ for the recipes

4 hobbies...
Playing the Piano

4 people I tag...
I'm going to break from convention and tag no one! I have no idea how many people have been tagged on this particular one and I'm too tired to think about it right now. :P

#11 - New Favorite Color

I don't really believe in astrological signs or fortunes or anything superstitious. Really, I don't. Really.

But when I saw this test on Karen's blog and took it, I couldn't believe how closely it fit me. I'm considering changing my favorite color to lilac after this.

No, I'm not. I would never do anything so important and serious over a test so silly. I promise. I take favorite colors very seriously. :D

Your Birthdate: May 24

You understand people well and are a natural born therapist.

A peacemaker, people always seem to get along when you are around.

You tend to be a father or mother figure to friends, even to those older than you.

You enjoy your role, and you find that you are close to many people.

Your strength: Your devotion

Your weakness: Reliance on others for happiness

Your power color: Lilac

Your power symbol: Heart

Your power month: June