Monday, June 6, 2011

Self-Imposed Challenges

Forcing myself to check in again.  Hello cyber world, I'm still alive.  :)  I have too much to talk about, so let me just ignore all that for now and tell you two things I'm excited about. 

Item #1:  I am attempting to read the entire Bible, cover to cover, in 90 days.  I'll give more details about that in a future post.  As of now, I just completed Day 6.  It doesn't sound like much, but since each day requires about an hour of reading, that is six full hours in less than a week.  For me, this has been no easy feat.  I may be a Christian, but personally, the Bible has never been an easy read (and I officially think that 90% of the characters in Genesis ought to have been committed. Seriously, there's no doctor in the world that would be able to diagnose their breed of crazy).  Again, I will say more about all of this in a future entry...but I wanted to at least mention it right now, especially since I've had a meter on my blog keeping track of my progress for the last several days. 

Item #2:  I started a novel.  I know, big whoop--everyone does.  But this one is different.  It's different because for once I have an appealing plotline that I feel incredibly confident about, but in addition to that, this story has direction.  I know exactly how the story is going to end and how all of the loose ends are going to be tied.  I've come up with vague concepts for novels in the past, but I could never figure out how the story was going to be resolved; I could never work out all of those little details, so such projects ultimately led to failure.  This time, I have the entire story mapped out.  Today, upon the advice of my supportive sis, I created an outline of all fifteen chapters, and the epilogue.  Clint has been indescribably helpful every step of the way.  He's been taking all of my muddled ideas and helping me to turn them into something tangible.  Every day he has brainstormed my characters with me and helped me to make them more rich with personality.  We talk casually about these characters as if they are real people, and he listens to all of my new ideas and chimes in with his feedback.  I have never in my life come this far with a story before, and I feel this child-like excitement bubbling inside of me.  I can't explain it.  It just feels different.  This is the one.  The one that's going to get published, or the one I'll die trying on.  Either way, it feels good to feel this passionate about something.