book writing

How’s The Book Going?

If you’ve been reading my blog for a few years, you may remember I started writing a book in 2016.

I picked away at it in my free time over the past few years, and I’m literally so close to being done with the first draft. I’ve been saying that for months because I haven’t worked on it in months!

Life has been busy, but I haven’t given up on my little writing adventure. I recently took a peek at the document and saw that I was a little over 81,000 words into the book.

I didn’t think I could just jump back into writing without rereading the whole book since it had been a few months since I last wrote so I took a plunge and had my draft printed as is.

I ordered from a website that binds and publishes books for a great price, so I didn’t feel too bad spending $10 (including shipping!) to have a copy of my almost-finished book printed, coil bound (for easy editing!), and shipped to my door.

Girl holding first draft of novel

Jimmy and I were leaving the house and there was my book in our mail slot! I had him take a picture to commemorate the moment 🙂

Now I can have the book physically in front of me as a hard copy to read and edit. After I do that, I’ll work on finishing this baby up! I can’t wait. At the same time I’m crazy nervous and also dreading the editing process. I have all kinds of feelings about this, basically 😉

As I mentioned before, I’m not sure if I’ll pursue publishing it. It just depends on whether or not I like the story line and how I wrote it. I’m okay with that because it has been fun to explore different topics through the creative outlet of writing. We’ll see!

Just wanted to give an update since I’ve had a few people ask if I’m still working on it!

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Currently: September 2017

Current book The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. I try to read this book once or twice a year. It’s just a wonderful reminder that each of us were created by God for a purpose.

Current blessing Receiving a letter from the boy Jimmy and I sponsor at Niños de Mexico. It makes me heart so incredibly happy to know that he is safe, healthy, has a home, and is learning about God.

Ninos de Mexico sponsorship letter

Current beauty product Yes To Carrots Super Rich Body Butter. It fits my beauty product criteria: natural, smells good, and works great!

Current goal This is a lofty one, but I want to finish the first draft of my book by the end of the year. Can’t believe I’m putting it out there, but I’m hoping it will help me stay accountable.

Current indulgence Watercoloring. I love pulling out my paint and brushes every now and then. This time I was making some simple art to put in a 5×7 frame for our bedroom. I chose the bottom right one.

Abstract watercolor painting

Current drink As always, coffee. Really enjoying the single origin organic Peru beans from Aldi. Also had an iced vanilla latte the other day and it hit. the. spot.

Current craving I want to paint my nails. I just need to find a chunk of time when Mavis is sleeping so I don’t worry about picking her up with wet nails, ha.

Current food Vegetables from our garden! I know we’re nearing the end of the gardening season, so I’m trying to soak up all the garden time I can.

San Marzano, cherry, and purple tomatoes Japanese eggplant, purple tomatoes, San Marzano tomatoes, and green beans

Current confession I don’t want summer to end, but at the same time I’m looking forward to fall and the holiday season. I’m planning a fall dinner for Jimmy and I and looking forward a new season of Gold Rush.

Current obsession Anything that has to do with our fur babies. Jimmy and I brought Mavis to her first training class this week and it was so much fun!

Girl cuddling cocker spaniel puppy

Current need Absolutely nothing! Feeling extremely blessed.

Current procrastination Mopping the floors. I’ve Swiffered the living daylights out of them, but I know they need a good old fashioned mopping.

Current excitement My mom bought a truck! She was torn between a few different Chevy models and the Ford F-150. She went with the Ford and told me she is loving it. I can’t wait to take a ride with her!

New 2017 Ruby Red Ford F-150

Current prayer For all the victims of Hurricane Harvey to find comfort, safety, hope, and solace. Watching the news has been heartbreaking. I highly recommend checking out the nonprofit I.D.E.S. if you’re looking to donate.

Current mood Happy. Looking forward to the weekend!

Current question Have you ever had someone tell you that you look like your name should be something other than your real name? I cannot tell you how many people have told me I look like my name should be Daisy. I’ve also gotten Alice, Genevieve, and Luna (apparently I look like Luna Lovegood?), but I get Daisy a lot. So much so that my parents call me Daisy instead of Allie.