Monday, September 29, 2014

In the Meantime, Send Brownies

I am neck deep in revisions for Pitch Wars.  I may look like this...

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But I feel like this...

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I have a weekly blog post at Middle Places, and that's about all of the blogging energy I can muster at this point. I apologize my pretties. Soon, this will be complete, and I will have more to share here.

In the meantime, send brownies.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Nun Too Soon (A Review)

I was excited when this book showed up on Net Galley. I immediately requested it. I know the author from the writing community, and I couldn't wait to read. I read two chapters before telling her I had a review copy. That way, if I didn't like it, I never had to say. It's nerve-wracking to review a book by someone you know and like.

Luckily, I loved it.

I'm not a big mystery reader, but when I picked up Tana French's books, I was reminded why I used to love mysteries. This one by Alice Loweecey is the perfect balance of mystery and humor. Plus, I'm a sucker for all things monastic, and the detective in this book is an ex-nun.

I went back and forth on who I thought did it right up until the end. I laughed out loud many times. I finished it fast. Three of the best compliments I can give a mystery.

If you like cozy mysteries, go buy this one. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

Order Here & find more info Here.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Currently: 30 Days Has September

Current Books: With my coffee, I'm alternating between the Rule of Saint Benedict and Learning to Walk in the Dark. My fun read is Nun Too Soon by Alice Loweecy. With my small group, I am re-reading A Year of Biblical Womanhood, and there's still a volume of Mary Oliver by my bed.

Current Playlist: Lately, I leave my iTunes on shuffle and then hit skip until it offers something that suits me.

Current Shame-Inducing Guilty Pleasure: I had cookies for breakfast. Not just any cookies though. These were teacakes Sapada and Clete made for church on Sunday. They are Sapada's grandmother's recipe, and they are amazing. They taste like big soft vanilla wafers.

Current Colors: Aqua. I wore my aqua sweater Sunday. I bought it over the summer, on sale at Banana Republic's outlet. It has finally gotten cool enough to wear it. Of course this is the south, so tomorrow temps will probably soar over 100.

Current Food: Remember those salads at Wendy's? You poured chili over them and they came with Fritos? Gah. I am craving one. They changed it to something else now and it isn't nearly as good.

Current Drink: I'm having my coffee with creme brûlée creamer.

Current Favorite Favorite: My friend, Amy. I had a rough patch over the weekend, and Sunday night when I told her about it, she made me laugh so hard. God has put good people in my life.

Current Wishlist: A bunch of new wraps from Jamberry. I want Bright Noise, Mixed SignalsShake Your Tail Feather, and pretty much all the rest from the new catalogue.

Current Needs: I need to regain some peace of spirit.

Current Triumph: I made it into Pitch Wars! I have an awesome mentor and should be starting some revisions this week.

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The Mindy Project returns tonight. YAY!

Current Bane-of-my-Existence: Divisive words, meanness. For some reason, lately, the way people treat others has weighed very heavy on my shoulders.

Current Indulgence: I rented a DVD just for myself yesterday. Of course, it was badly scratched and wouldn't play the second half of the movie, so I guess my indulging failed.

Current Mood: I'm feeling pretty good today. Like I said earlier, I am struggling with some things in my spirit. They are heavy things. I am not in a good place confidence-wise. I need to slow my spirit and take some deep breaths, physically and metaphorically.

Current Outfit: dark Gap jeans, a comfort colors tee from this year's D-Now, my black glitter TOMs and I have Spotted on my nails.

Current #1 Blessing: There are amazing people in my life. In my town, in my state, in my country, around the world... I am surrounded by people who love deeply and work hard. They hold me up when I threaten to fall.

Current Quote: “The only real difference between Anxiety and Excitement was my willingness to let go of Fear.”  -Barbara Brown Taylor

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Picking Up Food is Good for My Muse

You can find Part One by clicking HERE.

4. Who taught you how to perform your art or craft?

It would be unfair to attribute this to one person. My brother taught me my alphabet, so he gave me my first tools. My first grade teacher, Mrs. Degnan, built up my confidence when she gave me harder work and alerted my parents to my advanced reading skills. Mrs. Holmes gave me my first writing assignments and my first experiences with critiques and rewrites. My 8th grade English teacher, Ms. Robertson, actually read my sequel to Rebecca and praised my writing. The list goes on and on. Most people on the list are teachers.

But I would be remiss if I didn't tell you who most encouraged my reading and writing, growing up. That would be my father. I can't picture my dad without a book in his hands. Now it's a Kindle. We have always talked about books and shared writing. We were once members of a poets' group together, back in the early days of Internet forums, before blogging was a thing. He pushed my reading boundaries and was never too busy for a trip to the library.

5. What are common responses you get from people about your work?

I'm often told my work is lyrical. Even my fiction is most often called poetic.

6. What life experiences shaped you as an artist?

All of them.

Okay, a few that stand out:

My first love/relationship and all of the surrounding drama in high school. I never wrote so much poetry (most of it bad). That boy brought out parts of my soul I never knew existed. He made me question who I was. He hurt me, yes, but he also filled me up and made me feel beautiful and alive.

Marriage and motherhood. Both are the most amazing things I've ever done. They also require the most from me. Every day I learn what I am capable of and also where my limits lie.

Natalie's death. Also, Patrick and Lynn and my Uncle Greg and so many others. Death brings me face to face with fears and dreams.

7. When do you feel most inspired?

When I am driving. Especially if I am on a long car trip and can't possible stop to write. I have been known to pull over and scribble down a poem. I often tell Siri, "Email Heather Truett," and she opens an email and I tell her my idea and have it sent to myself. I have all sorts of notes saved that way. My last novel was just loose bits until I drove to pick up pizza and had an epiphany. And my new novel found its main character when I was driving to Firehouse Subs to pick up dinner. Apparently, picking up food is good for my muse.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Of #PitchWars and Tiaras

Today, I have a post up at Middle Places. It is about the hard heavy things that make me feel like this...

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You can click HERE to read it.

It's been a busy whirlwind of a week. If you follow me on Twitter or read my earlier Mentee Bio, you know I entered #PitchWars this year.  There were over 1200 submissions. 75 mentors each chose 1 mentee and 1 alternate. As the announcement approached, my friends and I looked something like this...

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We stayed up until midnight Tuesday to find out who made it and watch a crazy fun countdown show. Corey sat beside me, shooting me looks and mocking me. Mocking is our love language.

When midnight came, my name was on the list.

And then I looked something like this...

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My mentor is Dannie Morin, who is awesome sauce, and you can read about her selection process HERE.

Now, the work will begin.

But the rest of life continues as well. So I am putting together church media, juggling school stuff for the boys, back to leading small group (my girls are JUNIORS this year), getting ready for book group with some of my fave ladies, brainstorming my next book, trying to keep up with housework (a little halfheartedly) and running Jamberry Facebook parties (let me know if you want to host one and earn some freebies).

I will continue my artist's statement series as soon as my brain returns to full function. ;)

Until then, I leave you with my happy-crown-wearing satisfaction

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