Keep Moving Forward

Pink Think: “Keep moving forward.” – from the Disney movie Meet the Robinsons

I watched Meet the Robinsons Saturday night. Cute, cute show with quirky plot and characters. Very inspiring, too.

“Keep moving forward” is the Robinsons’ family motto.

I am up to 81, 535 words on my revision of my historical novel, and although the end is somewhat in sight, I am wondering how long this novel will be. It is by far the longest story I have written, and characters keep leaping in with interesting back stories and sub-plots.

I say “revision” though this is leaps and bounds different than my NaNoWriMo first draft, which, when I read now makes me laugh because some of the characters sound like they are channeling robots in a soap opera.

Sometimes I wonder if I am on the right track on this ever-growing version. Ah, but I am determined to keep moving forward. I’ll just write the story; I have faith that it will all come together in the end.

Besides, I’m having a lot of fun writing it. It’s times like this that I remember why I got into fiction-writing in the first place.

Tomorrow, I’m supposed to have some campaign materials ready for Pet Week (I am the Utah veterinary auxiliary president). On Thursday, I’m meeting with my writer’s group. In a couple of weeks, I will turn in my first story for a major market newspaper. If they like what I do, the editor said he will keep me on as a regular correspondent (No pressure! I asked how long my debut story needed to be and he said 600 words. Okay, so it won’t be the Big Feature. But I’m grateful nonetheless for the opportunity.) In mid-March, I have to stop dragging my feet and turn in my entries in the LDS Storymakers Conference first-chapter contest.

So I might be a little MIA on this blog and yours.

Meanwhile, friends, stand tall and be happy. You have a lot going for you, didja know?

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