Monday, August 04, 2008

LaShaunda News - August

The summer has flown by. I’ve been busy, busy, busy.

Last week my whole year was made when I won second place in the Keeping It Real contest sponsored by BWChristian Lit a yahoo group that has been encouraging and willing to share their wealth of knowledge. I think I smiled for the whole week. I didn’t expect to win anything. The other writers were excellent. I kept thinking I can’t compete.

I asked a fellow writer why is it so hard to encourage ourselves. I’m a big encourager of writers, but I have a hard time believing I too have the gift of writing. I guess I’ll believe it when I sell a book.

I’m currently working on a manuscript. I’m in the revision stage. My goal for this month is to complete the revision. I’m ready to move on to another project.

For the summer my daughter and I were suppose to work on a story together. I wrote the first chapter and she said, "This is hard mommy. I can’t write that many words." I laughed because this statement came from the same young lady who asked me what was taking so long for my book to be published.

Now she realizes writing a book isn’t as easy as it looks.

I joined twitter last month too. Its been interesting keeping up with it. The second best part about July, seeing Boys to Men. I’ve always been a fan of them, but I’ve never seen them live. I enjoyed the concert, BTM put on an excellent show. Their music took me on a musical flashback.
I'm a columnist for a new online magazine. Christian Fiction Online Magazine.
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Keep me in your prayers. My spirit has been down these last few months. I've been fighting my way out of my slump. I've been doing some serious praying because I need a rejuvenation.

Two of my friends have books coming out this month.

It's Not About Me
by Michelle Sutton

Annie has it all. She's attractive, graduated with honors, was accepted at the college of her choice, has supportive parents, good friends, and a steady boyfriend who loves her. One night when an unexpected visitor appears, Annie's safe world is destroyed. As she tries to recover the pieces of her broken life, a war ensues between two brothers who both claim to have her best interests at heart. But who will Annie choose? Or will she decide to turn her life in a different direction?

Rhythms of Grace
by Marilynn Griffith

Grace Okoye was a promising young dancer when her career was cut short by a brutal assault that left her scarred for life. Twenty years later, when her past gets in the way of her happiness, she heeds the invitation of her dance instructor and returns home to help hurting children and rediscover the rhythms of grace. What she doesn't expect is to meet a man who already seems to know her beat. But for all they share in common, the biggest thing in Grace's life is noticeably absent in his--faith. She's finally found the love of her life, but can she choose between him and God?

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