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ROW80 Fail

Due to my mom being in the hospital, I haven’t touched my book in ten days. I had my laptop at the hospital one day, but there are way too many distractions to do anything but a crossword puzzle. 😦 I thought she was going to get to go home yesterday, but she’s having breathing issues that a really sharp nurse noticed and told the doctor. So now they’re trying to figure out what’s going on with that. (She’s really been having those issues for a long while, but her primary care doctor is useless.)

Anway, now I’m trying to decide if I’ll be able to catch up or if I should wait for the next round of ROW80 and start on a new project. Still undecided.

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Update on Mom

My mom now has a pacemaker and is doing well. They don’t know if they are going to do surgery for the blockages in her arteries because they can’t fix all of them. Maybe medication. Her heart function is good, though, and they said that was a good sign.

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Mom’s Heart Attack

I just wanted to stop in quickly and let you know what’s going on. I would like to email some of you individually, but I’m really pressed for time right now. If you’ve not seen me around or if I haven’t commented on posts the last couple of days, it’s because my mom had a heart attack and I’m dealing with that. I was out of town when it happened, so I had to come back early and, luckily, made it by the last visiting hour at the ICU. They are trying to determine treatment option right now and are leaning toward a pacemaker. I came to work this morning, and now I’m waiting for the word so I can rush to the hospital if she ends up having surgery today.

I would appreciate good thoughts and/or prayers for us right now. I hope to be back posting and commenting soon!

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Let’s have some blog fun today! I’m tired of being so serious lately. Comment and tell me your favorite line or lines from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Come on, everybody play!

I’ll start.

“I didn’t jump to conclusions. I took a small step and there conclusions were.” -Buffy

“Cuppa tea, cuppa tea, almost got shagged, cuppa tea.” -Spike (when speaking of Giles’ life flashing before his eyes)

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ROW80 Check In Feb 16

Okay, so I took a day off yesterday. But Monday, I was only about a day behind, even though I had been taking multiple days off. Part of the reason for that is that on Monday, I sat down, really got into the story, and wrote somewhere between 1700 and 1800 words! If I could do that several times, I would feel fine about a few days off. And now I’m finally loving my story!

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This is a post that I’ve been thinking about for a long time. I wasn’t really sure how to say what I wanted to say, but someone recently made a remark to me, or rather asked me a question, that brought this whole thing to a head. The question was this: “How can you be a Christian and write about vampires?”

So…a little background on me. Yes, I’m a Christian, and I consider myself a religious person. I’m not aggressive about it because I don’t feel like that’s the way to be. I don’t force my beliefs on others, but am glad to tell you about them if you want to hear it. That’s how I’m able to get along with my friends who are Jewish, Pagan, agnostic, and atheist. I don’t push my religion on them. Everyone has a choice as to what they want to hear and do. Do I wish everyone believed the same way I do? Sure. But that’s not the way the world works.

Anyway, back to the topic, which is basically how one can be both religious and still write paranormal stories. My question in return would be…why not? The way I answered the person that asked me about how I could be a Christian and write about vampires was “It’s fiction!” I don’t understand why people don’t get that. I don’t believe in vampires, ghosts, wizards, fairies, or anything like that. I’m way too skeptical to believe in them. And that’s what makes this whole thing fun to me. I get to step into this great fantasy world and make up whatever I want to. A reviewer recently mentioned that I didn’t “explain how the vampire could eat real food and walk in the daylight”. (Hey, Spike ate real food!) Why do I have to explain that? Vampires aren’t real; therefore, I don’t have to adhere to any rule (although I don’t want to be totally stupid about it). People give Meyer a hard time because her vampires sparkle. Yeah, that’s kind of weird, but it was her book, her rules. I love the world of fantasy and see no reason why a Christian can’t write about it!

So now you know the biggest reason I write under a pen name. This just kills my mom because she wants to tell everyone that her daughter writes books. And she has told quite a few people. I just hope the ones that she tells don’t spread the word so that it gets around to the people who wouldn’t understand. Because I have friends who believe it’s wrong to write about this stuff. So I have to live two different lives and keep them separate. I don’t understand why people can’t understand that it’s fiction, and that’s all.

So what do you all think? Do you see anything wrong with a Christian writing about the paranormal???

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My goal is to write an average of 500 words per day. Right now, I’m about 1300 words behind. I’ve had some different things going on that’s hindered me, but I wrote 1193 words last night. So if I keep writing more than my average I’ll eventually catch up. If I stop taking days off….

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