April 27, 2017

Of Manuscript Revision and Good Posts

Sorry my posts are so sporadic right now. I promise it’s only temporary.

On the book front, I’m close to finishing Manuscript Revision, Round 1. Then it goes back to my editor, who will probably change more stuff and send it back to me for another round.

It’s been a stretching experience… I’ve had to re-evaluate my writing style — noticing, for instance, that I start a lot of sentences with and. And I use the word that too frequently.

Revision includes not only basic mechanics and formatting (grammar, italics, punctuation) but also tightening up the text. It’s easy to be wordy and unclear. It’s easy to make blanket statements, and not back up those statements with proper footnotes {ahem}.

Hopefully, this process will only take a few more weeks. But I also have family coming to stay for a week, several doctor’s appointments, and a birthday to celebrate.

Needless to say, life is too busy right now! 

I’m sure you can all relate, right? Is life ever not too busy? Some weeks are just crammed a little more full. Some weeks are so full they spill out of their container. I think we’re there right now.

I’ll be posting as much as I can the next few weeks, but I can’t promise anything. I hope to have some guest posts for you soon, so you can enjoy some other great voices in my partial-absence. I’ll try to write, but some of these real-life demands have a more immediate priority right now.

Meanwhile, here are some other great posts to spend time reading!

 


My Heart Is Telling Me to Do It
, by Warrior Wives
People say it all the time, but should you really “follow your heart”? Is that biblical? Elizabeth offers some sound advice from God’s Word about the wisdom (or folly) of having this mindset.
*IF YOU ONLY READ ONE OF THESE POSTS, READ THIS ONE!*

 

A Social Media Heart Check, by Challies
“We leave trails behind us wherever we go.” Facebook is no different. It tracks who you search for, what you share, and what you like or comment on. So how do you check that trail, and what does it say about you?

 

Friendship is Not All About Me, by Joy-Filled Days
Sarah is working through a fantastic series about friendship. Make sure you also read “All Friendships are not Created Equal” and “How to Mentor Others (and Benefit from Being Mentored).”

 

To Be a Friend in All Times, by Choosing Joy Daily
What can you learn about friendship from your own friends? Catherine shares some wise suggestions, and exhortation to examine your friendships and your loved ones that they are loved. {Also read Part 1}

 

5 Ways to Worry Less about Your Husband’s Safety, by Women Living Well
This post could just as easily be titled simply “5 Ways to Worry Less.” It’s got some great promises listed within, and the broader topic of worry is one we can all understand, whether we’re married or not.

 

How to Customize Your Facebook Page, by {me} at Christian Mommy Blogger
This is relevant to those of you with facebook pages (different than a personal profile). How do you spruce your Facebook action tabs to match your blog or website design?

 

Quiet, by {me} at What’s On My Nightstand
This book offers a fascinating look at why our culture tends to promote and popularize extroverts, and how introverts should respond to that trend. Whether you are an introvert or you know introverts, this book is relevant for work/family/ministry and any other part of life that involves people.

 

What have you been reading lately? Any good articles or books worth sharing?

 


Comments

  1. Thanks for the update and for the list of posts to explore! I just finished Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce by John Piper. It was a quick read, but very informative and encouraging. Hey, are you on goodreads?

  2. Thanks for including my posts in your roundup, E. Praying that you breeze through your book edits. Excited for you!