Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Shiny Excitement

I feel like a little kid in a toy store. I've been researching timelines for my new historical ms and haven't hit any road blocks so far, everything is at that bright and shiny stage. Oooooh....awwwww. Cool beans. I do have to admit though...I'm a little nervous about venturing out of my comfort zone. This project will definitely be a challenge. I think if I try to stay organized and plot this out it'll make the writing flow easier. Hopefully. My next step is to sit down and interview my characters. I wonder if a bottle of sweet Oklahoma wine would help? Big thanks to Chicki for sharing the wonderful articles!!

Hubby will be home on Thursday and we've got a big cookout planned for the 4th of July. Mom and I went this morning to Sams Club to stock up on meats that hubby will put in the smoker early Saturday morning. His brisket and baby back ribs are soooo tender and to die for. Our secret spice rub...we add cinnamon and brown sugar to common bbq seasonings. Of course I'll have to make baked beans (add onion flakes, hickory bbq sauce and brown sugar to several cans of Bush's baked beans), macaroni salad and potato salad. I can't give out my secret sauce on those two salad's or I won't get invited to bbq's anymore if someone else can make it. LOL.

Does anyone else have big plans for this weekend?

10 comments:

Jody Hedlund said...

Glad you're making good progress forward with your new ms! And a historical! You mentioned that in the comments on my blog and I was excited for you!

Hope you have a wonderful 4th! All that yummy food makes me want to drop by for a visit! :)

Cindy said...

I get excited about writing just hearing you talk about your excitement :D "Cool beans", wow, I haven't heard that expression in FOREVER! Your barbecue sounds great. We're having a barbecue also. The little one (she's two now) is going to be sooo excited for the fireworks, I think!

Chelle Sandell said...

Jody ~ Come on down to Oklahoma! We always make plenty knowing we usually have surprise visitors during cookouts. ;)

Chelle Sandell said...

Cindy :) You should've seen me last night when I found an online copy of a letter talking about my family history from 1828. It was like I discovered gold. LOL! Oh, I hope baby girl enjoys the fireworks. My 6 yo liked them as long as they were far away. He didn't care for them when they were up close until last year. Now...that's all he can talk about. I'm glad hubby will be here to help keep everything under control. :)

Bella said...

Yum-yummy! Give me directions to your house. Haven't had ribs in months. Have fun when DH gets home.

Chicki said...

Sounds like the articles I sent were about wine... :)

It's fantastic that Mom is feeling good enough to go out shopping. Praise God!

We've never heard you so excited about writing. This is how you're supposed to feel. I was going to send this excerpt from Laura Resnick's REJECTION, ROMANCE AND ROYALTIES to you by e-mail, but I think your readers might like it too. It's a little long, but it's good.

"Even if writing-by-numbers sells books in theory, though, I've learned in reality that the result of repressing my passion in favor of publication is invariably that I get neither thing; I don't get the passion of writing something I love and believe in; and I can't sell anything but work I love and believe in, anyhow -- at least, not for long. So the cookie-cutter mentality is a dead-end for me. Sacrificing my voice, my vision, and my story is a bad choice for me, because it invariably results in a lose-lose-lose situation: I don't get the sale, the career growth, or the professional break that I want; I end up with weak work which lacks voice, sparkle, depth, individuality, or integrity; and I don't experience the pleasure, the obsesssion, and the satisfaction -- the passion that makes all the crap of the writing life worth enduring."

Stephanie said...

No big plans here for the 4th. We're losers!

I can't wait to read your new work! I'm excited for you!

Chelle Sandell said...

Bella ~ LOL!! Head straight to the middle of the country!! Oklahoma City is known as the crossroads of America. I'll have a nice big glass of sweet tea ready for ya;)

Chelle Sandell said...

Chicki...LOL...nope, just had a craving for a glass of sweet rose wine. I love that excerpt and believe that it's true. I think maybe that is what's wrong with my stories so far. I've been chasing editors instead of writing what I love. Hopefully it will show in my next ms.

Chelle Sandell said...

Steph! You are so not a loser!! You big o'goofball. LOLOL. We're not really going all out. It's just that friends know hubby will be in town and when we cookout...we usually have people drop by around dinner time;) That's why everyone wants us to open a restaurant. But hubby's friend is home from Iraq and we'll get to spend some time with his family this weekend. The wife is pregnant and I used to babysit their little boy before they moved. Plus my nephews want to come swimming with their Auntie Chelle cause we have a big whale floaty and I make it buck like a bull. They get a kick out of riding "the whale-bull". LOL.