Monday, February 17, 2014

Asia: It's People and It's History Pre-Order Sale

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Next week I will have a review about this awesome eBook by Bonnie Rose Hudson but I wanted to quickly let you know about this amazing Pre-Order sale. Right now you can Pre-Order Asia: Its People and History at The Old Schoolhouse Store for only $4.99 (reg. price $6.95).

Also be sure to visit the Kids Around The World giveaway!

Ever wonder what's it's like to write a book? Be sure to read some of these Q & A's from Bonnie Rose to find out:

When writing a new book, how do you go about planning for it? Do you have a method you use, or is each one different? 

I'm a planner by nature. I love to lay out all the details and know where I'm going before I take the first step. But, I've noticed that God often likes to remind me that I'm not the one who is in charge of my life, He is! So I usually start a project with a hook and an outline. I need to know the heart of the project before I start. That's what gets me excited about writing it. What will its purpose be? What will it illustrate? I write an outline, or have one in my mind, but the story or project always takes lots of unexpected twists and turns. Sometimes the research doesn't pan out and I have to choose a different direction. Sometimes the outline doesn't go far enough. I remember working on the first book-length project I tried to write. I had a beautiful outline for the entire book. I had covered the entire outline in four chapters! I had some major re-planning to do on that one!

Do you have a certain writing space, somewhere you go *just* to write your books? An office, a lake cabin, a hotel? What do you love about that space? How does it inspire you?

I don't have a writing space. I do have an office/library that I enjoy sometimes when I write because I can close the door and enjoy being surrounded by books! But I will write anywhere, anytime I get the chance, including on grocery lists at the store, in the car (provided I'm not driving, of course), on a notepad by my bed, it really doesn't matter. I can get lost in an idea almost anywhere!

What would you say to a young person who aspires to be a writer? What advice would you give? 

Don't give up. Write everything down that you feel God has put on your heart to write about. Twenty years from now, you might look back on a story you wrote and think it was really silly. I did. I started writing my first book when I was around 11 or 12. When I read now what I wrote, I see a lot of mistakes I didn't see back then. But that's not what matters. I wrote down the story that was on my heart.

As you learn more about writing, you will probably find yourself feeling frustrated and discouraged at times by all the rules and all the details. You might wonder why something you thought sounded just fine didn't get published. The most important thing to remember is that being published isn't what makes you a writer. If you are a writer, it's because that's what God has called you to do. You may get published; you may not. You may not make a living by being a professional author. But that doesn't change God's call.  Listen to Him, grow closer to Him, and obey Him. That's what matters. 

Stay tuned for the review post next week.


Kayla Arrowood said...

2 of my favorite things together! Must be really great ~ Will totally have to try! I am visiting today because of the BYB Challenge but I am a fellow homeschool mother and crewbie!

Julie said...

Another way to look at it is that if you later become a famous author, you have a record of your memoirs, lol. It's true, you never know what may become of doing it. Thanks for participating in the Boost Challenge.


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Yuliya Fruman said...

Yum! I love zucchini and usually get a lot from my mother in law's ridiculously huge garden... I never know what to with it. I'll have to give this a try in the summer!

Domestic Imp said...

I love finding new GF recipes! Thanks for sharing!

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Jean said...

I really enjoyed reading the interview. I think that published or not and for work or just for fun, those of us who write simply have that desire inour hearts I think.

Meeghan said...

Thanks for the recipe -I will definitely give it a try when summer rolls around, and I am neck high in zucchinis...!

Terri Lynn Grothe said...

I enjoyed this so much, Looking forward to the review

Marya Mesa said...

Aaah...that looks most excellent. I love eating Paleo! Visiting from BYB!

alannarusnak said...

Mmmmm yummy! But how do you get your kids to eat zucchini? Mine turn up their noses. I think it's the texture

April, Momoffour said...

This looks seriously delicious! Thanks for sharing!

Tamara W said...

Wow I love this idea. Sounds divine. May have to try it soon

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