Friday, May 17, 2013

I'm Celebrating!




Thanks again to VikLit's Celebrate the Small Things weekly blog hop, I get to shout, "Hallelujah!" 

I've finished the very first draft of my short book called Salted With Fire. It has flash fiction stories and poetry that show my growth as a child of God. At the end of each story, is a short discussion on Biblical themes that relate to the story, even if the story is not Biblical in nature.

I've got to slow my-usual-rushing-self down to reread, reread, reread, edit, have people read through, edit and edit again. And then I'll upload it to CreateSpace and design a cover. Or maybe I'll upload it, design the cover and then reread and edit and get input. :) 

I'm excited because I told myself I wanted the first draft done by May, then extended it to June, and was still afraid I wouldn't reach my deadline. 

My main concern now is a Popeye fan fiction piece I wrote for it. I'm having trouble getting permission to publish it. I've left a voicemail and emailed King Features, who I believe owns Popeye, but have not heard back. Hopefully that will be worked out soon. Maybe it's enough to detail the history of the creators and owners of Popeye? Any advice? Also, is anyone willing to be my critique partner? 

Either way, I'm celebrating!

34 comments:

  1. Congrats on finishing your first draft. That's a big step. Good luck with getting that Popeye fan fiction published and while I'm no critique expert if you'd like my opinion on your fan fiction let me know.

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    1. Thanks Sheena-kay. I appreciate your offer and will let you know.

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  2. Enjoy the celebration, Nancy, and congrats on finishing the first draft of your book. I've just found your blog and read the post on Mother's Day, it's lovely. Your Mum sounds a wonderful lady. Have a good weekend.

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    1. Yes, my mom has her moments. :) Thanks for coming by Sharon.

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  3. Well done on the first draft! It's a great feeling! (And think of this: you have given others who enjoy your writing, and those who have not yet discovered it but will, and will enjoy it, something that they will be celebrating, as well!)

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  4. Aloha Nancy,

    Congrats on getting your latest draft down :)

    Now, GOOD LUCK with the rest of the process, and I will offer up a prayer for your continued success.

    PS... I gave you a mini shout-out today :)

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  5. Congrats on finishing that story.
    Edit first, cover, then upload. Give it your best.

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    1. It'll come along. Uploading can and will occur numerous times, no matter how hard I try, it never works right the first time. :)

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  6. Congrats on getting through the first draft.
    Best wishes on the race to the finished product.
    Very exciting.

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  7. Congrats on finishing that first draft, Nancy! Good luck with the rest of the process!
    I really enjoyed your Mother's Day tribute!

    Writer In Transit

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    1. Thanks for reading my mom's day post Michelle. :)

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  8. Congrats on getting that first draft done! *hehehe* I pushed back my deadline from May to June too. Unfortuantely, I don't think I'll get around that one. Good luck with your Popeye story!

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  9. You sound so excited and that's infectious! Congratulations Nancy. Yay! Celebrate in style.

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    1. Thanks Julie. It is exciting for me to have a second book out there soon.

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  10. I don't think I've ever heard of anyone doing Popeye fan fic before....that is awesome. Best of luck with it and I hope it gets to see the light of day, because I'd be interested in seeing it :)

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    1. Thanks Mark. I'm praying all will be fine. :)

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  11. Good going on your writing, well done you on that draft, how exciting!!

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  12. Yay on your writer progress. The Popeye fanfic sounds amusing. I used to love watching his cartoon as a kid.

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  13. Well done on completing your first draft. Such a good feeling. I would be more than happy to give my personal opinion on your work if you would like. I love discovering new stuff, and have really enjoyed discovering your blog today :)

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    1. I'd love that Joss. I'll contact you this weekend. :) Thanks for coming by.

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  14. FANTASTIC.... Congrats. Getting through the first draft is ALWAYS so exciting! Good luck on the edits...

    Have a wonderful weekend, Nancy.

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    1. Yes, you seem so close to the finish line, then realize later how far you really are from it! :)

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  15. Its so great to finish a first draft... have fun with the edits and such. That is for me the most stressful part. :-/

    A Popeye fan fiction sounds awesome! I wish you the best of luck with the upcoming steps on both of these and on finding a critique partner. I know in my heart I'm not ready for such endeavor or I would have offered up my help. I'm so deep in the learning process that for now I can only offer encouragement and cheers lol

    Have a great weekend ;)

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    1. No problem or explanation required. :) I accept your encouragement and cheers heartily!

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  16. awesome achievement! Happy Celebrating.

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  17. What an exciting accomplishment to celebrate! Reaching a goal you set for yourself is one thing, but when that goal is having the first draft of a book complete, hallelujah, indeed!

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  18. Excellent, that's great news that you've got all your work together and ready to publish :)

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