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Monday, May 29, 2006

Finally rid of horse stink

Spent the day with my parents at a roping... fun, fun, fun. My stepdad was .08 seconds from being in the grand finale, with a truck as the prize, so there was some excitement for a while. I was going to post pics but I can't find the camera now. It was a long day, complete with overtired kiddos for the latter part of the evening.

I decided that my time when I got home would be best spent bathing, since I smelled like a horse. Plus, I don't know if you remember my last experience at a roping, which ended with my being covered in puke, but this time, it was blood. Baby fell, cut open her lip, and I got bled on. Parenthood is messy business.

Anyway, in the bath, I read a book that I won't name... you'll understand why in a minute. Basically, it was the most poorly written book I've ever read. I cannot understand how it got published. Except... the person who gave it to me was a friend, the author of said book, I might add, and she kept going on and on about what a touching story it was, and I felt I owed it to her to read it. It was a really hard book to read because of how badly it was written. HOWEVER, and this is why I'm telling you about the book. As most of you know, I'm fairly reticent about books I don't like because I don't think it's fair to trash someone else's work. Which is why I'm not mentioning the author or the title, and NO, it's not anyone that people who read my blog is friends with-to my knowledge. Oh, right, back to my however... :) I thought it was a great story. What? I know, I just said the writing sucked. It did. To a most painful extent. But the story was amazing. And yes, it touched me, just as this person said it would. I will even admit to God using it in my heart.

Actually, that is the point... and maybe something for all of you to ponder. Even if it's utter crap, and the most poorly written book on the planet, God can (and will) still use it. The author of this story committed every single "don't" of good fiction writing. But it didn't matter-God still used the book. So even if you think the writing sucks, and the demons of self doubt plague you, cowgirl up and get that book out there. God can use anything, even the most poorly written book I've ever read.

Tomorrow, I'm hoping to put up some fun pics from our day at the roping, maybe even a few fun cowboy quotes. Until then, I'm going to snuggle up to my man, who doesn't stink like horse poop, and likes me better than his dog. I've gotta give him more appreciation, or else all the little old ladies who think he's so hot are going to come after me with their canes and steal my hubby. :)


Heather Diane Tipton said...

"So even if you think the writing sucks, and the demons of self doubt plague you, cowgirl up and get that book out there."

LOL Was that directed at me???

Stacy Dawn said...

Well said!

Sounds like you deserved the bath!

Bailey Stewart said...

I don't know - I think it's becoming a bit dicey for you at those roping things. I remember the puke incident.

Someone once asked if you would rather be a mediocre writer with a good story or a good writer with a mediocre story. Good arguements on both sides. I'd settle for just getting this decorating stuff done and the study put back together so I CAN write - whether it be sucky or not. But good point well taken.

Tori Lennox said...

Not that this has anything to do with your post :) but you do know Veronica Mars will be back for a third season on the combined WB/UPN network, right? It's already on their schedule. :)

Danica/Dream said...

No, it was directed at me, but if the shoe fits...

Thanks Stacy!

Eve, it is dicey for me, isn't it. Not only was my stepdad introducing me to his friends, but my uncle and some other friends were there and I had to keep explaining the bloodstains all over me. I started to joke that if someone got murdered, I'd be a prime suspect. Hey, that would make a great book. :)

Tori, I am so thanking God right now!

Camy Tang said...

Wow, dream, that is so awesome. So what I needed to hear. I mean, doesn't every writer suffer self-doubt like twenty million times a day???

It's the story, more importantly, it's God using MY story...

Danica/Dream said...

Exactly Camy!