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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Well, um...

Apparently, that is my favoritest of favorite phrases in this book. Everyone seems to say it at least every couple of pages. Ugh. And of course, the ever popular "just".

The good news is that I'm on page 261 of 361.

The bad news, which is probably much worse, is that as I spent a lot of time rewriting the beginning, I will probably end up spending just as much, if not more, time rewriting the ending.

Have I said, "Crap," yet?

It gets worse.

Originally, as God and I conversed about this book, there was some mention of turning more in the inspirational direction. However... there is no way on earth that will happen. My heroine's sexuality plays too much of a role in her growth and development, so even if I cut out the details of the sex scene, there's just too much sex stuff for it to ever go over on the inspirational market. And, even though this one is a minor deal that I could cut if I were asked, there is the big fat "F" word. I use it only once, but can I just say, as a lover of words, it is probably the most effing brilliant usage of that particular word, in that particular way, that I've ever seen. Ah, gotta love the ego in the face of pure self doubt.

The weird thing is that God is not saying "NO" to this book. I'm actually praying about this one. I'm actually inviting God to be a part of this book. And yes, God, since I know YOU read this, I truly could use some divine intervention, thank you very much. :)

You know what I hate, is when you're ranting, and you realize some profound things about God and what He's doing. Might as well spill it since there He is, blabbing away. When I first started this book, I had Him clearly in mind. The whole point of this book originally was to reveal His love for this broken, confused woman trying to find herself in this messed up world. I'd even started writing this book when I was a part of a Christian writer's group that a couple of us in our church put together (we stopped meeting a long time ago-everyone went off in different ways). And then I started straying from the path that God had put me on, and I don't know... I finished the book, but I've never been happy with it. Isn't it funny that my coming back to the right path comes when I'm editing the same book so I can send it to the editor who requested it?

No, of course it isn't funny. It's God.

So this editing process has me even more in a funky state. Every time I think I know what I'm supposed to be doing and where I'm supposed to be going, God says, "Oh Danica..." I'm getting dizzy here!

It looks like at this point, my favorite words are...

Any favorite words you care to share?


Jana said...

ROFL If you've read my blog you KNOW that at least half of your favorite words are MY favorite words. Specifically:


I particularly like the phrase: "So yeah" as in "So yeah. That's just a bunch of really bad doody." hehehe

Bailey Stewart said...


and I just checked my blog for today and the word that jumped out at me was ... the word I used a couple of lines ago - just. What is it about that word?

Danica/Dream said...

I just don't know... we love just I guess.

Kat said...

Haha. We're actually quite alike. I'm actually dealing with the same thing writing wise AND you're hit list is mine too, although I lean heavily on 'just'. There was a time I got a crit back and I used it in almost *every* sentence of one paragraph. :: blush ::

Tori Lennox said...

"Well" is one of my favorites, too. And my characters grin so much you'd think they were part of the Joker's entourage. And they're always chuckling. What is up with that???

Danica/Dream said...

Tori, we must all write about a bunch of jokers. :)

Kat, I feel your pain. Worse, I still feel like I NEED many of those "justs".

Heather Diane Tipton said...

I noticed last night I use "just" a lot.

I don't use that that much but that's because I have a CP that goes batty if I use the word that. :-p

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