Wednesday, April 26, 2017

From Dolls' House to Bookcase

A friend of mine gave me an old dolls' house for free that was in need of some TLC.  When I saw it, I thought that would make a great bookcase.

We were starting to get more books that would fit in Rory's robot bookcase, plus he was getting annoyed at Flynn pulling his books out all the time.  It was time for Flynn to have his own bookcase with board books in it.

It took me MONTHS of a little bit here and a little bit there, but......I did it!

The boys are very happy with it.




Thursday, April 20, 2017

I Won't Give Up

I sent my novel to a publisher in mid January and, knowing it would take up to three months to hear from them, I grew increasingly nervous and restless as mid April approached.  Then, two weeks ago, I got an email I did not want to receive:

Dear Sarah

Thank you for giving Fremantle Press the opportunity to consider your manuscript THE ROAD TO SEPTEMBER for publication. It has now been reviewed for our fiction list and regrettably I have to tell you that the decision was to not make an offer to publish.

There were tears shed.  Now I guess I have to keep trying.  I've come too far to give up.  I won't give up.
Like the many publishers who reportedly rejected J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter, maybe one day those who have rejected my work will be kicking themselves.  And all I will say is, "You had your chance."

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Quote of the Day

Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavour.
- Truman Capote

Monday, April 17, 2017

When I Survey The Wondrous Cross by Isaac Watts

My reminder to myself to refocus...
 

When I survey the wondrous cross,
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.

See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e'er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

Were the whole realm of nature mine, 
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.

Lyrics from here.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Nine Years and Three Years

Yesterday was a significant day.


Nine years since we said hello to marriage:




Three years since we said goodbye to a much-loved friend:






I tried to dwell on the happy side.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

5 More Scary Movie Villains

Here were my first five, but these ones are also scaaaarrrry!

1.  Mombi (Jean Marsh) in Return to Oz

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 2.  The Child Catcher (Robert Helpmann) in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

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 3.  The Beast (Robby Benson) in Beauty and the Beast
Ok, I know he becomes the good guy, but when he's mean, he's scary.

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4.   T-1000 (Robert Patrick) in Terminator 2: Judgment Day

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5.  Phantom Zone Villains - Zod, Ursa and Non (Terence Stamp, Sarah Douglas and Jack O'Halloran) in Superman II

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