Remember to Write

The leather-bound notebook sits on top of my night stand. I like the gold edging on the bottom and top of each page. I especially like the feel of the book in my hands, and oh, the quill and pen etched into the cover reminds me of the writing profession. The words etched in the folded section has these words written, Remember to Write.

That book with the lined pages I purchased a couple of months ago, because I had an attack of writing/journalist withdrawals. In the weeks that followed, well I intended to write. I meant to journal each night, but mostly I forgot to write.

In the past few weeks though, I have helped a friend with his writing project. The more I read and edited and offered suggestions, the more I realized how much I miss writing. I can’t count the unfinished writing projects I’ve started and stored in my computer.

I’m not making any promises or resolutions, but as much as I can, I want to make 2015 the year I returned to my writing.

Perhaps, I’ll journal some, or return to one of my projects I have already started, but whatever I do, I think I will do as my book says…

Remember to Write.

Darlene Snyder

I’M OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD

The Yellow Brick Road 

If Dorothy, in the Wizard of Oz  was searching for help when she set out on her journey, then I am going to follow in her footsteps. After all, she found what she went in search of, didn’t she?

I’ve been packing for my trip to Ridgecrest North Carolina (Oz) to attend the annual Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writer’s Conference.  Of course one can only pack so much in advance.  My make-up and hair supplies are the last items to go into the suitcase. 

Not only am I packing, I’m busy trying to make sure there is plenty of food in the fridge and pantry for hubby. It is a busy time, but I am writhing with anticipation of my trip. Trying to decide what to take and figuring out the weather forcasted for NC has been amusing to say the least. I’m packing for warm weather and for cool mountain weather.  I don’t like being cold, but I have some cute new warm weather outfits I’d like to wear.

I just spent an hour or so studying the bio of each instructor and the notes about what they plan to teach.  I’ve highlighted the ones I’m most interested in attending.  There are several authors, editors and publishers whom I’d like to meet and then there are those instructors that attend annualy who are my favorites.  Decisions, decisions.

I’m particularly interested in talking to editors, agents and or publishers about my Bits and Bites, Advice for the Pastor’s Wife book and then maybe take a class on self-publishing for my church history and members memoirs book that I’ve titiled The Village People.  I also have an interest in learning more about magazine writing opportunities and writing devotions/Bible studies.  I think I can do all that in four days.

Thankfully, I don’t have to make the trip alone.  My friend Margaret has traveled with me for the two years that I previously attended.  She loves the Ridgecrest campus and uses the time away to make final preparations for our church’s annual mission trip. She meets me for all the meals and attends each evenings worship service with me.

I don’t know if I’ll have a chance to update my blog while I am away from home.  I usually take my laptop, but don’t always have much time to write. 

Wish me luck in finding my way.  Like Dorothy, I’m searching for help, but my Oz is located in the mountains of North Carolina.  I won’t find magic there, but I’m still going.