The Journey

Update V

Hey, guys!

Remember when I said that I would have time to blog? Well, I actually made a website! It started from a lifestyle blog I had just started up, and I knew that I had something that I was 100% committed to. So, I invested into making it it’s own entity. Alternatively, it’s also become my personal website.

If you’re interested, it is Lindi’s Lookbook, and it can be found here. It is a work in progress, but I am more than willing to tackle it! So, I’ll be posting there much more often than here. (Now that I’m no longer in writing classes and am unable to write as constantly as I would like, I don’t feel that I could give you guys very much quality content for now.)

I hope you check out Lindi’s Lookbook! Feel free to subscribe, but you’re not obligated to, by any means. I just figured some of you would be interested in my endeavors.

As always,

Love Lindi

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Update IV

I hope you all can forgive me for my year-long absence, but so much has happened and changed that I honestly could not keep up with the blog…until now. As you know, the last you heard from we was a few months before my wedding. Here’s what’s happened since then (and why I disappeared for a while…)

  • I got married!!! Finally, after YEARS of dating/engagement, we finally tied the knot!
  • I moved! With a new ring came a new house and a new area and a whole lot of boxes! You never really know how much stuff you have until you unpack it and try to find places for it all…and fail doing so. That being said, even now, my office/study is mainly used as a storage room. Sad, I know. 
  • My little sister had a double lung transplant! Some of you know that she has Cystic Fibrosis, a degenerative lung disease. She was put on the transplant list the week after my wedding and within two months, her doctors found the perfect match! She is doing well and has since recovered, but for those first couple months post op, she was my priority. 
  • You won’t believe this, but two months after my sister’s surgery, I had my own! It wasn’t anything bad or life-threatening. It was a run-of-the-mill cystectomy on my left ovary. Compared to my sister’s, it pales in comparison, but I was out of commission for a few weeks.
  • During all of this, I finished my first year getting my Masters in Liberal Arts at Houston Baptist University! Nearly halfway done, and then I will get my Ph. D!
  • Also during all of this, I landed a 40 hour job that doesn’t leave me much time to write during the day, but now that things are settling down, I can! 

Again, sorry for being incognito for a long time! But now I’m back and will try my best to stay on top of the blog! (So long as no other things pop up!) 

In this time, what have you been up to?

Until next time!

Lindi

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Update III

Hello, everybody!

First of all, I would like to apologize for not being able to post for a long time. My senior year of college swallowed up my life, chewed it up, and then spat it back out. Though, as tedious as it was and how painstakingly long it took, here are the updates on my life for the past few months:

  • I GRADUATED COLLEGE WITH MY DEGREE IN ENGLISH WRITING!!!! Not only did I manage to survive my final year at Oklahoma Christian University, but I managed to snag a 3.64 GPA, which put me graduating as Magna Cum Laude! So, I hope you’ll forgive my absence, but take this information knowing that my time away was being put to good use.
  • I HAVE 8 MONTHS UNTIL MY WEDDING! After having been engaged since December 2010, it feels so nice to finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. So, even though I graduated and have plenty of free time (until I get a job, but even then I’ll still have evenings), I will be working on planning the wedding of my dreams.

But don’t worry; I’ll try my hardest to keep up with the blog! However, that being said, I need to go through and make some renovations. I have a few series’ that I started but never finished–these will be removed from the blog until I can continue them properly and not in the haphazard fashion that I had been adding to them. I’ve removed the CCNF series from my site because it needs some serious work, but once I work out the kinks, I’ll repost it as a new series (even the name needs work).

I also want to make the blog more interactive with you guys! So, I’ll be putting up a new page called Freebies located under the “For Your Own Journey” tab that will have links to all content that is free for you guys to download that I’ve posted to the blog. This is in part because I realized that even though I gave you guys a free copy of my character bio sheet, you have to dig for the link by sorting through older posts. So, I’ll put it in the page for you guys. To make it even more interactive, I’ll probably end each post with either some questions that you all can answer in the comments, or I’ll stick up a poll and start up a conversation in the comments.

Also, I’ve been thinking about hosting some writing contests and such.

Tell me what you think! Do these changes sound good to you? Do you have any suggestions that I can consider about changing the blog or adding to it? How have you spent the past few months?

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An Awesome Mini-Conference You Should Attend

Hi, all!

I know that this is not a part of my series that I’m working on, but I feel that you should all be aware of a wonderful opportunity in the writing world.

On Oct. 19, Karen Ball will be the featured speaker at Memorial Road Church of Christ in Edmond, OK at an all-day mini-conference. For those of you who don’t know, Karen Ball is a literary agent for the Steve Laube Literary Agency–a very prestigious agency! She also worked as an executive editor for various publishing houses over the past 30 years, and she’s also an author.

She is going to speak on four different subject: Write Your Passion & the Spiritual Side of Writing, How NOT to Get Rejected, Taming Fiction Dragons, and Everything You Want to Know About Editors, Agents, and Publishing (Q&A).

The mini-conference will start bright and early at 8:30 am and will continue until 4:30 pm. It is open to the public, but you must register to attend. Online registration is $50 and at-the-door registration is $60. The mini-conference will also allow you to submit a 20 page segment of your first chapter for local authors to take a look at and give you hints and tips for an additional $15 fee. Here is the event schedule:

SCHEDULE
 8:30am – Registration opens
8:30am – 9:30am Meet & Greet with Karen
9:30 – Welcome address
9:45-10:45am – Session One
10:45am – Break
11:00am-12:00pm – Session Two
12:00-1:00pm – Lunch on your own
1:15-2:00pm – Genre-Specific Discussion Groups
2:00-3:00pm – Session Three
3:00 – Break
3:15-4:15pm – Session Four

For those of you who are interested, here is the site with all of the information and the page with the registration link.

I hope you can all attend! (And, yes, I will be there!)

Thanks for reading!

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Update II

Hey guys! First of all, I would like to apologize for not posting anything in a while. Life has gotten pretty hectic since I’m taking all senior-level classes. But here is a quick update on what’s been going on lately.

  • I’m learning how to write a memoir! It’s a part of one of my classes, which is where the extension of my Creating a Character series is coming from. Just FYI, I’m planning on dedicating it to non-fiction, so I’ll be changing the one that I posted earlier to focus more on creative non-fiction writing. You can still use it for fiction, but I feel that it works best in creative non. It just dawned on me that you don’t necessarily have to have the early memories and childhood stories in fiction writing; but it makes for some wonderfully detailed creative non-fiction!
  • I have teamed up with a friend of mine to co-write a book/series! His name is Garrett Andrews, and he’s a writing major, just like me. I’ve decided to put one of my earliest created universes (yes, I create universes for my stories [if you would like a post on that, shoot me a comment]) up for grabs, and we flipped it on it’s head and are in the process of building it from the ground up. We are working on it through Google Docs (which is amazing for writing buds teaming up [again, if you want a post about it, just comment me]), so it might take a while for us to get traction. But we have started!
  • I’ve registered for the GRE to take in November so I can try to get into grad school. I guess that’s something to mention.

So, overall, I’ve been busy, busy, busy. Once I finish fixing up the Creating a Character: Unique History post, I’ll probably begin a new series titled Creating Creative Non-Fiction. I’ll then put this post in the new series and go from there.

Thanks for reading!

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