Thursday, October 25, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Julie Lessman is one of my Seeker buddys. I actually got to have a three hours breakfast with her when her life brought her to Omaha a week ago. She's posting today on The Seekers Blog. Her first book, A Passion Most Pure is coming January First. Buy it on Amazon now.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
This picture was taken at the ACFW Conference in Dallas in September
L - R back row. Sue Duffy, my agent Les Stobbe, Beverly Varnado and me, Mary Connealy
Terri Gillespie in front. She sent me this pictures. Thanks Terri.
Also check out what's going on in Seekerville.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Well, I won The Noble Theme contest and also placed third. I got a lot of requests at the conference to send in my book. I also got a really simple request from Cathy Marie Hake an author I didn’t know. She asked me to send her my first three chapters. She just wanted to see how I wrote.
I also had an agent looking at my work before this conference. He hadn’t offered to represent me, but he had expressed interest. When I emailed him to tell him I’d won the contest and tell him I received about fifteen requests from agents and editors for maybe five different books, he offered me a contract, so I got an agent, which is almost as hard as getting a book sold.
Cathy Marie Hake also kept in touch. She said she thought I was ‘ready’. No editor had yet seen that light, but Cathy’s encouragement kept me hoping. Plus, by this time, I had about twelve books and I’d had so many rejections I had a hide like a rhino, so submitting work didn’t even faze me.
Okay, well maybe I crawled under my computer desk and sucked my thumb for a day or two every time I got one but other than that I was fine.
Just before the next year’s conference, Cathy Marie Hake told me she wanted to pitch my name to write a book as part of a three book series set in historical Alaska. I worked on a proposal and talked on the phone with Cathy a lot before the 2005 conference.
Every year at the conference the acquiring editor for Heartsong Presents gives a contract to an unpublished author. I was so hopeful! I knew there was a chance it could be me. The Heartsong editor said someone else’s name and there’s only one, so okay, I’ve been rejected before. I kind of expect it.
And then she said, “And this year we’re giving two contracts to first time authors. We’re offering a contract to Mary Connealy.” I get chills saying that! It was a wonderful, thrilling shocking moment. I had to go up and get the contract, in front of 350 other writers, all clapping. A great, great moment in my life.
And it happened as a direct result of contests…and ten years of hard work of course.
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
So Karen is painting...this picture a woman with a book, I love it.
And I'm writing. And we're finding out a thousand things we need to catch up on.
Go to her blog, too, which you can find through her website in the title link above.
“There are but three fundamental colors---red, yellow, and blue.” Vincent van Gogh
"And if Vincent said it then it must be true!? So I go with it, but I go with it because I like it that way. Three primaries, with maybe a daub of violet, and a bit of green, that which some people would call a limited palette. For me, it’s all that’s needed to make a painting that feels fresh and alive. And that’s where I need to be at this space in my life.
I paint with acrylic paint on gallery wrapped canvas. Occasionally I do ‘color sketches’ on paper which sometimes end up at exhibit as matted paintings. I do not make reproductions of any of my paintings, so each one that you look at is a unique rendering of my point of view." --Karen Cooper
Monday, October 08, 2007
The Link in the title will take you to an article written by my brother Pastor Donald Moore. Don is an Evangelical Free pastor in Omaha., His article is about ways to fund medical care in America.
It's on www.helium.com. He's on the home page today, October 8. but I don't know how often they change the home page.
The picture of Don and me, is from my daughter Shelly's wedding...I cut the whole rest of my family out except Don and me. That was kind of mean. I'll include the rest of the gang another time.