Wednesday, November 22, 2006

I'm Still Here

I want to apologize to everyone for the simple fact that I haven't been posting here as much lately. To be honest, I just don't know what to write about. Nothing much has been happening, school is going fine. I have been trying to think of posts to write, but nothing is coming to mind - and to think I call myself a writer, LOL!

The weather has cooled off considerably. For a week or so, recently, we have had beautiful temperatures reaching upwards to 20 celcius! The last few days have been seasonal however, with temperatures in the lower digits - anywhere from 4 to 8 celcius I believe. We still don't have snow, but I'm not complaining. I'm sure we'll get our fair share of it sooner or later.

I got a wonderful compliment from my writing teacher the other day. We had to hand in the thesis and outline of our next essay (which is to be an expansion of one of our shorter paragraphs that we have handed in previously - we do not use any sources for this, just our own thoughts, etc.), and on the bottom of mine she wrote that I have real talent and a strong voice. Wow. I never expected that.

I wondered, at first, if she wrote something like that on everyone's outline/thesis, but then I realized she's not like that. If your writing is no good, she wouldn't lie about it. She might try to write something encouraging like "with improvement, you could become a great writer" or something like that - you know, put a little positive in with the negative/constructive criticism. I mean if something doesn't make sense, she'll let you know. If your grammer is rotten, she'll tell you to pay attention to it...things like that. She's not mean about her editing and critiquing, but she won't falsely lead you on; that is something that doesn't help any writer. Writer's need to be told the truth or else they'll never improve.

I tell you though, after reading that comment I am inspired to keep writing for sure (not that I was planning on giving it up or anything). I've got an idea for a little "article" I'd like to write and maybe submit to Christian Women Online. I wouldn't get paid, but if they accepted it and put it in their online publication, that would be some exposure and something else I can include in my resume. We'll see how it goes though; I need to write the thing first.

So, that's all for now. Hopefully I'll have something better to write soon, something more God-centered, God-focused. Have a Christ filled day!


T. Suzanne Eller said...

One helpful resource for you is a free online group called TWV2 -- It's Christian writers, agents, publishers, editors, etc. and is at

Bonnie Calhoun said...

I know you guys have already had your Thanksgiving...but you can run around the blogs and enjoy ours...Happy Thanksgiving!

Heidi said...

Shelley your post is in fact God-centered because when you are encouraged to pursue your passion, that's God! So don't underestimate a post such as this one to have the power to display God's goodness and desire to see us blossom.

By the way, I got to the Briggs & Little mill and took pictures. Check it out at my blog, you've got to get there some day if you can! They had many more colours than I expected, woo hoo!

Rebecca said...

Way to go Shelley!

Amy said...

Your teacher's comment is so neat!


P.S. I just had an email to you bounce, so be sure to check your private messages on the FaithWriters' message board. :-)