Tuesday, August 31, 2010

God Sized Dream

I attended a "Transitions of the Heart" webinar given today, and the speaker was author and blogger Holley Gerth, cofounder of the (in)Courage blog. What an encouraging time for me to listen to her answer questions about how to find our God-sized dreams, how to confirm them, how God affirms them.

It was, in its own way, an affirmation for ME. Because people who know me in real life as well as in my cyber-life know that I love writing, and that my big huge dream is to have a book published.

I'm not naive. I know this is a nearly impossible task. I read author blogs, and I keep up with publishing news. I know how very difficult, long, and hard the road to publication is. How fraught with conflict, littered with discarded pages and flash drives, marked by rejection.

I know. But God will not let me let go of this dream. This is why I believe it's from Him.

A very long time ago, I wrote a note to author Robin Jones Gunn, telling her I loved her books (it was when the Glenbrooke series was first beginning). She told me that I should pursue my dream of writing, and to get Sally Stuart's market guide and start writing.

Well, Robin, if you ever read this, I'm finally taking you up on that. (What can I say, I'm slow. Plus I had a full teaching career and two babies and several churches and hubby's job transitions all in there too.)

My goal is to get 10 articles out there, submitted to the world of publishing, by the end of the year.

Will God hone and refine my dream? Perhaps. Is it from Him? Well, I have to believe it is. It's been independently confirmed for me by many people, and not just my best friends and family--others who know me primarily by my work, not by my person.

Only time will tell, however, if it will ever come to fruition.

God Sized Dream

I attended a "Transitions of the Heart" webinar given today, and the speaker was author and blogger Holley Gerth, cofounder of the (in)Courage blog. What an encouraging time for me to listen to her answer questions about how to find our God-sized dreams, how to confirm them, how God affirms them.

It was, in its own way, an affirmation for ME. Because people who know me in real life as well as in my cyber-life know that I love writing, and that my big huge dream is to have a book published.

I'm not naive. I know this is a nearly impossible task. I read author blogs, and I keep up with publishing news. I know how very difficult, long, and hard the road to publication is. How fraught with conflict, littered with discarded pages and flash drives, marked by rejection.

I know. But God will not let me let go of this dream. This is why I believe it's from Him.

A very long time ago, I wrote a note to author Robin Jones Gunn, telling her I loved her books (it was when the Glenbrooke series was first beginning). She told me that I should pursue my dream of writing, and to get Sally Stuart's market guide and start writing.

Well, Robin, if you ever read this, I'm finally taking you up on that. (What can I say, I'm slow. Plus I had a full teaching career and two babies and several churches and hubby's job transitions all in there too.)

My goal is to get 10 articles out there, submitted to the world of publishing, by the end of the year.

Will God hone and refine my dream? Perhaps. Is it from Him? Well, I have to believe it is. It's been independently confirmed for me by many people, and not just my best friends and family--others who know me primarily by my work, not by my person.

Only time will tell, however, if it will ever come to fruition.

Friday, August 27, 2010

absence

I've been absent from this blog for a bit, and I could claim busyness, but it's been more than that.

I've been adjusting.

It's not easy, adjusting. Being the new girl everywhere I go. Not knowing where to find certain things, or getting lost, or knowing what to do or where to go when your molar crown breaks.

Those of my readers who are military wives, or wives of men who have transitory careers, may understand more than those who are not. When our husbands report for duty, they have a built-in network of people in their new coworkers. Especially in a one-year program like my husband's, team-building is a necessary part of the training, but it also affords him instant friends.

Not so for me, especially since we live off base. It takes a whole lot more work and a whole lot more bravery than I feel most of the time, to make new friends.

I have plenty of friends. Shoot, I have hundreds if my Facebook profile is to be believed. I even have a few friends in this area. I have also met several nice and friendly women since we moved here.

But it's still hard, sometimes, feeling out of sorts, unadjusted, like the new girl whose hair and clothes are out of place in a new school.

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What I've been doing is some writing and some exploring of options towards publication. I've also continued working with Wives of Faith. So I'm far from bored.

I'm just adjusting.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Good Girls Don't Have to Dress Bad Part 2


Welcome to Day Two of the Good Girls Don't Have to Dress Bad book blog tour at Fresh-Brewed Writer! Shari Braendel's book is exactly what it says it is: help for the fashion-challenged gal like me!

About the Book:

Read my post from yesterday.

Pattie's Review:

First of all, I really like this book. It's easy to read and easy to understand, because Shari does not talk down to the fashion challenged. Nor does she assume anything. She gives step-by-step instructions about clothing, makeup, how to find your proper sizing for foundational undergarments, jeans and swimsuits, accessorizing for those of us who don't wear many accessories, and on and on.

I highly, highly recommend this book.

Pattie's Story:

I used to be a teacher, and when I was in the classroom I wore simple but nice dressy-casual clothing: slacks and shirts that were neat and clean, that required minimal to no ironing, and comfortable shoes from Payless, usually. I was not expected to be a paragon of fashion, as my teachers were not for me (one of my own English teachers, in fact, was known for her loud 70s-style dresses and tops, and this was in the middle of the big-hair, neon and shoulder-padded 80s).

I left the classroom completely in 2006, and in 2007 was hired at a fitness facility for women. Here I was expected to wear sweatpants and t-shirts and zip-front hoodies. Anything considered fitness wear that was clean, with tennis shoes.

Gradually I whittled my wardrobe down, because the rule of thumb is to get rid of clothing if you haven't worn it for a year, right? Besides which, we were in an extreme northern climate, so much of my summer-ish wardrobe disappeared--and my nice teaching clothes were slowly becoming outdated.

Fast forward to 2010, where we're now in an extremely warm (okay, HOT!) southern climate and I have a wardrobe of sweatpants, many t-shirts with emblems from my former job, a few tops from Old Navy, and very few nice outfits.

What's a mom to do? Well, as I work through Good Girls Don't Have to Dress Bad, I will work with my body type (I'm a b), skin tone (clear, as best I can figure--go to Shari's site and take the free color e-nalysis), style (pure natural), and once I find a new hairdresser, a better haircut and advice on hair color. And gradually, I'll find more pieces to complement all of the above.

About the Fashion Makeover Contest:

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Complete and submit the entry form at www.FashionMeetsFaith.com, Shari Braendel FaceBook page, Zondervan FaceBook page, Zondervan Twitter account between August 9, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. (EST) and August 28, 2010 at 5:00 p.m (EST). **Only one entry per person, so only choose one entry point!**

First Prize: One Winner will receive . . .
One $500 Visa gift card, one web camera, one-hour fashion consultation with Shari Braendel via Skype, one set of color swatches, and one autographed copy of Good Girls Don’t Have to Dress Bad. Approximate retail value: $600. The fashion consultation will be scheduled at a mutually convenient time for the winner and Ms. Braendel on a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday between September 15 and November 15, 2010.

Second Prize: Three Winners will receive . . .
One $100 Visa gift card, one 30-minute fashion consultation with Shari Braendel via telephone, one set of color swatches, and one autographed copy of Good Girls Don’t Have to Dress Bad. Approximate retail value: $450. The fashion consultation will be scheduled at a mutually convenient time for the winner and Ms. Braendel on a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday between September 15 and November 15, 2010.

Third Prize: Ten Winners will receive . . .
One autographed copy of Good Girls Don’t Have to Dress Bad. Approximate retail value $150.

For complete details, visit Shari’s website.

Other Details:

You can order the book here. And if you'd like to read other opinions about this book, please stop by here.

and of course the amazing publishing house of Zondervan,
who sent me a review copy of this book.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Good Girls Don't Have to Dress Bad Part 1


Welcome to the Good Girls Don't Have to Dress Bad book blog tour! Shari Braendel's book is exactly what it says it is: help for the fashion-challenged gal like me!

Today is part one, an intro to the book and the author.
Tomorrow is part two, my story and new adventure.

About the Book :

From the product description: In Good Girls Don't Have to Dress Bad, Shari Braendel teaches you how to appreciate the body God gave you and how to always look your best---from conquering the battle of finding the right swimsuit, to choosing how many bangles you should wear or how big your purse should be, to wearing the right style jeans that will best flatter your thighs or hips, to finding the best places to shop to suit your unique personal style.

Many of us are watching reality TV shows to get a clue on how to dress right and look good. We hungrily purchase fashion magazines any time the cover article has something to do with how we can hide our despised body parts. We make mad dashes to the local department store to pick up the new anti-wrinkle cream Oprah promised will take ten years away from our face. We care about how we look. Why is that? Because we're women, and women love to look and feel good. God made us that way. And this is not a bad thing. In fact, it's a wonderful thing.

God loves beauty. He doesn't want us to reflect his image being sloppy, disheveled women of God who don't pay any attention to what we look like. Good Girls Don't Have to Dress Bad will show you how to look and feel your best, no matter what day it is or what the occasion. And it will also stop you from screaming at the top of your lungs, 'I have nothing to wear.'

About the Author:

Shari Braendel

When she gave her heart to God, Shari made a life-changing turn. She could see that so many women of faith didn’t recognize the beauty that God gave them and lacked the knowledge of how to dress themselves with confidence so their outside appearance represented who they were on the inside.

From a very young age Shari devoured every fashion magazine she could get her hands on and listened attentively to everything her mom would teach her about makeup, clothes and style. After earning her degree in fashion merchandising, she started her own image consulting company in Miami, Florida, helping professional women plan their wardrobes. She also re-wrote dress codes for major banks and businesses while continuing to learn everything she could about the fashion industry. After moving to North Carolina she became a Senior Director with Mary Kay Cosmetics. Successful, enjoying the pink Cadillac lifestyle, Shari heard God whispering about a new direction for her.

With an encouraging heart and vibrant effervescent spirit, Shari warns women to stay away from black, begs them to throw away the “mom” jeans and inspires women to new levels of confidence regarding their outer appearance.

Shari is the fashion and beauty editor of Susie Magazine, the style editor for Clash Entertainment and Radical Revolution and she is a regular contributor for Proverbs 31 Ministries which reaches a half million women every day.

Pattie's Preview:

Am I fashion challenged? Absolutely. I grew up seeking my younger sister's clothing advice, and as we got older I took her hand-me-ups because they were always cuter than my own clothes. Now I always ask my 13-year-old if my outfit looks okay. I've been asking her since she was old enough to give me an honest opinion.

Finally, it looks like I have found the book for me! Tomorrow I'll write more about how I plan to put the things I've learned into practice!

About the Fashion Makeover Contest:

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Complete and submit the entry form at www.FashionMeetsFaith.com, Shari Braendel FaceBook page, Zondervan FaceBook page, Zondervan Twitter account between August 9, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. (EST) and August 28, 2010 at 5:00 p.m (EST). **Only one entry per person, so only choose one entry point!**

First Prize: One Winner will receive . . .
One $500 Visa gift card, one web camera, one-hour fashion consultation with Shari Braendel via Skype, one set of color swatches, and one autographed copy of Good Girls Don’t Have to Dress Bad. Approximate retail value: $600. The fashion consultation will be scheduled at a mutually convenient time for the winner and Ms. Braendel on a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday between September 15 and November 15, 2010.

Second Prize: Three Winners will receive . . .
One $100 Visa gift card, one 30-minute fashion consultation with Shari Braendel via telephone, one set of color swatches, and one autographed copy of Good Girls Don’t Have to Dress Bad. Approximate retail value: $450. The fashion consultation will be scheduled at a mutually convenient time for the winner and Ms. Braendel on a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday between September 15 and November 15, 2010.

Third Prize: Ten Winners will receive . . .
One autographed copy of Good Girls Don’t Have to Dress Bad. Approximate retail value $150.

For complete details, visit Shari’s website.

Other Details:

You can order the book here. And if you'd like to read other opinions about this book, please stop by here.




and of course the amazing publishing house of Zondervan,
who sent me a review copy of this book.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Beguiled

Beguiled, by Deeanne Gist and J. Mark Bertrand

About the Novel:

In the shadows of Charleston, someone is watching her...

Rylee Monroe, a dogwalker in Charleston's wealthiest neighborhood, never feared the streets at night. But now a thief is terrorizing the area and worse, someone seems to be targeting her.

Reporter Logan Woods is covering the break-ins with the hope of publishing them as a true-crime book. The more he digs, the more he realizes this beguiling dogwalker seems to be at the center of everything.

As danger draws ever closer, Logan must choose: Chase the girl, the story, or plunge into the shadows after the villain who threatens everything?

Pattie's Review:

I enjoyed Beguiled. It is a good Christian suspense novel: Intrigue without too much violence, romance but not so much as to be overwhelming, the right amount of mystery, and well-written.

The cover of this novel, in this case, is a bit misleading. It implies a historical novel, when in fact it's a contemporary novel.

I visited Charleston a few years ago, and in the book's setting descriptions it was easy to see Charleston again in my mind. A nice touch.

Overall, I'd recommend this book for anyone looking for a romantic suspense novel with a surprise ending.


Special thanks to Bethany House Publishers for a review copy of this novel.

Happy Birthday (in)courage!



Happy 1st Birthday to (in)courage!

I'm supposed to link to my "about me" page, but I don't have one...so here is a bit about me:

* Proud Air Force chaplain's wife of 19 years (only 8 in the military--before that he was a pastor)
* Proud dance mom (my girls are 13 and 10--almost 14 and 11)
* Recently moved (or in military speak, we PCSed) to Texas from North Dakota--can we say extremes?!
* Former high school and college English teacher
* Former Curves circuit coach
* I write--I have at least three unfinished novels, one NaNoWriMo novel that I finished enough to get past the 50K word mark, a slew of nonfiction pieces, and I blog for Wives of Faith. I've been published in print twice, and quoted in books twice. I also write book reviews (see the archives of this blog for those, if you're so inclined).
* I love reading. LOVE IT.

So there you have it, a bit about me :)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Calling all Chaplain's Wives

I've wanted to do something like a chaplain's wife network, but I don't know where to begin. Or if there's something else out there already.

If you're a chaplain's wife and know of one, please let me know! Or if you're interested and don't know of one, also please let me know.

And if you're a chaplain's wife blogger, I'd really love to know. This is only hubby's second assignment and we're not "attached" to a chapel this year. So I feel a bit at loose ends.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

On the edge

Here's a freewriting post for today, for the handful of people who occasionally stop by. I know I have not been regularly posting, but it's summer. I've been in transition since, well, spring. And I don't foresee any regular pattern until the girls go back to school in a couple weeks.

This morning I found this post from my Twitter feed. These two quotations hit me in the solar plexus:
  • “Sometimes it’s just not your turn…yet” (Angela Thomas)
  • “While you’re waiting for it to be your turn, become the woman who is ready” (Angela Thomas)

Wow. I need to be ready. Because it's pretty obvious it's not my turn. And it's pretty obvious that the reason it's not is because of myself. My procrastinating, easily-distracted nature.

I don't know when or how, but something will be changing. I hope.

Monday, August 02, 2010

Moving Post

I came across this today and thought I'd share. It's another military wife's musing on moving, but it captures my heart also.