Friday, September 17, 2010

Lets just add a marathon to that.

Blogs, facebook, twitter, writing groups, critique groups, conferences . . . How do authors ever find the time to write? 

That’s a question that I ask myself all the time. I could spend hours going between my email, and blogs let alone catch up on my reading, and studying my craft.  Suddenly the kids are home and I have not written a single paragraph on my manuscript.

How do people do it? I am amazed at those people who can juggle everything.  And then there are those who can do it all and then go above and beyond. To those people, I throw flower petals and sing hallelujah. 
My editor, Eliza Nevins, is one of those people.  Really when I think about it, authors have the fun part. We get to come up with the story, spending hours in our little dream worlds watching these fantasy scenes play out in our heads. Yeah, sometimes it’s hard getting those scenes from the dark recesses of our minds onto paper, but still…it’s fun.  Then there are the editors. People like Eliza who set at work all day fixing and perfecting our work.  And while we get to indulge ourselves in our one project, they have several setting on their desk all demanding attention. Yep, they are busy, busy people. 


How do people do it? I amazed at those people who can juggle everything.  And then there are those who can do it all and then go above and beyond. To those people, I throw flower petals and sing hallelujah. 
My editor, Eliza Nevin (Covenant), is one of those people.  Really when I think about it, authors have the fun part. We get to come up with the story, spending hours in our little dream worlds watching these fantasy scenes play out in our heads. Yeah, sometimes it’s hard getting those scenes from the dark recesses of our minds onto paper, but still…it’s fun.  Then there are the editors. People like Eliza who set at work all day fixing and perfecting our work.  And while we get to indulge ourselves in our one project, they have several setting on their desk all demanding attention. Yep, they are busy, busy people. 

Eliza generously took a couple of hours out of her Saturday to stop by while we were filming our music video/book trailer a few weeks ago.  I was ecstatic that she showed up and we visited as she cooled her swelling knee under a large bag of ice. Why was her knee swelling, you ask? Well that’s simple; she just got done running 16 miles! Yeah, I couldn’t believe it either, but then she explained that she was training for a marathon. Yep, that’s a whopping 26.2 miles! I was flabbergasted!  My editor is a runner?

You’ve got to be kidding—a marathon?  That’s huge!!! I’ve always wanted to run a marathon, but at the same time (at least at the moment) I know that it’s beyond my reach.  A Marathon—wow! People who can run a marathon can accomplish anything! The discipline alone in training for it is a monumental accomplishment, and I can only imagine the satisfaction one gets when crossing the finish line.

So I looked at Eliza and she seemed to be glowing and I swore I could hear angels singing “Awwwwwe” in the background. Then she promptly told me I could run one too. Ha,ha. But then she explained that she had never been a runner. This was something that she just decided she wanted to do.

I scooped my jaw up off the ground and asked for details. How cool is this… She is running the marathon in DUBLIN IRELAND!!!  She needs to raise $ 5,000 to participate and the proceeds go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society!  She really is an angel. I really mean it. She sings too. She'll even give you a singing telegram for just donating $25.00 to her cause. She has other singing packages as well. if you want her and her friends to sing to you, call her for information: (801) 602-5289


So my editor, Eliza, is my new superhero—one of those people I’d like to throw flower petals over and sing hallelujah choruses to. With her busy schedule, she still manages to fit in a marathon.

If you want to know why she’s doing this, check out her web page.
http://pages.teamintraining.org/dm/dublin10/enevin

It’s definitely worth reading. And while you’re there, make a donation. Every bit helps. Besides, we all know it’s a good thing if we can make an editor smile—well here’s your chance. When you make a donation, Eliza says she will smile like this:
Editor: Eliza Nevin

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