Friday, August 26, 2011

Takeaway Friday & Winner

Before I announce the winner of Sandra Orchard's LIS debut novel, Deep Cover, I just want to thank Sandra for all her time here at Faithful Romances this week and all that she shared with us. Sandra is a blessing to me, I hope her posts blessed you as well and that if you haven't already, you'll pop by her cyber homes, both website and blog, to get to know her better and start building a friendship!

I see many blogs host a Friday Five, so today I'm going to list five takeaways I got from Sandra's posts here this week. For the record, I've garnered lots more than these five, but here's a taste of them.

  1. Perseverance is key to success. And in my personal experience, God uses writing to test this!

  2. I'm not as much a pantser writer as I thought I was. Yeah, I'm on my way to conversion! October will most certainly test this as I prepare for NANOWRIMO 2011.

  3. I need to share my brainstorming of stories with non-writing friends who are willing to play. Not only will it be fun and informative no doubt, but it could also be therapeutic and a blessing.

  4. I seriously need to somehow bring my office into the light of upstairs--white board and post-its in the very least. Since creating my lovely office downstairs, I've discovered it's just too secluded to work comfortably in. I need to be upstairs with my pets and natural lighting. And I need the use of that huge white board to plot, plot, plot!! Fearing my living room may become my new office. What do you think? How weird would it look to have the first room you see as you enter being a writer's office (and our house IS open concept, so foyer is only separated from the sunken living room by an oak railing?)

  5. I'm sure I knew this before, but it had slipped my mind obviously--Sandra and I share a math background. I graduated with a BMath degree from the University of Waterloo...many moons ago. Sandra's living proof that a mathie can become a romance writer...and do it WELL!! There IS hope!

And now for the winner of Deep Cover.

Congratulations, Robyn Campbell!!

Send me your snail mail address so I can mail you this awesome book!

Surrendering to Him,



Sarah Forgrave said...

I missed the posts this week, but I like your recap, Eileen. :)

My office is currently the kitchen table (also in an open-concept house), and it just doesn't work very well when the kids are awake. I've got a temporary table in a corner in my bedroom for when the house is noisy, but I'd love to get more of an actual desk there. Maybe someday... :)

Hope you have a great weekend!

Sandra Orchard said...

Thanks so much for having me, Eileen. You've been an amazing hostess!!!

And congratulations, Robyn. I hope you enjoy the book.

Your office idea sounds amazing, Eileen, but I don't think I could work that way when people are around, too distracting. But, yes, natural light is a boost. Maybe you should raise the roof and add on one of those artist lofts. Hee, hee.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Congrats to Sandra!

Whew, math majors! I was never so good at math ;-)

Loree Huebner said...

I'm with you on preseverance and plotting, Eileen. I think I'll be buying that big board and put it up over my desk. Like you said, PLOT! PLOT! PLOT!

Thank you, Sandra. I learned a lot from you this week. I'm putting your book on my to read list.

Congrats to Robyn!

Have a great weekend, all!

Jeanette Levellie said...

Congrats to Robyn!

Yes, you do need to be with your pets, and more light. Can you bring the pets downstairs?

Happy weekend,

Sandra Orchard said...

Glad to be of help, Loree. Hope you enjoy the book!

Peggy Eddleman said...

Who knew math degrees lead to romance writing?

quietspirit said...

Conrgatulations to Robyn. I'll have to go back and read Sandra's post. I've been busy this week with something else.

Robyn Campbell said...

YAY!!!!!!! Yippee!!!!!!!! I told myself I wouldn't win. Glad I was wrong, my friend. Very glad. I will treasure this. YAHOOIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Egad, both mathies. YIKES!

I can't wait to read it Sandra.

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