A Changeful Year

wedding illustration

It’s a crazy wonderful life. And I’m just going to have to accept the “crazy” in order to keep the “wonderful!”

I’m a few weeks out from getting married to the love of my life, David, on March 15, and so wedding planning is in full swing!

Despite the constant pressures of wedding planning, work, volunteering, exercise, and the impending move to a new place, I still feel the yearning to write like a gravitational pull. It just won’t wait for me to get a Major Life Event out of the way! And so, I continue to write amid this crazy, wonderful time.


Current Status

  • I’m enjoying submitting chapters of “Wedding 3000,” the futuristic, satirical novel I wrote for NaNoWriMo about over-the-top weddings to my writers’ critique group each month.
  • I’m starting a new novel for middle-school age children styled after Brian Jacques’ Redwall series (how I loved those growing up!), only featuring tribes of anthropomorphic birds in America (you’ve just got to read them :)). I’m hoping to develop these books into a series. I woke up this morning after stewing over the idea for about three weeks now, and I just said I’M GOING TO DO THIS. Now, 3,000 words later and still half a cup of coffee to go, I’m committed!


The Best Laid Plans

That’s it for now – it seems that no matter what plans I make now, they could all go up in smoke given the change that is to come with moving, changing my last name, becoming a wife and more. Who knows what is to come? Only the Lord! So I’m trusting in Him.

If I were to plan…which I seem to do all the time regardless of he reality of them coming to fruition or not…I’d hope that I can work on this “bird” novel steadily to get to perhaps 70,000 words by the end of May. Then to edit for June/July…and begin to send to publishers in August. Isn’t that a nice hopeful thought? 🙂 I’d love to do NaNoWriMo again in November…what a spectacularly wonderful and productive experience that was!

As for blogging, I’ll continue to do it when I can – this will be a better year for more regularly blogging, I’m sure!! 😉 But don’t expect any from me in mid March…

But the primary goal is to settle into married life and see what that means to be a godly wife and support to David. I’m looking forward to this change and challenge!



If you wouldn’t mind, please say a prayer for me and David during this changeful time as we prepare to have a home together and life together. Marriage is a significant change and a lifelong commitment! We’ll both have to learn to balance our time together with habits formed during our independence and with our dreams.

Please also pray for my sweet grandmother who is recovering from a major surgery. She has inspired me to write, encouraged me throughout all of my life, and has given me a role model for what it means to travel, be curious, be caring, and truly live your life to the fullest no matter what age you are. In fact, I’m named after her – she’s the original Susie.

Secondly, if you know of anyone who might be interested in editing/reviewing the second book I’m working on, that would be great! I’m looking for either a coauthor or an editor who loves children’s fiction. Thanks!


With love,





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