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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Writing Wednesday-Getting organized and Laura Ingalls Wilder

I've been trying to get a little organized. The family room, which is where I write, was beginning to get so you couldn't walk around in it. The floor was covered with wall to wall books and clutter.

I also found all my PB manuscripts on my computer desktop and various 'sticks' as I call them. I printed them off and put them in this blue notebook.

Each story is separated by a pink sheet. The pink sheet has the title of the manuscript at the top of it. Below the title I have listed the publishers I have sent it to, along with the date sent.  In parenthesis, I write how long the publishers say it could be before anyone hears back from them. (That is if they intend on letting you know)

Either way, by looking at the date sent and the submission response time, I know if there is still hope from hearing from the publisher. I find that this is the best way of keeping track of where my manuscripts are. Also if anything ever happens to my computer, my stories will not be lost. I will have the latest version of them in my notebook.

I delivered Two Lane Livin' today throughout the Ripley and Fairplain area. If any of you are ever interested in purchasing Two Lane Livin' downloads, there is a link on my side bar. You can purchase downloads for as little as $1 and $2.

While in Ripley, I stopped at this little thrift store and found this book.

I love it. I am a fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder and this book is filled with her wit, wisdom and whimsy!

A few of her sayings are:

Blue is without doubt a heavenly color, but it is better in the skies than in one's mind.

It does not so much matter what happens. It is what one does when it happens that really counts.

Lessons learned at mother's knee last through life.

Farmers hands are quite full . . . and it seems about the only way they could procure more help would be to marry more wives.

I think she was a very wise woman.
Happy Writing!


  1. She was def. an interesting person. Like your idea of printing your stories up. I hope you hear back from some pubs soon!

  2. I'm a big fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder, too. That sounds like a neat book. One of these days I'm going to organize my stories/poems.
    Great idea!

  3. Sounds like you're on your way to getting organized. I need to do that myself. Thanks for the Laura Ingalls Wilder quotes. She was a wise woman.

  4. It's definitely a good idea to keep a printed copy of your work. I've had a hard drive crash more than once, and did lose some work that I hadn't saved externally.

    And love the quotes, there's much truth in her words.

  5. It does not so much matter what happens. It is what one does when it happens that really counts.

    I love this line!!

  6. What a wonderful little book! I'll have to look for a copy of it.

  7. The blue notebook sounds like a very good idea!

    Laura left quite an impression on us didn't she?

  8. You've got organization down. Wish I could get my files in order. I'm a mess when it comes to organizing.. I absolutely love Laura Ingalls.

  9. I love your organization idea. I'm thinking about using some kind of external drive to back up all my files on my computer. I don't know what I'd do if my computer went kaput!

  10. I love this one most:
    It does not so much matter what happens. It is what one does when it happens that really counts.

  11. Shhhhh, I want to remain unfounded but I live about 22 miles from where Laura wrote the 'Little House Books', been there many times with students on field trips.

    God bless ya sweetie and have a marvelous day!!!

  12. Hi Janet, doesn't it feel good to get organized?! I just got done about a week ago reorganizing all my supplies and my papers and books. It feels so good to go into my little studio room now. It has really freed up my mind plus it is nice to know what I have in stock. I enjoyed the quotations! She is one of my favorites too. Have a great afternoon! Delisa :)

  13. Thank you, Janet, for sharing those quotes from Laura Ingalls Wilder. So true about the color blue, isn't it? I've often wondered about that myself.

  14. Looks like you are getting well-organized. I need to do the same. It's been years since I allowed myself the luxury to really WRITE and I plan to do so now that I have retired. I have some published works in newspapers and magazines, but want to finish a book I started long ago. Glad you found the wonderful book by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Hope you are having a lovely autumn. It's a little "cooler" here but not by WV standards! And of course no fall color. :-( Take care!

  15. HI Janet,
    Yes I'm back, missed everyone. I see you are still writing. That is a very good thing.
    That book by Laura Ingalls does look interesting, I don't think I was aware there was such a book. I just might have to look into that.
    I went back to my blog, I know its been awhile, its like starting over, I can't remember how to post pictures!! I got one on there by accident.
    Nancy Jo

  16. I love Laura too-I'll have to be looking for the book-I've never even heard of it!


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