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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Manuscript (04/29/10)

TITLE: Future Bestseller
By Donna Powers


Thereís a future bestseller sitting in the middle drawer of my computer desk.

Well, OK. Itís only an outline and two chapters, now, but Iíve got the whole story inside my head and with Godís help, I believe it will be a great book when Iím done.

Right now, Iíve got to get the laundry done and hope Lydia naps long enough for me to clean the kitchen. Once Roger gets home, weíll eat dinner. If heís not too tired, I can get a few more chapters done tonight. The story isnít going anywhere, and Iíll get back to it as soon as I can.
The future bestseller looks a little thicker than it did a few months ago.

Iíve gotten about 10 chapters done. My leading lady is surprising me; I thought I knew everything about her and her story, but as the story unwinds, it goes in directions I hadnít expected.

Well, I guess I shouldnít be surprised. The book is a reflection of a dreamed-up life, but real life doesnít always turn out the predictably, either. Iím so blessed with sweet little Lydia, but sheís going through teething now so I havenít been able to sleep much Ė or find much time for writing. It feels as though itís taking so long!

But, I trust the Lord. I know if Iím meant to write this, Heíll find the time and Heíll find a way.
I had to move the future bestseller to a box, now that Iím halfway done.

The story is coming along, piece by piece. Iím learning to fit it in between taking Lydia to daycare and running to the store, the cleaners and the dentist. The rest of my story is still inside my head and I loved seeing it come out on the computer. Itís fun to see my characters described in words; it feels so satisfying having their stories turn into words. Iím looking forward to sharing it with those who will read it.

My life gets busier every day, but I still truly believe my unfinished story will be a real book, someday.
The future bestseller is still sitting in its box. I havenít written in months; itís so frustrating.

Roger lost his job; his company went bankrupt and heís having trouble finding something in his field. All he could find was a job at the grocery store. Thank God for that, but the salary is so low and I can tell he really hates it.

I had to get a job Ė so there went all my free time. Thank God Lydia loves her pre-school so I donít have to worry about her.

Iíll get back to the story as soon as I can. God is faithful and I believe Heíll still help me find a way to do it.
Last night, I typed ďthe endĒ on the last page of the future bestseller. I can hardly believe it!

This morning after Lydia gets on the school bus, Iíll put it in the mail to ďmyĒ editor. Yes, Iím proud to say: I know a real editor. I met her at a writing workshop; a friend of mine used her editing service. According to my friend, sheís helped lots of people get their books ready for publishing. She seems really friendly; I can only hope sheíll see how much love and effort Iíve put into my story. All these years, and it will finally leave its box and become a real book!

I thank God for letting me finish it Ė and trust Him to help me take the next step. After all these years of working on it, I feel strange letting it go. But, I have to. SoÖGodspeed my story to wherever He wants it to go!

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Laury Hubrich 05/09/10
What a familiar story except it actually got finished! That's a novel-ty, indeed:)