Wednesday, November 28, 2012

In Which I Make An Announcement and Have A Giveaway

For months and months - years even - I've been trying to wrap my head around the idea of writing a book.
People tell me all the time, "Noelle, you need to write a book."

And if you were to look at my list of things to do before I die, 'write a book' is at the top of that list.
 I have only wanted to write a book if it could mean something to someone - if it could have a lasting effect on just one person's life I would write it.

My biggest problem is that I simply don't know if I have the imagination or the vocabulary to come up with an entire plot - to come up with a story line that holds someone's attention for 200 plus pages.

There have been times I've prayed and said basically, "God, you know I want to write a book - please help me to know what to do and how to do it."

In the last few weeks I've had an idea, and today that idea was solidified - with an early Christmas present from Jason and with the encouragement of a few friends.

Pause this train of thought and let me show you the completion of Project #1:

What used to be storage under the stairs is now Emily's play room.
I'm not sure if you've heard, but there is a rumor floating around that says Emily is spoiled.

Our girl LOVES her space, and I love that this space allows my living room to finally look like something other than just cluttered.
(And it doesn't hurt that I can just shut the door and the toys are 'cleaned up.')

Unpause the train of thought.

While playing around with my new camera tonight I created this and my dream of writing a book finally made sense in my mind:

If I can #1 - find the courage, and #2 - figure out how to make it all come together, The Girl will be writing a children's book - and if I'm dreaming big, which why not, The Girl will write books, plural. And she will tell real life stories of her little girl, and of her own life - and when her drawings won't suffice, her camera creations will.

And if The Girl is really thoughtful, and puts her whole heart and soul into it, perhaps her children's books will also touch the hearts of a few Mommies and Daddies along the way.

So there's that - if I say it out loud to you World, perhaps you can give me the encouragement to do it (or tell me it's a horrible idea if that's how you feel) - and also hold me accountable to my dream.

And now, to a new train of thought.  

There is enough space above the animals that I want to put a thought, a saying, a slogan, something...
and I want it to have something to do with Emily.

So why don't we make a contest out of it?
You leave me a comment, or email me with your ideas, of what I should write above the picture, and Jason and I will pick the one we like most.

And if it's your thought we choose, you will win something like this:

(one out of four that I'm doing as Project #2)

 I have a whole bunch of other girls with other sayings and designs, and you can pick the one you want.
I'll stitch it, frame it, and send it to you - with my love - AFTER Christmas, thank you very much because I have way too much to do before then but that is for another post as this one is already way too long.

So there you have it - all of a sudden you have a lot of responsibility placed upon your capable shoulders.
Hold me accountable - unless you think my book idea is horrible and then you have to tell me - and come up with the perfect saying for Emily's little space.

And because I've asked you to do that for me, I'll share this with you:


Jill said...

"And though she be but little, she is fierce.". This is my motto for Olivia. It's so true of our little ladies. Tiny in stature but powerful beyond measure. They've packed more into their tiny lives than most of us experience in a lifetime. And they conquer it. With gusto. Little and fierce all in one. :)

Judy said...

I like the book idea...go for it! As for the saying, my brain isn't functioning well enough (sorry).

Joann Mannix said...


Do. It.

You are so talented and you have an amazing, inspiring story to tell in that beautiful little girl. Listen to your heart and just go.

I can't give you a whole lot advice, because I know very little about publishing children's books. But I'm always here for questions, support or for just general, Hanz and Franz motivation. I'm here to pump you up!

Emily's play area looks fabulous. My brain is still in wake-up mode, so I don't have anything clever for your contest right now. My best this morning would be, "Uhhhh" and something tells me that's just not what you're looking for. I'll ponder and if I come up with anything, I'll check back in.

Congratulations on deciding to do this brave and wonderful thing. Now, do it.

Amy said...

Out of the moths of two or three witnesses! I am so dang excited about this.

Amy said...

Also, ever since you wrote that post about labels, I have wanted to put on MY wall "the only label that matters is the one that says you are a daughter of God." But that might not be fun enough for a playroom so cool.

David and Tami B said...

I am sure your Uncle Blaine will help with the technical stuff ;) Good luck!! I would love to read it.

Beth Zimmerman said...

Brilliant! =)

Elizabeth said...

Noelle, I think you writing a book, and then a few more, is a terrific idea! You are a great writer. People will definitely buy them! I vote go for it

I'd love to write a book or six too. I have a couple of ideas rattling around in my head and have the characters quite developed. I'm just stuck on the plot. I can't think of a conflict interesting enough . . . maybe a little prayer will help me too. I always tell my kids that if it is important to them it is important to Heavenly Father and that he is mindful of both our spiritual and temporal needs, so, why not?

Good luck with your endeavor!

xo -E

The Reynolds said...

And though she be but little, she is fierce. -Shakespeare

Love that quote and seems to fit your little girl well.

Lalis said...

Love the idea! (And Emily's playroom!)

CK said...

You can do it!!!!
Love the photos, the playroom, the books idea.
We will be first in line to buy your first book :)

Olson's Garden Shoppe said...

Love it!! Emily and the Elephant Adventures. You can do this!!! I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Hilary and Eric said...

Found this and LOVE it (might use it for my girls' room but you can too ;)

"Leave The Crowd, Stand Apart, Ignore Your Head, Follow Your Heart."

I would buy your children's books :)

Janci Olds said...

If you need publishing info, email me. I will say that I think you are a brilliant writer who will write wonderful books. If you're looking to traditionally publish, it's actually better if you don't have pictures--just words. Publishers have art directors who will take your brilliant words to artists.

walden said...

Absolutely, you have to do it. Brilliant! And, I didn't know this incredible talent for drawing...and the book just makes sense as your talent.

Now, two of my favorite quotes (for now just sharing, but I'll think of more for Em's little room possibilities):

"Earth's the right place for love. I don't know where it's likely to go better." Robert Frost poem, Birches (actually the whole poem is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G)

"Love is the whole and more than all." E.M. Forster

Been thinking about the mission home all week...just picturing it in my mind...freaky, huh? :)

Love ya-

Kristyn Monaghan said...

A couple things:

1. I WILL buy your children's book(s) when it(they) comes out. And I know it(they) will!

2. How do you do that with your camera?

3. Quotes (I'm indecisive):
“Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
“One love, one heart, one destiny.” - Bob Marley
"Life itself is a most wonderful fairy tale."
-Hans Christian Andersen
"A little nonsense now and then is cherished by the wisest men." -Roald Dahl
"Life will never be the same because there had never been anyone like you... ever in the world."
-- Nancy Tillman
“She owned the road
as an elephant owns the veldt
and like a big blue elephant
moved with massive grace
and dignity.”
― David Drake, Overdue Notice: Poems from the Library
Love will draw an elephant through a key-hole.
Samuel Richardson
"Always be fearless. Walk like lion, talk like pigeons, live like elephants and love like an infant child."
-Santosh Kalwar

-stephanie- said...

I'll be here to cheer you on in your book endeavor.
Em's new room is great. Looks so cozy.

Bridget said...

This. Is. Awesome!!!
You are so incredibly talented! I can't wait to see all that you do!