Friday, April 29, 2011

Book Update

Good day to you, my readers!

Just a quick note on my book project.

I was told that 80,000 words is the minimum that publishers accept for a small book. I'm currently at 11,000 words, so if I’m doing the math right, I am about an eighth of the way done. Long road ahead of me, but I'm plugging along, meeting my writing goals each week.

And did I mention my great writing group? I feel so blessed and honored to be a part of such a wonderful bunch of writers. They all get 2 thumbs up from me.

Writing my story has been bitter-sweet. It has brought out strong, happy emotions in me and also strong, sad ones. But the more I move along on the project, the more I am convinced that writing my story is something I must do.

It saddens me that I haven’t had time to post here, although, I do check comments and emails most days. Will try to post updates periodically.

Regards,
Gemma

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

I am the captain of my soul.

This morning, I was intrigued while watching The Today Show, when they interviewed Ashley Judd. If there was ever a dysfunctional family, hers was it. In her memoir, she talks about her own CSA. Ashley is living proof that a person can go through CSA and emotionally heal well enough to tell about it and overcome it.

I'm sorry... I don't mean to sound harsh, but I think that many CSA victims choose to remain *trapped* in a life of self-pity because of their past. It doesn't need to be that way. Most of us have things from our past that we wish never happened. What are we going to do about it? Sit and cry for years on end and allow it to continue ruining our present and future OR... deal with it, put it in the past and move on to a better life? I vote to move on. Let's quit giving so much power to our past. Let's quit allowing our past to destroy our marriage and our marriage bed.

I am the captain of my soul.