A Plan, a Pitch, and a Prayer

20180228_201040 (2)So what is Milly up to these days besides striking at the heart of worry? I needed a little break from my focus on worry and roots. So what other things filled February? Here we go…

Well I discovered as I watched my worry habit ways; I was not writing like I need to become an author. I’m talking about a full-time writing gig in just three years here! Logic Statement: I worry therefore, I am not writing.

I missed writing every day. In November I enjoyed locking myself away to write. I shoved the world out of my head for the sake of getting a book drafted.

At the beginning of February, I came up with a plan to write an average of 500 words per day. That’s possible. During the NaNoWriMo challenge I wrote an average of 1667 words per day. My blog posts run 500 to 800 words on average twice a week. Not too shabby. Just need to write on the other five days of the week. {chuckling here}

I drafted a quick and dirty spreadsheet totaling the goal for the year (yes, I added in the NaNoWriMo challenge in November 2018). Here’s the amazing part: the total comes to 202,000 words in 2018. That’s like two novels. This doesn’t count January or editing etc. I so want to do this! {80s valley girl accent here}

Wow! I realized I could get my finished novel rolling. Finish the novel I started in NaNoWriMo 2017, and complete a first draft on another novel. Huh! On top of all of that, it’s doable on a part-time schedule. Shrug off the habits and get to it Milly Girl!

Starting this post I was 12,297 words for February (Feb’s goal is 14,000 words). I image at the close of the day I’ll be a few hundred short for the month. Okay I’ll make it up soon. Fingers crossed! (By the way, do you know how hard it is to take a selfie of your hand? Yes that really is my hand up there).

About ten days ago, I found a contest for an agent to read book pitches. I had never heard of a book pitch before. As I understand it, a pitch is kind of like a commercial for your book. It’s what you use to introduce your book to agents and publishers. Some pitches end up on the back of the book jacket/cover.

The contest is called Pitchapalooza. So I wrote a pitch for the novel I’m working on right now. The one I started in November. I submitted the pitch on Monday. On March 15th, twenty pitches will be randomly drawn and the agents will “critique” the pitches live on YouTube. Yikes! I’m not sure if I want to be picked. My pitch is in. There is no turning back now. I’m praying I get picked…or is that picked apart? Either way I’ll learn a lot from the webcast I’m sure. For better or for worse here’s what I came up with for my first pitch (Remember, I’d never heard of this pitch business before ten days ago and this is my first. Does that make me a “pitch virgin?”):

Disrupted, Book one of the Nightmare Dream Series

By Milly Moss

The Disrupter is running loose in Palm Beach County, Florida. At first the pranks seemed funny and inconvenient. Until the stunts become downright dangerous for the bystanders. The pranks become bolder using the rhythm of life to create the most havoc. The only clue at each scene is a calling card stating: Just Disrupted Your Day!

Local reporter Cora Adler is injured in a fatal eight car pile-up caused by the Disrupter. Her anger has her questioning God and her faith. Vengeance drives her dangerous search to unmask the person behind the hood.

After interviewing the victims, police officer Gable Riley, can’t let go of the case. Assigned to the public relations team, he is frustrated by the press’s driving need to sensationalize the story. The Police have no information on the Disrupter’s identity. Gable wonders did the prank go too far, or is this a serial killer? As he looks for answers, Gable finds the only reporter that wants the truth. But, she has a personal vendetta and he finds her too distracting.

As Cora and Gable team up to find the Disrupter, the desire between them intensifies. Gable learned a hard lesson in dating someone with no faith. Cora’s vendetta and questioning her faith creates an emotional battle for his heart. The chase becomes personal. The risk they take is love or loss. Is it a nightmare or a dream?

Finally this week I wrote a prayer for myself. I don’t remember ever doing that before. I tend to memorize prayer, pray scripture (like the psalms), or pray conversationally. But praying Ephesians 6:13-18 was hard since it is a teaching, so I wrote a prayer based on the scripture for my mornings:

Today, I take the whole armor of God that I may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, stand.

Today, I stand with my waist girded with Truth and covered with the Breastplate of Righteousness, my feet shod with the Preparedness of the Gospel of Peace; Above all I take the Shield of Faith that will quench all the fiery darts of the evil one.

Today, I put on the Helmet of Salvation and take the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God;

Today, I pray always in all forms of prayer, supplicating myself to the Spirit.

Today, I remain watchful to this end with perseverance and prayers for all the Saints.

If you like the prayer, feel free to make your own. I’m testing it out for me.

Have a blessed night,

Milly

2 thoughts on “A Plan, a Pitch, and a Prayer

  1. Fantastic! I’m so happy you like my prayer. This week I found the prayer calms my spirit in the morning. It is knowing today He is there for me and given me tools to protect me spiritually. Blessings, Milly.

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