Shannon Dittemore

April11th

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I’m such a bad blogger, friends! I’m so sorry. I’ve been MIA and I must apologize for that. Over the next month or so, I can only guess it’ll get worse. So before the storm hits, I thought I’d drop you in my chair for a moment and update you on the stories  bumping around in my head.

Angel Eyes is done–gone to the printer and entirely out of my hands. It’ll be at the warehouse for shipping in about three weeks and in stores less than a month after that. It’s a strange, strange thing friends. I find myself excited and terrified all in one fell swoop. When I started this journey, it never dawned on me that people would have the freedom–and in fact be encouraged–to turn a critical eye on my words.

Oh, I didn’t go into this blind; I knew about the reality of it all. It just seemed so very far away, an obstacle not worth considering at the time. But, now, time is short and I find myself anxious. Jesus and I have been doing a little chatting about my anxiety and He’s helping me through it, but in the spirit of transparency, I thought you should know: it’s daunting.

That said, I’m currently editing book two of the Angel Eyes Trilogy, Broken Wings. Slated to hit shelves next February, this one is tons of fun. More angels, more demons. Battles, kissing. Lots of fun. I’d share details but that would ruin so much. Still, it’s a wacked-out thing to be working on one novel while reviews for another are coming in. I’m learning to keep my head down and

just. keep. writing.

It’s funny because the good reviews are amazingly kind and make me all warm and gushy feeling, but they don’t help me write. And the bad reviews (yeah, sorry Nana, I’ll get those too), those ones just scare me and hinder my rabid typing fingers. So, for now, it’s blinders on, eyes set, fingers pounding away at square letters, and absolutely no looking around. I’m in the homestretch with this one and getting excited about turning it over to Thomas Nelson. They’re fabulous, by the way.

AND THEN there’s book three. This is a currently untitled, gigantic blobby waiting for me just past that mountain up there. I’ve got bits written and notes surrounding me, but until I get the edits done for book two I won’t be entirely certain about three. Funny how that works.

But, what I wanted to tell you, most of all, is that through it all–through the emotional ups and downs, through the moments of doubt and the quiet prayerful tears–God has been here. He’s been with me. When I wasn’t sure I could do it, God reminded me that He STILL has a plan. His plan isn’t based on how I feel or what others think. His plan is His and His alone and I’ve no need to doubt the road we’re walking together. Sometimes it’s hard to believe that. Sometimes my gut clenches and my nerves take over, but deep inside–somewhere near my heart–there’s a still small voice reminding me:

I STILL HAVE A PLAN.

I hope you’ll remember that today. That He has a plan for you too. My prayer is that we each attack this day with all the tenacity, all the grace, and all the vision that God has made available to us. That we see fear and anxiety for the bullies they are and refuse to bow to either.

And if you’re not sure–if you’re just not sure about this God I ramble on about–I wonder just what it’d be like if you put your plans away for a while and look to Him. To His plan for your life.

So, I guess that’s me. I’m wondering. Wondering on Wednesday.

How ’bout you? What are you doing today?

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  • Comment by Denise — April 11, 2012 @ 9:59 am

    Your words are truth and piercing .. In a most wonderful way! I love when the Lord clearly speaks to us “in the midst” of the path we are on. No matter how tumultuous, no matter how daunting … He speaks to let us know He is there. The true author of our own stories, if we allow Him the publishing rights! I’m grateful for your encouragement this morning. Amazing how each of our own stories are very different … Yet He is there for us all. Thankful we can trust in His plan for our lives.

  • Comment by Elizabeth M Thompson — April 11, 2012 @ 11:07 am

    Your transparency is such a gift Shannon. I was blessed by your reminder that God is unchanging and not thwarted by the things that bring us fear and doubt. I needed that encouragement today–and the reminder to pray you past the finish lines ahead.

  • Comment by Jenny Lundquist — April 11, 2012 @ 11:53 am

    Great post Shannon, and it’s a good reminder!

  • Comment by Xochi E. Dixon — April 11, 2012 @ 6:33 pm

    Yes, sweet sister, He has an amazing plan as you follow His leading and depend on Him every step of the way. I am so proud of you. I’m also praying for you.

    Abba, we love You and praise You, even when our circumstances have us feeling shaky and alone. Thank You for reminding us that You are with us and that nothing will thwart Your perfect plan.

    Thank You for blessing my beautiful sister with courage as she keeps her eyes fixed on You and her heart bent to pleasing You alone.

    Affirm her with Your truth as she walks in obedience and faith, fully dependent on Your love and empowered by Your grace.

    We praise You for the amazing opportunity You have blessed Shannon with. Please continue to use her as a beacon of hope and courage. And surround her with others who will pour into her, with enthusiasm and encouragement, in the same way You use her to inspire others.

    We look forward to rejoicing as the final book hits the printers, and every single moment, no matter how mundane it may feel, between now and then.

    You are good. You are mighty. You are in control. Yes, Lord, that is totally enough when we are weak. Help us trust You with a contagious love that ignites a desire in others to walk by faith and to know You more.

    Hallelujah!

    In Jesus’ name. Amen

  • Comment by magan bagan — April 11, 2012 @ 11:18 pm

    Thank you for sharing this Shannon! You may know this, but sometimes a reminder does wonders.

    I’ve been working through my own writing and whether or not this is the right way for me to go. It’s scary, but I know that if it’s God’s plan for me then it will work out.

    Thank you.

    I’m sitting here trying not to cry as I write this, but what you said is definitely something that I needed to hear. So thank you again.

  • Comment by Shan — April 12, 2012 @ 10:11 am

    Oh Magan! Now I’m all weepy. I’m going to find you on twitter & message you.

    And you too, Xochi! Thank you so much for your beautiful prayer.

    And to the others, I couldn’t do what I do without your support. THANK YOU!

  • Comment by Karen — April 22, 2012 @ 9:20 pm

    No matter what anyone says…you are the very best writer God wants you to be at this time, for this story, for this trilogy. You’re my favorite author…(and I read a lot) lol.

  • Comment by Deborah Heal — May 7, 2012 @ 4:37 pm

    I know how you’re feeling, Shannon. My first book was released in January, the sequel is finished, and I’m just beginning research on book III. Uncanny, huh? I look forward to reviewing Angel Eyes, and you can just bet I’ll be kind. I know how it feels to get both good and bad reviews, and then just get back on the horse and ride. God has been sending some pretty amazing people into my life to help along the way. I pray the same for you. Good “luck!” (Christian luck, that is.)

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