Goodbye for July, and What’s Next for this Writer (Including a Thirtieth Birthday)

This pic doesn't really go with this post, but why not? A cute baby is always in season, right?
This pic doesn’t really go with this post, but why not? A cute baby is always in season, right?

This post may be my last for the rest of July. I need to take care of those neglected areas of life that I referenced in my last post. But I wanted to say goodbye; I will miss connecting with my readers until I get back. Here’s what I’ll be doing the rest of the month.

Facing my Fears of Technology

I’ve put off two things I need to do, just because I don’t really know how to do them: making prints of Sam’s first six months so I can start photo albums and give relatives baby pictures, and turning this blog into a website. The longer I wait, the bigger, hairier, and scarier these things seem, and it’s ridiculous.

I’m a bit embarrassed, especially of my failure to print baby pictures. Shouldn’t I know how to do this? (The issue is getting them from my iphone—which I don’t know how to use very well—to the computer, to Wal-mart’s printing center, then deciding which ones I want to frame and give away. It would have been a lot easier with only one or two months of photos—six months is burying me). I’ve often said I would have fit in a lot better in Victorian culture—you know, the Jane Austen picture of women sitting around reading books, playing piano, writing letters. I would be awesome at this life! But alas, I live in the twenty-first century, and I must adapt.

As for my website, I’m going to start by purchasing the domain name “Lindsey Gendke” from WordPress. Beyond that, I have sketched out what I want my website to look like, but I don’t know how to get there yet. This will require some hours spent studying the resources put out by the friendly WordPress staff. It’s a very doable task, judging by the wealth of resources available, and I’m a pretty good student; I just don’t like doing research of this nature. However, as an author, it will be a good investment of my time now to be able to maintain my site later, hopefully when I have a book or two published. On that note…

Wrapping up My Book Projects

In anticipation of the soon release of The Hidden Half of the Gospel: How His Suffering Can Heal Yours, I am helping Paul Coneff write promotional material, like our author bios (for the book website) and a “super article” conveying the book’s thesis. I have been working with this project for two years and am more than eager to see The Hidden Half in its final form—as is Paul. This is definitely a priority right now!

Now that I’ve proposed my own book, my memoir, to a certain publisher God led me to, I want to ready the rest of the manuscript, should they ask to see it. Whether or not this publisher buys the thing, I’m determined to place it somewhere, so it needs to get done one way or the other. I know my husband, for one, wants me to finally get this book out of my bones, because I’ve been “talking his ears off” about it for years! I’m ready to release it, too.

Celebrating Thirty Years

This month I am celebrating thirty years of life, an accomplishment I am pretty proud of, considering I tried to depart this life round about a decade ago. Five years ago I made it a personal goal to do two, maybe three, things before I turned thirty: I wanted to get my master’s degree—check; I wanted to publish a book—my hopes are on the Hidden Half making the cutoff; and I maybe, kinda, sorta, considered having a kid—check! All in all, it has been a successful past half decade, and I am very happy with my life overall. I continue to marvel everyday at the “spacious place” into which God has brought me, and I look forward to telling others about that for the rest of my life.

To celebrate my thirty years, we have planned a birthday party at my church that will include playing volleyball and eating a Dairy Queen cake—two good memories from childhood. Yippee! I also, with mixed emotions, lined up my mother-in-law to babysit Sam for three days while my hubby and I get away to a little cabin in the woods. I will miss the little squirt, but I know I will REALLY enjoy the down time, and the quiet time.

So that’s what’s in the works for me this month. It’s probably enough to do without trying to maintain a blog. Please wish me luck with my technology goals, and please send up a prayer for my book projects if you’re into those sorts of things (prayer and books starring God, I mean). Thanks so much, and happy July!




7 thoughts on “Goodbye for July, and What’s Next for this Writer (Including a Thirtieth Birthday)

  1. Kate July 8, 2014 / 5:09 pm

    Thanks for the update, Lindsey! Sounds like a great break and a promising future! Can’t wait to hear how the rest of your summer transpires and how it all plays out!! xo

  2. lindseygendke July 8, 2014 / 9:07 pm

    Thanks for reading, Kate. I look forward to reading about your summer as well. Keeping you in prayer!

  3. howsyourlovelife July 9, 2014 / 11:35 am

    I’d say it’s been a very successful decade! Cant wait to hear about all you learned in the month of July, and to eventually read your book!

  4. ccyager July 9, 2014 / 2:44 pm

    Hi, Lindsey,

    Don’t worry about the website. WordPress will walk you through it and they are a patient bunch. Can’t wait to see the finished product! As for the baby pictures, I’m no help there since I have not printed out any of the photos on my computer on actual photo paper! LOL Canon keeps sending the paper to me though. LOL

    Best wishes for huge success with both your books. And frankly, since they are starring God, I’d expect that God would want to move them forward in a positive way….(big smile) I am not a reader of religious material (except Buddhism and metaphysics) as such — your blog is the most I’ve read since high school, so your book with Paul I’ll take a pass on, but let me know when your memoir will be out. I’ll be happy to buy a copy!

    I’m glad you’re taking some time away. Enjoy!

    • lindseygendke August 18, 2014 / 9:17 am

      Hi Cinda,

      Wow, I missed this comment a few weeks ago, I see! Thanks so much for the kind words. Still haven’t found time for work on the website, but it will get done when it’s supposed to get done! Thanks for the good wishes on the books. I totally understand on the book with Paul; and I will sound the bells if something happens with my memoir. I have sent out three queries/book proposals, and am expectantly waiting to hear back while I finish preparing the manuscript. (I am flattered that you read my blog, differing religious views and all!). I like to read some different stuff too, to stay well-rounded and realistic about the world around me. Hope all is going well with you!

  5. Vinodhini July 14, 2014 / 1:09 am

    Hi Lindsey,

    Happy Birthday to you, you look gorgeous in the pic and baby Sam looks cute…:) You schedule looks pretty interesting.. Enjoy you down time in the woods 🙂 You’ve accomplished a lot in just 30 years!! Kudos!! It was so nice to read your update! Will keep ur book in prayers!! All the best as you begin your thirties:)

    Love and hugs

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