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9 Days to Something, Maybe!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Yesterday's winner was Michelle--but thank you ALL for your suggestions.

Today--well, today we're into single digits, and it's all starting to feel real to me. (It'll become real when I see the book in a bookstore--walking in and seeing my book on the shelf is such a thrill! I thought it might get less over time but it hasn't. It amazes me *every single time.*)

The weirdest thing of all is that writing and being published was a dream I didn't even know I had, but having it come true has been one of the best things to ever happen to me. And that leads me to today's contest, which is about dreams.

In Something, Maybe, Hannah's friend Teagan went to design school in New York to study fashion, but is now back in Slaterville. And it's clear that she misses school and New York...

"Have you asked them how much longer they want you to stay? I know you must miss New York and stuff. School."

She's silent as I stop at the end of her driveway.

"Teagan, you should tell them you think they'll be okay on their own. Then you can go, you know?"

"I will."




"Soon," she says, and gets out of the truck...

Teagan has had to put her dream on hold--has that ever happened to you or someone you know? If it has, tell me about it by midnight tonight and you might win a copy of Janette Rallison's Just One Wish OR a signed copy of Stealing Heaven (by me!)--your choice!

NINE days!!


Blogger books-a-lishious said...

my friend had to put her dream of being on the musical on hold when her family found out that her little brother's babysitter was sick and bailed on their family. It was really sad because my friend is an amazing singer!


March 15, 2009 9:19 AM  
Blogger H said...

I haven't really put anything on hold, though I'm not sure if I've always made the right decisions.
My friend had to end her dreams of being a speech therapist when she didn't do well enough in English Language.


March 15, 2009 9:38 AM  
Blogger Janssen said...

My mom put her college education on hold for two years while my dad finished dental school and then went back after I was born. I'm so impressed that she finished!

March 15, 2009 10:16 AM  
Blogger Meg said...

I went to California to act...and had to put that dream on hold when my grandfather got sick and I needed to return home to take care of my family. Still haven't gone back to that dream and I really don't think I ever will.

March 15, 2009 10:30 AM  
Blogger Thao said...

My friend has to put her dream on hold for god knows how long. She has always wanted to go to this college which is far away from hone but cannot just because she doesn't have the heart to live her family behind. Her father isn't the man who loved his family more anything anymore, her mum is in denial and she has to take care for three young and carefree siblings, especially after her father was laid off. I wish everything will work out for her later - she can to that college and become an author like she wishes : )


Only 9 days to come! YAY!

March 15, 2009 10:50 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

I haven't really put anything on hold (yet), but I do wish I had made some better decisions on things. But I do have have a dream of reading all the books i have, which keeps get putting on hold.


March 15, 2009 11:18 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

my mom put her dream of being a personal trainer on hold to have kids...she's now a personal trainer.

March 15, 2009 11:18 AM  
Blogger Bunny B said...

I have put my dream of traveling the world on hold because I don't have the funds for it (yet!) I do hope it will come true soon :)

March 15, 2009 11:31 AM  
Blogger sylvia said...

There is a friend of mine who had to put his dream on hold, well not exactly because ever since, his parents wanted him, expected him to continue the family's "legacy" as doctors or surgeons. I really felt bad for him because he grew up not knowing what he wanted because he had always been pressured to be someone they want them to be and not someone who he wants to be. =c

sylvia (sylvia_uy4@yahoo.com)

March 15, 2009 11:49 AM  
Blogger Patti said...

A friend of mine had to put her dream of going to college on hold until all her younger siblings had finished high school. Everything's okay now. She graduated from college a few years ago! (And so did another sibling.)


March 15, 2009 12:09 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

I haven't had to put my dream (of being an actress) on hold per se, but I have had to slow it down a bit because of having chronic fatigue for the past four years. But thankfully I've still been able to pursue it, in one way or another!

March 15, 2009 12:32 PM  
Blogger GreenBeanTeenQueen said...

I had to put my dream of going to grad school on hold for two years while my fiance finished his undergrad. Now I've started school just as he finished and he's waiting before he goes back for his master's. Plus, we've had to put off getting married until he was done with school, so we're getting married the same semester I started school and the day after he walks for graduation! It's been a really crazy few months, but he's totally worth it!

March 15, 2009 12:51 PM  
Blogger katie said...

I don't think that I have ever had to put my dreams on hold yet and hopefully I won't have to anytime soon. I know I haven't always made the best decisions but I don't think that is the same thing.


March 15, 2009 12:52 PM  
OpenID readthisbook said...

I have to put my dream of getting a dog on hold till I get my own house! =( My mum hates dogs because she was bitten by a dog when she was young. So I am not allowed to have any dogs or pets. *cries*

Email: kate.readthisbook [at] gmail.com

March 15, 2009 1:21 PM  
Blogger Juiciliciousss Reviews said...

YES!!! are you kidding me?! everytime i start dreaming something interesting, i wake up and im like grrr, must go back to sleep to finish the dream but i end up putting it on hold until the next night or so


March 15, 2009 1:26 PM  
OpenID biblauragraphy said...

Oh yeah - spent several years in an immensely boring office job before I had saved up enough for library school. No fun, but it worked out in the end!

twonickelsoradime at gmail

March 15, 2009 1:30 PM  
Blogger Senfaye said...

I haven't put my dreams on hold, because (this may sound weird) I really wanted a blog to get in touch with authors and other readers like me and I did. I am super proud of myself because I set out to do something and I accomplished it.

-Senfaye :)

March 15, 2009 1:38 PM  
Blogger Steph Su said...

My boyfriend has had to put his career on hold because, still living at home and having crazy strict parents, they send him on so many errands that he basically does not have time to search for internships. It makes me frustrated and sad.

stephxsu at gmail dot com

March 15, 2009 1:42 PM  
OpenID beloved411 said...

I had the chance to go to an art school Japan to study photograhy somthing that would only happen to me in a life time but later could follow that dream becuse my mother later on lost her job and i had to help here out with my younger brothers and sister
I was very sad about it
but decide not to let that bother me as long as im studying what i love it deosnt matter where im doing it

March 15, 2009 2:28 PM  
Blogger Erika Lynn said...

thankfully i haven't really had to put my dreams on hold at all but i have seen it happen to others and what usually happens is dream change and alter.

March 15, 2009 3:38 PM  
Blogger GirlwiththeBraids said...

I remember a short time that I had to put my dream on hold. For a whole half-hour, my mother took away my writing notebook, saying "I wasn't using it the right way".

Okay, so I was mad at my sister ... but my notebook was the only weapon that I had at the time.

Yeah, yeah ... I know. It was wrong. :(


March 15, 2009 4:14 PM  
Blogger Meredith said...

The only thing that I have had to put on hold is college. But that was my choice because I was burned out from high school. I took my last 3 years of high school online and kept working through all the breaks in order to keep on track with the rest of my year. So I have put college off a year or two after burning myself out.

rosesaremyfavorite at hotmail dot com

March 15, 2009 6:12 PM  
Blogger scottsgal said...

I put off starting to have kids when we found out my mom had terminal cancer - would have been too much to handle at one time.

msboatgal at aol dot com

March 15, 2009 6:55 PM  
Blogger Pretty said...

Well, my friend has to put her dreams of being an artist on hold because her family didn't have enough money. Her drawings are really good too. It sucks a lot for this to happen.

I would like Janette Rallison's book please. Thank you.


March 15, 2009 7:34 PM  
Blogger Chantele said...

I wanted to go to school to be an elementary school teacher, and after getting married and having my first baby, I haven't had the chance to go back. My hubby is trying to get through school first, but I won't have any time to go back for years. I will someday, after I have had all of my children, and raise them.:)


March 15, 2009 8:37 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

i've put my dreams of moving to my parents home town in portugal because my dad really wants me to have a job so that when i do move there is something for me to do so i have 2 more years before i can see if he'll acually lets me go. But i think he will :D can't wait!!


March 15, 2009 9:10 PM  
Blogger deltay said...

Hmm... I try to live for the mo', and not put things off too much. But I guess I've been putting learning the guitar on hold for about... 5 or 6 years now, in deference to other instruments (piano, violin, clarinet).

March 15, 2009 9:20 PM  
Blogger Polo.Pony said...

I have wanted a horse for the longest time, that has been my dream for years! And my dream had to be put on hold for quite a bit of time, as you can imagine, but finally, it came true! I now have an adorable Tennessee Walking Horse who is only 3 years old that my Dad and I backed to gether!


March 15, 2009 10:02 PM  
Blogger Jacqueline said...

Well, I haven't put a dream of mine on hold...yet.

But I'd love to have a signed copy of Stealing Heaven!


March 15, 2009 10:22 PM  
Blogger KB said...

I would like to own a bookstore but I have a 13 yo who comes first. I feel like I'll be too old if I keep waiting. Of course, the economy is not where it should be either...

March 15, 2009 10:40 PM  
Blogger Just Your Typical Book Blog said...

Although I'm still very young, my whole dream of getting away from my hometown and doing all these great things are put on hold due to family situations. That's okay though because one day it will happen. Mucho faith about it.


March 15, 2009 11:14 PM  
Blogger Lane said...

My dreams of being a poet are on hold because I have school. I don't think being a poet will be enough for me though.


March 15, 2009 11:22 PM  
Blogger jocelyn said...

A friend of mine put her dream of living in a big city on hold to go to college here because she couldn't afford to go where she wanted.


March 15, 2009 11:26 PM  
Blogger Brittani said...

College for me. I just don't have to money right now and I'm still living with my parents. I am hoping to start a community college next year. But it depends on if I can save up enough money. Which will be hard since my hours at my job were cut in half. *sighs*


March 15, 2009 11:28 PM  
Blogger Michelle Kuo said...

Hmm a small dream of mine is to learn how to play the guitar by ear. I guess I've had to put that on hold, because I started learning chords last summer but then school started, which has kept me really busy. So I haven't had any time to continue playing the guitar, which makes me really sad because I REALLY want to play it by ear!


March 15, 2009 11:41 PM  
Blogger paperback.pixie said...

I've been putting my dream of getting an MFA on hold. I'm afraid I'm not talented enough, and I know my parents would lose it if I didn't get a degree in something "practical."


March 15, 2009 11:43 PM  
Blogger katayoun said...

for those books i wish i had put a dream on hold but i haven't done anything. though i did have something completely different, that is i wanted to stay and be with my friends and work, my parents had this dream of me going to grad school and so i went to school following my parents dream! though it was perfect and i am more than 100 percent glad that i did it even if i did my friends terribly for that two years!

March 16, 2009 7:41 AM  

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