Since my last entry to my blog, I traveled to Grand Rapids, Michigan to meet with my Zondervan editor and the folks in marketing and publicity. My agent was there, too, and we had one full and very productive day. I returned to Boise feeling energized and mulling over ideas for future books. Of course, I’ve got to finish revisions on Wagered Heart (my July 2008 release from Zondervan) first. Speaking of which, have I shared the cover here? I don’t think so. That’s it on the left. Isn’t it beautiful?
My March 2008 Women of Faith release, The Perfect Life, has gone through another round of cover design (the one showing on Amazon.com isn’t even close to what it will be). I’m very excited about the new concept, and I hope I’ll be able to share the final cover with you soon.
I mentioned that I planned to put my iPhone envy to rest by upgrading to a Verizon Blackberry 8830 at the end of the month. Well, I was able to do so earlier than I thought, and I was grateful for that. I got the phone on the Friday before my trip. What a lifesaver it turned out to be. The flights through Minneapolis were a mess on Monday. I ended up being delayed into Grand Rapids by three hours. I was able to send emails right from my phone, advising of my flight status. I tried out the Treo 700p awhile back and it ran so hot that it felt as if it burned my inner ear. It was also thicker and heavier by 2 oz (a lot when holding to your ear for any length of time) than the Blackberry.
I don’t know that the iPhone envy will go away completely. It is seriously such a cool device. And the screen is easier to see if I don’t have my reading glasses on. For the BB, that’s not an option. Glasses required.
On the flight from Boise to Minneapolis, I watched another movie about Rwanda, Beyond the Gates. Oh my. The power of this film. I found the story and the characters more moving than Hotel Rwanda, but I don’t think it ever got the press that the latter film got. This one stars John Hurt and Hugh Dancy. I watched a great deal of the movie with a hand over my mouth, trying to suppress moans at the horror of the 1994 genocide. John Hurt plays a Catholic priest and Hugh Dancy is an idealistic young teacher at the school run by the church. This is a powerful, powerful film, one that made me think about the hard choices people sometimes must make in this world. I highly recommend it.