Marji Laine

I Love a Good Mystery!

Wheels Go Round in a Circle


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See the little guy behind the wires? She’s actually a girl.


Notice the eyes? The look of panic? The weak droop at the side of her mouth. Yep. She’s tired.

I can so relate!

I think I might have told you about my new project. I’ve been recruited to help with a
homeschool prom. Okay take all of the pictures that you have in your head of prom and throw them away. This event has all the earmarks of a royal ball crossed by a Mary Kay Convention.

No I’m not kidding. This thing has won national awards and is the largest homeschool prom in the nation – probably the world.

What have I gotten myself into?

This week, I took over the volunteer work for the event. Every family with a ticket has to have volunteer hours so there are literally thousands of people to schedule. Luckily I’ve got a gal who has done this work for years heading up my team and a brand new program that is tracking things in detail.

And that’s what I’ve been doing for the last 4 days. Tracking everything in detail and learning how to work with this process so we can keep the train moving.

But I so feel for the guy on the wheel. Just when I think I’m reaching a ledge and can stop prom work and do some actual writing, another thing comes down the pipe. Well, it IS the season with only about 6 weeks left. But it leaves me in chagrin of what I love.

So I focus on the good things. I got to add 2k to my WIP over the weekend. That felt so good and I tried so hard to continue – ah well. I’m working on this project with some GREAT ladies and getting an opportunity to create a truly unforgettable night for our teenagers. I’m also getting to use my organizational talents along with developing some new abilities as I work with the programs and people. That’s been fun, too. Oh and I got to design a new blog with all kinds of information about medieval times. Loved setting that up!

And today’s only Wednesday. My WIP is still on the top of my stack of things to get to. I will hold out hope!

Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a recently "graduated" homeschooling mom whose twin girls have blessed her by sticking around the nest for a little longer. She spends her days directing the children’s music program at her church and working with the authors of Write Integrity Press to put out the best possible version of their books. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

11 thoughts on “Wheels Go Round in a Circle

  1. Oh thank you, Cathy! I'm on it! Woohoo!


  2. Oh I know who you are talking about. One of my crit partners too! LOVE her and am so excited about Mother of Pearl! I'm going to have to tell her I "met" you! So glad we bumped into each other, Cheryl!


  3. So glad to find your blog, Marji! And thanks for visiting mine.One of my dearest friends and crit partners moved from the Pacific NW to Dallas a few years ago. Her first book is coming out in September 2012 I believe.Good luck with the homeschool prom! Never a dull moment when we're following God's lead, huh?Aloha! –Cheryl


  4. It’s always hard when you feel like you are going around in circles with no end in sight. It’s there, Marji. You’ll make it.


  5. You're right, Ben. And not just busy. I'll never forget the night I got thoroughly reamed out for nothing but semantics. The whole issue had nothing to do with me. The lady reaming had just learned that her mom had an incurable disease and needed to move in with her and her husband. We never know what's going on behind the scenes, so in every case – grace.


  6. That's one of the biggest reasons I don't like it when friends of mine get angry at their teachers for being scatterbrained (NOT talking about you, by the way). I had a writing teacher a few years ago, and my friends would get frustrated because she would be consistently late to class. They were embarrassed when they learned she taught Middle School, High School, and College Writing. Every day.


  7. Busy isn't always a good thing. But I am hoping to indulge in more writing time this week. Maybe today??? I hope so!


  8. You are one busy woman! That wheel goes round and round. I'm sure that prom will be one unforgettable night for the kids. Don't forget to take some time out for yourself.