Don’t Give Up On Me

So the deal is that I’m about two weeks away from my deadline for book #3, and while I still have a ways to go, I AM IN THE HOME STRETCH. I am so much farther along than I was even two weeks ago, but I’m also still a little bit like Dory in Finding Nemo.


Plus, I go back to work tomorrow after two weeks off, so there will definitely be some adjustment there in terms of carving out writing time. I’m hoping to make the most of staying home for about 14 nights in a row, and then I have every intention of getting back to a normal schedule again. I’ve been writing this book since the early part of the summer, and since reading time and TV time are the things that take the biggest hits when I’m in book mode, I CANNOT WAIT FOR THE TV AND THE BOOKS.

I’m still watching Downton tonight, though. And we watched Sherlock Friday night. Some things just can’t wait. And hopefully the blog pace will pick up as life gets back to normal; y’all have been mighty patient, and I am grateful.

Here are a few things in the interest of playing catch-up.

1) If you love Birmingham like I love Birmingham, you for sure need a Picture Birmingham 2016 calendar. They’re only $10 right now. All of the gorgeous photos were taken by the talented Rachel Callahan, and all profits from calendar sales benefit The WellHouse, a local organization that rescues and rehabilitates women out of sex trafficking – all in Jesus’ name.

2) CeCe Winans singing “Blessed Assurance” is rivaling the JT / Chris Stapleton video in terms of how many times I’ve played it.

I am also a little bit in love with CeCe’s dress and shoes.

3) My sister gave my office a 90-minute makeover when she was here Christmas, and it pretty much changed my life. You can’t see the desk and whatnot from this picture, but you can see why she made such an impact on the sofa side of the room.

When Sister was here last week I said, "Hey. I still haven't hung anything on my office walls. IT'S BEEN A YEAR. Can you help?" So we walked back to my office, gathered up prints and paintings that I love a lot, and Sister put together a grouping of some of my favorites over the sofa. She hung a mirror from Martha on another wall and added a big print from the house where we grew up to the top of my storage thingie. Then I remembered some fabric that I bought last year, and y'all, my sister made curtains using straight pins and Scotch tape. No lie. They changed the whole room, and she just pinned and taped until she was satisfied that no rough edges were showing. The whole process cost zero dollars, took 90 minutes, and totally transformed the room. Thanks, Sister! I'm never leaving, which I guess is good since I have a book to finish. So bye. 😊

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4) What do you even say about this except STOP IT, AMERICA? :-)

Hot dog-flavored Pringles. Available exclusively at Walgreens. THIS IS A REAL THING.

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5) If you like to listen to instrumental music when you write / read / study / journal, you should definitely check out The Reveille, Vol. 2 by Austin Stone Worship. It has been my go-to the last week or so – recommended by a friend on Twitter – and it’s GORGEOUS.

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6) Did y’all see or read anything good over the holidays? I’m making a list for after this book is finished, with watching Making a Murderer and reading The Short Drop at the top of my lists – plus catching up on Serial episodes.

7) Stay tuned for a podcast – hopefully very soon!

I hope y’all had the merriest Christmas and the happiest new year!


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  1. My excellent author friend, Julie Klassen, writes Christy-award-winning, Jane Austen-like, Regency Christian historical fiction/romance. Her latest (10th) book, “The Painter’s Daughter” is outstanding, a marriage of convenience story. Bonus – I was SO blessed to travel with her a year ago to England on a research trip and we visited many of the places she writes about – so much fun!

  2. Sophie, I have been checking your blog all day hoping you would have time to post something before you head back to school next week — and you never disappoint. I think we are kindred spirits. I watched the Kennedy Center honors show and was blown away. Where do I begin about Blessed Assurance. I heard my Granny sing that song a million times when I was growing up and it never fails to bring tears to my eyes when it reminds me of her. And Cece — I love her — one of my very favorite Christian music performers. She was the guest singer at the Easter service at my church several years ago. And I also had the opportunity to visit her home church in Nashville a few years ago. What a wonderful experience. And Cecily Tyson is my favorite actress. So all the stars aligned for a perfect trifecta. Aretha Franklin’s performance of Natural Woman in tribute to Carole King was amazing also. Glad you’re on the home stretch with the book. I am so looking forward to its release.

  3. Yes to the AS worship CD. I’ve had it since it released and love it!
    I’m reading Story Teller by Jodi Picoult and it’s very good!
    Have a great week back to work.

  4. Sophie, You should read Hush,Swing, Hush by Laurie Parker. She is from Mississippi and the book is set in Meridian. I think you will like it :)

  5. kelly sites says:

    We binged watched Making a Murderer……wow wow wow……

    Hang in there.

  6. You go girl!! I’ve been reading Jen Hatmaker’s For The Love. I love it. I’m excited about the NFL playoffs starting next week, although sadly my Colts didn’t make it. Love the office. I might be working on mine a bit this winter.

  7. Stephanie G says:

    Thanks for sharing the video. I have been a big fan of CeCe but had not seen this clip yet. So moving!

  8. Love your office and super jealous that you have a big cough in there! Love the fabric on the curtains too. I can’t wait to listen to a new podcast too!

  9. I got greedy and read 2 books over Christmas. The first was Circling The Sun by Paula McClain and the second was The Aviators Wife by Melanie Benjamin. I loved them both! That they are both about real people and events was especially fascinating. Yet they are still delicious works of fiction.

  10. rachael b says:

    Can’t wait for the new book! looking forward to any new posts you are able to give us! Been missing you!

  11. Love your office, I’m very jealous of your space ;) On your recommendation I read “Bronner” by Sherri Burgess and let me just say IT WRECKED ME!!! Such a beautiful story of redemption and grace but also of the way God uses the losses in our life. Thank you Sophie!

  12. Here’s to serious concentrating in the next two weeks. Just know I can’t wait to read the end product.

    I’m a little behind in my book reading, but have you read “Pioneer Girl” the annotated autobiography by Laura Ingalls Wilder? It’s kind of text book-y at first, but now that I’ve gotten into it, it’s really fascinating. As a writer wanna be, the whole writing process is just amazing and we see it unfold in this book. Very interesting!

    Happy New Year to you and yours and yes, podcast, yes!

  13. Hi Sophie, I just read The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry in a day and a half! I couldn’t put it down. You will love it.
    Happy New Year

  14. Thanks so much for the shout-out! You are too kind. :-)

  15. Thank you so much for this post. The CeCe Winan’s video touched my heart just at the perfect time. God’s good that way you know :)

  16. Give up on you? NEVER! So excited for this new book of yours, and praying for you as you write. :)

  17. Catching up on a few posts ~ I laughed right out loud, VERY LOUD, when you said you related to the donkey in Flash. That’s funny right there! I haven’t read that book yet, but I’m hoping to soon.

    I also had the best laugh at dear Helen’s sneeze. BECAUSE my daughter sneezes like that. SO LOUD. It scares me. Literally. Every time. She hasn’t always sneezed like that. But she does now. And I have no idea why! But it’s funny.