on December 22, 2008 in Dreams Coming True with 40 comments by

I’m setting a goal. But I need your help.

I’ve been working on a book for a while, and a literary agent in California wants it as soon as it is done.

[That is exciting.]

The book is supposed to be around 50,000 words.

[That is a lot.]

I have 20,000 words written, edited, and saved in the DONE! file.  I have more words “written”, but they haven’t been read over and edited and actually considered on the “suck or not” scale.  So I’m not counting those.

Because I work in small increments of motivation success, here is the plan:

By December 31st, I should have 30,000 words written.

And by January 10th, I should have 40,000 words written.

And then by January 20th, I should have 50,000 words written.

And then on January 21st, I’m going to lay in my bed mumbling many incoherent things and probably ice my swollen fingers.

But I’m going to do it.

I need you.  To pray.  To not let me forget.  To remind me to work harder than I ever have before.

So I’m asking you to join me, for the next 30 days, and pray really hard that God would give me the words.  I’m grateful that I’m not dependent on my own mind and my own vocabulary [because my brain stores words like “skillz” and “biz-nass”].  Instead, I depend on the One who created words to give me the right ones.

If you are willing to commit to this with me, [and I’m not playing around you seriously have to commit because I do not think I can do this if I don’t have people praying], please leave a comment and make sure you put a good email address in that box.  Cause for realz, I’ll going to email out specific prayer requests that I won’t bog down the blog with. I reserve this space for more life-changing things like videos with Annie Parsons.

Is this selfish to use my blogmies/bloggites to pray this project to completion?  Maybe.  But I’d rather share this victory with you, and let you watch as I toil and try and fight through this thing.  Cause maybe there is something in your heart that you don’t think you can do because of time, money, skillz, whatever.

I’m here to show you, in the next 30 days [I hope], that God loves the hard stuff.  And He loves to show up for us.

That I can do all things [like write a book!] through Christ who strengthens me!


Oh, and if there is something YOU want to do in the next 30 days, tell me so I can be praying for you, too!!  The ole give and take.  I’m all about it.

[I just wrote 482 words in this post.  Halfway to my goal today.  Too bad this isn’t going in the book.]


  1. posted on Dec 22, 2008 at 1:06 AM  |  reply

    As a wannabe writer myself (just very content to pour it out blog-style for now), I would LOVE to pray for you and the 30,000 words. I’m in!

  2. posted on Dec 22, 2008 at 1:28 AM  |  reply

    I’m totally in. Except I texted you today and never heard back…..
    KIDDING. Of course I’m in.

  3. posted on Dec 22, 2008 at 1:46 AM  |  reply

    I’m in.

    Funnily enough, I dreamed last night that I would be asked to pray for someone I didn’t know, but the request would be worthwhile and would change their life.
    Spooky, eh?
    The dream also had A&W rootbeer in it, but I dunno what that meant.

    Anyway, I’m IN !

  4. posted on Dec 22, 2008 at 2:47 AM  |  reply

    Count me in! I need to get my booty in gear and write more of my book and some more magazine articles. It’s easy to “just blog” and not write the other things.

    Have a great holiday! Lee

  5. ginger
    posted on Dec 22, 2008 at 3:20 AM  |  reply

    I will pray with & for you, Annie. Can’t wait to see what God does!

  6. Kimberly
    posted on Dec 22, 2008 at 6:55 AM  |  reply

    Hi Annie – Count me in! I’m fairly new to your blog and I’m really excited about this for you! 30,000 words? Here we go!! By the way – I’m so jealous that you get to live in N,ville. I grew up in K,ville but my heart will always be in N,ville! [live in Raw-lee, NC now – see you’re not the only one who wastes brain cells on silly things =) Raleigh, NC for the uninitiated ] Prayers comin’ your way!

  7. posted on Dec 22, 2008 at 7:22 AM  |  reply

    I’ll do it. Gladly 🙂
    Now go write! 😉

  8. Southern Gal
    posted on Dec 22, 2008 at 7:33 AM  |  reply

    I will do it!

    Pray I can get myself in gear to help my hubby (and myself) lose weight for health reasons.


  9. posted on Dec 22, 2008 at 7:50 AM  |  reply

    I am totally in to pray for you…what a goal!
    Have a great Christmas!

  10. Jennifer
    posted on Dec 22, 2008 at 8:32 AM  |  reply

    How fun! I love watching God work in advance of something instead of looking back and saying to myself that God was there all along and I missed it!!! Blessings!

  11. posted on Dec 22, 2008 at 8:51 AM  |  reply

    I will pray for you, too!

    I’ve always secretly wanted to write a book, so I will live vicariously through you 🙂 I know you can do it!

  12. posted on Dec 22, 2008 at 9:42 AM  |  reply

    You’ve got my email – put me on your “I’m a Committed Prayer!” (ICP) list.

    You wanna know what I honestly do not believe I can do without prayer? Run this half marathon. Our official training starts January 4, and I’m scared spitless – because I DO NOT THINK I CAN DO IT. Will you pray for me? Especially in January, as I’m getting used to doing something that I’ve never done before (um, i.e. physical exertion).

    Miss you already. For realz.

  13. Stephanie
    posted on Dec 22, 2008 at 9:45 AM  |  reply

    Looking forward to praying with you and seeing you succeed with HIS help.

  14. posted on Dec 22, 2008 at 9:59 AM  |  reply

    I have lots of newfound prayer time on my hands with early morning baby feedings and I love to have something specific to pray for. Count me in. I can guarantee you prayer 5-8 times a day. 🙂

  15. posted on Dec 22, 2008 at 10:28 AM  |  reply

    You WILL do this and God’s glory will be seen because of it. 🙂

    Blessings and prayers! I’d love to know your specific requests.

  16. posted on Dec 22, 2008 at 10:30 AM  |  reply

    So, I guess you won’t have time to do the tag/award thingy I just gave you. Well, if you hit a mental block, head on over and grab it. I really think it’s your cup of tea.

    Maybe you could even use part of it in your book?

  17. posted on Dec 22, 2008 at 10:30 AM  |  reply

    Or not.

  18. Amber
    posted on Dec 22, 2008 at 10:45 AM  |  reply

    I’m in =)

  19. Barbalicious
    posted on Dec 22, 2008 at 12:34 PM  |  reply

    Girl- I will be praying. I pray that God will give you the skillz to get this 50,000 word biz-nass done!

  20. posted on Dec 22, 2008 at 1:04 PM  |  reply

    you know i got your back girl!!! you can pray that buster and i will sell our four wheeler quickly so we can pay off our other debts and get our debt collectors off our backs!!! thank you !! 😉

  21. Pamela
    posted on Dec 22, 2008 at 1:24 PM  |  reply

    I’m in! I stubbled upon your blog, glad I did! I am a teacher in Cobb County – your first love 🙂

  22. posted on Dec 22, 2008 at 2:27 PM  |  reply

    I’m im. You can do it!!

  23. Ansley
    posted on Dec 22, 2008 at 4:19 PM  |  reply

    Yes ma’am! Count me in! Naturally.

  24. posted on Dec 22, 2008 at 6:14 PM  |  reply

    you know i’m there. love prayer. all about it, girl.


    in case you didn’t get it the first time xoxooxoxox

  25. posted on Dec 22, 2008 at 10:34 PM  |  reply

    Girl, I’m in! Can’t wait to hear what He does through you!

  26. posted on Dec 22, 2008 at 10:49 PM  |  reply

    I’m excited to pray for you! And please tell your friend Annie P. to check out http://www.runningforglory.blogspot.com – because I know all about how running a half marathon seems laughably like an impossibly huge obstacle- and I just ran one last week- with God’s help!

    —the Beth who used to live in Nashville and then God called to Texas Beth

  27. Leah
    posted on Dec 22, 2008 at 11:01 PM  |  reply

    Absolutely praying. This time last year, I was trying to finish a 50-page thesis. Prayers (and cajoling, encouraging, and pesky questioning) worked beautifully. Of course, I got it done by May, but that was more my fault than ineffective prayers. (or pray-ers)

  28. HP
    posted on Dec 22, 2008 at 11:04 PM  |  reply

    Prayers for 30,000 words over the next 30 days coming out of the great city of Athens, GA!

    PS – tell your friend Annie P. that half-marathon training is easy as 1-2-3. I ran 2 this year and will be running the one in Nashville in April. If a non-runner like me can run one, then I’m sure she can too.

  29. April Carter
    posted on Dec 22, 2008 at 11:12 PM  |  reply

    Of course!

  30. posted on Dec 23, 2008 at 12:25 AM  |  reply

    I would absolutely love to pray for you!

  31. LeAnn
    posted on Dec 23, 2008 at 9:24 AM  |  reply

    I’ll pray for you.

  32. AM
    posted on Dec 23, 2008 at 11:19 AM  |  reply

    Sign me up!! I’ll be praying.

  33. posted on Dec 23, 2008 at 2:42 PM  |  reply

    Add me to that e-mail list! 🙂 I’ll definitely be praying.

  34. posted on Dec 24, 2008 at 1:32 AM  |  reply

    You’ve been added to my prayer list!

  35. posted on Dec 24, 2008 at 3:32 PM  |  reply

    I’d love to pray for you!!!

  36. posted on Dec 27, 2008 at 11:05 AM  |  reply

    I would love to pray for you!!! Just let me know how!!


  37. Allen
    posted on Dec 27, 2008 at 8:09 PM  |  reply

    Count us in, but enough about you, now to me… I really want to break 90 this year (God answers prayers about one’s golf game, right?)

  38. posted on Dec 31, 2008 at 9:30 AM  |  reply

    I’m in!

  39. allison
    posted on Jan 02, 2009 at 6:34 PM  |  reply

    Girl- Just catching up on my blog roll now, count me in on the 30 days or prayer! You can totally accomplish this goal! Praying for you.

  40. posted on Jan 04, 2009 at 8:58 PM  |  reply

    of course. i would love to pray for you!

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