Batman and She Speaks

Yesterday morning I drew pictures with my son. Here’s my finished product.

I was proud of my picture. I am not gifted in the drawing department. Normally when I draw something, there is a high probability you will not be able to figure out what it’s a picture of when I am done with it. But this is Batman! I copied it by looking at a Batman picture on the front cover of one of my son’s coloring books.

Did I mention I am sort of pleased with my picture? I put it on the kitchen table for my husband to see when he arrived home from work yesterday. He was proud of me too. I could tell. I know he really wished he’d had one of those Good Job stickers to put in the corner of the paper. I was tempted to hang my masterpiece on my refrigerator but I restrained myself.

I have bigger plans for my picture. Batman is going on a road trip! I’ve decided to take him to the She Speaks Writer’s Conference with me on Thursday. And, anytime my mind begins to ask myself that self doubt question…what are YOU doing here? I am going to look at my Batman picture and respond…because I AM an artist. I AM a writer.

I will not be bringing a book proposal. I will not have a one-sheet. I will not be meeting with a publisher. Nope. But, I am planning on bringing a professional looking notebook so I can take lots of notes. I thought a professional looking notebook would look a little more sophisticated than the napkins and pieces of scratch paper I usually write my thoughts on.

I don’t have any expectations as I head off to the conference except to learn as much as I can about my craft and my passion. I would appreciate your prayers for each of the ladies going this year. Please pray that the Lord will open our hearts and our minds to anything He desires to teach us!

I have learned, as a rule of thumb, never to ask whether you can do something. Say, instead, that you are doing it. Then fasten your seat belt. The most remarkable things follow. ~ Julia Cameron

14 thoughts on “Batman and She Speaks

  1. Kandi

    Hi Eileen,

    I love this post, I will be praying for all of the women attending the conference this weekend. You have really spoken to me this morning, I don't consider myself a writer, it is just something that keeps me busy while I wait for something more "stable" to come along, I ask myself the same questions you do, what I am doing? Thank you for writing this and opening my eyes and my heart to what the Lord wanted to teach me today.

    Blessings to you Eileen, my prayers go out to you at the conference this weekend.

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  2. Eileen

    Kandi, glad it spoke to you. I still have a hard time thinking of myself as "artistic". I've had to deprogram my brain. For years, I have told myself I am NOT artistic. But, I am learning that art comes in many different forms. My art is a HUGE work in progress…and that's okay. I just want to enjoy the journey.

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  3. Caroline

    Ooh, I have those awful, self-doubt questions arise, too. I'm also aiming to soak up as much as I can at She Speaks! It's so close! I'm so excited!

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  4. My daily walk in His grace!

    Hi Eileen. I hope you and all the ladies going to this conference will be so refreshed and totally filled with God's blessing and that you guys learn so much and share it with those of us not going (me for obvious reasons – different continent offers a challenge!)
    Your art is awesome!
    God bless
    Tracy

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  5. Lisa

    We all need a picture of batman to remind us of who we are and what we are doing. Love it! We are more than those questions of self-doubt. We are children of the Most Holy God and we can do all things through Christ! Praying for you this weekend, Eileen.

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  6. Jenifer

    This will such a great reminder! I struggle often with, "why am I blogging? I am so NOT a writer!" But I am obeying God, and that is all that matters. My words may not be well spoken or punctuated correctly but they are what God has directed me to write. This is a great post Eileen! I am so happy for you that you get to go to She Speaks (and a little jealous 😉 )! I will be praying safe trip, divine appointments, and many memories!

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  7. Eileen

    Caroline, I am very much looking forward to meeting you!

    Tracy, That different continent issue is a pretty big issue. 😉

    Lisa, Amen!

    Jenifer, don't be jealous, when I get home, I plan on sharing all the "secrets" I learn with you! Thank you so much for the prayers!

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  8. Sonny

    (a) You had me at Batman , (b) you quote Julia Cameron, which is aces in my book, and (c) you're going with an open heart and mind. It's like a trifecta of awesomeness. Best of – well, everything to you at the conference.

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  9. Phather Phil Malmstrom

    Eileen, visiting your page never fails to bring a smile to my face. 🙂 Love the batman drawing, and the post!

    I pray that attending the She Speaks Conference not only gives you the knowledge you're seeking, but provides you with the encouragement that you are indeed a writer, and in my opinion quite a talented one.

    Have a Blessed Day!

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  10. Allison

    You've got a notebook?! I must have one too, a cute one!!! I'm with ya sister…no book proposal, no 750 word article, no internet on my phone 🙂 But we'll learn and we'll be where God wants us to be-can't wait!

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  11. Eileen

    LOL! Allison, I just left a comment on your post and then checked my email to see you had left this one over here. I found my notebook/portfolio thing at Walmart and Batman is resting comfortably in it. 😉

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  12. Tiffini

    you plan sounds just perfect! That is exactly the place I would be…I so wish I was going with you all. Maybe next year:) I know you will have the time of your life..can't wait to hear it all
    xo

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