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Something Fun ‘n Flighty…

...Because sometimes a Tuesday can feel like a Monday. So, here's a little ditty just for fun. I wrote this a few months ago one Saturday morning when I woke up with the first line running through my head. Have a blessed day!   What Will I Do Today?   Today I’ll cross swords with an… Continue reading Something Fun ‘n Flighty…

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The Writing World: Narrow-minded and Legalistic?

Early last month, I took the plunge and joined an online writer’s critique group, for I want/need to get unbiased opinions on my Christmas story. This group ranges in skill from beginners to experts, and one of the basic rules of thumb is to critique (or crit) two submissions from other writers before submitting your… Continue reading The Writing World: Narrow-minded and Legalistic?

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Silence is Golden

My blog-life has been quiet for several weeks. My real life, on the other hand, has not. School started up again at the end of August and with it came new schedules, new routines, new meetings, new appointments. Around those responsibilities and those of the household, I also had a self-imposed deadline to finish the second… Continue reading Silence is Golden

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Letting Go Is Not The Same As Giving Up

Seeing as how we are officially halfway through the year, I thought I’d bring you up to date on my New Year’s resolution, which was to send out query letters to dozens of agents and/or publishers. To be honest, I’m discouraged at how few agents and publishers I have been able to find that are… Continue reading Letting Go Is Not The Same As Giving Up

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Oh, the conflict!

Ellowyne Wilde is mad at me. I have done so much writing and reading and researching over the last month or so that she’s feeling a little under-appreciated. With spring officially arriving tomorrow, Ellowyne has PLANS. But before she can implement her plans, I have to find time to drive two hours to Missoula just… Continue reading Oh, the conflict!

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Two Steps Forward…

Can I tell you a secret? I’m so excited this week—and God stands smack dab in the middle of it. Back in November of 2013, our church decided to fast and pray over a period of three weeks for God to work breakthroughs in both the congregation as a whole and in our individual lives.… Continue reading Two Steps Forward…

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To Failure!

This is usually the time when people make New Year’s resolutions in the hopes they can keep them. Yet, as statistics show, many fail before the month of January is over. I haven’t made a resolution in years, possibly because I know I’m a work-in-progress—a creature of habit that needs constant nudges to keep me… Continue reading To Failure!

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Praise and thanksgiving…

Before too much time passes (and we all know how quickly that happens!), I want to post a brief update on the Write on the Sound conference, in Edmonds, Washington. Praise the Lord, first of all, for safe travels, encouraging girl-bonding time, and beautiful weather. When I think of Seattle and its surrounding towns (Edmonds is… Continue reading Praise and thanksgiving…

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A Writer’s Prayer

Two writer buddies and I are driving to Edmonds, WA for a writer’s conference this weekend. We leave Friday morning and won’t be back until Monday evening. I don’t know what I’m looking forward to more: the conference, the four days exempt from making dinners and washing dishes, or the nineteen hours (give or take)… Continue reading A Writer’s Prayer

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Love means no condemnation…

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 Several years ago, writing and I fell into a love-hate relationship. For me, there is nothing more satisfying than turning a blank document on Microsoft Word into a colorful, angst-ridden world that gives life… Continue reading Love means no condemnation…