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Happy, Relaxing Weekend

There's more rain on the horizon where I'm at today, but as the thunder rolls and the sky darkens, I'm curled up in my writing cave crafting and polishing. As five o' clock approaches, I wanted to wish you a Happy, relaxing weekend! Many of you will travel over this Memorial holiday. Some will have cookouts and spend time with family. Others will trek to cemeteries to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Whatever you have planned, I pray that the next few days grant peace and allow you some down time. It's so important we build in moments to pause, reflect, and rest---something that often gets shoved to the back burner in the busyness of life. Let me encourage you to guard your clock---to not do yet one more thing just for the sake of saying you did. While fear of disappointing others is a motivating factor for many of us, when we disappoint ourselves the consequences are
Happy, Relaxing Weekend

Sometimes… We Cling

Thanks, friend, for extending grace last week as I took an unscheduled blog break. I'll be blunt. I'm exhausted! I'm in cling mode. I'm clinging to those things that matter. Those things that have the highest priority just now. One of those things is my time. Now that our youngest has graduated from high school, there are new demands on my day. Things like dorm room shopping,  manuscript polishing, and conference scheduling. Things that are just a slight variation of pre-grad busyness---things that leave me breathless, but happily so. 'Tis the season. (And I'm not even going to think about the semi-empty nest season. Yet. Well...at least until August. Then I may need a hug. And really---that's a post for another day.) While this is a season of endurance, it's certainly not a life-changing trial. Still, when we're exhausted, our minds and bodies betray us. We may focus on the silly, inconsequential details and not the bigger, well-rounded picture---the outcome that really matters. In other
Sometimes… We Cling

Stop By for the Fun

After almost three inches of rain in two days, I think we're about to catch a respite. *breaks out pom-poms* Yaaay. We may see sunshine later. (Grocery store, here I come!) I know. Writers' lives are so exciting. Seriously, since I'm knee-deep in various projects, I'll be brief today. Here's what's going on in my world: My toes are finally on the mend. (I knew you'd want to know.) If you missed that crazy story, you can read more here.   We're recuperating from last week's graduation. Our magna cum laude girl is in wind-down mode and so is this very tired mama. Soon, we'll prepare for another life stage, but... I can't think about that just yet. (Where's the tissues?!)   I'm preparing for conference season. This year's American Christian Fiction Writer's conference is in the great city of Nashville. Hope to see you there!   Today I'm a guest over at my friend Savanna Kaiser's fabulous blog, The Engrafted Word. Hope you'll
Stop By for the Fun

I’ve Joined Pinterest

I was sucked into the vortex yesterday. After years of resisting, I finally joined Pinterest. Hooray! Let me just say, I didn't join on a whim or because I needed yet one more time-suck to my day. I joined Pinterest as a creative outlet and as a way to organize thoughts and ideas pertinent to future stories. And yes---friends have suggested setting a timer, and now I see why. Pinterest is a glorious visual feast that draws you in and hooks you with its bright colors, snappy designs, and ridiculously awesome ideas. There's literally everything from A to Z on this network. (...And I won't even mention the decadent recipes.) Goodness. Gracious. Me. Let's just say---thank heaven for that timer! Prior to opening a Pinterest account, I did my homework. For months, I'd researched the pros and cons of this network. I had an idea about tips, tricks, and things to try. I knew ahead of time what  boards I wanted to create and
I’ve Joined Pinterest

Should We Write “Real Life” into Our Stories?

There are dozens of directions I could take with today's post, but for time's sake, let's talk possibility and plausibility. Since this isn't a writing blog (although I do share thoughts on the process from time to time), I won't bore you with rights and wrongs. The truth is everyone and their Great Aunt Alice has an idea of what writers should do and the approach we should take. Some ideas (like  those from experts in their field) have merit. Others, (perhaps well-intentioned, but clueless about the craft) not so much. Depending on your genre (speculative fiction and fantasy, for instance), time travel is realistic and accepted as the norm. In other genres, the idea would seem outlandish---even laughable. Now, that's not to say we can't infuse our stories with those wow elements---the ones that make us read a passage twice for the sheer delight of it. As an example, I write faith-based Heartfelt, Homespun Fiction with real-life perspective. I
Should We Write “Real Life” into Our Stories?

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A hopeless romantic, wife, mother, lover of the Ozarks, and passionate follower of Jesus. And that’s just for starters…
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