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Upcoming Fun on the Blog

While some parts of the country are knee-deep in snow and bone-chilling cold, here in the Ozarks we can't complain. Today in my little niche the sun's shining with a projected high of fifty degrees. Fifty degrees. In fact, forecasts predict a nice round of upper sixties for the next ten days or so. Ahh. Spring fever, here I come! Of course, while this sounds fabulous I well know those predictions are subject to change. After all---we're talking the Ozarks here where anything can happen. Still, I'm thankful for today, for this moment. As we approach the new season, I wanted to share some upcoming blog fun. After 700+ blog posts, I think we've probably chatted about everything from A to Z. (Shameless plug--- If you haven't yet explored my archives, please do! TONS of uplifting, encouraging content there. Please share with your friends, too.) Now, what's ahead? More slice-of-life vignettes---Stories, tips, and trivia from my homespun hub in the Ozarks Guest blogs---Please message me
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Upcoming Fun on the Blog

Should Writers Write the Stories of Their Hearts?

Oh, my goodness. I wondered if I should even broach this on the blog today. So much has been said about writers writing to trends versus writers writing the stories of their hearts, it seems a little redundant to add to the chatter. But you know me. I thought another perspective might be fun. So here we go. Let's dive in! About six years ago when I jumped onto the writing path again, the publishing arena was somewhat different than today. It was a kinder, gentler time. Though gears were beginning to shift, options still existed. If authors persevered, honed their craft, and wrote a great story, the future seemed bright. Trends came. Trends went. Some stuck. Many didn't. Years meandered by. Then... A light breeze stirred. Winds of change blew in. Bigger entities gobbled up smaller markets (not necessarily a bad thing, but a precursor of some not-so-good things to come). Numbers, dollars, market demand, and return on investment defined which divisions would last and which would
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Should Writers Write the Stories of Their Hearts?

How Newsletters Impact Our Readers

It's great to be back with you! If you're a member of my newsletter family, please check your inboxes. Newsletters went to subscribers yesterday, and you don't want to miss all the great content. Hint: Be sure you've added my newsletter e-mail address to your contacts so I don't mistakenly go to your spam folder. Not a subscriber yet? No worries! Sign-up is completely painless and free, and you can do it right from the sidebar without ever leaving this page. I won't sell, barter, or give away your e-mail address. I won't swamp you with frequent content. I won't deliver Downer Dan spiels---we get enough of that with the national "news." What WILL you get as a newsletter subscriber? Once a month you'll receive Heartfelt, Homespun Fiction from the Ozarks. We'll chat about life, love, inspiration, and writing. I'll share tidbits from the home front, slice-of-life vignettes, and comfort food goodies. I won't sugarcoat, but I will share tactfully, truthfully, and lovingly.
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How Newsletters Impact Our Readers

Blog Break ~ See You Again February 3, 2017

[caption id="attachment_12190" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Blog Break 1/27/17 until 2/3/17[/caption] As I do occasionally, I've scheduled some time off from blogging. After 700 + posts over the past six years, I've come to realize how important blog breaks are. Breaks allow me to work on manuscripts, consider new blog content, and rest for a bit. I'll also put the finishing touches on next month's newsletter so if you've subscribed to my monthly updates you can look forward to that soon. If you're not a member of my newsletter family yet, I'd love for you to join us. 🙂 Please watch your inboxes for my upcoming newsletter, and be sure to join me here again next Friday, February 3, 2017. Until then, there's a TON of fabulous content in my blog archives. I hope you'll check out these favorites. Hope: 20 Reasons to Throw Open Your Windows What we learn from difficult journeys. Provision (Trusting God When It's Hard) Realizing God provides even when our plans don't always
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Blog Break ~ See You Again February 3, 2017

Four Reasons to Take the High Road

Words, harsh and scathing, rained down my Twitter feed. Facebook fared no better. Name-calling, belief-bashing, and general unkindness seemed to be the order of the day. I scratched my head and slugged back another cup of joe. Oh, goodness, gracious me. All the hot, strong, black java in the world couldn't make me un-see the rant-filled commentary that clogged my social media venues that day...and had for many weeks. A few people, friends and connections I once admired, surprised and saddened. What was once fun, informative, and friendly had disintegrated into rage-infused tweets, posts, and updates. Social media had morphed into this huge, dark cloud of ugly. It left me with a pins-in-the-eyeballs kind of feeling. When I opened TweetDeck and Facebook in the mornings, I no longer looked forward to favorite folks' thoughts as I once had. Their diatribes left me breathless. I grew weary from the weight of it all. Now---let's be clear. I realize we're in a new season. We all have our
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Four Reasons to Take the High Road

Meet Cindy

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