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How Do We Keep the Dream Alive?

Often, new writers plunge full steam ahead into their fledgling careers, barely giving thought to everything writing entails. Pursuit of "the dream" and all the glorious fantasies that go with it play out in delightful, creative scenarios because, after all, that's what writers do best---we live in bold, imaginative worlds where anything is possible. It's only when---oh, say, maybe five, ten, or twenty years into the process---we realize anything is indeed possible, but those fantasies we initially had about "making it" within a designated time frame? Psst... I'll let you in on a secret. It rarely happens as we envision. Mature writers (the ones we grow into after scaling a few mountains) realize that writing entails so much more than "the dream." It's more than the ability to write well. It's more than finishing manuscripts, attending conferences, and winning contests. It's more than polishing, revising, and even selling. More than knowing publishing dos and don'ts. More than using the correct lingo and the right writer's-speak. It's more than
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How Do We Keep the Dream Alive?

Good News Calls for Chocolate… Take Two!

Ahh... I love good news. And you know what good news calls for, right? Good News Calls for CHOCOLATE... Take Two! *slices cake and passes it your way* Don't be shy. There's plenty for everyone. (And no worries. I've prayed the calories right out of it!) *tosses confetti* Remember when I announced I was a 2017 ACFW Genesis Semi-Finalist? Today I'm thrilled to share I'm a 2017 ACFW Genesis Finalist! See the difference there? As I mentioned in my recent newsletter (*ahem* ) I've been busy in my writing cave...and for good reason. I had stories to write. And I must admit, the novella I submitted to this year's contest was so much fun. I love the story, the characters, the inner journey, and the transformation we see at the end. As a writer, there's nothing more fulfilling than when you know you've hit the mark and your story's resonating with readers. The feedback stokes that ol' creative flame and
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Good News Calls for Chocolate… Take Two!

In the Meantime…

Do you ever fantasize about a much-anticipated event? Ever imagine the outcome surpassing your wildest expectations? Of course you have. We've all envisioned a goal mastered, a dream obtained, or a deeply held desire coming to fruition. In our mind, we may even visualize each step, each success or blunder,  it took to get there. Sometimes, the mere mental walk-thru is enough to propel us forward toward our goals. As long as we picture ourselves moving, rather than remaining stationary, we're more likely to make our fantasy a reality. Often, as I write I do this. When the days grow long and exhaustion seeps into my bones, I think about all the words I wrote that day. I picture those words becoming books. And I picture readers' faces as they eagerly turn the pages of stories I labored over just for them. Ask any writer why he writes. We don't write for just the pleasure of it (though, that's a huge part). We write stories
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In the Meantime…

When in the Ozarks… It’s All Relative

Here in the Ozarks we're blessed. Ours is a slower-paced way of life, though, that doesn't mean we're entirely immune to busyness. We simply approach it a little differently, and perhaps, on our own terms. Say, after three cups of coffee and a  morning chat with Neighbor Nelly or Preacher Bill. Some folks resist change and cling to old ways and tradition while others accept change more easily in the name of "progress." Generally speaking, we're a good-natured lot. We have a penchant for a great story (telling or listening), and most of us have never met a stranger. Meaning---don't be surprised when we wave, nod, or speak to you on the sidewalk before we've officially met. If we do any of those three, that means we've met and it's official. Now, we're friends. And something else you should know when you visit the Ozarks---it's all relative. One person's perception is another person's truth. Likewise, if you abhor our summertime heat and
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When in the Ozarks… It’s All Relative

Courage to Hang Tough

Sometimes, in light of world events, we find it necessary to pause---to step back from the craziness of evil and process the senselessness of it all. Some people rail and bemoan injustice while others seek solitude and retreat to their quiet places. Because we're human, each of us grieves differently. We act and react in ways that are, perhaps, inherent to our nature or maybe, because of the circumstance, we respond in ways we wouldn't otherwise. Regarding the solitude-seekers, we're pretty consistent. It's not that we minimize life's cruelties. In fact, it's the opposite. Quiet places are necessary to gain perspective. Our temperament demands a respite from the noise. When we care for us, we can better serve others. As you may have guessed, I'm no wilting flower. I love to rise to a good challenge, meet new goals, and blaze fresh trails. In fact, sometimes my heart is three steps ahead of my head. That can be good or it can be a
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Courage to Hang Tough

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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