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ACFW 2016: 15 Tips for a Fabulous Conference

The American Christian Fiction Writers' 2016 conference countdown is on! In less than a week, while my husband holds down the fort, I'll join six hundred or so fellow writers in Nashville for ACFW's annual conference. Oh, my word---I'm so excited! As in years past, I'll caravan with a great group of ladies from MozArks, our local ACFW chapter. There's nothing more fun than traveling with some of my favorite friends to one of the best writing conferences in the nation. There's sure to be lots of laughter, great conversation, and some decadent (err... healthy) snacks along the way. (Because what's a road trip without food???) I'm still in prep mode as I wrap up conference shopping, one-sheets, and pitch ideas. And then there's packing. *flexes hands and fingers* When I think back to the first ACFW conference I attended several years ago, I still feel as giddy today as I did then. :) Knowing what to expect removes some of the mystery and
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ACFW 2016: 15 Tips for a Fabulous Conference

New Horizons

Well, it finally happened. It's a new horizon. Baby bird flew the nest. Last Friday, we packed up both vehicles and trekked a little farther south to our daughter's home away from home for the next four years. (Just saying that seems surreal.) Despite the sweltering ninety-seven degree temperature and some good, ol' Ozarks humidity thrown in, we tackled this life change as we might others---with resolve and a whole lot of prayer. Except this was harder. This was new, uncharted territory. Territory that came too soon and without apology. Our last child was leaving home. For a good reason, yes. But still---my heart ached. As we entered campus, signs and greeters directed us where to go. College kids in bright orange tee shirts smiled and offered help unloading our back seats and trunks. In a twenty-minute flash, they toted bins, boxes, and bags of dorm room essentials up two flights of stairs and deposited them in our daughter's new dorm room. The kids even
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New Horizons

The Day I’ve Dreaded…but It’s All Good

  Ahh, my friend. The day I've dreaded is almost here...but it's all good. Really. Since last year I've prepped for the BIG DAY. I've drunk my weight in coffee. Consumed chocolate. Read books. I've prayed and trusted and cried a little, too. I've pulled up my Mama big girl pants and resolved to do this thing. This thing. Letting go. What else can we mamas do? We love 'em, raise 'em, and send 'em on their way. Higher education calls. And we know that's necessary---the key to future success. But still... I won't kid you. It's hard. This rite of passage, the one that seemed so far off eighteen years ago, is now present day reality. I only have to look around to realize life's about to change. The guest room floor is a sea of containers stuffed with bedding, bath towels, laundry aids, and school supplies. And let's not forget the shelving, baskets, cork boards, and dorm fridge. Or the new clothes that taunt from the sidelines. There are other bags and
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The Day I’ve Dreaded…but It’s All Good

ACFW Conference Countdown

As of today we are nineteen days out from the national ACFW conference! Wow. Thrilled! How did it sneak up so fast? Despite the busyness just now (my father recovering, baby bird flying the nest), I'm anticipating one of my favorite writing conferences of the year, and counting down the days until I see old friends and new in Nashville. Conference season is always exciting, and this year is especially so.  I'm caravaning with a great group of ladies (from MozArks, my local ACFW chapter) and we never lack for giggles or topics to chat about. We usually meet for lunch a few days before we're scheduled to leave town and we discuss our route and various conference details. As in years past, I'll room with a friend to add to the fun and help defray costs. I'm gearing up for some serious laughter (oxymoron?) and late night dish sessions (although---not too late 'cause this gal needs her beauty sleep). We'll head
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ACFW Conference Countdown

Summer of Change

Like weather patterns, seasonal shifts are part of the writing life. Some seasons are warm and colored with joy. Other seasons are rainy and unsettled. Over our way, we're in a season of quandaries and busyness. In fact, most of the summer has been filled with what-ifs and moving forward, despite some uncertainty. It's been a summer of change. My daddy hasn't rebounded as well as we'd hoped (from the fall he had in June), and because of his age, we've faced some tough choices about the future. If you have aging parents, you well understand the weight of this journey. Add to that readying a child (our last baby bird) for college and ACFW conference prep, and I've met myself coming and going. With the exception of holidays and a few days off here and there, for the past five years, I've blogged regularly. Lately, however, I've found it necessary to step away for a time as other priorities trumped blogging---the medium I love so
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Summer of Change

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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