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Why I Still Write When Bad Things Happen

I have to admit, this has been a tough week for this see-the-glass-half-full gal. I'm knee-deep in revisions on my upcoming release, as well as working on additional projects. It wasn't the work. Writing is my balm. It was the news. The devastating news of yet another national tragedy. I couldn't fathom how, once again, something of this magnitude had happened. How did clues go unnoticed?  How did threats get whitewashed?  How did tips lose steam, despite significance? Why was the ball dropped time and again? I suppose those are questions everyone's asking. Perhaps, in time, we'll know the truth. Today, however, I wanted to share my heart (like I did here) from a writer's perspective. Specifically, how this writer deals with bad things when "good" goes wrong---when evil steps in and hijacks our comfort zone. For a while, I pause. I absorb the shock. I linger in the moment and tap into the emotion. It's hard. I don't like it. But the thing is that's what makes
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Why I Still Write When Bad Things Happen

After the Contract

Well, after a whirlwind January and now well into February, the excitement over my recent book (series) contract has eased into more of a lingering thrill. I’ve shared and celebrated, and now, I’ve settled into a new routine. Which, by the way, you’ve heard it before— The contract offer is only the beginning. After the contract is when the real work begins. (However, I will say that having worked my socks off to get to this point, I’m no stranger to work. This career milestone is just a different kind of work.) In So…What Next? we talked about what really happens after an author lands her first (traditional) book deal. Today I wanted to go a step further and mention some additional considerations. Things in the past four weeks I’ve found helpful. If you’re an author-in-progress and dreaming of that first contract, here’s what you should know.   Manage your time wisely. Learn to say no and no, thank you, I’ll have
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After the Contract

So… What Next?

For a writer, there's nothing quite as thrilling as landing your first book deal. Toss in a three-book deal and the series of your heart and you're convinced you've just been showered with fairy dust. From the moment your agent delivers the news that an editor loves your project and has made an offer, to signing your name on the dotted line of your first contract, the process is rather surreal. How do you describe your life up to that point? How do you put into words all the emotion that suddenly swirls in your brain? Well,  for a moment, you simply just breathe. Then, you step back and absorb the victory. You soak in your accomplishment. You begin to embrace it. If it's been a particularly harrowing run up to that point, you extend some self-accolades. Also, you eat every blooming piece of chocolate in sight and chug down a generous pot of chocolate truffle coffee. After all, 'tis the season to celebrate! And when
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So… What Next?

Baby, It’s Cold Outside…But I Have Great News!

Brrr. Here in my little corner of the world, it's cold! Though we've started a slow warming trend, for the past week or so, winter's locked us in the deep freeze. I'm a born-and-raised Ozarks gal, but I'm not a fan of cold weather. Never have been, never will be. The good thing? It can't last forever! And despite the cold snap and single digit temperatures, 2018 ushered in some really great news. On New Year's Day, my agent contacted me. (I know. Such perfect timing and a day I'll always remember!) We had an offer on one of my projects! Not only that---it was a three-book offer for the series that is near and dear to my writer's heart and has been for years. *pinch me* When my husband found me sniffling in my closet, I'm sure he thought someone died. (Tweet this.) (Whaaat? I mean, doesn't everyone think and cry in their bedroom closet?) I actually shared my news last weekend on Facebook, but
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Baby, It’s Cold Outside…But I Have Great News!

My ONE WORD for 2018

Wow. 2018. That doesn't seem possible. Even though we're twelve days into the new year, I'm still adjusting. (Good gracious! Someone, please hide those leftover Christmas cookies and sweet treats!) As we enter a new season, I hope you are well and refreshed. I hope, too, this finds you with renewed vision and focus. When I consider those words---vision and focus---I think about my one word for 2018. Since I don't make New Year resolutions which are so often broken or made in haste, I set goals or choose a workable plan. Like others, in recent years, I've adopted one word to center me and grant perspective. in 2016, I chose encourage. Last year's word was persevere. This year, I'm choosing a word that once again ties in with my life theme (to encourage and uplift). This word grounds me. It challenges me to be a better person. For 2018 my ONE WORD is bless. Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that
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My ONE WORD for 2018

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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