Pausing to Press Reset

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Fall. In our little corner of the world, the official start to the new season arrived this week without much fanfare. While it marked the beginning of change, we still have yet to see colors shift or temperatures drop. In fact, the mercury’s hovered around the 90 degree mark for the past several days, and most of our trees (except our …

We All Start Small

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The billboard caught my eye. A mama, a daddy, and a cute, cuddly baby. The caption? We all start small. Melted. My. Heart. How true. The billboard touted one of our area hospitals, but what resonated and stayed with me as I drove past was that single, simple truth. We all start small. Of course I loved the slogan concept …

ACFW Post-Conference Wind-Down

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Today marks almost two weeks since I returned from the 2016 ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) conference. (For a recap see this post.) Wow. It doesn’t seem possible. During that time, I’ve written a few blog posts, sent out my September newsletter, and followed up on important business matters. A few days ago, I actually finished unpacking (I know), and …

Visit Ralph Foster Museum at College of the Ozarks

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From time to time, I enjoy giving you a sneak peek of life in the Ozarks. Because I cherish these old hills and hollows in this beautiful niche known as “God’s Country,” I sometimes share slice-of-life vignettes, as well as must-dos when visiting our area. Often, my newsletter subscribers are privy to this content first. (Not part of my newsletter …

ACFW 2016 Recap

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Wow. I can’t believe ACFW 2016 has come and gone. This year’s American Christian Fiction Writers’ conference, in particular, was a thrilling ride. While this conference marked the fourth one I’d attended, it was my first ACFW conference as a Genesis double-finalist. I didn’t win in my categories, but I was so blessed and honored to have my work recognized …

ACFW 2016: 15 Tips for a Fabulous Conference

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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 …

New Horizons

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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 …

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

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  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 …

ACFW Conference Countdown

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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. …

Summer of Change

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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 …