Celebrations

Cynthia Herron Writing 9 Comments

Usually, when we think of “celebrations,” we think of birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays.  We contemplate how to make such occasions special, and we may commemorate the event with a special dinner, gift, or outing. When I received the call offering me literary representation a few weeks ago, it was cause indeed to celebrate!  (I spoke a little about that actual phone call in …

A Cure For What Ails Us

Cynthia Herron Christianity, Writing 3 Comments

A few years ago, we vacationed in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.  Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Eureka Springs is one of those rare gems whose beauty is unsurpassed.  This quaint town has it all:  breathtaking landscapes, striking, Victorian architecture, historical landmarks, arts and craft venues, museums, trolleys, and a host of friendly folks! Since “Eureka!” means, literally, “I found …

If It Quacks Like a Duck, It Might Be a Moose

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Generally, when I’m writing, I try to remember the ol’ rule of thumb, “If it quacks like a duck, it must be a duck!”  Meaning, there are some things that are givens–things that we know are true.  Like for instance, the sun will rise tomorrow.  It won’t snow (at least where I’m at) in July.  Gas will never be two dollars a …

Going the Distance

Cynthia Herron Christianity, Writing 3 Comments

It seems that today it’s quite fashionable to “do whatever feels good” and “live for the moment.”  Wouldn’t be a pleasant change of pace if people were to do what is right, and instead of living for the moment, how about “seizing” the moment?  (Big difference in semantics there.) In a society where we have defined “it’s all about me,” …

Making A Scene

Cynthia Herron Writing Christian Fiction 4 Comments

Often, when I’m constructing scenes to use for my novels, I write about the “familiar.”  For instance, the series I’m currently working on takes place in the hills and hollows of the beautiful Ozarks.  Many of the characters who live there are native Ozarkians, while still others may be “transplants.” The primary backdrop for my first book (and the rest in …

Let Freedom Ring

Cynthia Herron Patriotism 2 Comments

Pollyanna or not, there are certain things that bother me.  Here are a few:  those that don’t remove their hats and caps in church, unnecessary rudeness to people, lack of common courtesies, and remaining seated during our National Anthem. Would you believe, I’ve been at ballgames before where folks actually stayed glued to their seats gobbling their hot dogs and …

Someone Pinch Me…I Must Be Dreaming

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It’s been a roller coaster week.  Well, really the past two weeks have been like that.  Do you ever have those?  (You may remember my post on “Mountaintops” where I talked about the mountains and valleys we experience in life.  I touched on this again yesterday.  I hope I’m not wearing out the subject.) Recently, I received an offer of …