Heroes

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One of my recent favorite movies is “Fireproof,” starring Kirk Cameron and a host of other talented actors.  In this movie, Kirk Cameron plays a firefighter (aka “Caleb Holt”) who is struggling in his marriage, with his faith (or lack thereof), and with personal issues which threaten to destroy him.  In other words, Kirk’s character is bogged down in the muck and mire …

Writing Up a Storm

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Over the weekend I reviewed my work-in-progress, and I revamped a character that seemed to have become a bit of a bore. He’s still a bore—just a more colorful, multi-faceted bore. He doesn’t realize it. It’s part of who he is. As the story progresses, this fellow does grow and develop beyond what I’ve let the reader initially see.  And though …

Mountaintops

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Do you ever wonder why it is that sometimes we experience more “valleys” than “mountaintops” in life?  A few more thorns, perhaps, than roses?  I believe the lull between the two are periods of growth, or “seasoning,” as some people call it.  In order to fully appreciate joy, we must first walk the lonesome roads of heartache I think.  The sudden …

Life Is a Stage…But Shouldn’t Be

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A few years ago we had the opportunity to see The Great Passion Play at Eureka Springs, Arkansas. If you’ve never seen it, you should. It’s a magnificent depiction of the last days of Jesus’s earthly ministry. I remember sitting spellbound throughout much of the play, especially during the crucifixion scene of Jesus. I recall thinking what was it like to …

Anniversary flowers

Isn’t It Romantic?

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Okay, today’s post is about something that is near and dear to my heart—romance! Anyone who knows me—really knows me—knows that I am a hopeless romantic. I tear up at Hallmark commercials, I appreciate gallantry, and I adore a handmade card with a heartfelt sentiment. I’m also deeply moved by… that tender kiss between those in love, handpicked wildflowers on a …

Got Church?

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Ever wonder about folks who do/don’t attend church? Generally speaking, I think we judge folks too harshly when they don’t. I think, too, some of the finest Christians on this planet are not church-goers for myriad reasons—health issues, circumstances beyond their control, work conflicts, feelings of unworthiness, and a host of other things. Now, that being said, as Christians we’re to “assemble …

apple tree

The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree…

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Do you ever wonder how much family influences us? Experts say that the first five years of a child’s life are key developmental years. We learn by example. The environment a child is raised in is crucial to self-worth. Social and emotional growth are determined by what we’re exposed to, and we thrive in a healthy climate or learn to adjust in …

Vintage Dick and Jane books

Plots, Subplots, and Other Animals

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In a previous post I talked about things I collect. Well, I have another one: old readers. I particularly love the classic Sally, Dick, and Jane series from the 1950’s-60’s. I’ve been blessed to pick up several of these old books at garage sales for a quarter a piece! At flea markets, I’ve seen some editions priced at more than $50! Also, …

Christ of the Ozarks

Hope Springs Eternal

Cynthia Herron Christian Fiction, Writing 3 Comments

Years ago, when I began pursuing a publishing career, I remember there was often a little voice that would taunt Yeah, well hope springs eternal. It was the voice of discouragement, the voice of disbelief. I continued to plug away and tried to tamp down the ever-present rant going on in my head—the stream of negatives that played like a symphony …