August Update

Cynthia Herron Snippets of Life Leave a Comment

Greetings from the Ozarks! It’s great to be back with you today. As you may have noticed, this summer I’ve stepped back from blogging. Other than holiday breaks and a few short vacations, I’ve blogged steadily since 2011. I decided I was long overdue for a sabbatical. Our college gal’s been home for the summer and we’ve enjoyed reconnecting. Now, …

When Our Story Worlds Come Alive

Cynthia Herron Writing Leave a Comment

For writers, there’s nothing quite as thrilling as breathing life and love into our characters and stories. Our hearts beat for those creative moments when fact meets fiction in bold, new worlds. We’re eager to get words on the page and begin our journey. From the first moment I envisioned the sleepy, little town of Ruby, Missouri, ideas flowed. The …

Success… Is It Too Late?

Cynthia Herron Motivation 10 Comments

There comes a point in life, maybe during a career crisis or a season of self-reflection, our confidence dips. Our belief wilts. Is it too late? Has my chance already come and gone? Has the moment of opportunity slipped past, despite my desire to move forward? For the baby boomer generation, advancing years are a reality. There’s no denying the …

How Do We Keep the Dream Alive?

Cynthia Herron Writing 6 Comments

Often, new writers plunge full steam ahead into their fledgling careers, barely giving thought to everything writing entails. Pursuit of “the dream” and all the glorious fantasies that go with it play out in delightful, creative scenarios because, after all, that’s what writers do best—we live in bold, imaginative worlds where anything is possible. It’s only when—oh, say, maybe five, …

In the Meantime…

Cynthia Herron Encouragement 2 Comments

Do you ever fantasize about a much-anticipated event? Ever imagine the outcome surpassing your wildest expectations? Of course you have. We’ve all envisioned a goal mastered, a dream obtained, or a deeply held desire coming to fruition. In our mind, we may even visualize each step, each success or blunder,  it took to get there. Sometimes, the mere mental walk-thru is …

Courage to Hang Tough

Cynthia Herron Inspiration 2 Comments

Sometimes, in light of world events, we find it necessary to pause—to step back from the craziness of evil and process the senselessness of it all. Some people rail and bemoan injustice while others seek solitude and retreat to their quiet places. Because we’re human, each of us grieves differently. We act and react in ways that are, perhaps, inherent to our …

In Celebration of Mothers

Cynthia Herron Snippets of Life, Thankfulness 2 Comments

Recently, a memory surfaced as I watched a little girl tug her mother’s hand. Nothing out of the ordinary, really, but something about the bond between mother and daughter moved me. Blue eyes, bright with adoration, lingered on Mom. Mom laughed and the pair shared a knowing look—one of those silent, happy exchanges between parent and child. A love language uniquely …

Good News Calls for Chocolate

Cynthia Herron Writing 6 Comments

Ohh, my goodness. After the torrential downpours and record flooding the Ozarks had over the past week, it’s time for some good news. Combine good news with chocolate cake and we have a party! You may remember, I scaled back on blogging over the past month, as I craved some much-needed R&R. I continued writing during that time, too, so …

Our Friends… For a Reason, a Season, or a Lifetime

Cynthia Herron Inspiration, Snippets of Life 6 Comments

Friends. The word makes me smile. Besides family, friends are life’s greatest blessings. Sometimes, friendships are borne out of mutual circumstance—for a reason. Sometimes, friendships are brief, but no less meaningful, and last for a season. Still, other friendships—those that begin as tiny, fragile seeds only to burst forth in full bloom—hijack our hearts for a lifetime. Whether they exist for a reason, a …