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 …

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. …

When Writers Grow Up

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As a child, I remember being a rather philosophical thinker. I thought about deep things. What made the sky blue? How did roosters know when it was time to crow? Were there really pots of gold beneath rainbows? Why were some folks wealthy and others poor? I pondered the more simple quandaries, too. How come the Avon lady only visited our home during lunchtime? Would …

Warm Fuzzy Wednesday

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Are you as weary with the day-to-day news events as I am? Goodness gracious me, it’s enough to drive me to my coffee pot. Thank heaven for this good, ol’ Ozarks’ heat and humidity otherwise the caffeine might just send me over the edge. Today I’ll just stick with my iced tea and chocolate. Cheers! *clink* Over the next few …

And the Countdown Is On!

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Oh, my goodness. The days are rushing by at warp speed. Thanks so much for extending grace as I’ve stepped back from blogging for a time. Update My father continues to recover from his tumble a few weeks ago, though it’s been an odyssey. After Daddy’s fall, he spent several days in the neuro trauma ICU. The last few weeks, …

Hold the Hate, Pass the Love

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Okay, I don’t know about you, but there are some weeks (like this one) that just leave me breathless. I shake my head. Heart-grieved. Stricken. Torn. Enough, already. Sometimes, I want to shout it. (But I don’t. Loud doesn’t necessarily mean brave. Think about it.) Sometimes, a different (notice I didn’t say softer or quieter—just different) approach—is called for. I’m …

WELCOME to Free-For-All Friday

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Ahh. Another week down. We made it! Here in the Ozarks we’ve gone from a lengthy stretch of clouds and rain to warmth and bright sunshine. As always, things change quickly in our neck of the woods. It keeps us hopping. On Monday, darling daughter and I made a quick trip to her future home. College. Oh, my coffee! I …