So… What Next?

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For a writer, there’s nothing quite as thrilling as landing your first book deal. Toss in a three-book deal and the series of your heart and you’re convinced you’ve just been showered with fairy dust. From the moment your agent delivers the news that an editor loves your project and has made an offer, to signing your name on the dotted …

Baby, It’s Cold Outside…But I Have Great News!

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Brrr. Here in my little corner of the world, it’s cold! Though we’ve started a slow warming trend, for the past week or so, winter’s locked us in the deep freeze. I’m a born-and-raised Ozarks gal, but I’m not a fan of cold weather. Never have been, never will be. The good thing? It can’t last forever! And despite the …

Revisiting Hope

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Have you ever experienced those moments you knew you’d remember with vivid clarity? Maybe it’s your wedding day. Your children’s births. A family celebration or a special holiday. Maybe, though, it’s more specific than that. Maybe it’s that sixty-second encounter, a fleeting impression, or a few fractured seconds in your twenty-four hour day. Perhaps, it’s that one thing—the thing that …

When Spring Came With Growing Pains (Part Four – Final Installment)

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I have to be honest. Actually, fall is my favorite season. When these old hills and hollows are awash with saffron, red, and orange, there’s nothing more beautiful…except maybe the month of spring. I can think of only one time I wished fall would hurry and pass—when color gave way to dormant browns and grays and stayed that way, at least …

When Spring Came With Growing Pains (Part Three)

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Ahh. Spring. I sense it. Can all but touch it. Last week we hit the upper seventies in my little corner of the Ozarks. Yesterday? We struggled to make it past the freezing mark. Last night? A hard freeze. My poor crabapple trees, laden with fresh, new buds and ready to bloom, may not—at least, this spring. Alas. There’s a …

Spring is Coming (Part Two)

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Spring is a marvelous season ripe with promise and new opportunities. After long, cold months of sun-starved days and muted browns and grays, we’re more than ready to discard Old Man Winter and move on. We’re excited about what’s up ahead. The past is behind us and the world is our oyster. And yet—sometimes, new seasons don’t come without growing pains. …

Exhausted? Buckle Up. Spring is Coming.

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By the time March arrives, I’m a little battle-worn. I’m tired of cold, dreary days, limited sunshine, and colorless landscapes.  I’m ready for that glorious new season brimming with beauty and blossoms—spring. A friend voiced the same sentiment. “You know, I’m exhausted. I think the winter must be a writer’s bane. We hibernate in our caves so much that we …

When You Must Go Through the Forest to See Daylight

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  As a little girl, I was afraid of the dark. It’s still not one of my favorite things, but over the years, I’ve learned to adjust. (Aren’t nightlights wonderful?) I was thinking about “the dark” again recently and how fear, tension, and negativity affect our mindset and self-esteem. People who live in the dark sometimes do so willingly. Maybe it’s a subconscious …

What Guides You to Try Your Best?

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Last weekend, our daughter’s school choir performed at a music contest. The kids worked hard. They practiced for months before the competition. Some students performed solos while others performed in larger groups. Our daughter was one of the altos in a sextet. As well as practicing with her school choir as a whole, she’d spent additional time after school practicing …

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My Top Five Pick-Me-Ups for Writers

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Welcome, my friend! In the midst of our busyness, off-times, and seasonal shifts, sometimes a pick-me-up is in order. Today I’ve culled through the archives and I wanted to share my top five pick-me-ups in the hope that something will resonate with you. Ready? Great! Here we go.   1. When Writers Lose Heart (The subject we don’t like to …