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 …

ACFW Conference Prep

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Today, we’re approximately five and a half weeks out from the annual American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) conference. I’m excited! While there have been some highs and lows this summer, I’m so grateful for God’s watchcare and provision. As always, I’m reminded of blessings I sometimes take for granted. Like for instance—reliable transportation, a comfortable home, good health, and a …

Yes, There Still is Beauty

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Hello, my friend. I had a different post planned today as I jumped back into the blogging saddle, but I scrapped it in favor of something else—beauty. And a few thoughts on the recent event that rocked our world yet again. Often, there’s a fine line after such things. The tricky negotiation of should I or shouldn’t I? Should I …

Welcome to My Website Redesign

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Welcome to my website redesign! I’m thrilled you stopped by! Cyber coffee for everyone! (Yes—three exclamation points. Please don’t hold it against me.) I’m so excited to share my new online home with you today. You may remember I mentioned a website refresh some time ago. While I adored my previous site, after almost five years and 600+ blog posts …

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Writing News and Things That Made Me Smile This Week

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I love to kick off the week with great news! You may remember I mentioned I was a finalist in ACFW’s First Impressions writing contest. Well, yesterday, after a fabulous Christmas luncheon with my local ACFW MozArks writing friends, I received the most wonderful e-mail. I won in my category! I was in my favorite hobby and craft store (in …

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Romance… My Top Five Blog Posts

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Today I thought it might be fun to dial up the “feel good.” If you’ve visited before, you know I’m a huge romantic. I’m a hearts and flowers kind of gal who melts at a sweet sentiment, tender gesture, or—be still, my heart—a great love story. (And who, in his right mind, can argue with that?) Since I write Heartfelt …

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Pre-Published? 10 Things to Do While You Wait

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If you’ve followed the world of writing/publishing for any length of time, you well know the ups and downs of this fun (and often crazy) career path. Just this week, another brick and mortar store in our neck of the woods took a hit. They’re closing mid-December. I’m sad to see it go, but I can’t say I’m surprised. They’d …

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Let Your Dream Soar… (Even Though You’re Scared)

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Over the years, I’ve often thought about dreams. In fact, I’ve blogged about them, too. Certainly, as a writer, my pursuit began with the tiny glimmer of a dream. The dream languished as months slid into years and years into decades. It all but withered away as a long, bone-chilling season blew in and took up residence. Then life changed. …

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Turn Your Nail-Biting Sojourn into Your Brightest, Winning Season

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“Mrs. Herron…We have your son’s lab results back. It’s serious.” There were no preliminaries. No shoot-the-breeze kind of niceties. Just words. Plain, succinct, gut-wrenching words that conveyed the gravity of the situation. I braced myself for the worst and struggled to hold onto some sense of normalcy. This couldn’t be happening. I had a proposal to finish. Despite my mom-like …

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Had a Down-in-the-Mouth Week? Here’s Your Bright Spot!

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Well, here in the Ozarks we’ve had our share of rain lately. Buckets of it, in fact. You may have heard about some of the flooding. *sigh* Coupled with the latest changes in CBA fiction, this hasn’t been a banner week. It’s enough to leave us down-in-the-mouth. For those of us who write Christian fiction we’re upset and confused about …