Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Writing Interruptions: Handling the Holidays

“Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time. Ephesians 5:15-16a” One of the biggest interruptions I deal with lasts over two months, is tons of fun, often is full of sweet family memories, and always plays havoc with my entire schedule – starting with […]

Thanksgiving and Community: Who Will You Invite to Your Table

Oldie but Goodie Repost “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is begotten of God, and knoweth God.” 1 John 4:7 I used to dread the holidays. Sometimes I still do. I grew up in a NY Italian family that celebrated every holiday together. Then I […]

What I Learned While NOT Writing

As I race toward a self imposed deadline, I’ll be posting some “Oldies but Goodies” on Mondays, unless inspiration hits! Be sure to read until the end for my thoughts today! Jan 2007 Ten months ago I placed my writing on the altar, realizing that publication had consumed my life and my writing had become […]

Just Go with the Flow

As I race toward a self imposed deadline, I’ll be posting some “Oldies but Goodies” on Mondays, unless inspiration hits! Be sure to read until the end for my thoughts today! Nov 26, 2006 I’m not an early riser. I covet a good night’s sleep, and I’ve been known to hit the snooze for an […]

Recognizing Lies and Beating Them with Truth

If you write fiction, you may know all about crafting lies that drive your characters, but have you ever had to beat the lies in your own real-life story? As I write this, my head and heart are full of the lessons and fellowship of my first ACFW national conference. It is both a spiritual […]

Friday Flashback: Ramblings with Author Ronie Kendig

Flashback Fridays: We’re taking a look at where these writing moms and dads were years ago. Up today, an interview with Ronie from April 20, 2006! Check out her website for what she’s writing today! Ronie, thanks so much for agreeing to share your life and struggles with me. I was drawn to you because […]

5 Rules to Avoid Disappointments

As everyone travels back from ACFW today, I’m sure that among the highs, some of you have been hit with crushing disappointments. Maybe the editor/agent meeting didn’t go as planned, or you found yourself overwhelmed and feeling like an outsider. Know you’re not alone. I didn’t attend the conference, but I struggled with disappointments this […]

Using Routines for Focused Writing

I remember hearing a story about Charles Wesley’s mom. She had a dozen or so kids in her home of various ages, personality types, and volumes. ¬†(I bet she home schooled!)¬†This brilliant lady had a habit, every afternoon after lunch, of sitting in her rocking chair and covering her head with her apron. That signaled […]

Be Still

“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10 I can’t even count the number of times I’ve read that verse, or heard a sermon about it, or attended a weekend retreat with that as the theme. I’ve heard it so many times, it hardly registers anymore. And if it does, it usually just […]

Missed Opportunities: If Only I’d Known!

Have you ever thought about the consequences of delayed obedience? I don’t mean physical punishments, but rather missed opportunities. Blessings that could have been yours if only you’d gone for it and done what you knew you should do when you knew you should do it. There are a few things my daughter absolutely hates. […]

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