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When the Work is Hard to Do

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

The computer screen glowed a soft white. I drew a blank. The writing work was hard to do. No it wasn’t writer’s block. It was simply hard. Hard to press one more letter on the keyboard. Harder to mend together any more cognitive thoughts. Writing is supposed to be fun. Not hard. But therein lies the misnomer. It is hard, and as I thumbed through yet another book on plotting, I wanted to just scrap the entire project. This is how it is. Difficult. It’s why you hear agents and...

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My Heart Belongs to Him

Posted by on Feb 14, 2014 in Blog, Devotions | 0 comments

My Heart Belongs to Him

My son, give me your heart and let your eyes delight in my ways…Proverbs 23:26 NIV Give Me thy heart, says the Father above — No gift so precious to Him as our love. I will never forget it. It was the one hymn that, without fail, brought tears to my eyes. It started when I was a child. Who knows why, but when this hymn would float through the sanctuary, I cried. It was my calling as a little girl. The one moment when I felt the finger of God touch my heart. I have plans for you. Give me...

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Review of The Vicar’s Wife

Posted by on Feb 2, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Review of The Vicar’s Wife

I must admit, I anticipated The Vicar’s Wife would be a long, heavy book to digest. But I was wrong. Nicely written and flawlessly tying two eras into one, Katharine Swartz drew me in and held tight. In this story Jane Hatton, a true New Yorker, is uprooted with her children by her British husband and moved to his homeland. Trying to make the best of a situation she doesn’t want to be in, Jane finds an old folded scrap of paper in a food pantry written by Alice James, who not only...

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The In on Self Publishing – Part 2

Posted by on Dec 29, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

The In on Self Publishing – Part 2

I have a good book and they’re to foolish to see it so I’ll self publish! That’ll show ‘em!  I call this entitlement and it’s a big OUCH! Stump your toe on this attitude and it may require sutures to close the bleeding gap. This is why I think a little tough love is good for us. It was good for me when a dear friend shared some years ago. It stung a little, smashed my toes a bit, but over all, the advice proved more valuable than any gift I’ve ever...

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The In on Self Publishing – Part 1

Posted by on Dec 26, 2013 in Blog, Writing Tools | 2 comments

The In on Self Publishing –  Part 1

I am lover of words who desires for them to be the best they can be – whether traditionally published or self published, it’s important to do your homework. This past year of teaching nationwide at Writers Conferences has brought some concerns to my attention. I see a lot of writers frustrated with writing and the difficulty of being published. There’s an attitude developing among authors that boils down to three things: 1)  a bit of laziness  2)entitlement and...

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Divorce My Words? Never!

Posted by on Oct 25, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Divorce My Words? Never!

By Cindy Sproles Statistics show nearly half the marriages performed in our nation today, end in divorce. Not so in the writing world. Writers rarely divorce their words. Once they marry the phrases and emotions within their written words, they become detrimentally attached. The words we craft become very sentimental. Rightfully so. Lots of sweat goes into our creations. Long hours of thought, tweak and re-tweak, and when we’re done, the work-in-progress is nothing short of a masterpiece....

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