Speaking and Writing From the Heart

Blog

Scammed

Posted by on Jun 21, 2016 in Blog | 2 comments

Scammed

Yep, it happened to me. Scammed. Me, the cynic! The one who is overly cautious. Stingy with information. Me. I was scammed because I let my heart get in the way of my head. Thank goodness I had the good sense to stop the incident before it could go very far, but the fact remains. . .I got took! I’ve spent a few days walking the road to recovery. It’s the same 7 steps that anyone goes through who’s experienced a trauma or loss: Shock/denial, pain/guilt, anger,...

Read More

The Pain of Unsolicited

Posted by on Mar 9, 2016 in Blog, Writing Tools | 1 comment

The Pain of Unsolicited

No unsolicited manuscripts!  Ah, the pain of reading or hearing those three words is every writer’s nightmare. As the squeeze on the publishing industry grows tighter and tighter, so grows the frustration of the new writer. Everywhere we turn, we see the words no unsolicited manuscripts. With such stop signs how could we expect to ever be published? The greater question becomes, “Why don’t they accept unsolicited manuscripts?” As sad as it seems, with the fall of the 2008 economy, publishers...

Read More

Frozen in Place – Icey Self-Talk to Freeze Your Writing

Posted by on Feb 9, 2016 in Blog, Writing Tools | 1 comment

Frozen in Place – Icey Self-Talk to Freeze Your Writing

Fourteen inches of snow had fallen three days earlier. Rain pelted down the fourth day. Yet when I opened the door to head out, it was the most beautiful sight I’d ever seen. After the rain, the temperature dropped, and as the mountains are famous for their beautiful morning foggy mists – the fog had frozen. It was like you could lift your finger and break the air. I gawked, took pictures and when I came home and sat down to write, I found myself in a frozen fog. It wasn’t writer’s block. My...

Read More

Not Alone: A Literary and Spiritual Companion for Those Confronted with Infertility and Miscarriage

Posted by on Nov 21, 2015 in Blog, Guest Post | 0 comments

Not Alone: A Literary and Spiritual Companion for Those Confronted with Infertility and Miscarriage

Not Alone: A Literary and Spiritual Companion for Those Confronted with Infertility and Miscarriage Our society understands how terrible the loss of a child is when that child is out of the womb, but what about when a child dies before birth? Or what about the emptiness that comes when a very-much-wanted child is never even conceived? These quiet, private losses are hard for those who have not experienced them to understand. And these losses leave those who have suffered them feeling alone in...

Read More

Thankful Despite . . .

Posted by on Nov 20, 2015 in Blog, Devotions | 1 comment

Thankful Despite . . .

Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. Psalm 95:1-2 NIV I looked around my office and sighed. What a mess. Books stacked knee-high, papers separated in every vacant spot on the desk – my to-do list had been shoved from the refrigerator door, to the living room, to the bedroom. . .ending up in my office. Moving it didn’t seem to make it go away. The news roared from the...

Read More

Stepping Up to Na-No-Wri-Mo

Posted by on Nov 16, 2015 in Blog, Writing Tools | 0 comments

Stepping Up to Na-No-Wri-Mo

November is National Novel Writing Month. Authors and “would-be” authors accept Na-No-Writ-Mo’s challenge to pen a novel in thirty days. 50K words in a month, 1667 words in a day, 138 words in twelve hours, 2.5 words per minute. It’s a very feasible goal. Na-No-Wri-Mo’s mission is valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline. The concept is wonderful. With the right attitude, participants can pound out 50K words in a month. Just to meet the word count goal in 30 days is an...

Read More
Page 1 of 2112345...1020...Last »