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Somewhere between Over the Rainbow and The Land of the Lost

Posted by on Jul 5, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

Somewhere between Over the Rainbow and The Land of the Lost

Tim’s computer crashed on Thursday. The hard drive took a hard dive. So I did what any good mom would do…I called my computer guru son who works with computers as his living. “Don’t take it to Office Depot, Mom. It’s not a year old. Send it back to HP.” Cameron said. “Okay.” So I began the search for “Contact Information” at Hewlett Packard. This began with success. Ah…a page with a customer service submit form. I filled in what...

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He Knows

Posted by on Jul 2, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

He Knows

I pushed my glasses to the top of my head and leaned back in my desk chair. A pesky night bug flitted around my face. I rubbed my hand over my neck only to feel the pastiness of summer heat. 103 degrees yesterday and today, 98 degrees. “Lord,” I said, “We need rain.” God sometimes answers us in days  or months, even years but tonight at 11:33 p.m., He spoke. A rumble of thunder. Then a flash of lightening in over the horizon. Chase walked up to my said he couldn’t...

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Someone Bled on My Paper

Posted by on Jun 12, 2012 in Blog, Writing Tools | 0 comments

Someone Bled on My Paper

I sat across the table from a young woman at Greater Philadelphia Writers Conference. Eyes red and tissue waded tight in her palm, I listened as she told me how a critique group shredded her work. I dread these moments, especially with new writers because there is justice on both sides of the table. Still it saddens me when I see new writers broken from the criticism of their peers. My first conference I experienced the same thing. I’d worked hard on children’s story only to have...

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Write Right

Posted by on Jun 12, 2012 in Blog, Writing Tools | 0 comments

Write Right

As a writer, I make mistakes. I’m my own worst editor. I spend hours pouring over my work; reading and re-reading each line. I’m lucky if my eyes over ride my head long enough to catch a misspelled word or bad grammar. I often wish I were a better editor of my own pieces. I can edit the work of others much easier than my own. Still, before I send anything to anyone in hopes of publication, I pay to have it edited and proofed. Why is that? A couple of reasons. First, I take pride in...

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The Power Behind the Task

Posted by on Jun 12, 2012 in Blog, Writing Tools | 0 comments

The Power Behind the Task

It’s over. Boot camp is over. The soldiers are weary but they are prepared. They came with open hearts,  minds, and willingness to serve. We have forewarned them the high will hit a low and the road will be difficult but they are prepared. Girded in the armor of God, bound with the love and support of their peers…these soldiers have learned “The task ahead of them is never as great as the Power behind them.” Onward Christian Soldiers. We look forward to seeing the fruit...

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Compelled to Write

Posted by on Jun 12, 2012 in Blog, Writing Tools | 0 comments

Compelled to Write

I’d driven the 100 miles. Driven straight into the storm. The sky darkened with each mile that passed behind me. But I drove anyway; my family home and me alone. The wind yanked at my car…tugging at the doors and windows like a monster wanting inside. The rage of bellowing black clouds boiled along the ridge. Safety, Father. Safety please. Then the rain came. Sheets of water pelted across my windows and the wheels of the car slipped and slid. Lord, safety. I focused on the white...

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