Failed Speedbo and if I Could Just Bottle 18 Hours Per Week and Only Write!

I really thought posting my intentions to write like crazy in the month of March would have motivated me to make some progress on Part 2 of No Eye Has Seen. But our family got hit with some major emotional tolls and I found the need to reflect and not pressure myself. I also have a huge project at work–an undertaking that equals a month of full-time hours I somehow need

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Writing with a Day Job, Five Kids, and Life at the Door

If you are looking for advice about writing with a day job, you may be disappointed. I haven’t got it figured out yet. I keep telling myself if I am going to call myself a writer, I better be writing! But life isn’t that simple. Writing books and magazines sit stacked on my nightstand, my every intention to spend just twenty minutes reading something to keep my mind on the

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Allowing God’s Indulgence in Our Lives

After a soaking session with a small group of women from my home church, we talked about dreaming for ourselves again and not limiting what God can do in our lives. The message we received was that God wants to indulge himself through us, to bless us with abundance because it pleases him. It’s not about getting what we think we want, but about seeking and knocking until we see what God

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Jury Summons and Character Details

Two weeks ago the letter came. “Official Jury Summons Enclosed.” I didn’t think I had lived in California long enough to make it on the list, but I guess it’s one of the rewards I get for being a registered voter. Actually, I don’t mind fulfilling my civic duty. Fulfilling it while my kids are on Spring Break makes it a little inconvenient, but I would have been working anyway,

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Working on Three Books at Once

I feel crazy even saying this, but I really think I need to be working on three books at once. My current work in progress is in revision stages and after reading Rachel Gardner’s Make a Living as a Writer-Part 1, my hunch is confirmed. I do not see myself as a “one hit wonder,” but as an author with several works in progress, and one with a modest, yet

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Writer’s Critique Group, Week 3

I held my breath and bit my lip as their comments came at me unexpectedly. My face warmed at their words. Were they serious? I did my best to smile humbly. This was almost worse than criticism. They not only liked my story, they loved it. And they loved my “poetic descriptions.” Each time they began to read a quote from my work, I felt ready for their comments on how

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Researching a Ghost Town

  Writing about a ghost town is not easy! When I started research for my novel, I knew I wanted it to take place as close to Penn Valley as possible. I had lived at Oak Tree Farms for about six months when I was in high school. It was here that the beginnings of No Eye Has Seen began to take root. When I discovered the town of French Corral had been a

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Writing This Is Like Giving Birth Without Pain Meds!

I gave birth to my first three children without pain medication. My first labor lasted 27 hours, so by the time I could push, I was utterly exhausted. No matter how prepared I thought I was for the process of labor, there was no way to fully know what I was getting into. However, somehow I remained very calm through the process–I even slept during the majority of transition, sometimes

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Crossing Over: Reflections on Getting to the Place Where I Can Write Fiction Again!

Changes at my day job and a sudden change in character in my husband have left me floating between uncertainty and relief. Is all this happening in order to bring me to a place where I can finally write the stories that have been buried in my heart for so long? With the New Year I realized I have formed some bad habits since our move to California. In my

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New Year, Old Purpose

The past several months my energy and writing focus have been zeroed in on my recipe and diet resource guide for CSID. Though I am honored to help many families around the world and find the need to make healthy and digestive-friendly cooking a priority in my home— my true passion for writing is inspirational fiction. So with the New Year just days away, I am ready to take on

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