Monthly Archives: November 2016

Movie Recommendation

You know what writers need? Distractions. Humor. Maybe double-amounts of humor, actually. Words and criticism—from the self or silence or someone else—are serious business. Maybe we need to share a movie recommendation or two to help balance that out. 🙂

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Overly Eager

I’m not sure it is possible to be overly eager with a project, unless it makes you sloppy. I figure that eagerness should help brace you through research. However, I’ve been recently reminded that I can still be overly eager! Particularly with early readers.

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Looking for God in All the Wrong Places

Fall is in the air. Our congregation just had its “Thanks for Giving” turkey supper. It’s time to take a breath of contentment before the holiday season begins. And, after that brief moment, I am pleased to announce that my friend, Rev. Chris Matthis (LCMS), has released another book: Looking for God in All the Wrong Places: Sermons for Advent and Christmas. (To be honest, it includes Epiphany, too. :))

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The Story People

The Story People: have you heard about it yet? It’s the latest novel through Concordia Publishing House. Did you hear that? CPH publishing fiction? Yay! And, yay for another Lutheran novelist: Heather M. Kaufman!

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Writing Daily

Ladies and gentlemen, let’s take a minute to remember a careful distinction. Writing daily is great discipline and exercise. Still, you may have connotations with “writing daily” that interfere with actually writing daily. Writing daily is not full-throttle progress down the road toward success. It isn’t juices flowing every second of that time. It’s just writing. Sometimes for ten or twenty minutes. Sometimes even that is in bits and pieces throughout a busy day. It’s still ok.

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The London Syndicate

I’ve introduced Kelly Klages before. She’s truly extraordinary: an artist of diverse media, jeweler, hymnist, writer, etc. She’s particularly taken with Agatha Christie and the one and only Hercule Poirot. As in, she’s so good at what she does that David Suchet pays both attention and his fond regards! Anyway, she takes cool to a new degree with a new announcement. The title? The London Syndicate.

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100 Ton Press Call for Stories

It’s election day. Let’s not talk about that. Let’s focus on something less angsty and more opportune! It’s always exciting to hear about open submission opportunities and 100 Ton Press has made such an announcement! In particular, they have a call for stories to be included in an upcoming collection, They Don’t Know I’m a Christian at the Coffee Shop.  Sure sounds like a good thing to think and write about on an election day or any other day. 🙂

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Called to Help: Vocation in Mercy Work

Have you emailed disaster at lcms.org yet to request your free book, The Mercy of God in the Cross of Christ: Essays on Mercy in Honor of Glenn Merritt? Hop to. It’s well worth it. I was able to contribute two essays to it, one particularly to honor Rev. Merritt and his dedication to vocation in mercy work: “Called to Help: Vocation in Mercy Work.”

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No Good Son & Violet’s Daybreak

I was going to post about another Lutheran book available through Goodreads Giveaway: J.L. Vaughan‘s book, No Good Son, and now I’ve just found out about another one ending super soon: Sarah Baughman‘s Violet’s Daybreak!

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Mom said!

It is with humor and awe that I think of my children. Admittedly, I’m biased. Still, I’m going to share a little anecdote which may or may not demonstrate the joy of having an author in the family. Like many other stories it centers oddly on “Mom said!”

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