Monthly Archives: January 2018

An LCC announcement and prayer request

I’ve gotta shake myself back into focus. Perhaps wickedly I think I’ve made enough progress into my new year’s resolutions that I can start to chill out. Multitasking is just not as self-sustaining as I used to think. I ended up sleeping a LOT yesterday! ha!

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Snow Day!

Whadda ya mean you need more than a light dusting?! I can make a LOT out of the opportunity, none the less! ;)16

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Finding your genre(s)

Agents often hear from people who think they can write across genre lines–doing it all–and, well, it doesn’t sound like agents ever believe it. Makes sense. It takes more discipline to do one thing well than it does to try various things for shorter amounts of time. And, if an author can’t self-critique well, they may not be ready for an agent yet. So, my question for you is how did you go about finding your genre(s)?

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Full Range of Experiences

A “full range of experiences” sounds pretty good, like a full range of experiences on a vacation or something. Less good is the writers’ milestone “going out of print”. It’s super common. It’s nothing to be particularly ashamed of–or so I’m telling myself–because, as a writer, I’ve now experienced the full range of experiences. Except, you know, fame and fortune. 😉

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Amazon Trade In

The Amazon Trade In program looks really great. Have extra books lying around? Here you go.

I’m going to tuck the information away for later. I hadn’t ever heard of this program before.

 

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Early Feedback

True story. So far every single one of my early readers suggested changing different things. 🙂 No overlap whatsoever. But you know what I especially love? In addition to the support and encourage I received, I love the inspiration that comes from other people’s thoughts and reactions. That is powerful stuff. Evidence of just how much we benefit from God’s blessings of community, friendship, and teamwork.

Thanks guys! And, thank you, Lord!

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Under the Bridge to the Seeds of Light

Here is a real find for you: Lutheran Pastor Philip J Rigdon has two novels out (Under the Bridge to the Seeds of Light and its sequel Lewis Warner Finds the Doom Prophet, Under the Bridge Part II). AND, he has put together a study guide/curriculum for teaching reading and writing for it to middle and high school students! Free resource and Lutheran novels?! LOVE IT! For more details, see his guest post below:

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Chalking of the Doors

I know, and you know, that words are great. That writing, not only in the formation of abstract words but also in the movement-made-visible for the sake of communication, is a tremendous gift. So check out this nifty article about the “Chalking of the Doors.” I’d never heard of it, but it gives me pause in appreciation of our great many gifts, particularly the blessing and epiphany of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 🙂

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Reading Job

I’ve been reading Pilgrim’s Progress on and off again for a while now. To be honest? It seems a lot like reading Job. Lots of Scripture, lots of dialogue, and lots of angles I’m not quite sure what to do with.

Care to share any thoughts about Pilgrim’s Progress from a Lutheran point of view? Or can you relate to the experience of reading Job-like books? For that matter, you could recommend reading on the Book of Job itself.

Ha, I used to work in a certain worship office and we started to follow the lectio continuo suggested in the LSB introductory page. Reading through Job in a chapel setting was SO ODD. Do you say, “This is the Word of the Lord” no matter who speaks in that book?! CRAZY!

I’m glad our Lord–and many other people!–have things more figured out than I do. 🙂

Happy reading and happy writing!

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6 Thoughtful Ways to Gift Your Writing

An article to save for later: 6 Thoughtful Ways to Gift Your Writing

6 Thoughtful Ways to Gift Your Writing

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