Focus On Love – Doing What We Were Created To Do

Focus On Love – Doing What We Were Created To Do

One week into the New Year and (so far) I’m on track with my goals for 2018. If you’ve also survived that first week, let’s pause a moment to celebrate…and then, let’s get real. There are 51 more weeks to go and countless opportunities to get off track or lose our focus on what matters most. However, if we’re doing what we were created to do, the road ahead gets easier. Like I mentioned last

A Season of Change and Preparation

A Season of Change and Preparation

I’ve been thinking about—and blogging about—change for the past several weeks. And outside my front door, the world has been changing right along with me, because fall is a season of change. The leaves change colors, then drift to the ground. The air gets crisp and frost paints the blades of grass. It’s time to winterize the sprinkler system. Prune back the garden beds. Wrap up the harvest and stock the freezer. It’s nature’s way

Running My Race By Staying In My Lane

Running My Race By Staying In My Lane

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us…” ~ Hebrews 12:1 NIV “The strength of a river is between the banks.” ~ Writer Cara Grandle on Periscope Sometimes it takes a different angle before we truly see the truth. Example? I know that familiar scripture about running the

Reflections From a Castle Tower

Reflections From a Castle Tower

Yes. That’s where I stayed for several days last week. In a castle. In Colorado. With a room at the top of the tallest tower featuring floor-to-way-over-my-head arched windows. Officially, I was chaperoning a group of middle school writers and teaching them about plotting fabulous stories. Unofficially, I was dreaming up stories of my own and soaking up the inspiration. During the day, I was busy from dawn until dark staying ahead of giggling, energetic

Why I Can’t Do Everything

Why I Can’t Do Everything

Duh. Because I’m human, not super-human. That’s why I can’t do everything. That’s the easy answer, but it’s true. Yet, I must not really believe it because I still try to do more than is humanly possible to accomplish in a day, week, or month. I suppose I took to heart that sage wisdom about aiming high because even if you fall short, you’ll still end up among the stars. Anyhow, I try to take

Quieting the Noise So I Can Think

Quieting the Noise So I Can Think

I hear voices. I wish they were just the characters of my latest work-in-progress clamoring to share their opinions about a recent plot twist. But, no. Lately I’ve been hearing the voices of doubt and confusion and guilt to the point they’re blocking out the true voices of faith, wisdom, and peace. While I’m still learning to listen, I’m also quieting the noise so I can think. The source of all this mental turmoil is

Six Writing Lessons From Crochet

Six Writing Lessons From Crochet

I’ve been editing a novel…which also means I’ve been procrastinating. And in the disguise of looking like I’m actually doing something, I picked up an unfinished crochet project. Not anything especially fancy like a delicate baby afghan for a niece, but rather one whose sole purpose was to use up extra yarn and provide another warm throw to use while watching television or a movie on the couch. Or even better, while reading a book.

Meet My Critique Partner Laura Hilton

Meet My Critique Partner Laura Hilton

Longtime readers of my blog may have an inkling of how long I’ve been on this writing journey, but here’s a quick recap. I started writing in 2005, beginning with non-fiction articles and two book manuscripts before turning my attention to fiction. My first attempt at a novel in 2008 was truly awful but the rewrite in 2009 actually went on to be Runner-Up in ACFW’s Genesis contest. That same year I started blogging…and connected

Writing As Warfare To Push Back the Darkness

Writing As Warfare To Push Back the Darkness

  Earlier this year, an agent made a few predictions about the writing industry in 2017 and triggered a great debate about the future of Christian fiction. In a Facebook group I’m a part of, Mary Weber, author of the Storm Siren series, hammered back at the questions with the truth that Christian fiction will continue as long as there are Christians who write. She eloquently stated that we use our writing as warfare. That

Maintaining The Gift

Maintaining The Gift

“The gift is from God. My job is maintenance and delivery.” I honestly can’t remember where I heard this statement but I do remember thinking how truly profound it was. I added the sentiment to the memos in my phone and every time I scroll through looking for that nugget to use in the current work-in-progress, I’m reminded again that I am still developing the gift of writing in my own life. First, I truly