Wednesday, April 18, 2018

On Passionate Writing and April's Contest Question #3

On Passionate Writing

To be a writer,
you must sentence yourself
to a life of solitary confinement.
--Paul Martin



What is being a writer?
Do words make you a writer?
Does sitting at a desk typing make you a writer?
Does writing a book make you a writer?

Realize...
that writing is not always easy.
Sometimes it's hard,
discouraging,
and 
feels useless.

And solitary.

Sometimes that means lonely.
Other times
it means quiet or soft background music
it can mean sitting and dreaming
or plotting and outlining.

You can also pound the words out.
Or let them drizzle from your mind and fingers.

It's a comforting feeling being alone 
in your fictional (?) world
and
knowing soon
you'll be sharing a new book 
with readers.

Whatever.


Happy writing.


***

Moody April has arrived. 
One day, sunshine and warmth, 
the next, rain or snow and dreary clouds. 


REMEMBER, Two things:
  • YOU MUST ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS OF THE MONTH to be considered for the monthly prize. And...
  • You MUST check back here on the last Wednesday of the month to see if you've won. I will usually share the blog link on my Facebook author page but it's YOUR obligation to contact me here on the blog with your mailing information (or you can let me know you'll share it with email or private message on FB. 


April's First Question:  
What is your favorite SPRING flower and does it have a significant meaning to you?


April's second Question:
Do you ever read the last page of a book FIRST?




April's Third (and last) Question:
Has there ever been a character from any book
 that has remained in your memory 
or impacted you in some way?
(and the answer "No" is also acceptable)

Don't forget to share this site!


Prizes?


A kindle copy of any of my books: your choice
(  Amazon  )
 and 

Your choice of either of these beautiful scarves

OR



Don't forget to share!
Have Fun!


Monday, April 16, 2018

Monday Morning Gratitudes

Simple pleasures
the happiness and laughter my pets have given me through the years
the time of fellowship for Grandpa and Grandson this past Tuesday
good relationships
ministry from our pastor and assistant pastor
answered prayer for a dear saint


Blessings!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Sunday Morning Peace: Three Things in Life

THREE THINGS in LIFE:



I read this recently and thought it was good. Think about this:

Three things in life, once gone, never come back:

  • Time
  • Words
  • Opportunity
Three things in life that can destroy a person:
  • Anger
  • Pride
  • Unforgiveness
Three things in life that are never certain:
  • Fortune 
  • Success'
  • Dreams
Three things that make a person:
  • Commitment 
  • Sincerity
  • Hard work
Three things in life that are most valuable:
  • Love
  • Family and friends
  • kindness
Three things in life that you should never lose:
  • Hope
  • Peace
  • Honesty
Three things that are truly constant:
  • Father
  • Son
  • Holy Spirit

Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Writing a Book and All that Jazz...and April Contest Question Two!

"I can write a book."
"I have an idea. Can you use it in a book?"
"Anyone can write a book."

Really?

What does it take to write a book? (Now remember, I'm basing this on my own experience. Other authors may have different takes on the subject):

  • A knowledge that this is something you are supposed to do. From a child up, I've loved reading and writing. Research (a most valuable tool for writers) is a pleasant "job" for me. After several years of the writing experience, I can sense that it's what I am to do.
  • Perseverance. Writing a book is a tough job. You have days with no enthusiasm, with weariness or focusing on the page in front of you. There are times when your mind is blank, when it all seems rubbish. But a "real" writer knows you have to persevere to overcome all. Write, even if it has to be deleted tomorrow. Write when it seems it's all wrong. JUST WRITE!!
  • For me, knowing this is what God wants from me. I've learned to worry less about how much money I'm making or whether I should be promoting or advertising more, and try to lean on what I feel God would have me do today, tomorrow and next week. Trusting that my writing labors will prove encouraging and entertaining to someone is worth it all.
  • The willingness to do what it takes to produce the best writing I can. That means improving and learning from others, research, study, conferences when possible, and classes as able. All of this helps me grow in my work.
  • Determination to never, never, never quit. Some find it easy to give up when the pressure is on, when the book doesn't get published, when life interferes, when people criticise your work. There will always be naysayers and critics. You can't let anyone discourage you if you're totally convinced this is what you're to do. 
  • Realize that you must find and travel on YOUR writing journey. Mine is not someone
    else's. Yours won't be either. The enemy would have us look at others and envy their journey, but that's not what God wants. Be careful not to fall into that trap. Experience your own wonderful life as a writer, whether it be multiple books published or one, whether you gain tons of money or none and whether you reach thousands of readers or one and two. Be grateful for the talent and bask in the knowledge that you're following on the path our Lord would have you do. 


Be blest as you seek the path you should walk. Remember, never, never, never quit!

Happy writing!


***

Moody April has arrived. 
One day, sunshine and warmth, 
the next, rain or snow and dreary clouds. 
REMEMBER, Two things:
  • YOU MUST ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS OF THE MONTH to be considered for the monthly prize. And...
  • You MUST check back here on the last Wednesday of the month to see if you've won. I will usually share the blog link on my Facebook author page but it's YOUR obligation to contact me here on the blog with your mailing information (or you can let me know you'll share it with email or private message on FB. 

April's First Question:  
What is your favorite SPRING flower and does it have a significant meaning to you?

April's second Question:
Do you ever read the last page of a book FIRST?

Don't forget to share this site!


Prizes?


A kindle copy of any of my books: your choice
 and 
Your choice of either of these beautiful scarves

OR



Don't forget to share!
Have Fun!

Monday, April 09, 2018

Monday Morning Gratitudes

Friends who help with our church's programs: Debbie, Katie, Janeth, Gracie, Karen.
special cards
good secrets that make people happy
greening grass
the sun after the rain
clean houses

Blessings!

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Sunday Morning Peace: April, the Tease

APRIL is such a tease. 
Warm and cold.
Sunny and cloudy.
Rainy and wet.
Budding trees and bursts of color.
Leftover brown leaves and greening grass.
A merry sprite.
A prankster laughing up her sleeve.
Tempting.
Delirious.
Wonderful.
Smile . . .

***

The sun was warm but the wind was chill.
You know how it is with an April day.
When the sun is out and the wind is still,
You're one month on in the middle of May.
But if you so much as dare to speak,
a cloud comes over the sunlit arch,
And wind comes off a frozen peak,
And you're two months back in the middle of March."

-  Robert Frost, Two Tramps in Mud Time, 1926 










Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Protectors...and Aprils #1 Contest Question



What started me thinking along this line: I went to work one morning a few years back. I normallyworked by myself and was the one who opened the door with no one around.

I opened the door and heard the sound of a door in the basement closing. Yikes! Spooky! Especially since I've never heard it before.







To make a long story short, I evenually found the reason for the sound, but not before I felt that ripple of fear trail through my veins.





Shortly afterwards, this huge German Shepherd showed up on the doorstep, peered in the floor-to-ceiling windows at me. He had a collar and tag, but kept hanging around. He was so friendly he was practically lolling on the ground, wanting attention. He was adorable.

He--along with spooky sound--was what shifted my brain into thinking about all the protectors in the world.

Was HE my protector that morning?


I know my spunky little Taffy is. She's a terror if she thinks there's something strange around. I know hubby is. He won't tolerate insults or personal injuries to me. I know my boys would be if I needed them to be.

What/Who else? Can our attitudes be a protector? The way we think and react in a situation. Doesn't that, at times, protect us from an incoming hurt? When we shed off that slight that would otherwise crush our feelings, because we decide to do so? Isn't that a form of protection?

What about prevention? Think about the healthful things we do to keep from getting sick, or the medicines/oils we use, etc. There's also exercise, diet, weight-watching and regular doctor checkups that we participate in.

Don't we read to prevent boredom and ignorance?
Why do we bathe? To prevent people from shunning you? For your own personal satisfaction?


Then there's God. He can be our best and greatest protector in everything. Temptations, depression,
wrong choices, and life in general. He is our encourager and guide to our eternal home. He is our everything, including protector in danger and trials.

He is a sure and mighty arm. Lean hard on Him. He'll never fail.





***




April is such a encouraging, fun month! 
Spring is here.
The earth is stirring.
Flowers are bursting forth 
with the water works the skies shed on earth.
Warm weather is in the works.

REMEMBER, Two things:

  • YOU MUST ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS OF THE MONTH to be considered for the monthly prize. And...
  • You MUST check back here on the last Wednesday of the month to see if you've won. I will usually share the blog link on my Facebook author page but it's YOUR obligation to contact me here on the blog with your mailing information (or you can let me know you'll share it with email or private message on FB. 


April's FIRST Question:
What is your favorite SPRING flower and does it have a significant meaning to you?

Don't forget to share this site!


Prizes?


A kindle copy of any of my books: your choice
 and 
Your choice of either of these beautiful scarves

OR



Don't forget to share!
Have Fun!





On Passionate Writing and April's Contest Question #3

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