Writing

When an Idea Comes to Roost and My Anniversary Trip

As an author, my overactive imagination is essential. While we were on vacation, several new story ideas prompted me to spend time on my tablet writing. If you’ve been following my blog, you know this is EXCELLENT and long-awaited news. This year, we spent our anniversary in Central Oregon and I’ll need to recount some …

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How I Stub My Toe on Genre

During this season of rest, I’ve been experimenting writing various genres, hoping something will incite my passion for writing once more. This exercise revealed a few truths; the first: genre is a rock bent on stubbing my writing muscles. I already knew this. I learned it in various ways: Creating a brand for my website …

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Writing from the Keyboard’s Perspective

The keyboard sat quietly waiting for the fingers of its familiar friend. Over the past five years together, they’d sent nearly 1.5 million words from the nebulous universe of a creative soul onto paper. Sure, some of those words never left the computer files. But many of them had soared into the world of publishing …

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Three Things Being Quarantined Taught Me about Introverts

Learning is one of my superpowers. I enjoy discovering something new in this “nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1: 9) world. I’m entering the fourth week of mandatory “stay at home” orders during the COVID-19 pandemic quarantine and decided it’s time to share a few early lessons. First off, I hope this quarantine will …

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Mourning and Hope: Follow Up to ‘The Death of a Dream’

Mourning and Hope? I must be crazy. Those two things could not possible exist at the same time, so why have I paired them in a sentence? Friends, I’m in mourning. More on that in this post. But I’m not without hope even if my post “The Death of a Dream” sounded like it to …

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Teaching Research Writing

Back in the saddle again. Or make that the same language arts classroom. And I’m not surprised that this group of students isn’t embracing the teacher’s lesson plan to “read the textbook.” After all, the class is called Research Writing for a reason. Lucky for them, this isn’t a boring textbook (and my experience as …

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Are You Headed for Burnout?

Like so many other people, I was certain burnout would never happen to me. I loved writing. It was my calling and purpose to write these books, and burnout wouldn’t happen to someone who was doing God’s will. Right? Wrong. Or else writing and independently publishing that series of biblical fictionalizations wasn’t God’s will for …

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