Though the way may be difficult at times, the path before you is an everlasting path of promise, and God will never let go of your hand. When you cannot see ahead of you and you've lost your sense of direction, don't hold hands with doubt and confusion -- hold more firmly to the only hand that knows the way.
Karla Dornacher from Down a Garden Path
Friday, April 30, 2010
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Thursday, April 22, 2010
Longing to be authentic is at the core of most human beings, and apparently at the core of one little velveteen bunny according to author Margery Williams.
This is how I have often felt as a writer. Writing is something I have always enjoyed. It is a part of me. I
was born with this inherent desire to write, create, to put what was on my mind and in my heart on paper. Being such a personal thing, writing didn't necessarily seem anything particularly special or worthy of sharing with others. Yet through the years that desire became apparent as well. When I started to realize that the ideas were not from me alone, but a gift of the one who created me, I began to consider that perhaps he might want me to share at least some of them with others.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
When I was just a little girl I had a strong connection with a certain little boy named Harold. He was an inspiration to me. I remember riding my bike up to the library in town and take out Harold and the Purple Crayon books by Crockett Johnson. (This, of course, being back in the day when you could let your kids ride up town unattended by an adult.) I also watched him on TV.
I loved Harold because all that boy needed was a crayon and a little imagination. He was wide eyed and saw things around him in a special way (I also think he was ADD like me). He could take a blank surface and turn it into a landscape. He could go anywhere his little heart desired. And did. He had all kinds of adventures and those who dared went with him. I know I did. Harold could imagine anything. And because he could, I knew I could too!
Harold’s world was limited only by his imagination . . . and a crayon. A purple one. What color is your crayon? Here's mine.
You Are a Green Crayon
Your world is colored in harmonious, peaceful, natural colors.
While some may associate green with money, you are one of the least materialistic people around.
Comfort is important to you. You like to feel as relaxed as possible – and you try to make others feel at ease.
You’re very happy with who you are, and it certainly shows!Your color wheel opposite is red. Every time you feel grounded, a red person does their best to shake you.
Watch Harold and the Purple Crayon
Crockett Johnson Bio
Crockett Johnson’s Books: The Harold Series
Geoff Klock on Harold and his purple crayon
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Where are you when you get some of your great ideas?
Saturday, April 17, 2010
5 Minutes for Mom Ultimate Blog Party! I made lots of new friends and found lots of great new blogs. I wish I could give each and everyone of you a prize. I submitted the 80 entries for my contest at random.org. and the winnner of the
Friday, April 16, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Critique partner (aka Critter) - A peer who reads a manuscript with a critical eye and provides valuable feedback that will help the author improve grammar, spelling, style, continuity, genre guidelines, etc.
Beta Reader - (Alpha being the author) A reader who is not necessarily a writing professional, who will read the finished manuscript prior to submitting it to a publisher for the purpose of evaluating the book from a general reader's perspective and provide feedback on the story as a whole including readability, quality, and any areas that still might require adjustment.
Book Reviewer - One who will read and review book objectively for the purpose of providing an brief summary and honest opinion of the book to share publicly for the perusal of those who may consider reading that book.
Advanced Book Reader - Books that are sent to industry professionals and professional reviewers from literary magazines, etc. who will have an opportunity to print a pre-release review of the material.
Endorser - An author who agrees to read a book prepublication at the request of an author. agent, or publisher for the purpose of providing support through a qualifying comment on the quality of the work, shown in a positive light.
Influencer - Someone who agrees to participate in positively promoting a book by sharing a review, interview, on book store & book review websites, social media, and or their blog.
Literary Agent -An agent's job is to determine if your subject has a market they can help you reach. They serve as a liason for the author to the publisher by submitting manuscripts, negotiating contracts, providing marketing advice, and many other essential aspects of communication and marketing.
Editor - An editor reviews book manuscript submissions and considers if the book will be a viable project for the publishing house and champion the project within the publishing house before an editorial review board for final consideration. Editors take the manuscript and turn it into a polished product ready to be printed and market ready. They address the overall structure and organization including character and plot development, pace, organization, subplots, character motives, tone, etc.
Copy Editor - The copyeditor works on the book at the manuscript stage, marking grammatical and spelling mistakes, querying inconsistencies, conflicting information, and awkward phrasing, verifying facts, preparing a style sheet, and keymarking the manuscript for design. They make sure the manuscript is clear, correct, concise, comprehensible, and consistent.
Proof Reader (aka line editor)- The proofreader works on the book at the galley proof or page proof stage, comparing every word of the manuscript with every word of the proof, verifying correct word breaks, making sure that all editorial changes were input, and (with some publishers) verifying that elements were set according to design specifications.
Do you have anything to add or clarify to this list?
Who are your favorite publishing peeps! I'll tell if you do.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
5 Minutes for Mom is hosting their annual Ultimate Blog Party 2010. If you don't know about 5 Minutes for Mom it's an awesome site with so many great resources for Moms and for all Women to enjoy. Their 5 Minutes for Books and 5 Minutes for Giveaways always interest me!
Ultimate Blog Party 2010 features loads of great prizes so be sure to hop on over after your done reading this post. Some of the ones I'm hoping to win are:
Toshiba Satellite Laptop - Grand Prize from 5 Minutes for Mom Ultimate Blog Party
US11 – A $100 gift eCertificate to Restaurant.com, immediately redeemable online at over 13,000 restaurants nationwide from Amy LeForge of Earnest Parenting
USC 25 -$25 Barnes & Noble Gift Card-online or in store from Baba’s Farm Life
US31 – A $20 Amazon gift certificate from Jennifer Sikora at For Such a Time as This
USC 47 – 4-week eCourse: “Change Your Thinking. Change Your Life.” 4 full weeks of audio and written lessons from Life Coaching for Christian Women delivered to you daily to help you grow closer to God. Valued at $29.95 from Life Coaching for Christian Women
USC 63 – “Bath and Body Works” Gift Card worth $20 from Tree Lindsay at Mommies Faves
USC 3 – A $50.00 Target Gift Card from Peggy Gorman
As a party favor I'm offering a prize! It's an ULTIMATE BOOKLOVERS GIFTBOX which will include a couple of Christian novels and items for booklovers and writers including writers tools/office supplies ($35 value)! Sorry no pic, but I promise you'll be thrilled!
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About this blog and my writing:
When my boys (Justin & Brandon) were little I started writing stories for them and we acted them out. I shared some of those stories with many other children. Many of them "illustrated" some of the stories and characters. It was so much fun! I've also encouraged my sons and one of my step-daughters to write. When the boys were little and had their own stories to tell I wrote down the words. As they got older they wrote down their own stories and one of my step-daughters even turned them into plays. I've kept and treasured many of them that they did just for fun or in school (homeschool & public). Sometimes at family gatherings we read aloud some of these stories that they wrote and illustrated when they were little - now that they are young adults this is a lot of laughs.
Writing for me has been a great outlet as a mom. It was a way to record some of those family memories (I wrote poems about the boys at each age, and family poems). I wrote to encourage other moms (I used to put out a "Moment for Mom" newsletter). And I wrote to nurture myself (journaling, poetry, articles, and stories for grownups). Now that the kids have grown I finally have time to consider writing as a career and am working on a historical fiction novel. I blog all about it here on at Writing to Distraction! I'm so glad you've stopped by!
Don't forget to comment to be eligible for the prize!
Are you a writing mom? I'd love to hear about it. :)
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Wil was the author of a ministry book entitled "Phone Power: Using the Telephone in Ministry" which was published by Judson Press in 1974. Although technology has increased much since then, the phone is still a powerful ministry tool. He also wrote numerous articles and had the priveledge of interviewing Maria Von Trapp (Sound of Music) and penned her life story for Christian Life magazine.
Monday, April 5, 2010
This month I'd like to issue a challenge. Dig out something that you wrote long ago. You've most likely aquired new writing skills since then. Take another look at it and do a little revising. When the piece is ready, share it below on with Mr. Linky so we can all enjoy it.
You can win a prize similar to this just for participating! Please see official rules and prizes.
Friday, April 2, 2010
If my thoughts were more profound I would share them here. As it is, I am sometimes overwhelmed by the simplicity of the gospel, yet awed by the complexities that it contains. This is one of those times. So I offer a few words of others followed by my favorite Bible chapter on the resurrection.
“Christianity is not merely a religion that was marketed well with just the right political spin by gifted writers. It is a living, breathing, ongoing conversation between God, humanity and all creation empowered by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” (William J. Carl, Living Pulpit, March 1998, p.6)
“Some religions, both ancient and modern, require no historical basis, for they depend upon ideas rather than events. Christianity is not one of these.”
(A Short Life of Christ by E. F. Harrison, 1968)
“Jesus Christ alive from the dead is the answer to all the broken dreams, the collapsed hopes of your life and mine, the pressures that we feel from day to day, the sense of our failure and the inability to perform as we would like to perform.” (Ray Stedman, The Living Hope, March 1976)
One chapter. It says it all . . .
Thursday, April 1, 2010
The winner of the random drawing among eligible entries is . . . Darlene! Darlene has won a photo box of writing goodies. Thanks to all of you for participating. April's prompt/giveaway begins on Monday, April 5th.
1. Sonia Parham
3. Carla Gade (me)
4. Daphne Tieman
5. Darlene Franklin