Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Winding down . . .

Be careful,
for writing books is endless,
and much study wears you out.
Ecclesiastes 12:12

So, as I wind down to the end of the year, I've also been contemplating gaining vision for the year ahead.


I've been having a bad spell over the past several weeks with my migraines.  On my in between times (when my head clears) I try to think. To read. To research. It's distracting. And healing.  I  just lost my cat last week after a 2 month long ordeal, and you may recall that I'm still grieving the loss of my Step-dad who's only been gone for 4 months. And our family is still grieving the loss of my cousin who was murdered, along with several others, in January. So in general I'm just trying to heal. But I am trying.

Here's what I have been enjoying. . .

Some family research. That always inspires me. And exhausts me. I managed to write a few special posts as tributes.

Reading a few short books. Heartsong Presents novels are only 50,000, but the authors are so talented. I've been enjoying Vicki McDonough's N. Dakota Brides.

I've found a few writing projects. After Christmas I'll be working on a novella collection with three other authors. Something short and fun. Been doing some research in colonial New England. Can't tell you much more than that. Also, I plan to submit a few short devotions. Here' are a few helpful links from the experts on writing devotionals.

Cec Murphy
Donna Shepherd
Nancy Robinson Masters

So, Christmas. Is it really just a few days away? Have you had a chance to write at all through the holidays? Do you write a family newsletter? Send out cards?


  1. My heart goes out to you as you face Christmas without the loved ones you've lost. The first year is the hardest, the void keenly felt. May the Lord uphold you and bless you as you attempt to celebrate despite having a heavy heart.

    I'm sorry to hear about the migraines. I hope you're able to get them under control soon.

  2. Lifting you up in prayer. I can't say it any better than Keli already has.
    I sympathize with you about the migraines. When I had allergy testing some years back, I discovered I was allergic to pine trees, juniper, anything evergreen. Living in Maine would probably create issues for me! So when we travel to areas populated with evergreens, I have to take allergy medicine for a week before to try to control the symptoms.
    Stress doesn't help either. Praying that the peace which passes all understanding will fill your heart and mind, and that the great physician heals you of your pain.
    Have a blessed, peaceful holiday.

  3. Keli and Shauna,
    Thank yo so much for your thoughts and prayers,t hey are much appreciated. Merry Christmas to you both!


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