Some of you have followed my writing journey for quite a while. One thing I haven’t discussed on the blog is what happened between being in the thick of submitting my work and signing my book contract. My journey to publication has been a bit of a winding road. It took some unexpected detours along … More How I Got A Book Deal on the Book I’d Given Up On
So I did something scary today. I went on Facebook Live… That woke up my fear of public speaking in a big way :/. Yikes that was stress-inducing… Anyways……. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am a goal driven creature. I have this way of turning even the most relaxing activities … More Setting Grace Goals: I Can’t Out-“do” Grace
I woke up the other morning with an odd thought buzzing in my mind. Thank God for the no’s and not yets. What?? It wasn’t as though I had just come through to the other side and gotten a glorious yes on my writing journey and was reflecting the beautiful tapestry created along the way. … More Thankful for No’s and Not Yets
When I look at this photograph my grandmother took, I can’t help but wonder at it. The graceful petunia, often seen spilling out of containers boxes and hanging planters, growing in such an unexpected place. And it’s not simply that some wayward seed landed in this crack and sprouted. It’s the way this plant has … More What Does it Really Mean to Thrive?
Writing wise, it was a pretty dry summer. A couple of writing projects were making their rounds in the black hole of querying agents. (Okay, it’s not really a black hole, but it can feel like it with all the waiting.) In a world that worships instant gratification, the pace of the publishing world is … More ACFW 2017: A Beautiful Breaking
Okay friends…I’ve been a little radio silent on the blog lately…and social media. The new school year and travel has thrown off my routine a bit. I’m hoping to get back to regularity in my writing routine after I return from the American Christian Fiction Writers Conference. This year is my second year attending … More ACFW 2017: It’s Conference Time!!!
Levi, my two-year-old, crawled up beside me while I was writing in my journal a few days ago. He points to the place I’m writing. “Yours?” “You book?” I nod. He scoots closer and watches as I write in my leather bound journal that I bought on a trip to Italy several years ago. I’m … More Scribbling in God’s Book of Life
Happy 1st Blog-a-versary Hope Perch. … More Lessons from One Year of Blogging
Wow. I began this blogging journey eight months ago. As I am coming up on the year anniversary of Hope Perch, I have been thinking and praying about how I can best serve my readers in 2017. My fiction projects are still underway. I am praying for open doors and God’s direction and timing on … More New Things On the Horizon at Hope Perch
Why I NaNoWriMo: The first time I was introduced to NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, I didn’t get it. Why would you sit down and attempt to write an entire novel in a month? Was it possible to write 50,000 words in 30 days and end with something worth reading? Worth publishing? Surely not. … More NaNoWriMo 2016: Why I Did This To Myself
About a month ago I sent out a plea, Friends I Need Your Help. I was so overwhelmed by your responses. I would be remiss not share a little about my subsequent experience. Well…I survived my first ACFW Writer’s Conference. Even thrived? Maybe… 😉
Confession: I feel like a huge dork sharing this video. It wasn’t intended for public consumption. But, this video really isn’t about me. It’s a moment to connect with other moms balancing childrearing and professional aspirations. It’s a moment to laugh.
Photo from: https://www.buzzfeed.com/briangalindo/15-wonderful-quotes-about-life-from-childrens-books I can remember the first time I highlighted three pages of manuscript, and then held a shaky finger over the delete button.
First of all, I want to say thank you to everyone who stops in to read every week. A special thanks to those who share my posts! A writer writes whether anyone reads or not, but it sure makes it a lot more fun when people do. Next, I wanted to give you all a … More Friends, I Need Your Help
I’ve been working on a fiction piece for….for a long time. Maybe longer than I care to admit.