Journal

From Roots to Snowflakes
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I have a page full of characters. I know their birth dates and their names. Now I need to make them interesting. Ack! (She runs screaming.) I should note here that I am no expert. (Heh heh. Did I need...
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Branching Out
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Last week I shared my main character's family tree in all its scribbled glory. If you'll notice, there's an asterisk on the bottom left and next to it the list: ages names short backstory on each As I sat staring...
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Forming the Roots
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As I mentioned at the end of my last post, I ran out of steam as I was filling in my "beat sheets" because my story idea didn’t include enough conflict and I had no idea who my characters were...
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Growing a Novel
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Since I'm done growing a baby, I thought I'd move on to growing a novel, cultivated specifically for the little munchkin. (Who knows, maybe it will fund his college? Pipe dream?) I also thought it might be neat if I...
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Welcome Noah!
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Baby is here! Needless to say, this blog is on maternity leave. Will return after the dust clears.
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Post-ACFW Conference Thoughts
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Ugh. That has nothing to do with the conference. It's just how I feel in general. Five more weeks of this pregnancy to go. Uncomfortable. Back hurts. Little tiny pummeling feet. Heartburn. Makes it hard to think about anything, much...
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Pre-ACFW annual conference thoughts
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The American Christian Fiction Writer's annual conference is coming up this weekend in Indianapolis. I plan to attend on Saturday. As a first-time attendee I'm included on the "first timers" email thread/forum. It's been interesting to hear people's perspectives and...
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Jesus in the Cold and Dark
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Over the three day weekend, my family and I took a road trip to Columbus, Ohio. Nothing fancy, we just wanted to go far enough to feel like we were "getting away". Columbus is a nice place to visit, a...
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Knowing When to Quit
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One of my college creative writing professors said, "Sometimes you need to know when to quit. Acknowledge you've learned all you can from that poem, short story, narrative. It's as good as it's ever going to get. Time to move...
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Poem Published in Every Day Poets!
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Okay, I've been waaaaaaaaaay too busy. I FORGOT that I had a poem published in Every Day Poets this month. Well I didn't forget, the end of the month just crept up on me too fast. Please take a gander,...
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