Just say NO

Posted On Sep 24 2005 by

It seems that everyone is ganging up on me this week. I love backstory, it seems, and in today’s fiction market, that just isn’t tolerated. So I’ll surrender. I cut and hack and, in my own words, just tell the story. It’s Saturday morning and I’m sitting at my kitchen island. I love wireless, don’t you? There is nothing better than a cool (not quite crisp yet) autumn morning and a cup of coffee. I got up before everyone else because the opening scene for a book that is still two years away kept gnawing at my brain. So I …


And autumn has arrived…

Posted On Sep 22 2005 by

In the words of Junie B. Jones: “Yeah, but here’s the problem.” The internet makes my writing life a lot easier when it comes to research. However, there are about a million fantastic writing sites out there. Gena introduced me to Dave Long’s site. Holy cow, what a great source of information, and straight from the horse’s mouth (I know I used a cow and a horse in the same sentence and my blog is definately not farm related, but who’s keeping track?). Then I get on Bradilyn Collin’s web site and she’s got a post that is aimed straight …


Summer’s Gone

Posted On Sep 21 2005 by

There’s something about the last day of summer that makes me want to hurry up and go see a Tiger’s game, take my kids fishing, go on one more camping trip, and take a nap in the middle of the front lawn…all before midnight. Fall is my favorite season, and Michigan does it well. But I’m always a little remourseful about another summer slipped past, wondering if I did enough so that my kids will, at least, have one memory from it that will creep into their minds every so often for the rest of their lives. Okay, enough of …


Spooky Stuff

Posted On Sep 19 2005 by

Okay, I said I’d try to do a better job of maintaining my blog, and I blew it. Look, there’s weeds all over the place and the mums are a lovely shade of rust brown. This time, I won’t promise anything, but I’ll really really try, okay? I went to the ACFW conference in Nashville this weekend. For those of you who attended, you know what’s coming. The first thing I learned is “It’s ALL Good.” The second thing I learned is that a southerner can say “bless your heart” and apply about a hundred different meanings to it. It’s …


Why I write

Posted On May 5 2005 by

Like I said in my first post, I gave this up for about a year and a half. I convinced myself that it wasn’t worth the work and heartbreak. Of course, that can be said of love as well, and most of don’t mind taking that leap at some point in our lives. I don’t know if I’d say writing is God’s call on my life. And I’d feel pretentious to say it was a gift. But there’s a gray area in between. I’d say all gifts, of the talent variety, are from God. Some choose to use their gift …


Where the Story Begins

Posted On Apr 9 2005 by

Soul Searcher has been a work in progress for about seven years now. I started writing it before I got saved. After my conversion, I realized that I couldn’t sell anything like that. So I hacked and cut and tried to fit a Christian Theme into it. Now I realized that I may have to, ugh, start over. Fear not! I’ve got the plost and my main characters. I just have to pick up the suspense and clean out anything that might make a Christian reader accuse me of blasphamy (I won’t spell check that). I’ll trust in the Lord …