Summer’s Gone

Posted On Sep 21 2005 by

http://ronestradabooks.com/2005/09/21/summers-gone/Follow 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 …


Spooky Stuff

Posted On Sep 19 2005 by

http://ronestradabooks.com/2005/09/19/spooky-stuff/Follow 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. …


Why I write

Posted On May 5 2005 by

http://ronestradabooks.com/2005/05/05/why-i-write/Follow 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 …


Where the Story Begins

Posted On Apr 9 2005 by

http://ronestradabooks.com/2005/04/09/where-the-story-begins/Follow 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 …


Finding the time

Posted On Apr 4 2005 by

http://ronestradabooks.com/2005/04/04/finding-the-time/Follow I don’t know how it happens. I remember those days right after Kelly and I were married. We’d laze around on Sunday afternoons, wondering what to do. By the time we were through wondering what to do, it was bedtime. Those glorious moments of boredome, my friends, are long gone. There’s so much I want to get done. I want to finish building my bookcase. I want to exercise every day. I want to write for two hours a day (not just one novel, at least two or three at the same time). I want to read for two …


A day off

Posted On Apr 1 2005 by

http://ronestradabooks.com/2005/04/01/a-day-off/Follow I took the day off so I could take my kids out to Muskegon and sleep aboard the USS Silversides, a restored WWII submarine. We’ve done it once before. The cub scout troop arranges it. It’s really quite fascinating even though you never really sleep. Some of those dads can snore loud enough to set off the dud torpedoes. I packed alot of ear plugs this time. I’m fully registered with ACFW now and even entered the Noble Theme contest. There’s not much for prizes involved but it would be nice just to get some feedback. I hope this …