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What Happens When a Book Hits the Shelves?

Posted by on Mar 23, 2017 in God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance, Single Parenting, Suddenly Single Mom, Writing Life | 0 comments

What Happens When a Book Hits the Shelves?

My friend Susy Flory took this picture exactly one year ago today, during a breakfast, “Happy Release Day” party at Mount Hermon. I’d never worn a tiara before! As my friend Marci put it, the conference had felt like an extended baby shower. I couldn’t think of a better place to be on Release Day than where I grew up as a writer, with friends who’d prayed for and loved me through the life-altering years that became the material for Suddenly Single Mom. How appropriate that I signed my first copies at the conference Autograph Party. Then I...

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Chasing Waves of Courage

Posted by on Mar 16, 2017 in God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance, Single Parenting | 0 comments

Chasing Waves of Courage

I love this picture of Nathan, taken when he was in sixth grade, during his first trip to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. He’d just ridden his first roller coaster—The Giant Dipper! For a few minutes, I’d thought he might back out. He kept looking up at it, asking his cousin Haley about the dips (he doesn’t like heights or big dips), biting his fingernails so vigorously that I feared he might go for the flesh as well. Please, God, give him courage. He wants to do this so badly.  “It’s a pretty tame roller coaster,” I assured him. “It doesn’t...

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Making Words Pretty

Posted by on Mar 9, 2017 in God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance, Writing Life | 0 comments

Making Words Pretty

There is only one drawback to being a professional writer. Well, unless you count the isolation, and the tendency toward depression and hypersensitivity, and the rejection, and getting Facebook friend requests from weird guys as soon as your book hits the shelves, and having your brain shut down on the exact day that you set aside to outline your next project, and wondering if you used up all of your best material in your last book and will never write anything of substance again… Aside from all of that, there is only one bummer thing about...

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Mugs

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance | 2 comments

Mugs

I have a thing for mugs. It started a couple of years ago. My parents, my sister Kristy, and I were browsing the kitchen section of IKEA and I saw a cute dish pattern that triggered a sudden sadness that I no longer owned an everyday set. I had my grandmother’s china neatly stored for occasional use, but the plates, bowls, and cups that my family ate off of for years now belonged to someone else. Either that or they were still sitting sadly on a shelf at the Salvation Army store in Reno, abandoned and unwanted. I didn’t have a reason to say,...

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Where I Never Expected to Be

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance, Writing Life | 2 comments

Where I Never Expected to Be

I am catching up after teaching at the West Coast Christian Writers Conference. On Friday morning, I taught “Getting the Most out of Your First Writers Conference”; on Saturday, I presented “Secrets to a Successful Writing Career.” Both included stories from my 22+-year writing journey. How is it possible that I have been writing for over 22 years when I’m only 27? The truth is I was a few weeks away from my 28th birthday when I attended my first writers conference in 1995. I was the mother of a four-year-old who taught preschool and knew...

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