Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Head on over to Misty Taggart's site to vote for your favorite book trailer. Each voter gets an entry for the grand prize giveaway- A KINDLE! Hurry- midnight (PST) March 23, 2010 deadline.
I've already been there ... and I was NOT bored by these trailers. You're going to enjoy this - and wouldn't it just be "the cat's meow" to win a KINDLE?
What are you still doing here...? Go on! You've got trailers to watch! :)
Monday, March 15, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
Songbird Hannah Johns supports the child born of that ill-fated union by singing in a dinner lounge. Her dream of someday owning the elite establishment and turning it into a venue more suited to her Christian values is shattered when an unexpected transaction places it in the hands of Brock Ellis, the handsome biker who abandoned her in their honeymoon suite.
Ensuing sparks fly high, revealing buried secrets and forgotten pasts. Seeking to find peace with her painful past, Hannah returns to Yosemite, only to have Brock show up hard on her heels. Back where it all began, she finds herself in danger of losing her heart yet again to the man who shattered it the first time around.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
1. Work hard to become competent.
Neil Gaiman said, "There's no magic formula. To become a competent writer, you write until you start to sound like you, and then you keep on writing. Finish things you start. Get better."
2. View life from different perspectives.
Douglas Clegg said, "Get out and live and travel and see the world from perspectives other than the one with which you've been saddled. Youth doesn't last very long, and it might be better to participate in life awhile before writing from it."
3. Write one page at a time.
John Steinbeck said, "When I face the desolate impossibility of writing 500 pages, a sick sense of failure falls on me and I know I can never do it. This happens every time. Then gradually I write one page and then another. One day's work is all I can permit myself to contemplate and I eliminate the possibility of ever finishing."
4. Strive for vigorous writing.
William Strunk, Jr. said, "Omit needless words. Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts."
5. Be vigilant and ever ready.
Earl Nightingale said, "Ideas are elusive, slippery things. Best to keep a pad of paper and a pencil at your bedside, so you can stab them during the night before they get away."
6. Develop your own writing voice.
Michael Chabon said, "A voice, not merely recognizable, but original, unique, engaging and above all derived from, reflecting, and advancing the meaning of the story itself, is necessary to good and worthwhile literature."
7. Write with confidence.
William Zinsser said, "Don't say you were a bit confused and sort of tired and a little depressed and somewhat annoyed. Be tired. Be confused. Be depressed. Be annoyed. Don't hedge your prose with little timidities. Good writing is lean and confident."
8. Develop a writing habit.
Richard North Patterson said, "Cultivate steady work habits: a schedule that contemplates either regular work hours every week or a certain number of pages. Artistic inspiration is one of the most overrated premises for a writing schedule; a writer should try to get pages done on a regular basis, then work to improve them. If one waits for inspiration, rather than treating writing like a serious task, it becomes much harder to ever finish a book."
9. Write right now.
Jack London said, "You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club."
10. Venture out and attempt to be read and published.
John Campbell said, "The reason 99% of all stories written are not bought by editors is very simple. Editors never buy manuscripts that are left on the closet shelf at home."
11. Rejection is part of the writing life.
Meg Cabot said, "You are not a hundred dollar bill. Not everyone is going to like you or your story. Do not take rejection personally."
12. Write with passion.
Ann Patchett said, "The end result for a writer may be finding a publisher, but publishing is not anywhere near the beginning or the middle of this process. So when we advise young people about writing, it would be best if we could move students away from that kind of thinking and say, 'Write because you're passionate about it. Think of yourself as a glass blower. You don't blow your first glass and take it to Tiffany's. You blow your first glass, and you smash it. You blow it again, and you smash it.'"
Copyright (c) 2004 Shery Ma Belle Arrieta-Russ
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Monday, March 8, 2010
Spring steals in on dainty, silent feet. With gentle firmness, she ushers out tenacious Old Man Winter, who takes his reluctant leave, grumbling as he goes, and needing more than one relentless shove before he disappears. In his wake, from branches recently coated with ice and snow, tiny leaves begin to show themselves…slowly, hesitantly, as if to peek at their surroundings before emerging. A touch of Spring’s warmth will be enough to make them linger, to grow and spread, cloaking the naked trees in glorious green garments.
I welcome the touches of new life…I’ve missed the green. And while I don’t want to seem an ungracious hostess, Winter overstayed his welcome this time around—I’m not sorry to see him go. Of course, I must confess to a bit of a prejudice toward Lady Spring. I much prefer the gentle touch of warm sunrays to icy wind and biting cold.
As nature works its magic around me, I can’t help likening Spring’s emerging beauty to God’s work in a human life.
Think of a heart as the landscape: ravaged by hurt and pain; weighted down beneath heavy layers of bitterness and anger; shivering beneath frigid winds of sorrow and disappointment; blackened and hardened by sin and shame. A harsh winter landscape, untouched by the sun, hopelessly exposed to every biting blast of wind and each cold, wet downpour of rain.
But then something wonderful happens! Into this bleak winter scene—this dying landscape—a sudden bright, beautiful beam of Sonlight appears. Its warmth is magnetic, drawing every ounce of life toward it. Gently, this amazing Light begins its miraculous work. Hard edges of bitterness soften and melt away. Threatening clouds of anger and hurt disappear into the distance. Dark shadows of fear and doubt slink away like the frightened spirits they are.
And into this newness of life—this reawakened terrain of heart and soul—GOD comes to live. He takes up residence, bringing the warmth of love and acceptance, coaxing forth tiny buds of peace and joy, shedding a light of fresh life into every dark corner and dingy crevice. He refreshes, revives, rekindles. He makes of that once-daunting landscape an environment that thrives in the fresh air of a new dawn and a new day.
A new life.
As Spring awakens the earth, take a moment to appreciate the Springtime in your own heart and soul. And if you haven’t experienced it yet, well…lift up your eyes, open up your heart and let the Son shine in!
Thank You, Jesus, for bringing Springtime to my heart! Thank You for the peace You breathed into my life. I don’t miss the cold winds of sin, and never again want to feel its clammy darkness in my soul. You are my Sonshine, and I treasure the privilege of living in Your love. Amen
Friday, March 5, 2010
Thank God it's Friday! Maybe you'll enjoy working this crossword during your relaxing weekend. Print it out and see how many of these Bible characters you're familiar with.
2. Oldest Man
4. He rode a flaming chariot
5. She lied and died
6. Traitorous treasurer
9. Beloved mother-in-law
11. She was dog food
13. Beautiful, treacherous barber
14. Jacob's hard-earned wife
17. His hair was his final hang-up
18. First murderer
20. Paul, before he saw the light
1. Singer & dancer
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Today's activity has two parts. You may or may not do the second part, if you'd rather concentrate on the first part. Don't skip the first part, though, because the second activity relies on what you'll be able to concoct in the first.
So crack your knuckles, pull out your keyboard (or sharpen your pencils) and let's begin.
First, pick a number from 1 to 5:
Next, you guessed it, pick another number from 1 to 5:
Combine your two choices and you're off! What's your location? In a cave of love? Have you ever found yourself in the kitchen of gratitude? How about finding relief in a teacup?
Brainstorm and list specific/concrete images for your place. Concrete images can be anything -- fictional, nonfictional, whimsical, philosophical, you name it. You can come up with a list by asking yourself:
~ What happens in the garden of joy?
~ What's cooking in the kitchen of gratitude?
~ What happens after you drink in a teacup of relief?
~ How is it to be inside the cave of enthusiasm?
~ What things would be happening in the backyard of love?
Brainstorm for at least 5 minutes. Don't worry if the first few images you brainstorm are bland. As your list grows longer, the more interesting your images will become.
The first part is metaphorical and you'll likely find yourself writing a poem. However, you take your piece where you want to. If at any point in your brainstorming, you get a story idea, then by all means, pursue it.
Now for the second part. Are you ready? Again, choose any number from 1 to 5:
Now put the emotion you chose in your location/place. Plop it down, drop it like a bomb, sneak it in, etc. Make this emotion "disrupt" the generally feel-good ambiance of your place. It's the conflict.
What's pride doing in your backyard of love? Why is fear hanging about in the cave of enthusiasm? What's guilt doing in a teacup of relief? Again, brainstorm for reasons or for the things this disruptive emotion could cause.
So knock yourself out with this writing activity. If you'll excuse me, I need to make sure there aren't icky wiggling worms of anxiety and fear trying to make a home in my garden of enthusiasm.
Copyright (c) 2004 Shery Ma Belle Arrieta-Russ
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Monday, March 1, 2010
Ephesians 5:1-2 (NIV)(1)Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children (2) and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.