I'm enjoying some good news I received this month. If you follow me on social media or receive newsletters from Oregon Christian Writers, you probably heard I'm a finalist in the Cascade Contest. The winner will be announced at the summer conference on August 22. My entry, currently titled Memoir of a Living Doll, traces the … Continue reading I’m a Finalist!
Here we are with the Oregon Christian Writers Summer Conference 2017 only a week away. This conference is the biggest event of my writing year, so let me attempt to explain why. The down side Conferences are expensive. They're time-consuming. Being in a room full of strangers is taxing. I may not measure up, my work will be … Continue reading Why I Attend Writers Conferences – Hebrews 10:23-25
The yearly writing conference I attend is next week, and things haven't come together as I'd hoped. My budget is stretched because of rising costs, and it looks like I'll be stuck without a roommate. I examine my motives and pray, but it's still not settled in my mind. Isn't it too much, Lord? Should I just stay … Continue reading Handling Stress and other Bumps in the Road – Psalm 25:1-5
Some of the most embarrassing moments of my life came as we followed our pastor through airports on our mission trip, carrying and dragging our bags of dumb, unnecessary stuff. Pastor Jon clipped along with his rolling carry-on containing an extra pair of shoes, a change of clothes, his Bible, a jacket, and his shaving kit. He even had … Continue reading How Not to Prepare for a Writers Conference
I felt a little guilty when I walked out of the Westmoreland Medical Clinic for the last time. In the parking lot I stifled my spreading grin, and after shutting the car door I unleashed a giggle. I was free! Until that spring, I had no interest in reading or writing fiction. I wanted to stick with the Bible, … Continue reading Don’t Quit – We Can do This