Thank You-Giveaway time! Free swag!

THIS IS AN OLD GIVEAWAY, FROM 4 MONTHS AGO; There is no more free stuff.  Book 5, Safety Assured Leaving East of Medicetti, is getting closer to being published! It'll be out before the end of May.  I'm having so much fun working on the cover and finalizing edits that I want to thank you … Continue reading Thank You-Giveaway time! Free swag!

Book 5 Teaser–We’re letting the bullies take charge

In America I feel like we’re facing an election of bullies. Having to choose a president from among the name-callers, threat-issuers, and truth-manglers is like being offered, for our last meal, something from the dumpster behind a toxic waste disposal company. We’re increasingly becoming a nation of whining children, reluctant to take responsibility for our … Continue reading Book 5 Teaser–We’re letting the bullies take charge

Book 5 Teaser–Sneaky Creator

I realized long ago that God is the ultimate plot developer. One of my favorite quotes is an old Jewish saying: "Tell G-d your plans, because He needs a good laugh." I think this is why so many of us experience plot twists in our lives. And while I'd grumble about those twists, always--always--I'd thank … Continue reading Book 5 Teaser–Sneaky Creator

Book 5 teaser–The Creator, criticism, and thinking twice

I've had several readers ask about Book 5, Safety Assured Leaving East of Medicetti and I'm pleased to report that yes--it's coming along well. I can't devote as many hours to it as I wished each day, because I have five kids at home--half of whom I homeschool (work out that math)--and a side business … Continue reading Book 5 teaser–The Creator, criticism, and thinking twice

Farewell to a beta reader: my life preserver and sinking anchor

Writers need beta readers because they are a mixture of life preservers and anchors; on the one hand they point out the little things we can do to fix the draft, and their enthusiasm keeps us buoyant. But on the other hand they drop anchors on us, comments that can sink us into editing despair, … Continue reading Farewell to a beta reader: my life preserver and sinking anchor

12 reasons why I want to be a better Grown-up

A young mother who was recently put into leadership of our church women’s group told me she was worried that she didn’t “adult” properly on her first Sunday in charge, but I assured her that she displayed a great deal of “adultery” at church. (She’s still hesitant to speak to me.) I was proud of … Continue reading 12 reasons why I want to be a better Grown-up