Right Fiction

I wrote Campsite #6, a suspense/fantasy novel of approximately 70,000 words, and now I'm learning to write. Right fiction, instead of fiction riddled with addictive mistakes, introduces conflict then goes about the simple task of resolving it. OK. My story has...

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Decisions, Decisions

The past few weeks I've been circling through the life of an author, discovering more about what this effort means. Writing is energizing: I feel things intensely. The ups are UP and the DOWNS are down. I LOVE writing, experiencing the story taking shape, having a...

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A Little Understanding, Please

It takes some understanding. And I am lacking. I have ready many posts and pages about the track to traditional publishing and have found it also takes patience. Lacking again. This week I have been on many or several (whichever is more) publishing websites and had to...

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Book In Hand

I'm getting ready. With my 1st Manuscript ready for submission, I think, I am reading my book once again. This time it's printed, punched and presented in a old-fashioned 1" binder. It feels good to look at the printed copy and feel it in my hands. Something about it...

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1st Manuscript Submission

I have my finished manuscript for Campsite #6 ready to go to an Acquisitions Editor for a possible traditional publishing contract. It's highly unlikely for a emerging author to receive a traditional contract, instead encouraged to use a hybrid self-publishing imprint...

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A Work In Progress

A Work In Progress. You can see that phrase in the footer of my current work. A work in progress for a few years of writing and waiting. Waiting for more story and more stamina. I finished my book in January, three short months ago. Friends ask me how it's...

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Work In Progress: Campsite #6 (Excerpt)

Chapter One - Transit The city stood erect and imposing. Crowds walled within its maze moved in streams of color and shadow, with an urban pulse coursing through each running, rattling member. Evie was one of them. Rushing through her morning ritual she ascended from...

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Your affectionate uncle, Screwtape

In my attempt to write letters as C.S. Lewis did in his collection of The Screwtape Letters, it was easier to imagine what I thought demons would say, than how I thought C.S. Lewis would write. My writings are just a brush stroke where Lewis wrote murals. But their...

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An Interpretation of the Book of Ruth

Ruth, the Moabitess, was Mahlon’s widow, Naomi’s daughter-in-law, the wife of Boaz, mother of Obed, grandmother of Jesse, and great-grandmother of David. Ruth was described in scripture in these many roles, each one a step of deep calling and clear purpose. The Book...

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Sex Was My Last Priority: boy was I wrong!

When I was first married, I strived for sterility. I wanted a clean house with washed laundry—and as much ordered chaos as possible in a family busy with three boys. This sterility seeped into my sexual relationship with my husband. My motto was, “We can make love—if...

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