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I liked coloring before it was cool

You remember when adult coloring books first exploded a couple years ago? Now you can hardly go anywhere without seeing one. From mandalas to pop-culture themed books to scenes from far-away places, we just can’t seem to get enough of coloring. I myself have a Paris coloring book, a Doctor Who coloring book, and a Scripture coloring book, as well…

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The Lost Jedi

My husband and I went to see the latest Star Wars movie a few weeks late (don’t worry, this is a spoiler-free post). We had an argument–almost a fight, really–on the way home, because I loved it, and he didn’t, and most of the conversation on my end consisted of me telling him why he was wrong in disliking it.…

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“to give hope”

Being self-employed can be discouraging. As most of you probably know, I work part-time from home writing, editing, producing audiobooks, as well as doing other writing-related things like blogging, podcasting, marketing, etc. I love it–working with stories, sharing my work, getting to be home most of the time. It’s what I want in life. But it can still get lonely.…

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“Sometimes you just have to lower your expectations.”

I talked about expectations a few days ago, and just over the weekend I’ve come upon a situation where I got to put my preaching into practice. Let me back up for a second. In case you don’t recognize the quote in this post’s title, it’s from a pretty fantastic movie called Eight Below. In it, a man determined to…

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Great Expectations

No, I’m not referring to the Dickens novel by that name, though it’s one of my all-time favorite books. I’m referring to something we all do every single day that we often may not even realize. I just got back from a weekend retreat for Christian moms. My own mom helps run it, and I’ve gone along to help serve…

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Life, Writing

An Awfully Big Adventure

Well, now it’s public and I can finally admit the main reason I’ve had so much trouble keeping up with blogging, writing, emails, and really all forms of pretty much everything. After many years of creating fictional people to populate the pages of my stories, it’s time for me to make a real person to populate my home! Yes, my…

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Writing

And Now It’s Time To Fix It

Someone in a Facebook group for clean indie authors that I’m part of asked an interesting question earlier–how long do you wait after writing something to edit it? The answers were as varied as “ten seconds” and “several years” with any number of months and weeks in between. It reaffirmed what I already know–that the methods that work for each…

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He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not…

Last week, I wrote about how much I hate when people over promise things they can’t possibly deliver in stories. It got me thinking about a few of my other trope pet peeves, so I figured I might as well dedicate another post or two to them and see whether anyone else agrees with me! I’ve been slowly making my…

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Deus ex Machina

For the past few months, my husband and I have been watching a brilliant show called Person of Interest. If you aren’t familiar with it, the premise is that there’s a machine that sees everything and can predict threats of violence–mostly designed to prevent terrorist attacks, but its creator also uses it to try to save the “irrelevant” people–people whose…

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