Tag: Writing

How audiobooks are upping my writing game

I’ll admit it. I’m late to the game. For years, friends have been talking about audiobooks, recommending that I give them a try. But stubborn old me refused. I said that they weren’t for me. I shrugged them off. Then I got a new…

Inspiring Wonder

   Have you ever watched birds? I mean really watched them? I don’t know why, but over the last year I’ve become distracted by birds. Maybe it’s because I’m getting older and the flashy, loud things don’t call to me as much anymore. I’m more intrigued…

They Never Saw Stu Redman Again — or — 3 Things Storytellers Can Learn From Uncle Stevie

 Now, I’m well aware that Stephen King isn’t everyone’s favorite flavor. That’s fine. No biggie. I’m not here to discuss his merits as a Great American novelist. What I will argue is that the man knows how to write a novel. He can spin…

Just Another Brick (or rock) in the Wall

I’ve always been fascinated by rock walls. They are big puzzles really. I love the different kinds of rock, the way they fit together, how the colors work together. My dream house would have a rock exterior. When I see a rock wall (like…

Queen of the False Start

 I ran track my freshman and sophomore years in high school. Now, why would an asthmatic who abhors running join the track team? Two reasons. 1. My sister, Betsy, told me to. 2. Hello. It was a boy/girl sport. And, as evidenced by this…

Get to the Point

 The other day I was writing (yes, hand writing) and realized that I was beating around the bush. I was describing too much, adding too much unnecessary detail and dialogue and action. I was avoiding a big kaboom event that would get the story…

You’ve got to be IN the room

The other day, my husband asked our kids to clean the play room. It should have taken them less than half an hour. Instead it took f-o-r-e-v-e-r (according to one of my children). They’d clean for a minute, then collapse on the floor in…

Time to Read

I read a lot. Last year, I kicked off in January with the Empty Shelf challenge from Jon Acuff. Every time I finished a book, I added it to a previously clear shelf and took a picture of it. But then I got comments like,…

Give it Sweetness

My friends, it’s bitterly cold today in Michigan. I’m sure it’s this cold in other places like, say, Saskatchewan. But, right now, I’m focused on how freezing cold my toes are. December wasn’t this cold. It wasn’t snowy or icy or dreary. December was…

Reading Lisa Samson

I’ve written about Lisa Samson in posts past. Like here where I write about how one of her books helped me mourn the death of a good friend. Or here where I use her as a name-drop about 30 times in a ranty post. Anyway, I…

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