Finding Hope In A Mysterious World

Summer Reading

This summer has really been flying by. I had so many plans and dreams, and now August has already come. How did that happen?

I have been very blessed to be able to return to several writer’s conferences this year. In June, I returned to the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. I have been attending it since 2014 and it I missed not going last year. It is always a time of good instruction, encouragement, and meeting new and old friends. There is just a special feeling about the conference and the site at Ridgecrest.

Now, I am preparing to attend Killer Nashville for my second time. I will be going early for the preconference class on “Writing the Novel: From Idea to Reader’s Hands” by teacher and author John DeDakis. If the weekend will be anything like last time, it will be a whirlwind that will have my head spinning but have me back to writing my books.

Summer reading is so enjoyable, whether it is out in the sunroom watching the birds and flowers or in my regular recliner after a leisure walk through the neighborhood. The evenings are definitely shorter than in the winter, but the extra sun seems to help stay up a little later.

The Olympic Games, on the other hand, are no help. There have been so many story lines to get caught up in. The competition has been compelling. And the athletes have all had to go through so much just to get to Tokyo that their stories have been so inspiring.

I did just finish the 2021 Agatha Award Best Contemporary Novel by Louise Penny. “All The Devils Are Here” is a wonderful story set in the historical city of Paris. Penny really makes the city come to life, from the top of the Eiffel Tower to the depths of the Paris Archives.

This reads as good as any of the novels from the Golden Age. No wonder it was selected.

Well, until next time, hope you’re able to get some of the books off your reading stack.

Happy reading.


Give Yourself An Attitude Adjustment

Get The Proper Prospective

Night Sky by Pezibear

This month, over on The Write Conversation, I wrote about the tendency we all have of getting down. It often happens after a high, like my going to the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writer Conference the first of this month.

So, sit back, and listen to the tips I gave myself to help me get refocused. The proper respective is it isn’t all about what I can do, but what He has already planned.

You can get the link here. I would live to hear any comments below.

Thank you for stopping by.

A Writer Needs Friends

Turtle sticking head out

Turtle sticking his head out to see the world.

When I think of a writer, I usually think of a person, alone, hunched over their laptop or notebook. Maybe stretched out under a cabana by the pool. (Aww, dreams.)

We laugh about what introverts most writers must be spending their days locked away just so they can play with words.

And I’ve learned that there is a lot of alone time when you write. You have to get your words and thoughts down on paper or a blank screen, then organize them before you should let anyone, and I mean anyone, look at them. Somebody once said that a great writer is also a great rewriter. (Okay, I’m sorry. I can’t keep up with all the quotes. Even my own.)

But the more I write, the more I learn that it isn’t all a one-person show. And the more you develop in your writing and growing a readership, the more eyes and brains you need to get involved.

Over on The Write Conversation last week, I wrote about the importance of becoming a part of a writers’ group, whether it is to have someone critique your stuff or to learn more about the craft and business of writing. Or even to find a mentor to help develop your plans.

You can read my post here. And if you nave any comments, I would love to see them in the comments section below.

Than you for reading.


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