A New Venture

Formatting and Cover Design Publishing a book is an adventure, and there’s always a bit of a learning curve whether you are traditionally published, self-published, or indie-published. And there are all sorts of creative outlets along the way besides the writing. Several years ago, I decided to try my hand at NaNoWriMo. Once I joinedContinue reading “A New Venture”

Author Life Is Fun

It’s been about a month since Chosen By A Killer was published, and it’s been a great few weeks. I’ve loved hearing about people’s enjoyment of the book, loved signing copies and meeting people, and yes, I’ve loved seeing the sales every day. Someone asked me at the book signing at Vertillo’s the other nightContinue reading “Author Life Is Fun”

Lessons from the book, The Sociopath Next Door

A question of culture and the social contract I’ve been rereading The Sociopath Next Door, by Maria Stout, Ph.D., as research for my current work-in-progress. In her book, Dr. Stout discusses what sociopathy is, where its roots may lie, the effect of sociopaths on society, and examples of the sociopath. It’s a fascinating book forContinue reading “Lessons from the book, The Sociopath Next Door”

Life Lessons Learned from a Wiener Dog

Do’s and don’ts from my little diva I’m working from home today, which is almost always a collection of challenges and perks. Perk: I get to skip the makeup. Challenge: There’s a 9-pound attention hog doing her doggie dance, or her doggie whine, or her doggie bark-at-invisible-intruders. I confess I usually end up “wasting” atContinue reading “Life Lessons Learned from a Wiener Dog”

On Being a Warrior Before the Fight

I’ve been reading Judges chapter six this week in preparation for Bible study on Sunday. The chapter introduces Gideon, the youngest in a household that was “the least in Manasseh.” Gideon lived during a pretty terrible time for the people of Israel. It had been a while since they escaped Egypt, wandered through the desert,Continue reading “On Being a Warrior Before the Fight”

Boundaries for Beginners

Flourishing in my circle In my early adulthood, someone recommended a book to me. It was called Boundaries, and it was written by Henry Cloud and John Townsend. I bought it and never read it. It would be years before I began to understand why my friend recommended it and even longer before I understood whyContinue reading “Boundaries for Beginners”

Believing God Even If He Doesn’t

Lessons from Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego Faith is hard. It cannot be quantified, it defies logic, and it requires belief in what cannot be seen. In fact, Hebrews 11:1 (NASB) pretty much says it all: “ Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Simply put, if a thing canContinue reading “Believing God Even If He Doesn’t”

Choosing the Voices I Heed

Learning who to allow into my audience Several years ago, someone sent me a poem about the people who are part of the audience of your life. The piece explored who should be allowed in our front row. It was powerful, and I read it repeatedly, even saved it in a Word document. That wasContinue reading “Choosing the Voices I Heed”

What Happens After the Well

The introduction to an upcoming book In John 4, Jesus has an encounter with an unnamed woman simply known as a Samaritan woman. In church-ese, we commonly call her “The Woman at the Well.” If you’ve not heard or read this story, you can read it below, in John 4:7–30 (NASB) A woman of SamariaContinue reading “What Happens After the Well”