It’s Not You, It’s Me: Unexpected Rejection

During the last several months I have been in contact with a literary agent whom expressed interest in my first novel after meeting at a conference. I like to compare these months since to a season of courting. Our first date was at the conference, second date was sending a full book proposal, third dateContinue reading “It’s Not You, It’s Me: Unexpected Rejection”

DIY Branding Strategy: Part 2

As promised, it’s Thursday and I’m wearing my Communications Director hat to bring you the second of three installments of my DIY Branding Strategy series. Last week, we talked about how important it is to define your product, audience and story. Did you miss it? Check it out here. (Oh, and be sure to read toContinue reading “DIY Branding Strategy: Part 2”

The Writer’s Plight: A Little Perspective

I’ve been having myself a little pity party this week. With a word goal of 10,000 by Sunday (it’s Thursday and I’m not quite half way there), there have been many challenges. A husband who’s busy opening a new show at the theater and not around to help much. A busy week at my full-time dayContinue reading “The Writer’s Plight: A Little Perspective”

When There Aren’t Words…

Words should come easy to me. I’m a writer. But this week, I’m saving all my words for a big writing session needed for my manuscript. So, if you’ll be so gracious as to give me a “pass” this week, I’d sure appreciate it. Instead, I’m borrowing some encouraging, funny, and inspirational words of others…IContinue reading “When There Aren’t Words…”

Book Writing: It Takes a Village

Hello, lovely people. I hope everyone is having a fantastic week so far. Something just happened this morning that sparked the idea for this post. A co-worker and friend brought me a homemade frozen lasagna. This kind words accompanied his gesture: “For a night you need a little extra writing time.”

Inspiration: Pretty Things

I’m in a season of collecting. Often, when writing words down on paper (screen) is easier said than done, I turn to swooping up bundles of inspiration in my wide open arms. I’ve been noting interesting people…oh, I bet she’s got an interesting story. I’m categorizing the changing landscape of spring, pinning images of the BlueContinue reading “Inspiration: Pretty Things”

The Story-Arc of Holy Week

Depending on your faith journey and where you choose to worship, you may or may not observe Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. I’ve grown up in churches that offer worship services for both days along the journey to Easter. Maundy Thursday observes the night Jesus sits with his disciples in the upper room for their lastContinue reading “The Story-Arc of Holy Week”

Don’t Stop: Just Keep Writing

Have I mentioned that my day-job is Director of Communications for a large church in downtown Fort Worth, Texas?  I’ve been in church communications for over a decade, and I love it. This week is Holy Week — the last week of Lent leading to Easter Sunday. Our church has 15 worship services between PalmContinue reading “Don’t Stop: Just Keep Writing”

Top Ten Insanely Helpful Posts for Writers

I’ve come across some great stuff around the fabulous interwebs. Since I’m focusing on tips for writers this week, I figured I’d keep that going. I don’t know where I’d be along this journey without such amazing resources. Today’s TOP TEN list features 10 articles and blog posts from authors, agents, publishers, etc.