September 23, 2012

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After the Conference: Putting It All Together

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Just home from the annual Oregon Christian Writers Summer Conference where Keynoter James L. Rubart challenged us to “take a flip” (as he flipped off a cliff into Lake Chelan) to follow where God may be leading in our writing. As always, after a conference, I feel inspired by the total immersion in story and being […]

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August 6, 2012

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Why We Keep Writing

Have I missed the publishing boat?

The news from the publishing industry can be discouraging. Stories drift across the internet that even established authors are having a tougher time getting their books picked up. E-book publishing is changing the face of publishing. Beginning writers might even get the idea that they’re wasting their time. It’s just too difficult. Maybe we’ve missed the boat. Or […]

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August 6, 2012

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Mountain Gardening

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The last day before leaving Kansas, my green-thumbed sister Susan noticed me looking longingly around our mother’ s garden—taking in my last looks before returning to Oregon. She was tidying up leaves, deadheading spent flowers. In front of us was a giant flowering Rose of Sharon in full bloom. “Dad planted that twenty years ago,” she said […]

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