Setting the Mood

Setting the Mood

Setting the Mood  ambiance: n. The special atmosphere or mood created by a particular environment. When writing fiction, every scene, every interaction between characters, every descriptive paragraph needs to portray a certain ambiance. In order to write these things effectively, we have to be able to “feel” the mood, don’t you think? So, let’s explore […]

How Does Your [Writers] Garden Grow?

How Does Your [Writers] Garden Grow?

Are you, like me, dealing with a bad case of spring fever? Although spring ‘officially’ arrived over a month ago, we here in NW Wisconsin … well … we have roughly six months of winter, and  everything else crammed into the next six months. Anyway, this is the time of year when many folks are […]

A Shining Light

A Shining Light

“[…] children of God […] in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.” Philippians 2:15 – NKJV It is Monday as I write this, and I’ve been . . . writing. As part of ACFW’s Novel Track Writing accountability loop—where we each set a specific monthly […]

God Must Control My Life

God Must Control My Life

2 Samuel 22:3 NIV My God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,  my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior from violent people you save me.     In the last two months, I have struggled. I feel overwhelmed. God’s guidance like a surety of […]

How Trust Has Played Out in My Working Life

How Trust Has Played Out in My Working Life

This year, the word I’ve focused on is “trust.” Ironically, I never had trust issues with family or friends or my husband. Only God. At the beginning of the year, I saw myself as someone that didn’t trust God enough. He has worked on me, not just this year but every year in this area. […]

Simplify

Simplify

My husband and I recently vacationed in cool Ruidosa, NM, a refreshing change to our hot Wichita Falls, TX home. One day we visited Ruidosa Downs and watched the beautiful horse races.   When Jesus walked on earth, He used the creations of God to teach lessons on Christianity. The day we watched this race, […]

Our Purpose

Our Purpose

What is your purpose? This question used to be an obsession for me, but it’s one I think a lot of writers focus on. We connect with God creatively when we write and we so earnestly want to “add to the kingdom.” We want people to read our words to embrace belief, grow in their […]

Coincidence? Not with God!

Coincidence? Not with God!

A few weeks ago, an online friend I’ve never met, author Gail Kittleson, and I decided we wanted to co-author a book. No idea what, it just sounded like a fun idea. As we chatted back and forth through email, I suggested a cozy mystery. And so it was. Gail started it off with a […]

Back to the Basics

Back to the Basics

Wow…it’s a brand new year. 2016 is here! Can you believe it? Believe it or not, it took me by surprise. One day, I was rocking along and the next, POW! 2015 was gone. Did it sneak up on you like that? I hope not… But I have to say…this year hit me like a […]