Archive for May, 2010

Congrats to BoB Contenders Allison Egley and Mona Purvis

I hope you’ve been enjoying getting to know the members who placed first in the Writing Challenge and are up for the Best of the Best award. The BoB crown, currently worn by Rachel Burkham, will be passed on in July. Please join me in congratulating the next two contenders.

ALLISON EGLEY – Allison is 26 years old, and graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in May 2006 with a degree in Elementary Education with an [...]

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What’s your Writing Vice?

It’s no secret that going to the movies is one of my favorite things to do. But I find that when I am feeling overwhelmed and the brain clutter is too much to bear, going to the movies does wonders! It relaxes me and takes my mind off all my “stuff”, even if it’s only for two hours. And the popcorn helps, too!

Plus, when I think about it, going to the movies is actually working because watching movies [...]

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Three writing contests

There are plenty of contests out there for writers. Although not everyone agrees that contests are helpful for writers, I personally believe that there are many reasons why writing contests are a positive thing. A few are:

*Contests are a great way to step out of your comfort zone and test the waters of writing styles you wouldn’t normally wade into.

*Contests provide wonderful opportunities for feedback, and often, judges consist of published authors, editors, and/or agents. Finaling in contests [...]

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A Few FaithWriters Features You May Not Know About

If you’re a FaithWriters member, chances are, you know all about the Writing Challenge,  the General Article Submissions area, and the Message Boards. But there are probably a few things that FaithWriters offers which you might not be aware of. Like the following:

* DAILY DEVOTIONAL – FaithWriters offers a daily devotional to reflect on. There is also a code that you can copy and paste onto your blog or website for FREE. http://www.faithwriters.com/devotional.html

* SUBMISSION TRACKER – This is a great feature that allows you [...]

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Tackle These Random Words

Here’s something fresh and fun for Tackle it Tuesday.  Write a story in 200 words or less using the following random words:

spring
calendar
bump
dog
dress
van
stinky

Put on your randomly creative helmets and tackle it!

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BoB Contenders – Jennifer Galey and Dusti Zarse

The Best of the Best winner will be crowned very soon! Here are the next two contenders and their #1 Challenge entries that put them in the running.

JENNIFER GALEY – Jennifer loves the quote from Nicholas Sparks, “Nothing that’s worthwhile is ever easy. Remember that.” Jennifer finds this to be true with both writing and marriage. She has been married to her husband, Adam, for almost two years and she says there are no words to [...]

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Celebrating Mothers!

In honor of Mother’s Day, if you have a story about mothers, either fictional or non, feel free to post the link here. Maybe it’s a previous FaithWriters Challenge entry or a devotional on your blog. As long as the topic revolves around moms in any way, we want to read it! This weekend it’s all about mothers.

Here’s mine: MARY’S MOTHERHOOD PONDERINGS

And join me in expressing a huge HAPPY MOTHERS DAY to [...]

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Three Famous Moms and Why We Love Them (or not)

So with Mother’s Day on Sunday, let’s think about famous real or fictional moms and why we do or don’t love them. I’ll name three to start. Feel free to list other moms that come to mind.

1. Ann Romano – remember Ann from One Day at a Time? To me, Ann always exemplified a strong, single mother, which affected me because I was one of only a handful of kids in my school who had divorced parents. At [...]

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Last month for Early Bird Conference Rate

So have you started packing yet? It’s only three months away, so you’d better get cracking. You know what I’m talking about – the FaithWriters conference to take place at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center in Livonia (Detroit), Michigan, on August 12 & 13.

The message boards are already buzzing with excitement about this year’s conference, which promises to be even better than last year. I know it seems impossible to top last year’s conference, and the “betterness” isn’t because [...]

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What Can You Do with Happy Birthday to You?

OK, this week’s Tackle it Tuesday topic is personal. My daughter – my baby – turns 13 this week. THIRTEEN! Do you know what this means? Both of my kids are now teenagers and I am officially old. Never thought I’d see the day. Excuse me while I go apply my Ben-Gay.

Today, you will be a song writer. In honor of my daughter’s birthday, let’s see what you can do with the famous Happy Birthday song. Change the [...]

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