Archive for June, 2011

Introducing…Your New Blogger

This is a bittersweet post for me. I have been the official FaithWriters blogger since the creation of this blog in January, 2010, and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. However, many good things must come to an end, and for me, the time has come to say goodbye as your blogger.  Several factors play into my reason for leaving, but it’s mostly just a change of direction. I know it’s the right thing for me at this time, but it’s still [...]

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Wednesday Word of the Week: Look at Me

“When You said, ‘Seek My face,’
my heart said to You,
‘Your face, LORD, I will seek.’”
 - Psalm 27:8 NKJV
 
 
Look at Me
by Yvonne Blake
 
When I was a little girl (and acting stubborn, as children often do), my father would say, “Yvonne, look at me.” I would lift my eyes to meet my father’s eyes, and I would see love in his face. Yes, he was firm and insisted that I obey him, but I knew that he loved me. My father only [...]

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Do You Have Thick Skin?

Develop a Thick Skin

by Megan DiMaria

Do you remember how you felt the first time you confessed to someone that you wanted to be or was a writer? Did you heart pound and your palms sweat? Mine did.

Becoming a published author almost seemed too lofty a goal for little old me to aspire to. What would people think? Would they laugh at me? Scorn me? Ask me why I thought I could ever be successful?

When you made [...]

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Winner of Throw the Devil Off the Train AND Member Shoutouts!

Did you leave a comment on last Monday’s blog post to win the book, Throw the Devil Off the Train by Stephen Bly? If so, your name was entered into an online random name picker for this great giveaway. A winner has been determined.

And the book goes to….

DAVID STORY

Congratulations, David! Enjoy this wonderful book!

Speaking of winners, it’s time for another round of Member Shoutouts. God is doing great things for and through our FaithWriters members. Join [...]

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Take Your (blank) to Work

According to HolidayInsights.com, yesterday was Take Your Dog to Work Day. Not sure exactly why anyone would want to take their dog to work, but hey. To each their own.

But this got me wondering. What do you take with you to your writing desk? Do you have a favorite pen? A water bottle, coffee caraffe, a big bowl of chocolate? Do you keep a particular writing reference book nearby or your handy-dandy notepad? Your comfy furry slippers?

When [...]

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Final Best of the Best Contenders

We’re getting down to the wire! Only one more week until a new Best of the Best champion is crowned! Until then, let’s finish up our list of contenders. Below you’ll find the 3rd and 4th quarter contenders. The 3rd quarter entries revolved around the TIME theme, and the 4th quarter focuses on the words containing the word OUT. Take a moment to read and comment on these spectacular entries. Best of the Best winners will be announced on July 1st.

Congrats to all of [...]

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Looking Up and Away

LOOKING UP AND AWAY

by Linda Rondeau

I lift up my eyes to the hills—where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth (Psalm 121:1 – 2 NIV).

I didn’t see them the first few times I walked the corridor. Then a friend who journeyed with me glanced upward. “Oh, look at these tiles!”

We had been visiting a mutual friend hospitalized for cancer treatment. We were worried about her and our [...]

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Creating Internal and External Conflict

CREATING INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL CONFLICT

by Gail Gaymer Martin

Conflicts can be either internal or external. Novels will have both types of conflicts, but some stories will lean more in one direction over the other. Fast paced thrillers are often concentrating more on the External conflict, the driving speed to find the killer or solve the puzzle that will bring a satisfactory ending to the story. Romance, women’s fiction and mainstream novels are more often focused on internal conflicts, [...]

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In Memory of Author Stephen Bly…Win a Copy of His Last Western, Throw the Devil Off the Train

Maybe you’ve heard that beloved author (and FaithWriters member) Stephen Bly passed away on June 9, after a five-year battle with prostate cancer. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends. Throughout his career, Stephen wrote numerous articles, poems, and short stories, as well as over 100 historical and contemporary western novels, some of which he co-authored with his wife, Janet.  Stephen wrote an article, Finding Love in a Classic Western, which is posted below and gives more information about his last book, Throw the Devil [...]

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Happy Father’s Day!

 

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

Take a moment to leave a tribute to your dad, husband, or any other wonderful father you know, in the comments.

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