Contemplation


This old world makes you stop and think on a daily basis. But are we thinking about the right things. Do we give God the credit he deserves in our life. Here is a list of things I have been thinking about lately,

Giving praise to our Lord,
Making my prayers more effective,
Praying for our troops
Wondering what is on the other side of the Milky Way ( the cosmos nor the chocolate bar)
Enjoying the early summer evenings
Enjoying my husband of Twenty some years.
Enjoying family
Thanking our Lord for my family and friends.

What I don’t think about on a regular basis,

The Kardashians
What is in style
Office politics( in my company or in the country for that matter)
Who has done what to who on any or all television shows.

What I do care about is giving praise and thanks for my life to the good lord.

New author no support.


I stay in contact with one or two younger authors that are just starting out. One asked me not to use her name she has her contract but has not picked the name she is using to publish under yet. And the second woman like me Isn’t worried about things.

The debate in question was and I quote “Why is it so hard for new authors to get  reviews to help them out. Jane told me that she can’t even get her sister to read her book. And Terri (the lady with the contract) said that she had lots of critique  buddies so she has lots of review help.

In my own experience I seem to have people that are buying my book but don’t want to help by putting up a review? I have even gone as far as (like any author) and bought the books and sent the books out for review and still nothing.

Jane believes that it is because family don’t want to believe that the person has done well. Terri thinks it’s pure shock that a new author has got the contract to begin with.

Well I don’t have critique partners because I drove semi and  never got to join a critique group because I never felt it was right that someone would help me and then me not be able to participate fully with the group.

So how does one motivate people to review?
Time money and effort or pure tenacity?

Thoughts, discussion or how about a mud flinging contest?

2273 Words on a New Kindle App!


As many of you know I got a kindle Christmas. I wasn’t sure I was going to like it. Well it is great for playing games as words with friends or angry birds ( that’s one game that is plumb addicting. Who knew trying to blow up piggies with some tiny birds could be so relaxing.) Of course there’s words with friends, and scrabble,along with just about anything else you could imagine.

There are literally thousands of books on very subject under the sun. And you can get them for free.

But what I found yesterday is just too cool I am probably the last person on earth to know about this writing app called MY WRITING SPOT. I haven’t it long enough to figure out how to get it synchronized with my computer yet. So I am not sure it will work. But for only $2.99 I am loving it.

I am forever standing in line or being held up for something (Doctor is late again) really used to bore me to tears. But I downloaded it yesterday and I already have put together 3 chapters  that’s 2273 words  on a new story on my Kindle.

I should mention that it comes with dictionary and thesaurus and I really haven’t worried to much about it because I got a dictionary with my Kindle. Pre loaded and ready to go.

I figure with this kind of convenience even if I have to go back and retype everything And delete the file. I have made my money back on the app.

So cool so it’s back to work for now.

Blog or not…


The question today for many authors is do you build a blog for your followers. Do you have a platform to build on. (Well how do you build on something that is non-existent?

You see so many new authors don’t know how to begin to build a platform .
There are so many things to consider.
1. Do you have something to say?
2. Do you have something to promote
3. Are you doing it because you have heard that you have to.
4. Are you doing it to get practice writing, and truthfully don’t know what you are doing?

Are you wrong if you are answering no to any of these ? 

I have found out that there are no right and wrong answers. But people can lead you on the right direction.
Check with your agent or publisher, ask
Questions at any and all conferences Writing a blog takes time and effort on your part to build a fan base.(and sometimes it works and sometimes it is a long slow process. I am speaking from experience here.)

One thing you don’t want to do is check your statics every day. They will only depress you. That will only make it harder for you to feel that you getting somewhere. (Again experience talking.)

Whether you blog or not is really up to you but do pay attention to people that can help you . Agents, popular author’s kickaround ideas that will make your blog stand out.

Remember that there are a lots new and old ways of doing this. Some work, and some don’t. It will depend on you.

But also remember that like publishing it takes “a long long time.” Thank you Mary Sue Seymour for teaching me that.

So don’t be afraid of it just make an educated guess and make the commitment to it. ( only ypu can decide if you are ready to take that plunge).

Past American Christian Fiction Writers Conferences.


This weekend the AMERICAN CHRISTIAN FICTION WRITERS CONFERENCE was held in Dallas. It would have been my third one of these to go to. But because of a lifestyle change it was not possible for me to go this year.

So here is my blog on my previous experience at these events.  My first conference was at Indianapolis. A great experience. I went to classes by Tracie and Jim Peterson and Kaye Dacus.

Rachelle Gardner taught me enough about a fifteen minute pitch to get my manuscript asked for by Mary Sue Seymour. She ended up passing on the manuscript but taught me what to expect. “She told me that publishing takes a long long time.” Those words are forever burned in my memory.

I met James Scott Bell and have bought everything he has out on writing. Jeff Gerke’s book “How to write Christian Fiction.” sits on my bookshelf as well.

I had my first critque done by Jill Williams, which provided my first real professional encouragement.  When I walked in I was nervous and scared, Brandlyn Collins and Debby Mayne offered encouragement to a first writing that was seriuosly thinking about giving up writing. “Thank you Debby for that two and a half hour mentoring session. You are a gracious lady for taking that time with me.”

Cara Putman took time to pray with me before my first agent meeting with Terry Burns. “Thank you Cara. You have a precious little boy.”

Mr. Terry Burns you are joy , you helped a first time writer and taught her so much in just a few short minutes. You were also kind to let me talk with you at last years conference. Wish I could have been there to say hello this year.

There are others that I can’t begin to name them all Keli Gwyn, Joyce Hart, Tamela Hancock Murray, Steve Laub,

I can only Thank you for all your help and pray I will see you back in Indianapolis next year.  You have all helped me become a published author.Along with christian fellowship that is often so needed.

Blessings

Exciting news.


After much praying,crying and debate. I feel I am ready to go a head with my own website. Just how or what format I am going to use is still up for debate. ( anyone want to flip the coin?) 

That means things are going to change shortly. When the grand unveiling comes to into being. I’ll let you know.

It may not happen until much later in the year. I have a lot going on with the book coming into play for Boroughs, editing of a novel is taking place. I have six weeks left of school starting next Monday. Plus an externship and certification all by the end of November. How did time fly so fast. (Also that does not include job hunting.)

So please expect major changes in my blogs and my website.

May God bless and keep you.

My Imagination


To this day very few people from the past would believe that I would be anything like I am today.

I was considered by my family to have my head in the clouds. Maybe even a little odd. They all knew that my imagination was wild. I didn’t focus my imagination that they could see. I lived in a fantasy world.

It was not until about 2003 or there abouts that I started writing. I put my imagination to work in tje form of a story.

I knew nothing about writing but according James Scott Bell you can be taught. Which by the way, he is the best of several to make you understand the mechanics of writing, along with Stephen king’s On Writing, Bob Mayer is another one I have recently discovered. Writers digest, and Writing Basics are the magazines.

I learned what I needed to know to become a better writer. Don’t get me wrong I am not Nora Roberts, or Tracie Peterson. I am a person with a dream that is coming true. I am taking the first baby steps to what I hope will be a long career.  I write stories your parents can be proud of. Whether it be our Father God,or my parents, Avis and Norman Qualkinbush.

So learn everything you can possible learn about the craft never give up on learning or your dreams . (Besides it helps you sleep at night .)