Friday, April 30, 2010

I'm Off!

I'm heading out tomorrow morning for the Highlights Workshop. Please pray for me for traveling mercies (I'm driving) and that I learn all sorts of good stuff that I can share with you!!

See you in 10 days!

Friday, April 23, 2010

New Fantasy Titles

Announcing a new fantasy series: The Wolf of Tebron (Living Ink, September 2010)
You can check it out on the right under fantasy-related sites, CS Lakin. Congratulations to Susanne!

This is an encouragement to fantasy writers. Living Ink Books was created specifically for Bryan Davis and his Dragons In Our Midst series. It is an imprint of AMG -

When I spoke to Rick Steele (editor) a couple of years back at the Philly conference, he said AMG wasn't sure if they were going to add to their fantasy list. Now, it seems they've changed their minds. This is very cool! Rick is going to be on faculty at the Greater Phila. Christian Writers Conference this year:

Kathleen Kerr from Zondervan will be there, too, and she is looking for YA fantasy!

I am also on faculty and will be teaching one workshop on building a fantasy world as well as a workshop for Teens Write. My friend and writing partner, Joyce Magnin, and I will be doing the First Timers Orientation. Hope you all can come out! Anyone who is attending the Philly conference, let us know and we'll arrange to have lunch or dinner or meet in the evening and hang out a bit.

On a side note: we need a name for ourselves. Are we FFFers? That doesn't work for me. Fantasy Friends? Let's come up with a name so I can greet you properly.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

I'm riding a tidal wave!

hey friends ~ well, I leave in 11 days for the Highlights workshop. I'm getting pretty excited about it. I have 7 fifteen page manuscripts to read and make notes on before I go and have done 2 so far. It's really neat to see what other fantasy writers have come up with.

God is blessing me in ways you can't imagine. A great, big tidal wave of blessing! I told my daughter's equine therapist, Jill, about the workshop and how I was accepted and how I'm working to earn the money to go. I had prayed about sending out support letters, but felt God was telling me not to do it. He said He would bring in the money. I was to keep working at whatever came my way and trust Him. So, I did. I got some editing jobs, a sewing job, a cleaning job, am planning a yard sale this weekend, did a friend's hair and a couple of friends gave me money. Jill was so excited about all this that she told a friend. Her friend is so excited about my story, SHE wants to send money. She's going to send $500!! That was on Wednesday last week.

Thursday, Jill calls to tell me she told another friend and that friend wants to send $100! By this time, I'm dizzy with excitement.

Saturday, we attended the spaghetti dinner fundraiser for the Autism Center and Jill was the speaker. She came up to me in the beginning and said she had told all the teachers in her school and they want to send money, too! She thinks she has $1,200!!! My knees almost gave out! HA!! I have a balance of $1,500 and here, Jill has raised almost all of it. And without me asking for a penny. WOW!!

I'm riding this tidal wave of blessing and screaming COWABUNGA! and wondering where in the world I'll end up! But I know God will be with me.

Isn't it amazing? I wanted to share this with you in hopes that your faith will be encouraged. God doesn't always make things this easy, so when He does, it's cause for celebration. I hope you all hang in there and keep working and look for the blessings. I can't wait to go and come back and share everything I learned with you!!

Glory to God!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Taking a Break

I sent in my manscript for the Highlights workshop last week. We were told to stop working on it because that's what the workshop is for. So, I stopped.

It's driving me nuts!

Let's talk about taking a break from our writing. Do you take breaks? Why? For how long? Are breaks beneficial? How?

I am reading Terry Brooks' latest trilogy, Genesis of Shannara. Ohmygosh. I seriously want to have lunch with this man! HA!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Happy Easter

Even from the grave we make our song - Alleluia! Alleluia!

I wish you all a most blessed and joyous Easter celebration! Jesus is alive!!

With great hope in Christ,