5 Lessons from 20 Years as a Writer

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So, all this has happened at once: this is my 1,000th blog entry, at the same time I'm working on my tenth book (Shine). Also, 20 years ago I began classes for my Masters degree in Creative Writing and also began writing professionally. The fact all these multiples of ten coincided felt significant--and the right time to think about what I've learned as an author. Loneliness is a Job … [Read more...]

Third Camp Counselor Care Package Giveaway!

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After more than thirty years at camps, here's what I've learned about the staff: they are always hungry. This is thanks to combination of a couple facts: 1. counselors burn two million calories a day. 2. the kitchen is closed unless it's meal time 3. camp cooks are trying to feed more than a hundred people (think pizza and corn for most meals) 3. no food in the cabins. Because of this, snacks … [Read more...]

Why Writers Really Hate Book Releases

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If I could, I would skip book release day all together. It's like birthdays when you're young or New Years Eve in your twenties. Too many expectations. Too much fear of rejection. Plus, there's my control freak's worry about sharing my words with the world.  Have I done enough? Will the world be friendly? What did I get wrong? It reminds me of my oldest child’s first day of preschool, so many … [Read more...]

Fourth Love Rules Giveaway

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Did you hear that? It's the Advent starting gun fired this morning. One month until Christmas! And, oh my, we all have such long lists of shopping and baking and elfing. The next month will be exciting and overwhelming. And, yet, we know the truth about what's really important during this season. We now our most important task is to show the world who needs to know how much God loves each and … [Read more...]

The Screaming Toddler of Book Releases

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If you’ve held a toddler having a temper tantrum, you know they pass through phases, like a speeding train through stations. The kid begins with feral screams of anger. These might go on for a while, and then the screams fade into choking sobs of self-pity. You hold the writhing toddler the whole time. And even though you really want to stick your fingers in your ears—or stuff a loaf of banana … [Read more...]