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They Have My Back

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The preacher dropped by unexpectantly on the Searchers’ Class this morning. Of all passages, I was teaching I Corinthias 14, a lesson I titled “How to Do/or Not Do/Church.” John’s a warm, friendly guy, but I wonder if I made laypeople that nevous when I showed up unannounced. Keeping my promise (something every day): I invited another […]

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The Urgent and the Important

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“The important is seldom urgent, and the urgent is seldom important.” I think it was Dwight D. Einsenhower who first said that, and it rings true with me, especially while working on this book. So easy to let urgent things, reading student papers for instance, crowd out promotional work. But it’s not that easy; is […]

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A Good Word

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“Anxiety in the heart of a man weighs it down, but a good word makes it glad” (Proverbs 12:25). My friend and former pastor, Richard Bales died today. I’ll remember him for many things, but mostly for being a person who offered encouragment at just the right time. I’ve been blessed with many friends like […]

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Feedback

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Gave a book to someone who will use it with an Emmaus retreat. Could be a great opportunity. Their message seems a good fit with mine. Also, I’ve put some initial reader comments on the Fortis Press site. Check it out. Today, I took part in a focus group for Amarillo Magazine, a monthly publication of […]

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Time for a Break

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A little overwhelmed tonight. OK, a lot overwhelmed tonight. Almost through with journals. Will get more tomorrow, plus research papers, plus creative writing samples. Plus . . . well, you get the idea, and you know the feeling. None of us has all the time we want. I started to write “need.” But I guess […]

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Small Successes

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Was reading about Don Miller, the author of Blue Like Jazz who, just a couple of years after writing his bestseller, went into a funk because he couldn’t seem to write another. I’m reminding myself of this as I struggle with my own slow and small successes with the novelette. If one only feels happy […]

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Being Genuine

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Will take part in a discussion tomorrow night over Blue Like Jazz by Don Miller. Did some research and found out he was influenced by Traveling Mercies by Anne LaMott. Not surprising. Both belong to a new genre of Christian writers who are not afraid to be genuine with their readers. I’m talking truly genuine–embarrassing […]

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A Visit with Jodi Thomas

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Saw Jodi Thomas today and gave her a book. For those of you who don’t know Jodi, she’s an award winning writer (romance, historical fiction, mainstream novels) who lives in Amarillo (google her). Anyway, I wanted to touch base with her about speaking to my creative writers Tuesday at AC. Also, wanted to give her […]

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Good Reports

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Two small groups will start the study soon, and I am so buzzed. This is what it’s all about, where real body life will happen. Wish there were a dozen of these. Anyway, can’t wait to hear reports. Thinking about reports, maybe that’s another key to good advertising. I’ve decided to post a Reader Comments page on fortispress.com. […]

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Writing Is Lonely Business

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I like this daily blog because it forces me to write when I don’t feel like it, when my publishing success is elusive and uncertain, when I have no easy principles or trite platitudes to share with other struggling authors. Actually, writing is a lonely business, with as much discouragement (probably more) as encouragment. Why do […]