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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 […]

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No Observable Progress

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Can’t think of what to put here tonight. Truth is, not much to report today. I could post a clinical entry, something like “no observable progress.” Isn’t that the way life is? Did your family have a wall marked by feet and inches where the children could measure themselves? We did. And what I remember most […]

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Small Groups: My Hope and Prayer

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Delivered a book and study guide to my friend Marilyn today. Told her that I hope the novelette will comfort and inspire, but it’s the study guide (done with a small group of Christian friends) that will change lives. It did mine. Sold some books and study guides. Also, looks like the website is getting […]

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Succeeding Together

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Told my Sunday school class this morning that we succeed together in the body of Christ or we don’t succeed at all (I Cor. 12:26). They proceeded to prove it to me with their overwhelming support as I nervously got ready to speak in church. Jesus strengthened and encouraged me today, and He did it […]