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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 […]

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A Full Saturday

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Working on my sermon (much clearer than last night; whew!), reading student journals, cleaning the hot tub, reviewing a book for the creative writing class, catching up on emails and FaceBook, practicing harmonica (took it up this year; trying to learn to “bend” notes today), eating out with Char in Amarillo (Abuelos–AC faculty get 20% […]

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Keep It Real

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Keep it real. It’s the advice of Lee Gutkind, Arizona State University professor and the guru of creative nonfiction in American writing. His words have become my motto, which is why I’m so blatantly honest about my failures in I Saw Jesus This Morning.   Could that kind of candor lead to personal embarrassment and […]

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Not by Might, nor by Power

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“Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit,” says the Lord” (Zechariah 4:6). Translation–I don’t want to market this book with gimmicky PR stuff that sounds phony, is pushy, and alienates friends and family. Sounds easy, but sometimes the line seems pretty fuzzy. Would appreciate your prayer. A couple of promising notes today: […]