A Rare Occurrence.

Exhaustion was an understatement for yesterday. My friend and I spent the better part of the day digging up a whole bunch, and I mean a whole bunch if Iris plants I had going across the front part of my house.

I had no idea how those things can multiply and take over an entire flower garden. It reminds me of how gossip is. One little comment and in no time it can take over an entire church.

Back to the topic at hand though. I was so exhausted that eating wasn’t even on the want list but we did manage to throw something together. Then the “whirly” (jet tub) was calling loud and clear and this gal was crashed in the bed by 10:00 p.m.

Now that is a rarity! And I actually slept through the night to awaken at 6:00 this morning. That’s another rarity. The juices (words) began to flow, slowly I might add, so I have been adding to the story of my new book.

I touched on priorities in the last post and this morning that seemed to be a priority, according to the Lord that is, otherwise the juices (words) wouldn’t begin to flow.

So I’ve finished one chapter and will wait for the words to start again. For now the tummy is calling for food so I will see you next time, the Lord willing.

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When The Words Flow

With the preparations for company coming; cleaning house, grocery shopping, getting the laundry done and out of the way it can be difficult to focus on writing but somehow I have been able to do that.

I think it’s a matter of priorities at times or what we want to do the most. We always seem to make time for what we want to do and in this case I preferred to write, but the priority needed to be food, clean house, and free time with my guest.

But believe it or not I did get a few chapters written on the new book in progress. That’s a praise, but on the other hand I was also up until 3:00 and 4:00 a.m. Hey, when the words are flowing like a downstream river during a rainstorm, I’m not going to get any sleep anyway so getting them on this screen is a must or possibly losing them.

I’m thrilled to say I have eleven chapters written now. I have no plans to stay up to the wee hours of the morning typing since my guest and I have plans and I can’t sleep until noon.

The Lord is fully aware of our needs and He knows I need sleep and that I have company so He’s not filling my head, yesterday or today, with more of the story. I still have no idea where this story is going but I can say, it is definitely getting interesting!

So tomorrow I will be playing in the dirt, having lunch with my guest and friends, and going out to dinner. We’ll see what happens from there.

Thanks for stopping by – until next time.

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Yep, I knew It!

Remember in a post just recently I said I was hearing three words and I wasn’t sure if those three words were coming from the Lord or just something popping in my head to throw me off track? Well, I have to confess that when I heard the three words about the third time I knew where it was coming from.

There are times when the Lord will speak to me, and yes, I hear His audible voice, so there’s little doubt where it’s coming from, and I’ll place my hands over my ears, shake my head back and forth, and say, “I didn’t hear that.” “Oh yes you did!” is His usual reply.

I’m sure some of you might do the same thing. Maybe not placing your hands over your ears, but wanting to ignore what He’s just told you He wants you to do. It might be something that wasn’t in your plans or something that is going to be difficult and you’re not sure you can do it.

For me, this time of placing my hands over my ears was because I wasn’t planning on diving into another book and that’s exactly what those three words was about. Those three words is the title of the next book He wants to use me to write.

I won’t give you the title because that usually changes by the time the manuscript is finished. Some stay the same as what He gives in the beginning and some change by the end.

And where I was sure this was going to be some love story? Well, since writing that post I’ve written seven chapters and it’s not anything like what I thought it was going to be. But I never know what it’s going to be, so that’s no surprise! I still don’t know where this story is going but it’s getting pretty darn good, if I say so myself. And I do.

As I’ve stated before, I eat, sleep, and live, (vicariously) these books when I’m writing them and this one is no different. So hang in there with me if I don’t post something each day. Plus I have out-of-town company coming in a few days and will be with me for two weeks.

I promise I’ll try to keep up with my gibberish during these next few weeks. You may have to ignore some non-sensible statements for I doubt I’ll be getting much sleep.

Hang in there with me, pray for the Lord’s words and message to be fulfilled in what I write in this new book, and I hope to see you next time.

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Bleh

(This is from Wally Fry. https://truthinpalmyra.wordpress.com/2019/09/17/bleh/com Thanks for sharing Wally. )

Has anybody ever had a hard time writing? I don’t mean you fiction writer types; I can see that as a problem for sure. If you don’t have the inspiration, then you just don’t. That makes sense.

I don’t write fiction; I write devotional Bible lessons mostly. I even have TWO series that are not even close to done.  I even have ideas in my head. I actually have several posts practically written in my head.

I was off yesterday, so I had plenty of time.

Yet, I can’t seem to put anything on paper, so to speak.

Bleh.

23 Random Questions

As a break from the serious stuff I thought this would be fun.

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I saw this on Linda Lee/@LadyQuixote blog,  https://ablogabouthealingfromptsd.wordpress.com/ ,who got it from someone else who got it from someone else and I thought it would be fun so I decided to post it here so you could enjoy it, too.

These are “23 random facts about yourself that may surprise your friends.” I had fun reading Linda Lees answers. I hope you won’t be too bored reading mine. Some may actually surprise you.

Here are my answers to the 23 questions:

1. Do you make your bed every morning?
Only if I’m not intending to crawl back in it and I’m not always able to make a quick decision about that, so it may not get made at all. In other words, sometimes and sometimes, not.

2. What was your first car?
My first car was a snappy little M.G. convertible when I started college. I lived in Arizona so…

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The Quandary

Do I want to? Do I want maybe another disappointment or should I step out in faith and go headlong into what I think I’m supposed to do? Is it just some thought that popped into my head, over and over for the last couple of weeks, or is this really from the Lord?

Sitting out on my deck enjoying the morning songs of the birds greeting in the new day, and before the heat ran me back inside to the air conditioning, that thought came again. It really isn’t what we would think of as a thought but just a short few words.

Is it something I want to listen to? I asked the Lord where is this coming from and received no reply, until…

Sitting on the deck Friday.

There’s those three words again! Yep, He confirmed that’s the title of the next book He wants me to write. “No way!” I immediately thought of how the author of “50 Shades of Gray” became a millionaire almost over night by writing trash. That shows how low our society has stooped, was my next thought.

Just the title tells me it has something to do with love. I’m not a romantic by any stretch of the imagination. Oh, I used to enjoy getting an occasional flower picked from the garden, a hand made Valentine with a small box of chocolates from my husband. Candle light dinners are not my thing, nor sweet poems of love stuffed under my pillow or propped up against my coffee cup.

I am really, really, not wanting to write some love story, mainly because that’s what our screwed up society wants. But on the other hand I have to trust that, like always, the Lord will give me the words to type and I can be assured that it won’t be smut.

So I had some praying to do. I had a need for some confirmation that this is really Him and not something else popping up to throw me off track. Just the thought of writing some mushy love story turns me off!

I really had to pray about this one!

Stay tuned – to see what happens.

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Keep On Keeping On

I’ve talked about book signing events and that I prefer to have them at book stores due to my not being set up to take credit cards, and that seems to be the means of purchasing everything from shoe strings to automobiles. Yes, I bought a small pickup truck with my credit card one time, so that isn’t an exaggeration.

I would love to be able to have a book booth at a craft show some time but due to the huge crowds that usually attend those events I would be forced to get one of those IPhone things that has the little credit card swipe gizmo and hope I would be accepted as a “crafter” in the event, and not only in one event but several to justify having the cost of the phone and gizmo to be able to accept credit cards.

I’ve mentioned a few other places we can sell our books, such as placing them in the beauty shop, announcing it at church, letting neighbors know through a Home Owners Assoc. newsletter, etc. I don’t want to discourage anyone in either writing a book or writing for a magazine, or just writing for the sheer joy of putting our thoughts on paper.

Creating a book, a magazine article, devotional, or whatever we decide to undertake takes time, concentration, and persistence. And if what we are writing is God led, it will pay off. But unless you are one of those best seller authors, don’t quit your full time job.

I did several book signing events for the first few years after getting published. I also sold books on my own to friends, family, and whoever I could, and I still do. There were times when I sat in a book store for anywhere from 2 hours to 4 hours and would sell a few books. There was only one time that I can recall that I was there for 4 hours and never sold one book. But that was a fluke occasion.

The most I sold at one single book signing event in a bookstore was 36 books! Boy, was I a happy camper that day! Whooo hoooo. As far as I was concerned, when I left that store with that check tightly tucked down in my purse, I was a best seller that day!

Writing is work! Don’t get discouraged, don’t let others get you down with their negative words, and don’t quit. If you have a dream, regardless of what it is, let the Lord guide you and keep on keeping on. His word says in Psalm 37:4, “Delight yourself in the the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”

Til next time…

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Having A Release Party

A fun way to celebrate the release of our book is to have a release party. I am fortunate to have friends that are willing to not only support my writing but also pray for me during the writing of a new novel.

Pursuit was published in 2012 and a good friend wanted to plan a release party for me. So a few weeks in advance I ordered release party post cards from my publisher announcing the party and the upcoming release of my new novel, Pursuit.

We addressed the post cards, mailed them to all on the list of guests we were inviting and unbeknownst to me, she ordered a special cake. I was so surprised when I saw it!

Publix Bakery did a fantastic job of copying the cover, don’t you think?

We set up a table with my newly released book as well as the previous ones, just in case someone would be interested in those also.

And another table with the cake and drinks. We were ready for the huge crowd to arrive. Ohhh how I hated to cut into that beautiful cake!

But I did and it was soooo good!

Everyone seemed to have a great time. A close friend insisted she just had to have my new book and we were playing like I was refusing to let her have one. The party was so much fun and those who were strangers when they came in had new friends when they walked out.

Then it was book signing time.

This is a fun way to introduce your books, get better acquainted with neighbors, make new friends, and yes, sell some books. Because it was a friend that planned the party there were people invited that were her friends also so I was able to meet new people as well.

Maybe it would also work for a, “I’m writing a book party.” Hey, a party is a party and we can come up with all kinds of excuses to party. 🙂

Blessings – until next time.

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Fund Raising With Our Books

You all have heard me say several times, in fact you’re probably sick of hearing it, that all proceeds from the sales of my books support my ministry. Well, a while back I learned that I’m not the only one that does that.

That’s encouraging.

The church I previously worshiped at had two other authors besides me with published books. I didn’t know that and I’d been there for 3-4 years! Shame on me. One was an elderly gentleman and he had a rather thick book about history and a lady had 2 published books. She recently had her latest devotional released.

The pastor thought it would be a great idea for the three of us to display our books after the service. The lady and I both have ministries and as her way of raising funds for her ministry she had a shoe box with “donations” written on the side of it next to her stack of devotionals.

It was great! Whatever people wanted to donate as their purchase price for her book they just put in the shoe box, she’d thank them, and signed their book. She sold a lot of books! I have no idea how much she raised for her ministry!

I thought that was a really cool idea and even though that was about 3 years ago I’m still thinking that’s something I need to do. I have 5 books that are out of print, no thanks to the publishers! And maybe that’s a way we can get our books out to the public.

If we are not trying to recoup the fortune we’ve invested in them and lean more towards just getting our story out there, this could be one of the ways of accomplishing that goal.

But we have to have an outlet to do that and maybe church can be one. Most of us do not do speaking engagements where we have a large audience so what are some other avenues for accomplishing our goal of spreading our story to as many as possible?

Any suggestions?

I’ll be back if you will –

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My Apologies

Life can get hectic, busy, turn you on your head and upside down sometimes. We hang onto the Lord and He brings us through. That’s about how the past week or so has been for me, so I apologize to you all for having left A Writers Corner blog with nothing written for these past several days.

In the meantime…

I was in Home Depot last week and stopped dead in my tracks at the edge of entering an aisle. I just stood there with mouth agape, shaking my head, and I’m sure a disgusted look on my face. Christmas decorations lined the aisle! Come on! Walmart hasn’t even put them out yet!

This also reminds me about the publishing world. You would not believe how many ads I’m getting from the publisher wanting to sell me a space in their “Christmas Gift Giving Guide,” and the “Christian Book Buyers Guide,” posters, book displays, and don’t forget, “Christmas is the biggest book selling time of the year.”

These two ads, in particular, are promising that my book, (whichever one I pay to advertise in them) will be “sent digitally to 100,000 bookstores and churches world wide.” And “5,000 churches and 5,000 bookstores here in the states.”

Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? But wait. All that comes with a price, a high price I might add, and no guarantees. It makes me wonder how many of these churches and bookstores actually open the guide and look through it. Or is it just another piece of junk mail quickly tossed in the trash can next to the desk, if it even gets that far. And what about that “world wide” distribution? Hmmm

It also reminds of the similarity to hawking the London, the N.Y, book buying conventions. For a big chunk of money, they will place your book, among the other million or so books displayed at that convention, and hopefully a buyer will come along and look at it and think, “I must have that book in my store!”

I spoke with one of my publishers one time about the London Convention and asked the simple question, “How do I know you will even have my book in London after paying all this money and there’s no contract, nothing proving its in the convention?”

Are you ready?

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“Because we said we would.”

Just a friendly reminder to be careful about what you sign up for and what is listed in the “come publish with us” spiels. Many will list these book guides, book selling conferences, etc. as a part of their fabulous offers to the author and they are not free, there is a price to be paid to partake in these offers. They might state they will list your book in the Buyers Guide, but that’s one time only! Anything after that you are charged a fat fee and this guide comes out once a year.

I hope I’m not knocking the skids out from under anyone who has aspirations for writing a book, magazine article, etc. Pray, let the Lord guide you, and as these things pop up, pray some more, and follow what the Lord tells you.

See ya’ next time – I hope.

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