Give Them Beauty

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When I was a drama tutor in college, something struck me. I was embarrassed I hadn’t thought of it before. When you look at the hit musicals and entertainment of the mid 40s and late 50s, what do you see? I might have called it fluff. Fun, sure. Pretty, often. But the simple plots were often resolved with love and …

What Have You Been Up To?

One of the blessings of the Christmas season is an opportunity to bump into people I don’t often see. A question I hear often now in regard to writing is this one: “What are you up to?” Well, not blogging, evidently. Ooops. But seeing as I have been writing and people have been asking, I thought I’d share a bit of my writing …

A Wishlist for Writers

Do you have a writer in your life? Someone who craves words and sharing them with others? I know I can’t speak for all writers, but perhaps I can lend a helping hand if you’re looking for ways to encourage the wordsmith in your life. Writing journal. Not all writers use journals, but a great many of us use journals …

Things I Learned: Writing Hymns

The “Things I Learned” series continues! This is my favorite genre to write for, so it’ll be tough to keep this brief, but I’ll do my best! By the way, I’ve also written a post on hymns from more of a how-to approach, so you can check that out as well, if you’re interested. Do. Not. Overthink. This is always …

Things I Learned: Writing Fiction

It’s been fun sharing with you things I’ve learned with writing. Now for the biggie—in size, at least. Today, I’ll tell you what I’ve learned about writing fiction. First, I have a confession to make. I didn’t seriously think I could pull off writing fiction. I make scarves, not blankets. Jewelry, not quilts. I write devotions and hymns, not fiction. …

Things I Learned: Writing Children’s Books

Recently, I wrote a post with a quick list of “Things I Learned” for writing devotions. Today, I’m going to share some thoughts about writing children’s books. It’s harder than it looks. You’ve probably heard that short stories are more difficult than novels because every word counts. In many ways, children’s books are short stories. They’re a complete package with …

Things I Learned: Writing Devotions

One of the joys I have as a writer is that I’ve had the opportunity to write for a variety of genres. I’m sometimes asked if the process is different depending on the genre (yup), and I’m also asked specific questions about one genre or another. So I’ll be spending some time giving a quick list of “Things I Learned” …

Teachers Teach the Messengers

In class? After school? During the summer? Yep, Simon has seen it all! It’s about that time of the year when teachers reflect on their year and maybe—after a nap or twenty—begin a little dreaming for the future. I’ve had the delight of visiting classrooms, seeing posts, and hearing about ways that Simon and his fellow Messengers have helped others …

Behold

The past few days, I’ve been writing and editing quite a bit. In fact, even on Good Friday, a good portion of my time was spent reading, writing, editing, and contemplating words. In all of that, I noticed a key word: Behold. It turns out that four of my hymns begin with that word. And of those four, three of …

Happy Birthday, Simon!

It’s time to celebrate! It’s Simon’s birthday. On April 11, he’ll turn either four or seventeen, depending how you count. April 11, 2015, I wrote the first few sentences of The Messengers: Discovered. It’s unreal to me that four years later, an entire trilogy is resting on my shelf. What a whirlwind! So much to be thankful for. Speaking of …