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A Note to My Readers

A little while ago, I wrote a blog about the scariest part of writing. The answer? Readers. Crazy as it sounds, it can be intimidating to share a piece of yourself with someone else! But today, I want to talk about one of the very best aspects of writing. What is that? Readers. I know, I know. I pull rhetorical …

Bittersweet

A few weeks ago, I was teaching someone the English word bittersweet. English is the fourth language my friend has learned, and his interest in the word reminded me of this special term we have. Bittersweet helps to explain why several of my friends and I expressed a love for the Good Friday services. It helps to explain why Lenten …

Writing Ideas: Part One

Hey there! In the mood to write? Not sure what to write about? No sweat. The hardest part to writing well is making writing a practice. So the “what” on any given day doesn’t matter nearly as much as taking a few minutes to write something. Anything! And so today (and from time to time in future posts), I’m going …

First Look at Revealed

It’s always great fun to talk about a new project. So when Hannah Osborne of Concordia Publishing House asked me about The Messengers: Revealed, I jumped at the chance to talk about it. Click here to read the 60-second interview, plus check out the first chapter of my upcoming novel!

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The Messengers Launch Team!

Have you read Discovered and Revealed from The Messengers series? Do you love to read and tell others about books? Are you one of those people who posts selfies with your current go-to read? Yes yes and yes? Sounds like you’d be a great addition to The Messengers Launch Team! Fill out the form below to apply for the team. …

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The True Worth of Great Writing

I was thinking about my teaching days recently, specifically when I used to teach Shakespeare. What fun we had! Sure, we talked about poetry. The classics. The theater. But the part I enjoyed the most? Talking about life. We were able to talk about sacrifice, love, hate, adolescent egocentrism, racism, friendship, truth, personal fable, and the list goes on. Sure, …

Release Date for The Messengers: Revealed!

Pardon the super-surprised face and frizzy hair; that’s how I roll some days. Most days. But hey! I have fun news! If you haven’t looked at my Facebook page recently, I don’t want you to miss out on the next big announcement for The Messengers: Revealed. Here is is! Big news about The Messengers! Posted by Lisa M Clark on …

Poetry That Gives Pause: Lent

I’ve said this before: Poetry can be a powerful medium in so many ways. Especially in hymns and songs, I love it when there’s a moment when you suddenly become arrested with the words you’re hearing. There you are, singing along with words you know well, and suddenly you’re caught with a phrase that offers truth in a way you …

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The Scary Side of Writing

There is one thing that scares writers out of their skin. It keeps them up at night. It causes them to wring their hands, bite their nails, or exhibit whatever nervous habit they might otherwise hide. Ready for it? Readers. Crazy, right? Most people who write do so for an audience, after all. (If you’re one of those writers who …

How Long, O Lord, How Long?

I remember the feeling. I was writing a hymn text with the intent that it could be used for comfort when tragedy came. On one hand, it was fulfilling to know that these words may help others when needed most. On the other hand, it pained me to know that these words would be needed. Again and again. Tragedy is …