When There Are No Words

Some days, words fail. This may sound strange coming from a writer. And if you’ve read my writing-about-writing blog before, you’ll know that I give great importance to the power of words. But sometimes, our words seem too little, too trite, too hollow to do justice to what has just happened. In moments of extreme joy. In moments of wondrous …

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No Stranger Love

Valentine’s Day, Ash Wednesday, and Lent. They all deal with love in profound ways. For Christmas, I shared one of my poems with you, and it just occurred to me that I could do the same today. Consider it my valentine to you. Or rather, from God to us all. No Stranger Love No stranger love the world has known …

Teaching the Messengers

Literature class. Homeschool. Confirmation class. Book club. Religion class. Youth group. These are just a few examples of how much you’ve invited Simon into your lives over the past year and a half. I’m so thrilled that you’ve found ways to talk about the Message worth dying for with people who need to hear it. And I’ve been honored to …

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Knowing Your Audience

In a previous post, I wrote about knowing your voices. The overall gist is that we all have unique voices, and we all have multiple voices. What factors affect which voice I use when? I contend that one key factor is audience. Who are you speaking to at any given time? In my examples in the previous post, I spoke …

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Knowing Your Voices

Anecdote 1: In years past, I’ve had the experience of being mother to a newborn. I spoke to my baby on a regular basis. I spoke to my husband on a regular basis. I did not speak to my child the same way I spoke to my husband. And yet each voice was truly, authentically me. Anecdote 2: In eighth grade, …

News about The Messengers

Hey there! If you follow me on social media, you may have heard some recent news about my fiction series, The Messengers. I think, however, that this is the first time I’ve mentioned it much on my blog. So! Here it goes—a few things to know about The Messengers. The Messengers: Revealed is coming soon! When exactly? I’ll tell you soon. …

Ten Things You Should Know about Poetry

No, it isn’t easy to limit all there is to say about poetry to ten points, but . . . this is a blog post. you’re a busy person. I don’t know all there is to say about poetry. But that won’t stop me from trying to share a little bit about a genre I’ve grown to love over the …

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The Collaboration of Creating

Many ask me what I love to write most. It’s true I enjoy writing for many different genres: children’s books, devotionals, blog posts, curriculum, fiction, and texts for music mingle with thank-you letters, shopping lists, and meeting notes. The writing that continually fills me with the most wonder is writing texts for music: hymns, choral pieces, and songs. The reason …

Live Chat Tonight!

Hello, friends! I’ve met many of you through our mutual friend, Simon Clay. As you may know, things are not easy for him in New Morgan, but there is more of his story to tell. So while as you wait for The Messengers: Revealed, I’ll be able to give you updates as we get closer to the final book of …

Am I a Writer?

Back in the days when most of my creativity was channeled through making jewelry and keeping toddlers entertained, I came across metal tips for fountain pens. They had belonged to my grandma, and I fell in love with the charm of them. (That’s probably why those fancy tips are so often included in my blog post images.) I began decorating …