September 29, 2015

just give me a rainy day

but not the kind that storms in on clouds of thunder and lightning


just give me a rainy day of 

gentle showers that

drip like a song from the eaves and rooftops


just give me a rainy day

and i'll stretch out on my fainting couch

i'll lay my pup at my...

September 25, 2015

 It's been over a year now since my husband and I gave up cable, opting instead for a Roku. We've downloaded Netflix (yes, we have a smart TV, but we did it this way, anyway...) and HuLu, along with FeelN and a few others. 


I adore watching movies on Netflix. With Netf...

September 22, 2015


I was recently honored to be in the lineup of "An Evening with Francine Rivers and Friends." 


I got to be one of the "friends."


This event, brought to the world by Tyndale Publishing House (who published Five Brides), was held in the Plano, Texas location of Prestonwo...

September 20, 2015

As the president of Word Weavers International and the director of Florida Christian Writers Conference, I am often asked by new writers with first-time book contracts "When do I start talking about my book?" 


My answer: Immediately.


There's usually a 12-month gap...

September 14, 2015

I've been asked to write a novella.


That's a new one for me. Typically, when I write, I write loooooooong stories. I've even written a few "epics."

What's a novella, you may be asking. A novella is a work of fiction, typically between 20,000 and 50,000 words. For those...

September 11, 2015


Fourteen years. Fourteen years and the pain and the memories have not left me yet. The fear. Oh, dear God ... the fear. 


It's easy to say, "It's been fourteen years now ... you should be over it by now."


Or ... "Does anyone care anymore?"


Well, I'm not over it. I'll n...

September 4, 2015


If you have ever taken one of my fiction writing courses, whether at a writers conference or via BelieversTrust, you know that I subscribe to James Scott Bell's methodology. A few years ago, "Jim" noticed that in both film and in books, the plot seemed to be divided i...

September 1, 2015

I'm trying my hand at spontaneous creativity again! Want to join me? 


Here's how it works: Take a look at this painting (Caspar David Friedrich, Woman at Window), then write a 100 - 150 word story to go with it. You'll see mine beneath it. 


Join in on the fun ... and b...

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