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Spellbinding by Kristen Heitzmann

I’ve recently been captivated by a (general market) Regency period mystery series. I might have purchased the first on Audible and finally got around to listening. Almost at once, I realized this is quality writing, the time period language, the rich … Continue reading

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Manly Readers by Kristen Heitzmann

#ManlyBookClubNames Brewskies & Books, followed by manly yoga, aka broga.   I admit I laughed hard at this example from a recent trending Twitter hashtag #manlybookclubnames. It was spurred by a New York Times article http://nyti.ms/1rvsEeC about men’s book clubs. One … Continue reading

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Called to be Light by Kristen Heitzmann

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone … Continue reading

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What Resonates? by Kristen Heitzmann

I love reflecting on things that people say well enough that others remember and repeat it, in other words: quotes. A quote about one thing can often be extrapolated to a broader theme. For instance Nora Roberts says “The only … Continue reading

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WE ARE SAMARIA by Kristen Heitzmann

We all know the know the story of the woman at the well. Jesus is traveling and meets this Samaritan woman who has come to draw water in the noon heat when all the other women, who might have insulted … Continue reading

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BEAUTY IN LIFE by Kristen Heitzmann

I’ve been having discussions and including discussions about the power and purpose of art in my novels, so when I came across this documentary about a Victorian artist, Lilias Trotter, who chose to eschew fame for obscurity in order to … Continue reading

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POWER OF HUMOR by Kristen Heitzmann

How many things are better faced with humor? Take a minute and let this video give you a smile. I love how God built into us a resiliency to find a light heart even in the midst of storms, fear, or … Continue reading

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PEACE by Kristen Heitzmann

In this season of glad tidings, hope, and generosity, it is especially tragic when forces of hate and destruction are loosed on a society established under God, a free society that yearns to welcome outcasts, to extend grace and understanding … Continue reading

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Something Ventured…by Kristen Heitzmann

Every new endeavor comes with some level of stress, it seems. While exciting, Indie Publishing has tipped my stress meter into the red. Told You So has had its professional edits and is awaiting one final proofread, then on to formatting by … Continue reading

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Mountain Bathing by Kristen Heitzmann

The mountains are calling and I must go. ~ John Muir Shinrin-yoku is Japanese for forest bathing or, in other words, getting into the trees and drinking in the fragrance, the sounds, and sights. This is suggested to promote health and serenity. … Continue reading

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INDIE TIME by Kristen Heitzmann

I’m excited to say I’ll be independently publishing my upcoming novel, TOLD YOU SO. I’m blessed to work the past seventeen years with top-notch publishers, but this seems the right avenue for this time and this series–yes, I’m now writing TOLD YOU TWICE. Being able to do these … Continue reading

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A Vacancy for Joy by Kristen Heitzmann

Recently a friend sent me this quote that has resonated on different levels. “I want my life to be an inviting guest room, where joy can walk in and stay awhile.” Ashley Wiersma She sent it because my house has been a fairly … Continue reading

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Coming Across as Christ by Kristen Heitzmann

Two incidents in close proximity have given me the chance to examine how I come across–from both sides. First, after the Weekend With the Writers, I received an encouragement that moved me like a brush of the Holy Spirit. One of the attendees mentioned some … Continue reading

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WOULD YOU READ ON? by Kristen Heitzmann

My topic for the mini-conference is writing compelling stories. Thought I’d take this chance to see if I practice what I plan to preach. So be honest now…would you read on? WRITERS’ QUARREL © Kristen Heitzmann Devin Bressard scarcely blinked when Grace tossed … Continue reading

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WHAT’S IN A NAME? by Kristen Heitzmann

One thing I love about storytelling is the malleability. Rewriting my historical series has become an exercise in this. My intention was to spruce it up, minimize things like punctuated dialect, and bring it sophistication that comes from growing in the writing craft and simply living. … Continue reading

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