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De-Stressing

By Marilyn Turk Last year was a very difficult year for me. A troubling family situation consumed my mind, therefore focus on other things was a challenge. 2018 was also the first year of the Blue Lake Christian Writers Retreat … Continue reading

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All About the “Like” by Julie Arduini

My husband jokes that I am the definition of the marriage book we highly recommend, Men are Like Waffles, Women are Like Spaghetti by Bill and Pam Farrel. Where men compartmentalize, women tend to start talking on one topic, switch … Continue reading

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A Prayer for the Blank Page

by Jim Denney “Almighty God, bestow upon us the meaning of words, the light of understanding, the nobility of diction, and the faith of the true nature. And grant that what we believe, we may also speak.” —Hilary of Poitiers (A.D. … Continue reading

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Editing and Being Humbled

by Nancy J. Farrier   Have you ever worked hard to make something only to have others find fault? For instance, if you spend hours cooking a meal from a new recipe and your family sits there looking at the … Continue reading

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Growing Up by Julie Arduini

It’s a busy writing year, and that’s a good thing. I started a Christmas novella as part of a collaboration with Inspy Romance authors. This summer I start You’re Amazing with our daughter. And as soon as I find the … Continue reading

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To Learn or Not to Learn by Marilyn Turk

Have you ever met someone who seems to know it all? Or maybe you’ve dealt with children who believe they know more than you do? It’s very frustrating to deal with these people because when you try to help them … Continue reading

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Writing is Finger-Painting with Words

by Jim Denney A few years ago, I taught a workshop at a writer’s conference. After one session, a young woman came up to me and said, “My problem is that I never finish anything. I’m so afraid that someone … Continue reading

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Do you dream of being a writer?

by Jim Denney Mark Twain retreated to a shed at Quarry Farm in New York, where he wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Renaissance philosopher Michel de Montaigne used to write his books in a high tower of his château … Continue reading

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WAITING by Marilyn Turk

I’m not good at waiting. Okay, so maybe I’m impatient. My husband, on the other hand, can wait forever. Plus he has a lot of patience. My husband is retired military. Waiting is part of his training. In fact the … Continue reading

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Commitment – Too Little or Too Much? By Marilyn Turk

Commitment – Definition: 1) Something that takes up time or energy, especially an obligation 2) loyalty, devotion or dedication to a cause, person or relationship 3) a promise, pledge or vow. I have this thing about commitment. I’ve always believed … Continue reading

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How I Spent My Summer Vacation by Julie Arduini

I honestly thought I missed a couple posts this summer thanks to a dead laptop I had to restore. One look at my list of posts and oops, I haven’t posted since the end of June! With back to school … Continue reading

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WHAT IF… SO WHAT… WHY? by Yvonne Lehman

    We writers are often told to use the “What if?” factor in our writing. Our response can get us started in our stories, or be an effective tool when we feel stumped. However, no matter how creative a … Continue reading

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Lessons from the Oscars by Julie Arduini

It’s been over a week since the Oscars and people are still talking about the jaw-dropping end to the show when during La La Land‘s acceptance speech they were interrupted and told they did not win. Moonlight was the real … Continue reading

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2017 Word of the Year: Transformation by Julie Arduini

Some do resolutions, I do word of the year. Around September I start praying and watching for confirmation. Sometimes the words come later in the year, and I’ve had them as early as October. That was the case for this … Continue reading

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The Phenomenon Behind “This is Us” by Julie Arduini

  If you’re like me, last night you were hoping the VP debates would pause so that NBC could present This is Us, the new drama Tuesday nights that has me hook, line, and sinker. If you haven’t heard of … Continue reading

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