contests, God

When God Whispers…

 The LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.” 
 Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake.  After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.  1 Kings 19:11-12



He whispered. God whispered and I heard.


There is something beautiful about the Creator of the heavens and Earth connecting with you. Interacting with you. Giving you affirmation. It is a humbling thing. 


I have been plagued with doubts and paralyzed with fear in regards to my writing. I had convinced myself that my manuscript was rubbish. It’s my first. Of course it is the stink of the world. It is riddled with beginner mistakes: passive beyond belief, little description, POV issues. You name it, it’s there. I was so frozen with fear that I quit editing it. I gave up.


And then God whispered. 


He allowed me to have the humbling privilege of winning first place in the historical category of the Touch By Love Contest, put on by the Faith, Hope, & Love Chapter of RWA. I admit to being completely blown away. I was just so honored to have finaled. I know that sounds so trite, but it is completely true.


I felt as if God pushed back the hair from my face, leaned in close, and whispered, “I believe in you.”


What greater motivation do I need to put fingers to the keyboard, my behind in the chair, and just write the stories He’s placed in my heart?


Thank you, Father, for your sweet whispers of love. May I be mindful of your whispers in the wind and be willing to step out in faith to do what you have encouraged me to do. I love you so.


personal

Back From Turkey

I am back from Turkey, Texas. Population 500. There was dry heat, enough dust to collect between my flip flop free toes, and lots of two-named people to meet and love. (Two-named as in Mary Kate, Billy Bob, etc.) My husband’s sister’s husband preaches there and they were having a Youth Rally, so we packed up our two youngest teens and made our way west.

Isn’t it funny how being a place so unlike your own spurs your imagination and gets the creativity flowing? Everything I saw, felt, smelled, made me wonder if I could use it in a book. There were so many unique sights and experiences that I stored up for future reference.

I’m glad to be back home and I plan on doing absolutely nothing this week. It is my last week home before I start back to work and I want to take advantage of it! I hope to write blog posts to get me through much of August since I will be working 60-70 hours a week and won’t have much time for blogging…or writing.

Sigh…

I’m tired just thinking about it! But I won’t complain, because it is a job that allows me to supply insurance for my family. Yay! for insurance that you pay through the nose for and don’t ever use! (grrrr) But Yay! that we are that healthy!!!!

What are your plans for the week? Writing? Plotting? Playing? Napping?

writing fun

I Write Like….????

I succumbed to the curiosity and checked out the site called, I Write Like. What you do is put in a few paragraphs of your WIP and it gets analyzed to see whose writing is similar to yours. I tried it and here is who I write like….

I write like
J. K. Rowling
I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

Hhhmm, that can be good in that she is famous and has money now, but in writer’s circles, well, I’ve heard talk that she is not the best writer. So what is better? To be published and have tons of people read and love your books? Or to be a great, profound, deep writer?

I couldn’t stand it and I tried again with a different snippet from my novel. Here’s what came of it…

I write like
Stephen King
I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

Now that is weird. But I must say it is a bit flattering. Like Rowling, he is famous and most likely wealthy. I haven’t read any of his books, other than his book on writing, so I can’t say that my writing compares with his in any way. Now I want to try again…here goes…

I write like
Anne Rice
I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

Ha! I think I may be supposed to write fantasy or paranormal, which is interesting, because the story I am plotting out right now is a speculative book. It’s a contemporary with a bit of magic in it. No witches or anything, just a wee bit of magic to make for a fun read.

Okay, okay, I couldn’t resist and tried again….

I write like
Charles Dickens
I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

Bahahahahaha! Now that is hilarious and most likely proves that this site is just a random generator of author names. I would say that my writing is NOTHING like Charles Dickens’ writing. NOTHING like it. Whatsoever.

But this was a nice way to pass the time on lazy summer day. Try it out and let me know who YOU write like.  I WRITE LIKE.

book review, giveaways

Ransome’s Crossing by Kaye Dacus: Review & Giveaway!

Ransome’s Crossing by Kaye Dacus is the second book in The Ransome Trilogy. I took it with me on my vacation to Colorado and loved it! I hadn’t read the first book so I wondered if I would have a hard time jumping into it, but there was no problem. Kaye seemlessly wove in information from the previous book so that you knew what was going on.

Here’s the back cover copy:

In order to get to her secret fiance in jamaica, Charlotte Ransome must disguise herself as Charles Lott, a midshipman who joins the crew of one of the ships in a convoy led by her brother-Commodore William Ransome. Unknown to her, First Lieutenant Ned Cochrane, also in Ransome’s convoy, has set his heart on Charlotte after meeting her briefly in Portsmouth. But because he is about to leave for a year of duty in the Caribbean, he despairs of finding her unmarried when he returns home.

During the transatlantic journey, an attack on the conveoy throws Ned and “Midshipman Lott” together. Through unsure as to whether he should let Charlotte know he sees through her ruse, Ned decides to keep her secret…and hopes to eventually win her love. However, Charlotte soon discovers that losing her heart to the handsome lieutenant is not the only danger she faces on this Atlantic crossing.

My thoughts:

What I loved about this book is the adventurous spirit of Charlotte. She is one tough gal who is courageous enough to risk her reputation (this is the Regency era, you know) and even her life to work among sailors in the midst of war. While a bit misguided in her quest to reunite with her fiance, she does what she does with honor and determination. She is amazing in this book!

I love how Ned secretly longs for Charlotte and she slowly begins to long for him. It is a slow and beautiful dance Kaye orchestrates between the two and I was routing for them from the get-go.

I will warn you though…there is a HUGE cliff hanger at the end of the book that made me jump up from my seat and gasp in….well, I suppose frustration. Frustration in that I will have to wait until next summer to continue the story!!!! Oops, pardon my exclamation points. But Kaye, really?????  I’m on the edge of my seat in anticipation….and I’m sure that was your intention. 🙂

Because I won the first AND second book in a blog contest, I am giving away my reviewer copy from the publisher to a lucky person who comments and leaves their email address. (Remember to leave it in a spam-free way).

If you can’t wait to win a copy, you may go HERE to purchase Ransome’s Crossing.
If you would like to visit Kaye’s site to find out more about her books or to browse through her great Writing Tips and Resources, go HERE.