I wish I could pen an eloquent post, something thought-provoking and inspirational. I’ve started thirteen different drafts with thirteen different topics. I even downloaded some cool visual aids. But every time I try to finish this blog, my fingers freeze on the keys and all the energy I thought I had to put into some life-changing...
Life is complicated. Full of out-of-reach dreams and in-your-face commitments. We are busy with bosses and deadlines and spouses and kids and extended family obligations. Even time with friends doesn’t always come baggage-free. Throw in a few hormonal teens, an excess of extra-curricular activities, an aging pet, and piles of laundry and...
John 14:1 (NIV) “Do not let your hearts be troubled…” Suffering. Bring up suffering with a group of Christians and you’re almost guaranteed to push people’s theological hot buttons. The questions will go something like this: Does God cause my suffering or does He simply allow me to experience life in a sin-filled...
Today I’m celebrating a new release by Jennifer M. Eaton. Welcome Jennifer! Paper Wishes Jill has no idea what she wants for Christmas, but when it looks like her best friend Jack is going to get exactly what he asks for, Jill makes a Christmas wish that will change both of their lives forever. Jennifer M. Eaton is a contemporary...
Jennifer M. Eaton has stopped by today to talk about her new release,
The First Day of the New Tomorrow.
Jennifer is a contemporary blender of Science Fiction, Dystopian, and Romance. Her work ranges from the sweet contemporary romances of Paper Wishes, to the dystopian society of Last Winter Red and Optimal Red, with a dusting of young adult paranormal just for fun in The First Day of the New Tomorrow.
While not off visiting other worlds, Jennifer calls the East Coast of the USA home, where she lives with her wonderfully supportive husband, three energetic boys, and a pepped up poodle.
Full time team leader, full time mom, and full time novelist… what more can you ask for? Writing help did you say? Well, sure! Jennifer hosts an informational blog aimed at helping all writers be the best they can be. Stop on by and chat. She loves to hear from fans! http://www.jennifermeaton.com/
I try to put something inspirational in everything I write. Someone asked me where the “inspirational” is in “The First Day of the New Tomorrow.” The question made me giggle. Everything about the story is inspirational to me.
When I was coming up with the concept, I was dancing around the idea of angels, and how hard an angel’s life might be. I thought, “It’s probably like being a super hero.”
Then I played with the idea of these angels walking around doing their thing while living among us. How hard a job would that be? Could you imagine? Would these angels even know they were angels, or would they have to figure it out for themselves?Read More
I always get excited when Anne Mateer has a new release because when I open the pages
I know I won’t be disappointed. I’m hoping you fall in love with this book too.
Check out A Home for My Heart and welcome Anne back to the blog.
Sadie Sillsby works as the assistant to the matron at the Raystown Home for Orphan and Friendless Children and dreams of the day she’ll marry her beau, Blaine. But when the matron surprises everyone by announcing her own engagement, Sadie is suddenly next in line for the job. For a young woman who was once an orphan herself, a shot at such an esteemed position is a wish come true.But the matron of the Home cannot be married. Is Sadie willing to give up her dreams of a life with Blaine and a family of her own? Is she prepared to forgo daily involvement with the children as she instead manages the financial, legal, and logistical aspects of the orphanage? And when it’s revealed that the Home is spending a lot more money than it’s taking in, can Sadie turn things around before the place is forced to close forever?
Don’t Neglect the Thinking Time
by Anne Mateer
When I look back on the beginning stages of my latest release, A Home for My Heart, I cringe. Back before the two extensive re-writes. Back before I chucked half a manuscript and started over. All the way back to the gathering of research. Way back at the beginning, I neglected one of the most important writing steps: thinking.
The truth is that even seat of the pants writers (like me!) need time to think, to discard those first ideas that pop into our minds, the ones that don’t have the depth or uniqueness of later ideas, the ones we dig deeper in our imagination to find. And yet as writers, we tend to get impatient, don’t we? We want the story on the page. So we can revise. So we can submit. So we can see it in print. We know all of those things take a long time. And so we often put our fingers to the keyboard well before our idea, our characters have had time to come to life in our head, which means they fall flat on the page.Read More