Thursday, October 30, 2014

Throwback Thursday


Congratulations to the Kansas City Royals for reaching the World Series!
The above is a picture of me and my siblings and a couple of friends who are still die-hard Royals fans.  I am the one in the glasses and KC hat, the little guy tucked in behind is my brother, Nathan, then Christy, my sister Kathleen, and Jennifer. We were at a special day at The K, Kaufman Stadium, where we got to go down on the field and meet some players. This was probably sometime around 1978-80. 

Are you a baseball fan? Have you been to a MLB game? Who is your team?


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Do you NaNo?


Do you NaNo? If you're a writer, you've probably heard of NaNo, which stands for National Novel Writing Month.

NaNo, which celebrates its 16th year here in 2014 challenges writers to pen 50,000 words in the thirty days of November. This year, more than 400,000 writers on six continents will join together in this writing frenzy.

There are only a few 'rules' which, of course, you can break if you want to. You are supposed to start a brand new project. It is supposed to be fiction. And it is supposed to be at least 50,000 words in length.



I've participated in NaNo for several years, and I've 'won' several times. And each year, I've followed the 'rules,' but this year, I'm breaking them a bit. I am starting a new project, it is fiction, but it won't be 50,000 words all on its own. I received a contract recently for a new novella that will max out at 25,000 words. When I have that one written, I'll jump into another one of the same length. By the end of the month, I hope to have two novellas of about 50,000 words combined.

NaNo is hilarious, stressful, exhilarating, hair-tearing, fist-pumping fun. It takes place in a month with a major holiday, and a month that only has 30 days. But it is a great way to jump-start a project, and a great way to make new writing friends.

Even if you're not an aspiring author, you can still participate. It would be a fun way to dip your toe into writing fiction.



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    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

    Who's Your Doppleganger?

    My writing sisters call me Katniss. Maybe because I bow hunt, Laurie says it's cause I look like J-Law, but I think over all it's the personality. Fiercely protective of her family. I'm the same way. Willing to go the distance, whatever it is, to defend. Snarky. Uh huh. Not afraid to dress up and not afraid to go all wilderness on you.That's me. And so on ...

    Either way, this girl to the left is typically aligned with me as my doppelganger

    dop·pel·gäng·er
     noun \ˈdä-pəl-ˌgaŋ-ər, -ˌgeŋ-, ˌdä-pəl-ˈ\

    : someone who looks like someone else
    : a ghost that looks like a living person
    1
    :  a ghostly counterpart of a living person
    2
    a :  double 2a
    b :  alter ego b
    c :  a person who has the same name as another

    Doppelgangers are actually quite fun. As you can see above, according to Webster's, a doppelganger is a double, but also an alter ego.

    Take my Anne-Girl. Here is her doppelganger. Definitely NOT a physical double, but in many ways, she has a lot of Anne Shirley in her over-thinking, little mind :) Everything to Anne has an element of poetry. Every moment in life holds significance. Although she never quite gets to the place of a graveyard of buried hopes, she definitely does just breathe in the moment.

    So, who is YOUR doppelganger? Either in a double or an alter ego? Has anyone ever assigned a doppelganger to you that makes you go, "say wha---???" :)

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    Monday, October 27, 2014

    Monday's Devo: The Jesus Pill

    Ever notice we are a pill nation?
    Before that it was a bandaid.
    Before that it was a bottle.
    A fix.

    Once it was the plague.
    Then it was typhoid.
    Then the Spanish flu and H1N1.
    Now it's Ebola.
    Contagion is not new.


    Is your faith contagious?
    Would you consider swallowing the Jesus pill?
    I have.
    Sure, I still put my feet on the ground in this muddy world every day.
    There's grime between my toes by evening.


    But nothing can separate me.
    From the love of Christ.
    And if I ever get Ebola,
    I pray others will be more infected;
    by Christ in me, than Ebola on me.



    Contagion.
    There's a pill for your fear.
    There's a pill for your pain.
    There's a pill for your emptiness.


    He made a way.
    And nothing can isolate me from His love.
    Make me contagious for you, Jesus.

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    Consider the cure:

    Romans 8:31-39New Living Translation (NLT)

    Nothing Can Separate Us from God’s Love
    31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? 33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.

    35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”[a]) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

    38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[b] neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

    Will you infect others with Christ?
    The CDC predicts 1.4 million cases of Ebola by January, 2015. That number is calculated by each infected person spreading it to two others. What would the world look like if you infected someone with the love of Christ?
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    Friday, October 24, 2014

    Book Report & Giveaway: A Bride in Store, by Melissa Jagears

    Melissa Jagears gives another solid historical romance! Her sophomore novel continues her mail-order-bride trilogy and brings that solid story voice we first met in her debut novel.

    Not in anyway dependent on book #1, A Bride in Store brings us several unique twists:

    A homely heroine, a bearded lady, and doctor who's not really a doctor.

    The story is rife with betrayal and heartbreak, crime, and the struggle with unique disease that leave the hopeful, doctoring hero convinced of his failures before he's even reached medical school.

    And our handsome hero isn't even the future groom. Stolen kisses, attractions and tensions pull this romance sideways and upside down in a triangle of US Postal mail-order proportions.

    It's another great read for a cool Autumn evening, in front of a crackling fire with a hot cocoa and cookies.

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    Thursday, October 23, 2014

    TBT: Favorite Throwback Shows & Movies

    You might not realize it, but writers have to research the T.V. shows and movies that best reflect the flavor of their writing. The list gives agents, editors, and publishers a concept of the voice and genre the author writes.

    Erica and I had fun this week, throwing around the oldies and goodies that shaped us. Here are a few of my fun throwbacks:

    "Little House on the Prairie"


    "The Waltons"



    "Anne of Green Gables"

    "The Sound of Music"

    "My Fair Lady"

    Don't expect a rerun if you read my book some day. However, do you know the saying, "you can take the girl out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the girl"?  Well, you can take me out of those decades, but you can't take those decades out of me. 

    These favorites are the short list!  
    What are your oldies, but savored favorites?
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    Wednesday, October 22, 2014

    Greetings from Florida!


    We are a traveling group of gals lately! Missouri, California, Florida. 

    Today I am in Florida at my parents' home. My father has been in the hospital, and today is his discharge day! Yay! I'm so thankful to be able to be here to help my mom and dad as he recovers and recuperates. 

    Florida is so different from where I live in Minnesota. The palm trees, the magnolias, the citrus trees, the warmth, all so foreign to my Midwestern eyes. And yet, when I step into my parents home and see some of the furniture and pictures and objects that I grew up with when we all lived in Kansas, I am so comfortable and things don't seem strange at all. 

    Even better is when I'm with those I love who live in Florida. Our stories are intertwined. We have history and memories and common threads that bind us together. That's the best, and it's irreplaceable. 

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