Another Year is Dawning

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Last year about this time, I made 10 goals for 2016. This year I have a few more. But first let me share with you how last year went.

  1. Publish two novella collections, three novellas, and two novels. (One collection, three novellas, and one novel were published as well as a few short stories. The second collection and novel will be published in January and February, Lord willing.)
  2. Read at least half of the writing books I own. (Not quite, but close)
  3. Be more conscientious of the time I waste on the computer.(Yes)
  4. Finish the study of Revelation. (Yes)
  5. Read through the Bible in a year. (I missed too many days and couldn’t quite make it. I hope to finish sometime this year though.)
  6. Learn at least one new classical song on the piano. (I did learn Schubert’s Impromptu op. 142 #3, but it isn’t quite polished yet).
  7. Be better about responding to emails. (Yes, mostly).
  8. Finish the sewing projects I’ve put off, including my quilted dress. (Eh, not so much. And the quilted dress has been changed to a skirt, and still isn’t finished).
  9. Write at least one informational blog post every other month. (I believe I did manage to do this one).
  10. Keep on top of the church activities I am involved in. (Mostly).

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The Art & Craft of Writing Christian Fiction: A Review

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Introduction:

If you are a Christian author or wannabe author, I recommend this book. Note: I read the edition published in 2009 and believe there is an updated version now.

Clarity: .5/1

Jeff Gerke did a good job at making all his points easy to understand. The main issue I had was the constant movie and TV show references to make his points clearer. I did not know many of them and there were times he didn’t explain the movie or show or scene well enough to understand his extra explanation. Continue reading

WriteMind Planner: A Review

This review is going to be different from my normal reviews because it’s a product review rather than a book review, but here goes.

A couple of weeks ago, I purchased this lovely WriteMind Planner as designed and sold by Perry Elisabeth Design. Isn’t the cover lovely?

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Now, I’ve read a couple of other reviews of the planner (here and here), but I wanted to write my own because I use mine differently, so here’s a little sampling into my outlining and planning. If you look closely, you could probably even get a sneak peek into book #3 in the Orphans of the West series. Continue reading

Review: Outlining Your Novel

I’m really excited to invite K.M. Weiland to my blog today. I have a review of her book, Outlining Your Novel, as well as an interview.

 

Introduction:

I got this book for a birthday or Christmas present last year and finally got around to reading it. Now I wish I had read it sooner. It helped me tremendously. As I read the book, I did the checklist at the end of each chapter for the novella I planned to write in November. Originally, I thought it would take me the whole month to write the book, but because of the steps I took using the tips in this book, I wrote all 23,183 words in just 17 days.

Clarity: 1/1

K.M. Weiland definitely has a way of putting things that is helpful, clear, and witty. The way she wrote these tips using both good and bad examples from her own experience was exactly what I needed. Continue reading

End of the Year Goals

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My Writing Helper

When did December sneak up so quickly? Maybe it’s the fact that there is no snow on the ground that’s messing with my mind. Since it is almost the end of the year, I have some goals for this month. They have been changing over the last few days, but hopefully they won’t change too much more. Continue reading