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God is awesome ....

My kewl thing to report is that it's working out for me to attend the ACFW conference after all! This is totally God ... and I'm still in awe over it. I've also decided not to waste time worrying about what will happen or what I'll say to whom when I get there. First order of business is for me to get those first three chapters revised ... and last night I made it as far as chapter two. (Another miracle, given my schedule and mental state lately!) And, in God's usual marvelous economy, the Sunday morning sermons at church have been from the book of Habakkuk, which is an amazing little overview of how to handle life when all seems thrown into confusion and despair, and everything is falling apart around our ears. Today's sermon especially seem to encapsulate and reinforce what the ladies' Bible study had been learning in Beth Moore's Believing God, which we just finished. (What an amazing study ... and grueling!) And on me not tagging anyone spec

Writing-related Tag

I find in my time away from blogging that another dear friend has nominated me for a "Rockin' Girl Blogger" Award. How cute! And she's tagged me for yet another meme, this one writing related. 1. What's the one book or writing project you haven't yet written but still hope to? The entire series for The Gift of the Stranger. Not only do I have to write the rest of the stories, but I need to bring the ones I already have written up to the standard I envision for them. I’m not sure I’m grown up enough for that yet … 2. If you had one entire day in which to do nothing but read, what book would you start with? Right this minute? the second volume in Lois Bujold’s The Sharing Knife duology. (It’s sitting on my bedside table, whispering sweetly to me …) 3. What was your first writing "instrument" (besides pen and paper)? A vintage portable typewriter (“Skywriter”). Manual, of course. 4. What's your best guess as to how many books yo

Good morning, God

So, here we are, the third Saturday in July. It's been a busy summer so far, with my husband being mostly out of town since mid-March and home only every other weekend or so (a work-related class on satellite communications at a nearby Army base), and almost-weekly ballet technique classes continuing for 3 of the kids, and two children now in braces, and another having ear problems, and yet two others needing ER visits (a metal spike embedded in the leg from a gardening accident in one case, a broken finger in another) ... I have seen my 20th wedding anniversary come and go (July 3), have learned a new dimension to accepting God's timing with grace and a sense of humor (I've thrown more tantrums in the past six weeks than for, oh, at least a year or so??), and have been stretched and stressed beyond what I thought possible without losing my marbles altogether. This morning, I awoke at 5:30 and couldn't go back to sleep, and since Troy had reserves (his first weekend do

Still more from Sharon ...

This will be the last day of excerpts on the Sharon Hinck interview. Next week, the "Fantastic 4" will be posting on their own blogs about the book tour ... I think that promises to be a lot of fun! What sorts of things stir the pot of creativity for you? Music, artwork, certain films, etc. ... be specific. :-) Nature. Watching a heron glide in for a landing with its pterodactyl-type wings. Seeing an iris slowly unfurl. The intricate design of fern leaves. The whimsy of bunnies (even when they are ransacking my garden). Movement. I was a ballet teacher and professional choreographer for twenty years. Usually dance is a response--an expression, rather than the thing to stir creativity for me, so I don't know if that counts. Worship. The community of believers, the richness of texts of some hymns, the power of the Word, the time of pulling my focus off all my silly preoccupations. The music--the more variety of instruments and styles the better. Drama. My major in

More from Sharon Hinck ....

More snippets from the Sharon Hinck interview at Christian Fandom ... How did you get started writing? My mom recited poems to me when she pushed me on the swings (I have a vivid memory at about three-years of age) and read to me all the time. I became a voracious bookworm, and decided to "join the fun" and write my own stories, too. In second grade I composed a horribly derivative tale about some pigs and their houses. In fourth grade I moved on to writing stories about horses. Sixth grade I matured into spy novels and episodes of Man from U.N.C.L.E. Um... Probably more than you wanted to know. Of your works, which one is your favorite? (including works in progress) My favorite novel is The Restorer's Son (NavPress, 9/2007) which is in galley-proofing right now. One of the point-of-view characters is a bit like Gideon. When the angel approached Gideon and told him he was favored by God, he growled, "If the Lord is with us, why has all this bad stuff happened

Fantasy Fiction Tour

Get my banner code or create your own banner I'm hoping this banner works. :-) What's the Fantasy Fiction Tour, you might ask? I'm glad you did. It's a massive East Coast book tour featuring four very tolerable if not really great Christian fantasy authors. (Okay, I couldn't resist ... I've only read the work of two, and enjoyed them VERY much! but the others are high on my TBR list.) Bryan Davis Sharon Hinck Wayne Thomas Batson Christopher Hopper For a list of dates and locations, see the above link. The Christian SFF Blog Tour group is doing a special *blog* tour this week and next in preparation for the *book* tour. You can read all about it here: A Christian Worldview of Fiction , or at any of the author websites above. My own contribution to the tour is to post bits of the interview we recently did of Sharon Hinck on the Christian Fandom email list. This interview transcript will be available in its entirety on the Fandom website, where you