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Friday, September 29, 2006

We're All Writers. . . . .

Interesting post fromBrenda Coulter on writers who find shame in being "unpublished."

Prepublished? Don't make me laugh

Yesterday I heard a writer call herself "prepublished." I've heard the word before, but it appears to be picking up steam, because lately I've been hearing it everywhere. Published writers are using the word (it seems to me) because they want to appear humble, generous, and encouraging. And unpublished writers are using it about themselves to demonstrate their determination to succeed (at selling their work): they're not your run-of-the-mill unpublished bumblers. They are serious about their writing. They're prepublished.

Give me a break. Do marriage-minded college girls call themselves prewives? Do Olympic athletes call themselves premedalists? Do Hollywood hopefuls call themselves prestars?

Here's the thing: If you write, you are a writer. Some writers are published, some aren't yet published, and some will never be published. Merely knowing that a writer is unpublished does not tell us she lacks talent or has a subpar work ethic. And the fact that a writer is published merely suggests--it does not assure--that she is both talented and serious about her writing.

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Monday, September 25, 2006

Teaching With Trouble

This is a post from my old blog, 9/07/06.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.---Psalm 46:1

"Why didn't God help me sooner?" This is a question that is often asked, but
it is not His will to act on *your* schedule. He desires to change you through
the trouble and cause you to learn a lesson from it. He has promised, "I will be
with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him" (Psalm 91:15) He will be
with you in trouble all day, but not until you have stopped being restless and
worried over it and have become calm and quiet. Then He will say, "It is

God uses trouble to teach His children precious lessons. Difficulties are
intended to educate us, and when their good work is done, a glorious reward will
become ours through them.

----LB Cowman, Streams in the Desert

So many times, Ms. Cowman's daily reading has jumped off the page at me and
throttled me by the lapels. What trials have you suffered in your writing
career, only to find rewards after you go through them?

Beanie Drawing

The new fall Ty Beanie Baby Drawing is now going on at my main site. Stop by and enter!

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Welcome to my New Blog

I couldn't salvage the previous one, so I've started another and decided to keep it really simple. So when (or if) the code becomes corrupted for a third time, I won't lose anything but my archives.

Thanks for stopping by!