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Thursday, April 29, 2010

It Comes With Dinner

There's an excellent post today over on Sandie Bricker's blog,--here's an excerpt--

"As I approach the latest deadline barreling toward me at the moment, it's been easier to set the realities of real estate to the side of the road and pick up my pen with a steady hand. It was almost comforting to be called back to this side of my life. Rather than writing at scheduled times, I'm writing in the spare moments, in unexpected gaps of time, and I haven't needed a dose of Pepcid yet. When did the pressures of writing-on-demand become so manageable for me?

In my former life as a publicist, an actor I came to know was continually hounded by photographers and fans. Everywhere he went, everything he did, was documented, scrutinized and infringed upon. Following one particularly intrusive situation, a reporter asked him, "How do you stay so calm? This is outrageous, and you're acting like it's just another day at the office."

"It comes with the dinner,"
he told her. Bottom line, it had happened so often that he'd become used to dealing with it. If he wanted to be an actor and eat the prime rib, those nasty brussel sprouts were going to be on the plate. They came with the dinner.

Deadlines are my brussel sprouts for a prime rib dinner I've been dreaming about my whole life. Bring 'em on. I'll face them down."


Read the rest here.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Important, Like Paul


Do you know Max Lucado? Check out this wonderful post on his blog, The Write Stuff.


We like to envision him as an old man with young eyes, wild hair, and a raging quill. He wrote by the light of a lamp in the lee of a shack with the fury of a prophet. His pen could scarce keep pace with his thoughts.

“A revealing of Jesus, the Messiah. God gave it to make plain to his servants what is about to happen. He published and delivered it by angel to his servant John. And John holds everything he saw: God’s word—the witness of Jesus Christ! How blessed the reader! How blessed the hearers and keepers of these oracle words, all the words written in this book.” (Rev. 1:1-2).

The old apostle paused only to catch his breath and dip his pen. He stood only to gaze through an open window into the just-opened heavens. If he closed his eyes it was only to rummage through his treasure chest of words for the one that fit the vision of an often-crowned Christ or a blood-dipped robe. No lazy verbs, no vanilla adjectives. This gate glistened with pearls and streets spoke of gold. This was God’s revelation. John was God’s revealer. So John wrote.

So did Paul. Yet, Paul wrote, not because of heavenly action, but because of congregational angst. Titus needed direction, the Ephesians needed assurance. Timothy struggled, the Corinthians squabbled and the Galatians waffled. So Paul wrote to them.


Finish reading Max's thoughts on the importance of our writing today here.


May you, like John, depict the heavens. May you, like Paul, love the churches. May you, like John, connect with a Theophilus in your world. May you pick up their pens and write for the soul.
--Max Lucado

Monday, April 19, 2010

Holidays for Writers?


Paperback Writer has a fun post today--her take on holidays we writers need.


Ten Holidays for Writers That We'd Like to See

Amazon Dump Monday: A day of mourning for authors whose e-books have been removed from Amazon.com due to retail price squabbling. May also be used to write anonymous hate letters to Jeff Bezos and/or author's publisher before reading the classifieds part-time day job column for positions that might augment respective ruined portion of income.

Query Calamity Tuesday: A day of rest and meditation for any writer who realizes 1) they sent their latest query to the wrong publisher or agent; 2) they misspelled their own name on it; or 3) they accidentally sent it to every single person in their address book, including that chick in their local chapter who steals everyone else's story ideas. Must unplug from the internet for the entire holiday.

WIPlash Wednesday: 24-hour mandatory downtime in locked/dark room for any writer who loses or accidentally deletes 30 pages or more of their latest manuscript. Includes any destruction of said manuscript due to weather conditions, negligent spouse, angry romantic interest or bored house pets. Best writer friend (BWF) must remain on standby for emergency phone call response to any/all suicidal-sounding e-mails.


Read the rest here.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

April 15

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April 15, 2010


VERSE:
This is why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God's
servants, who give their full time to governing. Give everyone what
you owe him. If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue;
if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.
-- Romans 13:6-7



THOUGHT:
Owe! Tax day. Not my favorite, how about yours? But where would
we be without government, order and laws. While we may not like how
the system functions today, what if we had no system? Let's be
redemptive in our living and obedient in our citizenship and ask
God to bless our country and bring it revival.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Not Measuring Up


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April 13, 2010


VERSE:
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
-- Romans 3:23-24



THOUGHT:
"I blew it!" Come to think of it, we've all blown it! We don't measure up. We're not divine. We might be decent, but decent won't save us. Only the divine, the truly righteous, make it past the grave and into glory. Thank God grace is freely given and the price for our sin was paid by Jesus. While I "blew it," he renewed it!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Tired Words

Ever wonder what editors consider over-used or tired words? Check out this post on the White Rose Publishing Blog.

Editors have a list of words they prefer not to see at all, prefer to see as little as possible, or prefer to be spelled or used only in certain ways. At White Rose, our current list is fluid, simply because sometimes, the wrong word can be used the right way.

A few of the throwaway phrases I tend to eye with suspicion, and then edit out (or not):

A lot of
To tell the truth
Going to go
Along with the fact
Of all people
Anything but
What on earth
In the first place
In order to
In particular
I’ve got to (and its buddies - We’ve got to, You’ve got to)

Read the rest at White Rose!

Monday, April 05, 2010

Who Caught Jerry?


Jerry Jenkins has a wonderful anecdote on his blog today.

Here's an excerpt--

Wednesdays On Writing

The Arm in the Night


When I was a child, one of the highlights of my week was playing tag in the parking lot after church on Sunday nights. We kids would burst from the tiny sanctuary and race between the cars. I was under strict orders not to run in church or move a muscle until the final Amen.

One Sunday evening found our family sitting near the back, with me closest to the door. When the service was over I strode to the foyer, bounded down the steps, and shot through the door into pitch darkness. No one else was even close. I took a hard left and sprinted with all my might toward the parking lot.

Suddenly I was stopped in my tracks by what felt like a huge arm at my waist. I felt like a cartoon character who’d hit a railing. My hands and feet flew out ahead of me. I stopped with a jolt.

I squinted until my eyes became accustomed to the light … and realized I was standing at the edge of a ten-foot hole. Alone.


Pop over to his blog to read the rest.

Friday, April 02, 2010

The Meaning of Holy Week


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April 2, 2010


VERSE:
Now as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve
disciples aside and said to them, "We are going up to Jerusalem,
and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and the
teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will turn
him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On
the third day he will be raised to life!"
-- Matthew 20:17-19



THOUGHT:
One thing the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) make clear,
Jesus' death on the cross was no accident. Jesus knew the challenge
that awaited him in Jerusalem and he walked into it to deliver us
from the same fate. If only we will face our challenges with a
faith that God will lead us to triumph beyond our pain!