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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Sitting in church this morning the idea hit me that I should change my writer's phrase from

"Writing with faith, hope and love"

to

"Writing with faith and hope, about love"

What do you think?

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Something cool for a rainy Saturday--check out this virtual tour of Rome in 320 BC over at Paperback Writer.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Great entry on the ACFW blog-- writers and taxes.



Your Writing, Your Business

Posted on March 23, 2012 by ACFW


by Danica Favorite

One of the things I teach in my Taxes for Writers class is that the IRS is going to look at your business as a business, and many writers need to work on making their writing business more business-like. Yes, I know, writers tend to be more creative and would rather spend their time deciding if their heroine’s horse should be named Petunia or Patience. But we need to remember that our writing is a business.

Here are three simple things you can do to make your writing business more business-like:

1. Write a business plan.

Those who have worked in the corporate world know that a business plan can be pretty complicated. But writers can do something more simple. For example, what are your writing goals for the year? Maybe you can’t control how many contracts you get, but you can control how many books you write, what you do to market your books, and how many queries you send out each year. Write these goals down and use them as a guide for your writing business.

2. Set a schedule for your writing and stick to it.

A business owner would never hire an employee to work whenever he or she felt like it. The same should go for your writing business. Commit to times when you will write and put it in your schedule. You’d never dream of missing work because your aunt Trudy wanted to go to lunch, so don’t skimp on your writing time, either. Keep track of your writing time and schedule. Some writers do this in a spreadsheet, and there are also a lot of great time-tracking software programs out there. Not only will it help prove to the IRS that you have a business, but it also will help you see where you’re spending your time and how you can use it more efficiently.

3. Keep good records.

Read the rest here.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Why Finish Books?

Interesting article. Do you finish every book you read?

Why Finish Books?
Tim Parks

“Sir—” remarked Samuel Johnson with droll incredulity to someone too eager to know whether he had finished a certain book—“Sir, do you read books through?” Well, do we? Right through to the end? And if we do, are we the suckers Johnson supposed one must be to make a habit of finishing books?

Schopenhauer, who thought and wrote a great deal about reading, is on Johnson’s side. Life is “too short for bad books” and “a few pages” should be quite enough, he claims, for “a provisional estimate of an author’s productions.” After which it is perfectly okay to bail out if you’re not convinced.

But I’m not really interested in how we deal with bad books. It seems obvious that any serious reader will have learned long ago how much time to give a book before choosing to shut it.

Read more here.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

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March 11, 2012


VERSE:
For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.
-- 1 Corinthians 3:11



THOUGHT:
There is only one foundation on which the Church and the Christian life can be built. That foundation is Jesus Christ (cf. 1 Peter 2:4-7; Ephesians 2:20). He is the one whom God sent to save us (John 3:16). He is the "way, the truth, and the life," the only way to God (John 14:6). The Lord Jesus Christ is the name above all names, the name at which every knee will bow (Philippians 2:5-11).

His is the only name by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12). Let's take time today to specifically honor Jesus as Lord with our hearts, our words, and our actions.