Friday, February 22, 2013

Writing Fears

     Do you have writing fears? I do, and if you are honest, you probably do, too. My fears come and go, but they are always with me. When I try to put those fears into words I stumble through, but recently I read a post, on a blog I follow, which described my fears, and gave me encouragement for the journey. This week I want to share this with you. 

     Look around the site, you’ll find some great writing info. The site is: 



Saturday, February 16, 2013

I'm Sold on the Kindle

   About a year ago, I downloaded the free Kindle app to my personal computer. I wasn’t sold on e-books and didn’t know how much I would use it. In fact, I wrote an earlier post on my uncertainty about e-books, which generated some discussion.

  To my surprise, I have been using the Kindle more than I imagined. I also find that I read faster.

  A few months ago, I started using a smartphone, in which I also downloaded the Kindle app. I didn’t think I would use it much because of the size, but I do. I can enlarge the type enough to make it comfortably readable and I use it at home, even though I have my PC available.

  In a few days, I am going to use some gift cards I have and purchase a Kindle Fire. I’ll let you know in a future post how I like it.

Do you have an e-reader? How has it worked for you? Let me know what you think, especially if you have a Kindle Fire.

Friday, February 8, 2013

A Romantic Read


     Valentine’s Day is approaching and what could be more appealing than a compilation of thirty-eight Christian romance stories to warm the heart.
     The book, I Choose You, published by OakTara, is such a collection. A colleague of mine, Dicky To, has written a short story which is included in the book.
     Here is a teaser to his story, "A Kiss on Michigan Avenue," a little info about Dicky and the link to Amazon for more information. Enjoy!

Rachel Wellington finds herself falling in love with Jacob Peterson. At a lavish party, she misunderstands Jacob has a girlfriend. Things become worse when she thinks that he and his girlfriend mock her looks. Enraged, Rachel leaves the party. When Jacob expresses his love to her, will Rachel accept him?
No matter how we look outwardly, the thing God cares about is our heart. Inner beauty is of far more important than outward beauty.

I Choose You on Amazon

Dicky To has published a Christian romance short story in Harpstring Magazine. He has also completed a romance radio series based on the lives of the Biblical patriarchs for Christ to the World Ministries. He is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. His blog focuses on the Christian faith.

Friday, February 1, 2013

A Remembrance and Write-to-Publish 2013

           Almost twenty years ago, when I decided to try freelance writing, I attended an American Christian Writers' Conference. They were held at locations around the country for one or two days. I attended one near Chicago until the organization ceased meeting in the area. The conferences were organized by a wonderful couple, Reg and Eleonore Forder. In December it was announced that Eleonore, called by many, the "First Lady" of writers conferences, had cancer. The disease was at an advanced stage and no treatment was given. It was announced, a little over a week ago, that she had passed away.

            I wanted to share just a short remembrance of the woman who always was at the registration and book store table with a smile and a welcome. At that time I didn’t know many people, and being an introvert, it was good to see a friendly face. Thanks, Eleonore for helping me to feel comfortable in the conference scene. Prayers to her husband, Reg, who will continue to lead the conferences.

            Now, I have the opportunity to welcome and help conference attendees at the Write-to-Publish Conference held every June at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. New information is now up on the website for 2013, with more to come this weekend.