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Unwritten-Encourage The Journey

No matter what we are doing in life there are struggles. Mondays will be our day to talk about what was left unwritten last week---and then offer encouragement for the following week.
And if everything from your previous week was written—let’s celebrate!



Well. It's almost here. Christmas day. I don't know about you guys, but I spent my week getting ready for Christmas. I'm not a big shopping fan, so I went a little later at night. We really haven't run into any terrible crowds. I got some giveaway books mailed out. That's about it for my week. Oh, but I did bake some oatmeal raisin cookies..from scratch. I've never done that before. So I liked my week. How about you?
This week will be doing a little more to prepare for Christmas, but hope to get some writing done as well!!

Unwritten-Encourage The Journey

No matter what we are doing in life there are struggles. Mondays will be our day to talk about what was left unwritten last week---and then offer encouragement for the following week.
And if everything from your previous week was written—let’s celebrate!



Well last week was certainly interesting. And encouraging! I was encouraged greatly by my editor who bought a 3 book series from me! The Richness of Faith series will be out in 2013 and 2014. So yes, I was encouraged last week! Now this week I need to be encouraged to write. :) How about you? What encouraged you last week? Were you an encouragement to anyone?

Thank God It's Friday--Literally!-

T.G.I.F. We've all seen it and heard it a million times. We'll devote Friday's to telling the world what we're thanking God for!


Today I'm extremely thankful for computers, the internet and email. They have sped up the process of so many things. There are a couple of bank accounts I handle at my job that I do by hand--writing the checks and such--it's fine because we don't do a lot with those accounts, but I can't imagine running a full business on a ledger.

How about you? What are you thankful for today?

Unwritten-Encourage The Journey

No matter what we are doing in life there are struggles. Mondays will be our day to talk about what was left unwritten last week---and then offer encouragement for the following week.
And if everything from your previous week was written—let’s celebrate!


Well, last week was a busy week! I did manage to get some writing done, more critiquing done, more reviewing done and we had the absolutely most fun with Ciara Knight and her Did I Notice Your Book blog hop!

So, I'm thrilled with last week. How about you?

Sunday Psalm

Psalm 45:1
My heart is overflowing with a good theme;
I recite my composition concerning the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.

Thank God It's Friday--Literally!-Sharpies!

T.G.I.F. We've all seen it and heard it a million times. We'll devote Friday's to telling the world what we're thanking God for!


Thanksgiving isn't the only time of the year to be thankful, right? 'They' say thankful people are happier people. Hmmm. Sounds good, doesn't it?

There was a guy on a radio station here the Friday after Thanksgiving asking people what they were thankful for. He said the 'big ticket items, family, health, jobs, and such' were a given, so he wanted the 'other' things people were thankful for. There were a lot of great calls--people being thankful for everything from Chick-Fil-A honey-bbq sauce to WI-FI. Fun stuff.

So, in the same vein, I'm going with it. :)

I'm thankful for different colored Sharpies. All the colors make put me in a great mood and I feel pretty motivated to work when I get to jot notes with the Sharpies. (No comments on what that REALLY says about me.)

How about you? What non-big-ticket ite…

Did I Notice Your Book

With all the new tools out there to monitor book sales and blurbs mentioned about their books, I’m going to highlight a new book each week. I’ll post it in the morning. If by the end of the day that author finds her book on this post I want her or him to tell us how they discovered it; word of mouth through the close network of writers, a Yahoo group mention, or through some new-fangled Google tool.

Now, how will I choose this book each week? It will be a book that caught my attention. As a reader, I will keep an eye out for something that either provoked me to read the blurb, look at the author’s blog, or purchase said book.

Before I reveal my choice I want to clarify that this author has no idea that I’ve chosen his/her book.

The book I've chosen is: The Perfect Rose by Felecia Rogers




Abandoned by his wife and left to raise a child alone, Caleb Reed falls short of the ideal work-from-home dad. He needs a woman to help him, in every sense of the word. At the suggestion of a friend, C…

The 5 Word Challenge=$5 Amazon Card

Anyone up for a challenge today? We're keeping it short and simple. Just a little exercise in learning to be concise. I know at times I need it!

So, in the comment section post a 5 word sentence to describe your favorite aspect of decorating for Christmas.


Pre-lit tree means less work. :)


Certain ornaments bring fond memories.


Now it's your turn!
(To be entered into the drawing you need to post your
comment by midnight EST today, November 30th.)


Oh, and make sure you tune in tomorrow--special post!! Fun post!! You'll love it!!

That Was Then, This Is Now--Nessie The Cat

I haven't always read the same type of book-watched the same type of movies--listened to the same type of music. Back in the day, in the 70's I only read historical romance novels. That's it. Until a friend of mine introduced me to Dean Koontz, John Saul and other thriller writers. After working my way through thrillers then I started reading women's fiction--then I started writing. Now I write contemporary christian romance novels. The Rolling Stones and Aerosmith lived in my 8-track player--now David Crowder tops my list of favorite music.But things from my past have shaped who I am today. So we are going to look at 2 somethings. Books-movies-music. The first will be the Here and Now. The second--we'll see what Father Time brings forth and from what era he brings it forth from.

Here we go!

Okay--we're not going back so many years today. We're only going back three.





Meet Nessie. My cat. My crazy, I-wanna-grab-your-ankle-but-sleep-right-next-to-you-every-nigh…

Unwritten-Encourage The Journey

No matter what we are doing in life there are struggles. Mondays will be our day to talk about what was left unwritten last week---and then offer encouragement for the following week.
And if everything from your previous week was written—let’s celebrate!



Hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving week. That in itself should be an encouragement! But really, shouldn't we have the Thanksgiving/Christmas mindset all year? We have so much to be thankful for on a daily basis--and the spirit of Jesus being born lives in our hearts every day!
This week I'm going to work on a proposal, a one page synopsis, and two blurbs! I need prayer! :)
How about you? What are you working on?

Sunday Psalm

Psalm 61:1

Hear my cry, O God;
Attend to my prayer.
From the end of the earth I shall cry to You.
When my heart is overwhelmed;
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.


I love knowing God is so much bigger than my situations. :)

Thank God It's Friday--Literally!-

T.G.I.F. We've all seen it and heard it a million times. We'll devote Friday's to telling the world what we're thanking God for!

I remember Alex commenting last week he was thankful he had a 3 day work week. Well, I'm at the day job today. But I'm thankful for the job. And I'm thankful I get to see the family tomorrow--it's our Thanksgiving dinner with the family we didn't see yesterday.
Here's a glimpse of some of them!

Thanksgiving

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

We have been blessed so much by our Lord---let's make sure we are a blessing to someone else.

Winner-5 Word Challenge=$5 Amazon Card

Congratulations--- Arlee!!

Last week we played the 5 Word=$5 Amazon card. Arlee played and won. Check back next week to play another round--see if you can win!

(Winners picked randomly.)

Unwritten-Encourage The Journey

No matter what we are doing in life there are struggles. Mondays will be our day to talk about what was left unwritten last week---and then offer encouragement for the following week.
And if everything from your previous week was written—let’s celebrate!



Confession time! I left a whole lot 'unwritten' last week. Only added a small word count to my manuscript, but I did critique chapters for a writing friend. And I saw the midnight showing of Breaking Dawn--which led to no morning writing time Friday morn.

So, how about you? Are you in the 'written' category for last week, or are you like me, in the 'unwritten?'

Sunday Psalm

Psalm 27:1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?

Thank God It's Friday--Literally!-

T.G.I.F. We've all seen it and heard it a million times. We'll devote Friday's to telling the world what we're thanking God for!

First off I'm thanking Him for my grandchildren! What cute fun!



There are so many things to be thankful for on a daily basis. What are you thankful for today?

Let's Give Them Somebody To Talk About-Christy Lashea

We all know people who have worked hard writing, who have finished manuscripts, who have taken classes, joined groups and have diligently pursued this publishing avenue. And we all know they are about 2 seconds away from getting that first contract otherwise known as 'The Call.'

Today our Somebody is---------------------------



Christy Lashea!

I met Christy at a GRW meeting. I firmly believe the meeting was orchestrated by God. I wasn't sitting where I usually sit, in the front of the room and I heard someone ask her what genre she wrote. She said inspirational and they led her over to me and introduced her. We've been fast friends ever since. This girl has a ton of talent and I can't wait for everyone to read the words she pens. I asked Christy a few questions.


Lindi: What genre(s) do you write?
Christy: Most of my manuscripts have been contemporary romance. However, my current work in progress is a historical romance set in 1903. I enjoy reading historical romance be…

The 5 Word Challenge=$5 Amazon Card

Anyone up for a challenge today? We're keeping it short and simple. Just a little exercise in learning to be concise. I know at times I need it!

So, in the comment section post a 5 word sentence to describe your favorite kind of day.

I'll go first:

Cloudy, cool and soft breezes.
Or maybe---Pizza and cookies for lunch.

Wanna try?

If you post a 5 word answer in the comment section your name will be in the drawing for a $5 amazon card.
Rules-
1. You must post a 5 word answer
2. You must post your email address--in that undetectable format ex: belindapeterson at tds dot net--you know how it goes.
3. You must post your answer before 8:00 A.M. EST--Thursday, Nov 17th.

Winner will be announced next Wednesday. If you are that winner a $5 amazon card will be sent to you email.

Have fun!!

That Was Then, This Is Now--The Jeans They Are A Changin'

I haven't always read the same type of book-watched the same type of movies--listened to the same type of music. Back in the day, in the 70's I only read historical romance novels. That's it. Until a friend of mine introduced me to Dean Koontz, John Saul and other thriller writers. After working my way through thrillers then I started reading women's fiction--then I started writing. Now I write contemporary christian romance novels. The Rolling Stones and Aerosmith lived in my 8-track player--now David Crowder tops my list of favorite music.But things from my past have shaped who I am today. So we are going to look at 2 somethings. Books-movies-music. The first will be the Here and Now. The second--we'll see what Father Time brings forth and from what era he brings it forth from.

Here we go!





Today we're deviating a bit. (don't you love the word deviate?) We're going with a little fashion here-and-now/flashback. How about jeans?
Skinny jeans are all the r…

Unwritten-Encourage The Journey

No matter what we are doing in life there are struggles. Mondays will be our day to talk about what was left unwritten last week---and then offer encouragement for the following week.
And if everything from your previous week was written—let’s celebrate!



I know a lot of you are in the midst of NANOWRIMO--I chose not to participate as I knew what I had on my calendar. This past week I stayed with my grandchildren while their parents were vacationing. What a treat! I love hanging with the little ones, 6 and 3.


Aren't they precious!!


Since I usually write early morning, my early mornings were spent fixing breakfast and getting the kiddos ready. I loved it!!

But this week, it's back to the grind. :)

What about you? How do you adjust at having your schedule take a turn?


I'm posting about how I prepare to write a novel on F.A.I.T.H. today. Check it out! ):

Sunday Psalm

Psalm 16:7
I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel; my heart also instructs me in the night seasons.

Thank God It's Friday--Literally!

T.G.I.F. We've all seen it and heard it a million times. We'll devote Friday's to telling the world what we're thanking God for!





I would be remiss if I did not thank God for my son this week as it's his birthday! Happy 25th Alex! I love you.

Let's Give Them Somebody To Talk About-Dianna Shuford

We all know people who have worked hard writing, who have finished manuscripts, who have taken classes, joined groups and have diligently pursued this publishing avenue. And we all know they are about 2 seconds away from getting that first contract otherwise known as 'The Call.'

Today our Somebody is---------------------------





Dianna Shuford



I asked Dianna a few questions.

Lindi-- What genre(s) do you write?
Dianna---I primarily write Inspirational Romantic-Suspense and Speculative/Paranormal. I do have story ideas across genres, but I haven’t had the time to explore them. Working full time, running our family business and writing makes it necessary to focus on how to make the best use of the time I have for writing.

Lindi----How long have you been writing?
Dianna----The earliest I can remember writing is in middle school. I had poetry published in middle school and in high school. I discovered then that there is nothing like seeing your words, thoughts, w…

That Was Then, This Is Now-David Crowder & The Rolling Stones

I haven't always read the same type of book-watched the same type of movies--listened to the same type of music. Back in the day, in the 70's I only read historical romance novels. That's it. Until a friend of mine introduced me to Dean Koontz, John Saul and other thriller writers. After working my way through thrillers then I started reading women's fiction--then I started writing. Now I write contemporary christian romance novels. The Rolling Stones and Aerosmith lived in my 8-track player--now David Crowder tops my list of favorite music.But things from my past have shaped who I am today. So we are going to look at 2 somethings. Books-movies-music. The first will be the Here and Now. The second--we'll see what Father Time brings forth and from what era he brings it forth from.

Here we go!



Thought I'd go the music route this week as I did see the David Crowder Band last Saturday night. Amazing. This band has spoken to me so much about God and who He is than any…

Unwritten-Encourage The Journey

No matter what we are doing in life there are struggles. Mondays will be our day to talk about what was left unwritten last week---and then offer encouragement for the following week.
And if everything from your previous week was written—let’s celebrate!



As far as the writing week, I didn't get much done, but I did get something done every day. A step in the right direction for sure! I also managed to get my blog hooked up with Twitterfeed--still working on the FB part of that. Dinner with my mom again--nice!!

How about you? Encouraged? Discouraged? Let's work it out!

Sunday Psalm

Psalm 96:9

Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. Tremble before Him, all the earth.

NKJV

Thank God It's Friday--Literally! David Crowder Band

T.G.I.F. We've all seen it and heard it a million times. We'll devote Friday's to telling the world what we're thanking God for!



















This week I'm giving a special shout out for David Crowder!! The David Crowder* Band will be here in the ATL tomorrow night and you know I'll be there. David and the band have made awesome music. My fav band!!! I'm so excited--so, yes, I'm thankful for David Crowder and his obedience to God!! His talent glorifies God--and gives me music I love to listen to.

Let's Give Them Somebody To Talk About-Melanie LeGrand

We all know people who have worked hard writing, who have finished manuscripts, who have taken classes, joined groups and have diligently pursued this publishing avenue. And we all know they are about 2 seconds away from getting that first contract otherwise known as 'The Call.'

Today our Somebody is---------------------------

Melanie LeGrand








1) What Genre to you write?

I tend to cross barriers in the area of genre. I am drawn to the drama and intensity of relationships in Women’s Fiction. It’s also important to me to include inspiration throughout my story, whether it is subtle or more involved and based on a specific Bible verse. Most of the books I recommend to others are stories that made me feel as though I took part in an uplifting experience along the way. Last but not least, I enjoy the challenge of portraying a romance in the making. Although it can be difficult to include all three of these elements in one story, it makes for a more enjoyable writing experience and journ…

That Was Then, This Is Now

I'm 50. I haven't always read the same type of book-watched the same type of movies--listened to the same type of music. Back in the day, in the 70's I only read historical romance novels. That's it. Until a friend of mine introduced me to Dean Koontz, John Saul and other thriller writers. After working my way through thrillers then I started reading women's fiction--then I started writing. Now I write contemporary christian romance novels. The Rolling Stones and Aerosmith lived in my 8-track player--now David Crowder tops my list of favorite music.But things from my past have shaped who I am today. So we are going to look at 2 somethings. Books-movies-music. The first will be the Here and Now. The second--we'll see what Father Time brings forth and from what era he brings it forth from.

Here we go!



Young girls (and older ones, but we won't go there now!) are fascinated by the Twilight series. Yes, I'll admit to being a fan. The movie, Breaking Dawn, boo…

Unwritten-Encourage The Journey

No matter what we are doing in life there are struggles. Mondays will be our day to talk about what was left unwritten last week---and then offer encouragement for the following week.
And if everything from your previous week was written—let’s celebrate!




Not a good novel writing week last week--but I did critiquing, which I love! Our small church has started a book club with some ladies and it was awesome. And I got to visit with my mom one night--so I liked my week, just wished I had more words added to the count.
But--in those few words I wrote I found a really fun, new angle to my story. It's added some much needed punch!


Oh--and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

Sunday Psalm

Psalm 91:1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.



This verse is comforting!!

Thank God It's Friday--Literally!

T.G.I.F. We've all seen it and heard it a million times. We'll devote Friday's to telling the world what we're thanking God for!



I'd like to make a special shout out to my critique partner Missy Tippens.



Here we are at the Atlanta RWA Golden Heart ceremony in 2006 when she was a finalist!






Missy has been a major encourager in my life--writing and otherwise! She's always on the ready to answer a question or read something. I'm so thankful she's my critique partner.

How about you? What are you thankful for this week?

Let's Give Them Somebody To Talk About-Walt Mussell

We all know people who have worked hard writing, who have finished manuscripts, who have taken classes, joined groups and have diligently pursued this publishing avenue. And we all know they are about 2 seconds away from getting that first contract otherwise known as 'The Call.'

Today our Somebody is---------------------------




Walt Mussell


Walt has written an amazing novel titled The Samurai's Heart. I've had the pleasure of reading it, and let me just say it's an amazing journey!
(This is a respost of from the F.A.I.T.H. blog, but Walt is such a great guy and this book is so awesome, I wanted him over here as well!--and this feature was perfect!!)

Lindi: Tell us a little about your manuscript.

Walt: My manuscript is the first of a trilogy set in 16th century Japan. However, though there will be characters and a plot line that runs through all three books, a reader won’t need to have read one book to be able to understand the next one.


The first story, the one that won…

Where Were You Wednesday

Remember when?
Where were you when?
Oh, I was.....
And I remember right after that......

Do those phrases sound familiar? I bet they do. We've all said them. We'll say them again today. Because today is Where Were You Wednesday. Below is an event.....tell where you were and what you were doing when you heard the news. Or in this case--heard the song!

My Heart Will Go On was released on Celine Dion's 1997 album Let's Talk About Love. It debuted #1 on Billboards Top 100, sold over 15 million copies and not only was the best selling single of 1998, but one of the best selling singles of all time.

Of course we can't help but think of the movie Titanic while thinking of the song, right?


I remember hearing the song on the radio over and over and over again. I remember loving the song! I also remember hearing it was a song that became a popular funeral song.
Oh, the tears!!

How about you? What was going on in your life while this song was popular?

Photo courtesy of Google Images.

That Was Then, This Is Now

I'm 50. I haven't always read the same type of book-watched the same type of movies--listened to the same type of music. Back in the day, in the 70's I only read historical romance novels. That's it. Until a friend of mine introduced me to Dean Koontz, John Saul and other thriller writers. After working my way through thrillers then I started reading women's fiction--then I started writing. Now I write contemporary christian romance novels. The Rolling Stones and Aerosmith lived in my 8-track player--now David Crowder tops my list of favorite music.But things from my past have shaped who I am today. So we are going to look at 2 somethings. Books-movies-music. The first will be the Here and Now. The second--we'll see what Father Time brings forth and from what era he brings it forth from.

Here we go!




I love a good Gothic Romance--Love them. Always have. And Jennifer St. Giles writes some amazing ones.
Mistress of Trevelyan is the first book in the Trevelyan Series…
No matter what we are doing in life there are struggles. Mondays will be our day to talk about what was left unwritten last week---and then offer encouragement for the following week.
And if everything from your previous week was written—let’s celebrate!


Confession time! Last week was terrible. My main writing time is the morning time. I slept 'late' everyday and got less than 500 words written all week. :( Not a good week. I think I'm floundering in my story anyway, which isn't helping.
On the up-side I have been helping a couple of people with their stories--which has encouraged me this week---I enjoy reading others work.

How about you? Written? Unwritten?

Sunday Psalm

Okay--we know how cool last Sunday's Psalm was. :)

Psalm 86:12 I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever.

Thank God It's Friday--Literally!

T.G.I.F. We've all seen it and heard it a million times. We'll devote Friday's to telling the world what we're thanking God for!

Last week I decided to list 3 blogging friends. Then it so happened my friend Ciara Knight had tagged me for a Pay It Forward Blogfest. Ha! And I already had my 3 bloggers posted. Loved that! God is good.


Today I'm going to spotlight a couple more blogs.




The F.A.I.T.H. Girls. Yes, that's me in the picture as well. We started this blog in January of 2007. These ladies are so special and wonderful. They been encouraging and faithful in friendship and helping me grow as a person, a writer, and a follower of Jesus. I love them!





Seekerville Okay-if you know anything about Christian writing or writers these ladies nor their blog need any introduction. They have made a great name in Seekerville. The photo doesn't show all the Seekerville ladies, but all the Seekerville ladies are AWESOME! I have learned so much from their blog. If you…

Let's Give Them Somebody To Talk About-Mindy Obenhaus