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Journey into the Lives of Women, One Story at a Time

Archive for November 2010

You Have My Sympathy. . . Not

The beginning stages of a novel are often the most fun.   Restrictions and limitations?  Fuhgeddaboudit.  This is the time when a book assumes mythic proportions in the author’s mind.  If not the best book ever written, this will be the best book the author has ever written, each sentence perfectly constructed, each scene building on the…

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Come Ye Thankful People Come

“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was thank you, that would be enough.”  ~Meister Eckhart  “We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”  ~Thornton Wilder  “On Thanksgiving Day, we acknowledge our dependence.” ~William Jennings Bryan “Feeling gratitude and not expressing…

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Conversations With The Dead–Flying Kites in Guatemala

I had the good fortune to visit Guatemala in early 2009, an unusual journey since I’d written about the political struggles in Guatemala in my novel Endless Chain, the second book of my Shenandoah Album series, but had never visited the country.  Although only the back story took place in Guatemala, I found it strange to…

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Love Finds You–An Interview With Author Serena B. Miller

**Congratulations to Paula, commenter #2, whose number was chosen at random.org and will now receive an autographed copy of Love Finds You in Sugarcreek, Ohio.  Thanks to everyone who “chatted” here with Serena while the giveaway was in progress. Some years ago I received an email from another minister’s wife, an aspiring author.  She wanted…

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Jumping Off the Merry-Go-Round

There I was reading Everyday Foods magazine while my granddaughter chattered beside me.  “I get this at home,” I told my son-in-law, “but I haven’t had time to read it in a year.”  There was a silence, then he said, “You know, something’s wrong with that, Mom.” Indeed there is. 

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The Places We Leave Behind

I’ve been lucky, although for a long time I didn’t notice.  While I am clearly a small town/rooted for generations/never need to move kind of woman, I have only lived in one small town, where we had no family ties.  We moved on after six years.  I am married to a minister, and moving comes…

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Which Comes First, The Novel or the Title

While I’m out of town visiting family and waiting for the arrival of the new grandchild, I thought I’d share a blog I wrote for Fresh Fiction in June of 2009.  A search tells me it never appeared here, so enjoy now.  I’ll be back with new blogs next week. Which comes first, the novel…

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Digging for Gold In My Own Backyard

Since I’m traveling today, I thought you might enjoy a blog I wrote last fall for Suzanne Beecher who runs “Dear Reader” book clubs online.  Suzanne’s book clubs are a great way to have book excerpts sent directly to you each weekday, in a genre you choose. For the record, and a year later, I did NOT…

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