Another Day – Another Tooth

It seems to me that this is the year of my teeth. I had one extracted in April, then a slice of jawbone shaved, because I was still having pain. In June, I had a root canal done. Last week, I went to a new dentist and a new endodontist. The new Endo poked and prodded and found some sort of “blood pocket” and cleared it out. Since then, I’ve had very little pain. #dentalpain #dentalwork

Of course, the tooth that started it all decided it had had enough of chewing. I called it my “crevice” tooth, because it had a canyon that went below the gum line. Over the weekend, and especially Sunday night, it gave me horrific pain.

Anyway, that tooth has now been extracted. The year of the dental work is continuing. Who knows how long it will go? Sorry I don’t have a better post for you today. I count my blessings though. A missionary friend is suffering from recurring malaria and pneumonia on the mission field in Guyana. #dentalpain #dentalwork

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Writers’ Conference Prep 101––Part I

DiAnn Mills & I at ACFW 2014

A writer friend of mine recently returned from a her first major writers’ conference. She had a great time, and learned a lot. She’d done most of the things she needed to do to prepare, except for one important thing she didn’t realize. That’s the topic for today. Traditional publishers and even agents require a finished manuscript before consideration of first-time authors. Click to Tweet #amwriting #conferenceprep101 #finishyourmanuscript

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Please enjoy the Archives this Week

Sorry about this. I’m getting a root canal done today (Monday) at the last minute, so to speak. There was a cancellation. I’ve had pain for seven weeks. So, please forgive my lack of a new Tuesday post this week. If I feel good enough tomorrow (Tuesday), I’ll do a Wednesday post. If not, so sorry.

Please enjoy the archives. Thank you for stopping this blog. Blessings on your day.

Writing Scintillating Scenes––Part X

Big scenes. They are important to your story and will drive it along. How do you write a big scene? Is it a small focus, but vital to the story? A big scene may have only two characters interacting as part of a larger event, such as a wedding or funeral. Or a big scene could have many characters interacting together. Big scenes are important, whether the focus is large or small. Click to Tweet #amwriting #scintillatingscenes

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Writing Scintillating Scenes––Part VIII

When writing your first draft, it’s more important to get the story out. Once that’s done, you’ll want to go back and add detail, character responses, and insert any needed description. That’s the importance of revision. Learn to balance your scenes with activity and character response. Click to Tweet #amwriting #scintillatingscenes

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APD Part XII––A Measure of Healing

I said goodbye to the “corporate” world and entered a two-year Bible school certificate program through our church. It changed my life and taught me so many things. A trip halfway across the country brought me a large measure of healing. How did I know? I was tested in it. The only way to know if you’re healed from rejection is to be tested. Click to Tweet #amwriting #rejection #APD

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