Awards, Encouragement, NEWS

We Did it Again!

God is so very good. On Friday, I learned that Rose’s Redemption made the Finals of the 2019 Selah Awards! Meghan’s Choice did last year. It’s such an honor to make the finals because the Selah Award is very prestigious.

A contest of the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers’ Conference (BRMCWC), (one of the largest Christian Writers’ conferences in the country), the Selah Awards are given to the best published works from the year previous. Last year, because Meghan’s Choice was published in 2017, it made the 2018 finals.

So, we’re thrilled to have made the finals in the Western Fiction category, just as Meghan’s Choice did last year. I love entering the Selah Awards because I’m not traditionally published and I don’t have “best-seller” status. The Selahs don’t require that as some other contests do.

The awards will be given out on Wednesday, May 22nd. That’s some time to wait, but we’re very happy about it. Our third western novel, Hannah’s Hope is about halfway through the first draft. We hope to release it later this year. Stay tuned.

Both Meghan’s Choice and Rose’s Redemption are available from Amazon. Here are the links if you’d like to check them out.

Meghan’s Choice paperback:        Meghan’s Choice Kindle:

Rose’s Redemption 

Emotion, Inspirational

Rejection Issues Revised — Part I

Instead of re-blogging a short series from four years ago, I’m revising it—because this issue is too important to me, and others. I also have more healing and understanding than I did four years ago.

How do you take criticism? Does it feel like a stab wound or a cut? @donnalhsmith @a3writers #amwriting #rejectionissues #rejectionsymptoms #rejectionhope TWEETABLE

Continue reading “Rejection Issues Revised — Part I”

Blogging, Encouragement, Inspirational, Spiritual Growth

Happy BLOG Birthday—Part 6

This post is the last blog birthday post for this year. I’ve had fun revisiting some of the highest viewed posts and sharing again some of my personal journey with you. This one from last year on God’s Special Effects.  @donnalhsmith @a3writers #GodsSpecialEffects2018 #amwriting #BLOGbirthdayFeb172014 #fiveyears

I introduced this series last year to discuss something else I’m growing in—and it’s a process—my prophetic gift. It’s not the same as being a psychic. I hear things from God, not in my mind, but in my spirit. Last year Philadelphia Eagles fans were treated to their one and only Super Bowl. In that series, I discuss how God actually, sorta, “told” me they’d win. Or did He?

Here’s the link to Part 2 of God’s Special Effects from February of last year.

Have a blessed day! @donnalhsmith @#GodsSpecialEffects2018 #amwriting #BLOGbirthdayFeb172014 #fiveyears

Blogging, Encouragement, Inspirational

Happy BLOG Birthday—Part 5

Today, I’m going to post from my series two years ago on APD. It stands for Avoidance Personality Disorder, and although I was never formally diagnosed, I exhibited or felt most of the signs. Otherwise known as Root of Rejection or Rejection Syndrome, I had this from before birth—having the personality type more affected by being adopted. @donnalhsmith @a3writers #APD #RejectionIssues #HealedandAcceptedNow #amwriting #BLOGbirthdayFeb172014 #fiveyears

I could have chosen a couple others dealing with my APD—much of the worst hurt was when I was a girl. The “fickle” friend and I have reconnected on Facebook, and it’s been fun. As children, we do things to hurt others, albeit UN-intentionally. Which I know was the case for her.

You may not enjoy reading about my emotional pain, but just because I remember it, doesn’t mean I’m not healed from it—because I am. Soon, I’m going to start sharing HOW to get healed. It’s a process—it will fit in well with the purpose of this blog.

So here’s the link to an APD post from two years ago—the first time I started writing about rejection and actually having the courage (anyone with rejection issues will know why courage means so much) to publish those posts.

Have a blessed day! @donnalhsmith @a3writers #APD #RejectionIssues #HealedandAcceptedNow #amwriting #BLOGbirthdayFeb172014 #fiveyears

Blogging, Writing Resources

Happy BLOG Birthday—Part 4

The all-time highest views of any post is part of the series I did on Formatting and Submitting Your Manuscript. I took Jerry Jenkins’ Christian Writers’ Guild, and I’d purchased so many wonderful writing resources, that when I started this blog, I wanted to share them. #amwriting #BLOGbirthdayFeb172014 #fiveyears @donnalhsmith @a3writers

This post is from February 12, 2015. The title is: Writing Resource: Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript, and it gives you basic guidelines. Here’s the link.

Thanks for taking this trip down memory lane with me. #amwriting #BLOGbirthdayFeb172014 #fiveyears @donnalhsmith @a3writers

Spiritual Growth

Happy BLOG Birthday—Part 3

I looked at some statistics yesterday. WordPress is excellent at showing me how many visitors and views are in a day, week, month, or year. It also shows me where people are from, and if they searched, how they found me. #amwriting #BLOGbirthdayFeb172014 #fiveyears @donnalhsmith @a3writers

Today, I’ll share the blog post that holds the record for most views in a day. In 2015, I wrote about a strange rejection I had for Meghan’s Choice in a contest. It was called “Please Get Your Facts Straight.” Everyone agrees with me, when I tell this story, that it is possibly the weirdest rejection they’d ever heard of.

Here’s the Re-blog of it that still gets views today. If you’re a writer, and you have a weirder story than this for a rejection story, I’d like to hear it. Leave a comment and let me know.

Meghan’s Choice is published and made the finals of two contests last year. So, I have come a long way. I feel pretty good about where I’m at. #amwriting #BLOGbirthdayFeb172014 #fiveyears @donnalhsmith @a3writers

Blogging, Encouragement, Inspirational, Writing

Happy BLOG Birthday—Part 2

It’s funny. I couldn’t think of a thing to blog about, but a little thought crossed my mind. How long have I been doing this blog? I remembered starting it toward the beginning of 2014. And I wanted to talk about the process of writing a novel and getting it published. #amwriting #BLOGbirthdayFeb172014 #fiveyears @donnalhsmith @a3writers

I can hardly believe that next week will be the fifth anniversary of this blog! For the rest of the month of February, I’ll be sharing about the blog, plus some of the highest viewed posts and my thoughts about them.

Here’s the second post I published on this blog. It’s entitled “A Rose by any Other Name.”

I’ve come a L-O-N-G way, baby! #amwriting #BLOGbirthdayFeb172014 #fiveyears @donnalhsmith @a3writers