I Want To Be Wise!

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Proverbs 10: 19

When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable. But he who restrains his lips is wise.

Wow. I love this verse.  Many words equals an unavoidable transgression but he who restrains his lips is wise.

I want to be wise.

It may not be the only thing we need to do become more wise, but it’s a good start. Thanks to social media, there’s way too many words out there in the universe. I can’t tell you how many times I’ll read something on social media and my first response will be to write something that won’t be so kind or useful. I’ll even write the post, but most of the time, I’ll delete it before I actually post it.

The times I don’t I usually wish I had.

For some reason we think we have to tell the world how to live, what’s right and wrong, how to feel or not feel. The list can go on and on. But a better choice is to restrain or lips–and our fingers!

God Bless & Good Reading!

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Writer of the Day–Gail Kittleson

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Gail Kittleson is my Writer of the Day. Gail writes from northern Iowa, where she and her husband of forty-one years enjoy grandchildren, gardening, traveling and historical research. After instructing college writing and English as a Second Language, Gail wrote a memoir. Then the World War II bug big her . . . hard! Seven novels later, she’s still hopelessly addicted to this riveting era. Her women’s fiction honors Greatest Generation characters who made a difference despite great odds. Gail’s second love, teaching, has her facilitating workshops and retreats, where she cheers others’ creativity.  You can connect with Gail at http://www.gailkittleson.com or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/GailKittlesonAuthor.

She’s here today to talk about her new book-UNTIL THEN. But first, she shares how the book came to be.

Creativity in Wartime

Madeline L’Engle wrote that when we create, we co-create with Spirit or our muse and also with the recipient. We weave seeds of our imagination into our artistic work and hope they take root, flourish, and touch or change our readers.

My D-Day release Until Then (after the World War II song), features a real WWII nurse/heroine. Dorothy Woebbeking grew up down the street from the Sullivan brothers in Waterloo, IA. The Woebbeking children played with the five Sullivan boys, who all enlisted in the Navy. Like many from rural Iowa, three of Dorothy’s brothers also enlisted in the Army or Marine. And so did Dorothy.

I think she would like this tea bag message I read the other day.

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.

Milton Berle, a comedian in the fifties and sixties, said this. Other versions exist, but this one, short and sweet, fits Dorothy’s modus operandi.

So often in the dangerous trek of the Eleventh Evacuation Hospital across North Africa, through the Invasion of Sicily, up the boot of Italy, northward through France and into Germany, opportunity failed to knock. But Dorothy and others built doors everywhere they went.

They suffered from terrible heat, torrential rain, snowstorms, and enemy fire. A ruthless enemy that didn’t mind aiming at the white cross clearly exposed on hospital tents. But these incredibly faithful workers determined to use every ounce of their expertise to save wounded GIs—or to stay with them through the throes of death.

Someone recently asked me why I wrote this book. Well, Dorothy’s real-life story gripped me, and so did another one. At about the time Dorothy deployed, the worst civilian tragedy of the war occurred in a poor London borough, a horrific loss of life that would affect the community for decades.

Verbalizing our pain helps at times like this, but the war department ordered survivors to keep silent, lest that bugger Hitler hear and think he’d gained the upper hand against the populace. This added suffering—being forbidden to talk about your lost loved ones—is understandable, but so difficult to grasp.

And so Until Then took shape. I’d never tied together two such divergent stories, but the more I wrote, the more I loved them both. I hope readers do, too!

 

Thanks, Gail, for sharing how the story came to be. Here’s the book cover–front and back.

AMAZON LINK

 

Thanks, Gail for being my Writer of the Day today! It looks like an intriguing book.

GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

A Writer’s Life–Part 5

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A writer’s best friend–or maybe not!

I like to focus on the positive but everything in a writer’s life is not always positive. So, what do you think a writer’s best friend is? Certainly (at least for me) one of my best friends is my computer. There are days when I spend more time with my computer than with my husband! OK, that might be a slight exaggeration, but not by much.

There are a few writers out there that write everyone out in long hand, but I’m not one of them. I’m not sure I could create a story that way. Believe me, I’m not even going to try.

So why do I call the computer my BFF? I create stories on it, of course. But that’s just the beginning. I keep track of all my covers, my promos, my contracts, my royalties and other tax information on my computer. Another thing I use the computer for is to set up my blog tours when one of my books is released. I have a special calendar program I use for that.

So I have two books releasing this year–The David Years and Trapped. So as you can imagine, I’ve been busy putting together my blog tours and the info for the blog tours. Anyway…my computer hasn’t been acting all that friendly to me lately so I thought I’d do a refresh on it. I chose the option that said it wouldn’t affect my files.

But guess what?

It did affect my files. Especially the calendar files showing who’s blog I’d be visiting and on what day as well as the information for that specific blog. After a few moments of panic, I remembered I have everything backed up. Whew…I could breathe again–or so I thought! After a week of trying to get the program to work right, I gave up.

So, now I’m in the process of trying to recreate the calendar by going back through my emails. It’s working but it’s a slow process.

The computer may still my bestie–but I’m not going to trust it quite the way I did before it betrayed me.

And such is the writer’s life!

GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

PS.  Here’s the covers for my upcoming releases.

A Writer’s Life–Part 4

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God created me to be a writer, really?

How presumptuous of me to believe that God actually created me to be a writer, right? In Part 3, I talked about two of my reasons that makes me believe God did indeed create me to be a writer. Both of those reasons were based on my childhood, but I have another reason to believe that I’ll share with you today.

You may or may not know that I was diagnosed with bilateral brain tumors in 2012. They were benign in the sense that they were non-cancerous but they were not benign in the sense that they were harmless. They have wreaked havoc on my life and my health in all sorts of ways! But that story’s for another day. Today, I want to talk about how my brain tumors answered the question on whether God really wants me to be a writer or not.

During some of my worst days of my brain tumor journey, I could barely function. Most of my days during that time were spent sitting in a chair or laying down without bothering to get dressed. I had extreme fatigue as well as not being able to concentrate–at all! I had “brain fog” or as I like to call it–wonky brain! But…for years it had been my practice to write everyday, if at all possible. So even though I felt horrible, I would climb up my steps–yes I said climb–because my balance was too bad to walk up them. I would sit down at my computer and then something amazing would happen. The brain fog would melt away and I could write. Sometimes it would only be for ten minutes but I was actually able to write coherently and add to my current manuscript. Then the brain fog would descend once again and I’d be done for the day.

And, in fact, most of my more than 20 novels have been written after my diagnosis of bilateral brain tumors.  I still have brain fog, memory issues, and fatigue–all things that affect my writing as well as my life. But God is so good and blesses me by allowing me to continue to write–something I love to do!

And that’s why I believe God really did create me to be a writer!

How about you? What do you think God created you to do?

GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

 

A Writer’s Life–Part 3

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I didn’t choose to become a writer…

I didn’t choose to become a writer–I was born a writer, even though I didn’t write my first word in a novel until I was 40!  You heard me right–40 years old, practically over the hill. But still I believe I was born to write.  For two reasons.

The first is that I love books–always have and always will. The Orthodox Jews have a tradition that if they drop a book, they will pick it up and kiss it–in case the name of God is in that book. I have that same sort of reverence for most books. There may be a few that don’t deserve it, but I’m not here to talk about those.

Probably from kindergarten on, I love to read.  Nothing was more exciting to me than the weekly trip to the library except maybe when I was allowed to buy a book from the Scholastic Reader. Then it was serious business. It was so hard to choose, but eventually I would. When my family would go on fishing or camping trips, I could be found sitting on a rock or in the car and reading. Yes, I read under the covers, in the dark,  and in the car.

So my love of books is the first reason I believe I was born to become a writer but not the only one. Lots of people love books as much as I do and never become a writer. Though some of them probably would love to write, but don’t know it yet! Just like me.

The second reason is a bit stranger than the first. At least it might be for you, but it never seemed odd  to me. It was simply a part of me. I always created stories even as a young child. Barbie and Ken had quite the life not to mention The Potato Family. But my imagination didn’t stop with my toys that I acted out the stories with.  I called it daydreaming back then, but now I realize I was actually creating stories. My daydreaming didn’t stop as childhood ended and adulthood began.

I would daydream as I drove to work, when I was relaxing, or most any other time or place. Unfortunately, I was 40 before it occurred to me that my daydreams had a purpose. And that purpose was that they were the stories I should be writing down to create novels. My daydreams were the books I was supposed to write!

My first book took me almost a year to write. I didn’t tell anyone I was writing a book because it seemed absurd that little old me could ever become a “real writer.” During that year I got bit my the writing bug. I fell in love with not only creating a story that only I could write, but with writing it in the best possible way. So if you ask me how I became a writer, I would tell you God created me to be a writer.  I believe that all that reading and imagining were the first steps in me becoming a writer. I don’t think I chose to become a writer. Instead I was born a writer–it simply took me forty years to start putting my stories on paper or should I say on a computer!

I have a third reason but I’ll share that story in Part 4 of a Writer’s Life.

How about you? What were you born to do?

God Bless & Good Reading!

A Writer’s Life–Part 2

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Busy! Busy! Busy!

 

There just aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything that a writer needs to do! That’s a true enough statement, but don’t get the wrong idea. I do not spend all of my day sitting in front of a computer, writing and doing other writerly-type things. I could but I choose not to. These days I usually work 2-3 hours–period! So that time needs to be used wisely.

So here’s a partial list of things I need to do on a regular basis:

Write NEW stories

Edit and polish stories that I want to submit

Edit and polish stories that I will indie-pub

Create covers for indie-pubbed stories

Create marketing plan for latest release or an upcoming release

Answer or send emails to other writers for a variety of reasons

Create posts to share on my blogs (Tiaras & Tennis Shoes and Devotions from Puzzle House)

Create posts to share on other people’s blogs

Write devotions for Devotions from Puzzle House as well as for other sites

Read books! Writers need to read books not just write them.

Social media to connect with other writers and readers

 

So there you have it! And I’m sure if I wanted to sit here and think, I’d come up with several more tasks to add to the list. As you can imagine, my favorite task is writing new stories and editing and polishing stories to be submitted or indie-pubbed. But the other tasks can’t be ignored either. So you see, I really could spend hours and hours at the computer but I don’t. First because my health won’t allow it, but even more important is the fact that spending time with family and friends is just as important!

God Bless & Good Reading!

 

 

REVIEW: The 49th Mystic by Ted Dekker

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The story feature a young girl (17) named Rachelle. Rachelle finds herself caught between two worlds–Earth and Other Earth. When she sleeps in one of the worlds, she awakes to find herself in the other world. Are they merely dreams or two different realities?

When Rachelle wakes up in Other Earth, (a place she’s never been before) she discovers she’s more than just a girl–she’s The 49th Mystic. Thus begins her spiritual journey that will cross over between both her worlds–Earth and Other Earth. Her actions in one world has consequences in both worlds. As with any spiritual journey it’s not an easy thing. She has enemies in both worlds who want her to fail. And they are willing to do anything to make sure she fails–even if they have to kill her.

This book is definitely what I call a modern-day parable. What’s a parable? An earthly story with a heavenly message. There are many spiritual truths that are demonstrated in this book. However, if you just want an exciting story that will keep you turning the pages, this book fits the bill for that as well. Dekker had done a wonderful job crafting a story that can be enjoyed by all. Whether you choose to embrace the spiritual message or only enjoy the earthly story, this book is definitely worth your time.

The 49th Mystic is on my short list to read again!