Serving vs. Selling

So many thoughts rummaging around in my head these days, but one that has emerged in some state of cohesiveness to ponder with you all is about marketing. And yet it also isn't. Let me explain. I was reading a fantastic article about marketing by author and writing coach K.M. Weiland recently. (Or, more accurately, I … Continue reading Serving vs. Selling

The Jonah Within

There are few Bible personalities I really connect with. You know: Ruth was so good, and Esther was fearless and beautiful, and Mary was amazing. Paul is hard for me to get my head around, and the disciples, well, they were interesting and funny, but relatable? Well, maybe not so much. But start talking about Jonah, and … Continue reading The Jonah Within

The Weird I Love

Last month was weird. Wild weird. Good weird. The weird I love. Why? It was writers conference time. Ah, the time word scribblers from across the country converge to spend three tumultuous days swarming around a crazy-carpeted venue, wearing our most professional clothes and most uncomfortable shoes. When we stain our hands scribbling notes in classes, … Continue reading The Weird I Love

Along the Back Roads

The woman looking at my paperwork glanced up and verified my hometown. "How'd you get here to South Dakota?" she said, almost in passing. Picturing the miles between where I started and where I ended up, I smiled and said simply, "Via some back roads." Isn't that the case more often than not? How often do we … Continue reading Along the Back Roads

Too Important

I recently sliced the base of my left thumb open. I won't go into the gory details, but I will say it was less than pleasant and definitely beyond the league of Band-Aids. My thumb is currently wrapped, strapped, and taped against my index finger so that I won't move the thumb and open the wound. So, … Continue reading Too Important

One Part Calling, Another Part Compulsion

Not long ago, someone asked why I chose to pursue writing. Responses for how, when, and where came to mind, but why was more elusive. After a moment's consideration, the only way I could describe it was: "It was one part calling, another part compulsion." Eric Liddell, portrayed in the film Chariots of Fire, said, "I believe … Continue reading One Part Calling, Another Part Compulsion

To Outline, Wing It, or Both?

It's said there are two types of writers: those who work methodically off an outline and those who write by the seat of their pants, guiding their characters into the unknown with pen, paper, and intuition their only provisions. Another type that is commonly overlooked is the hybrid. In a world of logical classification, they are … Continue reading To Outline, Wing It, or Both?

No Choice in the Matter

"What made you choose that?" The question made me smile. The gentleman next to me didn't ask it in a rude way. Maybe because I don't seem like someone who'd be interested in the textile mill industry in late-1800s Philadelphia, he genuinely wanted to know why I'd chosen it for the background of my story. … Continue reading No Choice in the Matter

Words from WFTS

For this post, I wanted to share some of the inspiring quotes from the Writing for the Soul conference I had the privilege of attending the weekend before last. There were many great speakers and so many good points, but here are a few quotes that really stood out. "The joy of telling a tale … Continue reading Words from WFTS