"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen

9/16/14

Me...and Picture Books

Most of you know I changed my writing focus at the beginning of this year - to writing (actually more learning how to write) children's picture books. I am, and have been, participating in several opportunities to learn and develop my skill in this area this year, from classes to Facebook groups to organizations and more.

I've got a post about my journey to where I am now featured at one of them - Julie Hedlund's 12  x 12 - which challenges folks to write 12 picture book drafts in 2014. Hope you'll stop by and find out a bit about what got me here!

 
My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer. Psalm 45:1

9/9/14

Beach Time!

Even though Michigan is surrounded by natural lakes, they are not the only option. My kids and I took a late-summer trip to a manmade lake - right in the city of Grand Rapids.

The Barn Door

I'm over at the Midwest blog Barn Door today, sharing a bit about our time at this fun location we tried for the first, but most definitely not the last, time. I hope you will stop by and see more about our Day at Millennium Park Beach.



My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer. Psalm 45:1

9/5/14

Why?

Why is a common question from kids - AND adults. We want to understand the reason for things - it's natural.

Sometimes those why questions can be tougher than others. Sometimes, we expect a certain result, and get the opposite. And we want to know why.



I'm over at Internet Cafe Devotions today, talking about just that - and how it relates to an Old Testament matriarch, contentment, and being satisfied WITHOUT the answers. Hope you'll stop by and learn about His answer to a commonly asked question: if all is well, Lord, why am I like this?

 
My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer. Psalm 45:1

8/10/14

Pride...and Humility

Things don't always work out the way we think - even if we are doing good things for the Lord. And sometimes, this can be frustrating and confusing. There are several reasons for this - but one that perhaps you haven't considered.


I'm over at the devotional blog Jewels of Encouragement today, talking a bit about it. Hope you'll stop by and see my theory about it - related to Pride and Humility.


My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer. Psalm 45:1

8/9/14

Best! Vacation! Ever!




With just a few weeks left until school starts, it's fun to look back on the highlights of the season. For our family, our vacation "up north" was definitely one of them.

The Barn Door

I'm over at the Midwest blog The Barn Door today, sharing a few thoughts - and more than a few pictures - from our four-day vacation. Stop by and see my family as we enjoy things on, under, around, and near The Bridge

 
My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer. Psalm 45:1

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