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My First Festival of Faith and Writing

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I’ve wanted to attend the Festival of Faith & Writing since I first heard about it a decade or more ago. In 2014, I was dying to go sit at the feet of Anne Lamott and Susan E. Isaacs, but a flight from Memphis … Continue reading

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Do What You Do, Be What You Are

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Milestone: I no longer feel weird calling myself a writer. Even out loud. To strangers. Even when they follow up with, “Oh, what do you write?” and my response is “I have a blog” (though I can now add “…and … Continue reading

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Purpose and Plotlines

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My life has a superb cast, but I can’t figure out the plot. – Ashleigh Brilliant Every fall, my pop-culture Bible Entertainment Weekly devotes an issue to the new TV season. As I read the 2014 edition a few months … Continue reading

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Why I’m (Sometimes) Afraid To Write

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With November only a few days away, I’m hearing a lot of buzz about NaNoWriMo. My only attempt at NaNo was in 2008. It was a stressful experience, and by mid-month I was too far behind to finish in time, … Continue reading

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Week of Silence

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My writing class is participating in a “Week of Silence” social media fast to help us quiet our minds, listen for our own voice and God’s voice… all that writerly stuff. We’re supposed to be sort of meditative in general. … Continue reading

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Owning It

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Two friends and I are about halfway through reading and discussing Anything by Jennie Allen. If you haven’t read it, it’s the story of how she and her family arrived at a point of telling God they would do anything … Continue reading

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Reach and Release

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(The current prompt for my writing class is reach and release. I’m not sure if the following is the direction we were supposed to take, but it’s what came out.) I am a chronic reacher. If I feel a sense … Continue reading

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The Story Begins

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About a month ago, my friend Esther tweeted me a link to an online writing course in which she had just enrolled. I think you should sign up with me, she said. It was called Story 101, a ten-week writing … Continue reading

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A One Word Update of Sorts

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When I chose Focus as my One Word for 2013, I intended to post about it monthly-ish to keep me accountable. Since I’m doing a pretty poor job of Focusing, I’ve procrastinated on the updates. It’s hard to be accountable … Continue reading

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Friday Links and More

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Some of these links and topics are a little old, but I still want to share them!   ♥ The Lizzie Bennet Diaries rule. Even if you’re not a huge Pride & Prejudice fan, it’s worth getting into just from … Continue reading

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