Writing contest — deadline in two days!

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Writing contest — deadline in two days!

First Annual Summer Writing Contest

Write2Ignite! is pleased to announce the First Annual Summer Writing Contest

The winner will receive:

    • a tote bag of goodies especially selected for writers

    • announcement of the winner’s name and story title on the Write2Ignite! website

    • an interview with the winner posted on the Write2Ignite! website

    • recognition at the 2015 Write2Ignite! Conference


For Submission Guidelines and more info –  http://write2ignite.com/writing-contest/

Long time…

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It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I’m terrible at blogging. Obviously.

I’ve been focusing on my health again. I’ve started walking at least a mile a day (day 7 today!) and have been upping my intake of daily water (cut out all soft drinks, day 6!).

I’m also in waiting mode for a lot of writing related things.

What’s going on with y’all?

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

“To love at all…

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My heart hurts for the families and communities in Kansas City. It was a senseless crime. And it was crime that originated in a heart filled with hate. If you haven’t seen the news, you can see the story here: http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/14/us/kansas-jewish-center-shooting/

Thus, this my reply:


Winter can’t stop Spring from blooming
anymore than fear can stop Love from living.

There’s a Light that breaks darkness.
There’s a Truth that stops hatred.
There’s a Love that is second to none.

There’s a Peace in the chaos.
There’s a Hope in the waiting.
There’s a Joy that can’t be undone.

And Night can’t stop Day from dawning
Anymore than hatred can stop Love from winning.

I should get an award or something

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Not sure why scientists are so ga-ga over figuring out what black holes really are. I’ve already done that. And I know how they are formed.

Revisions = black holes

Revisions are formed when first drafts become second drafts, third drafts, fourth drafts, etc. An endless loop of deletions and additions that suck the writer in further and further.

There. I’ve solved the mystery folks. Sheldon would be proud.

Deadline extended!

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Do you know someone who wants to attend Write2Ignite! 2014, but he or she missed the deadline? Good news for them! It’s not too late to register.


We’ve had several requests since March 15, to extend the deadline. So, we did. Spread the word to any writing buddies who might like to join us. We are accepting registrations through Midnight, Sunday, March 23, 2014.


Inspire, Educate, Facilitate. That’s what we seek to do at Write2Ignite!


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I wrote a picture book over a year ago.

I love it.

But it has never felt “right” to me.

I’ve revised countless times. My kids are tired of hearing me read it outloud. And my critique partners are ready to put it to bed.

But still… it felt like something was wrong. I didn’t have peace about it. I had the opportunity to submit it somewhere, but I couldn’t. It just wasn’t right.

The other day, my hubby said something about a different picture book – but I disagreed with him about it. I still do.

BUT… he got me to thinking. And then I did something I never thought to do with the picture book that just doesn’t feel right.

My MC was a boy, now the MC is a girl.

I wrote the story thinking all the things he was doing were “boyish” things. And yes, they were. But in this case, they are TOM-BOYISH things! And the flow is much better, at least to my ears. The opening and ending images work SO much better. And the relationship between the MC and others sounds natural, where as before it sounded fabricated and out of place.

Even though I’ve suggested this very thing to others for their characters, I never thought to do it to mine in this particular story.

After I made the change, I was finally able to cut down on the word count even more, use more vivid adjectives in the opening scene and find just the right words for the closing scene.

Have you ever had this happen?



Making Space During Lent Physically — Through Fasting

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Donna Earnhardt:

Some great words and thoughts to ponder during this Lenten Season. Thank you for this, @Jan Brittain!

Originally posted on Bible 365:

Text: Matthew 6:16-18

The season of Lent – that 40 days of preparation and penitence leading to Easter– has begun. In Matthew 6, Jesus himself taught about the practices that have become the traditional disciplines of this season. In the previous blog entry, we considered what he said there about prayer. Today, let’s take a look at the practice of fasting. It is worth noting that Jesus uses the word “when” rather than “if” in referring to all three practices. Jesus assumes that the faithful will pray, fast and give. His teaching concerns how we do those things. When we fast —( and no matter how we have come to interpret it through the years, no doubt, Jesus was referring to giving up food in some way) — we make space in our physical beings. We feel the space by feeling the hunger. That space enables us to pause and…

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Dr. Seuss’ Birthday + School Visit = GREAT DAY!

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Yesterday was Read Across America Day and the day schools celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday… and I had such a fabulous day! I had the opportunity to visit Mineral Springs Elementary School and share Being Frank with Pre-K through 2nd grade students! Big thanks to Jerry Ethridge for the pics below!

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I’m NOT Dead

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Really. I’m not dead. I just ate a piece of cake. I’ve just been AWOL from blogging for a while.

I’ve been held prisoner by the Dust Bunny regime in my home. They declared war because I’ve started back with my FlyLady routine. The bunnies claim I am “messing with the natural order” of things and insisted I leave their habitat alone.

We’ve come to an understanding, We are naming it the Spring Spruce Truce ’14.

I will let them live as long as I can’t see them. But if they start being a nuisance? Let’s just will meet my little friend, Dust Mop.

I am happy to say that I’ve been getting a bit of writing and subbing done this week. I also have a school visit to Mineral Springs Elementary School (Ellerbe, NC) on Monday, March 3.

I will try to blog more. But no promises. I can’t be held responsible if the bunny regime kidnaps me again.

(On the bright side, they did let me bring my laptop. They seem to like facebook and twitter. I think it’s because they can watch a lot of cat videos on FB and then make fun of them on twitter!)