Tangible Travel

This is a great moment, when you see, however distant, the goal of your wandering. The thing which has been living in your imagination suddenly become part of the tangible world. It matters not how many ranges, rivers or parching dusty ways may lie between you it is yours now for ever. ~ Freya Stark, nineteenth century explorer and travel writer

Today I’m officially rolling out my Tangible Travel website and blog. I’d love for you to check it out and offer your feedback!

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Published in: on October 24, 2012 at 2:42 pm  Comments (2)  

Getting Discovered

Thanks to gettingdiscovered.net for featuring me on today’s blog! Check out this site for lots of fresh talent in music, writing and art.

Published in: on January 17, 2011 at 10:57 pm  Leave a Comment  

An Uncommon Crusade is available in the UK

That about sums it up. Woot! 🙂 Check it out here.

Published in: on January 12, 2011 at 4:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

Meet my writer’s group

My writing buddy, Travis Erwin, introduces the group at his blog “One Word, One Rung, One Day.” I love meeting with this diverse bunch around my dining table on Monday evenings. And after you visit Travis’s site, you’re probably going to want to stick around for more rip-roaring fun.

Published in: on May 14, 2010 at 6:38 am  Leave a Comment  

The Audio Book

All right, so my publisher has asked that I consider voicing the audio book for Children of Light. How cool is that? I need to send a voice sample, and then we’ll decide if it works or not. I’m open to the idea, of course, but mostly I want the voice to sound professional and be right for the story. I’ve done a few radio spots and have been encouraged to find a voice agent, but still . . .

There’s also the question of whether a woman’s voice is the best choice. Sure, I have a female protagonist. But there are two male protagonists and a number of battle scenes. Can I pull it off?

If you’re a writer, would you voice your own audio book? Or would you want the publisher to hire a pro?

Published in: on April 10, 2010 at 11:03 am  Comments (2)  

The Writer’s Soul

I’m not quite sure what is intrinsically soul-satisfying for me about hiking for miles across windswept ranch lands, through canyons or over mountains while simultaneously trying to avoid cacti, rattlesnakes, bulls, bears and lightning storms. But whatever it is, it works.

Today I hiked 9 miles with 10 other women on a ranch 30 miles east of the New Mexico state line. Down ranch roads, past windmills, across pastureland. High-stepping over yucca and cow patties. Sipping cool, sweet water pumped directly out of the Ogallala aquifer. Spending a bit of prayerful one-on-one time with God when our line of hikers stretched out, and I walked alone. Chatting and laughing over all sorts of silliness.

Though I love to write–often yearning to craft a story when the other aspects of my life keep me occupied–sometimes I need a break from all that creative brain work. Need the refreshment of mind, body and soul. Need to be physically worn out in a way that energizes rather than drains.

So, if you write–for that matter, if you follow any passion of your heart–how do you find refreshment from the very thing you love?

Published in: on March 28, 2010 at 8:29 pm  Comments (1)  

For Reals

I’m starting serious edits today based on excellent feedback from my editor, Rachel Davis. I told her recently that I love working with someone who enjoys the story as is, but can envision solutions when needed. She has terrific ideas for tightening the story. Love it!

I also told her that while it’s true authors tend to view their manuscripts with as much affection and possessiveness as a baby from the womb, I’ve learned to wield my editing scissors with cheerful abandon–snipping here, tucking there, adding a bit of trim work right along this edge . . .

It’s all about the story, right?

And I must admit I secretly like the challenge of doing more than I thought I could do.

Published in: on March 19, 2010 at 3:27 pm  Comments (2)  

SuperGuestStar

Drop by writer Ian Healy’s blog for my guest post on showing v. telling. Can you find my typo? (unless he’s fixed it for me by now) :).

Published in: on March 14, 2010 at 11:29 am  Leave a Comment  

Contract!!

I’m excited to say I signed with Written World Communications for my historical novel, CHILDREN OF LIGHT! The book is tentatively scheduled for a November release.

Check back in for more details and more information about the novel.

Published in: on February 24, 2010 at 6:40 pm  Leave a Comment  

Sirius Satellite Radio Interview

I know I’m a little late with this news, but last Tuesday, May 26, I was interviewed on FamilyNet’s “Mornings with Lorri and Larry” Sirius Satellite Radio program. For about another week you can still catch the podcast of my interview, which focused on my humorous parenting column, Bad Mom. Click here to find the podcast link. From there, you’ll need to click on the small pink “itunes” button.

Published in: on June 2, 2009 at 10:04 pm  Leave a Comment