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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Scripts

Scriptwriting and novels go hand in hand, or so it seems. A couple of my favorite blogs are hosting posts on writing screenplays. If you want the skinny on Show, Don't Tell, these are the blogs to read!

Sandra Leesmith on Seekerville
Leslie Ann Sartor on Five Scribes

Amazing stuff!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

New Writers Group

I just returned from a wonderful meeting of the Front Range Christian Fiction Writers (FRCFW). The group discussed becoming an official chapter of ACFW, but decided to wait on the final decision, choosing instead to remain simply a structured group for Christians writing fiction.

Members will be supported in every area of their writing needs:
  • writing tips
  • guest speakers
  • brainstorming sessions
  • booksignings
  • fellowship
  • Anything else that comes up : )

We meet the fourth (4th) Saturday of the month at the Barnes & Noble in Centerra Shopping Center, Loveland, CO 10:00 am - noon.

Saturday, November 22, Carol Steward will be the guest speaker giving us tips on Characterization. She will speak from 10:00am-noon, then at 1:00 pm, Barnes & Noble is hosting a booksigning for her. Please come if your schedule allows!

Check back for more information and schedules!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Interesting Discussions. . .

Hi All!

Have you visited the Five Scribes blog http://fivescribes.blogspot.com/? Take a peek on the current conversation on tattoos. Quite the interesting topic : )

And check out The Seekers blog http://seekerville.blogspot.com/. Susan Sleeman shares her *Call* moment. Had me drooling : )

If you want the current scoop on contests and Asian gourmet [grin], visit Camy's Loft http://camys-loft.blogspot.com/. Camy has her third book in the Sushi series out, Single Sashimi, and it's a winner! A review will be posted here soon!

That's all for now. Visit again soon : )

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Discerning Minds Want to Know

In support of my commitment to return to writing, I glanced through my writing books to spend a couple hours reigniting excitment. Like most writers, I have quite a library of titles.

Writing the Breakout Novel, by Donald Maass?
Techniques of the Selling Writer, by Dwight Swain?
GMC by Debra Dixon?

These three books, among many more, are truly inspirational works guaranteed to get the creative juices flowing. No writing reference section is complete without them. Instead, since afterall this is a Sunday afternoon, I turned to a more inspirational source.

Write His Answer, by Marlene Bagnull

Write His Answer gives thought to why we write. In short, concise, informative chapters, Ms Bagnull opens her own writing journey to the world, filled with all the pitfalls and detours we all experience in life. She made herself vulnerable to me, and in return, I completed the exercise sections at the end of each chapter with humiliating honesty. Though I haven't read the book in its entirety, I do see a lot of wisdom in her words effecting my life.

First and foremost, I'm forced to admit, I'm fragmented. I grant the same importance to so many voices, prioritizing is impossible. So often I give up in frustration before I even sit down before the computer screen. How do I know I've been called to write? I know I've been called to write because deep down the desire burns unceasingly.

Well, fine. But how do you know what to write? The answer is in James Chapter 1:

5 If you need wisdom--if you want to know what God wants you to do--ask Him and He will gladly tell you. He will not resent your asking.

Silly me, I've always known that! That verse leaves you with warm, fuzzy feelings knowing God will answer prayer. . .it's the next verse that made me sit up and pay attention as I planned on asking God for his guidance.

6 But when you ask Him, be sure that you really expect Him to answer, for a doutful mind is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.

Since my childhood, I've known God answers prayer. Maybe not as I'd like, but He answers. I must unceasingly pray that I hear His answer when He gives it. But wait, that's not all. . .

7 People like that should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 They can't make up their minds. They waver back and forth in everything they do.

Ouch!! That's me, the flag waving in the wind. Is this what God wants?...no, no, this is what God wants...is this the story You want me to tell?...hmm, how about this one?...wait, this one is so timely...

All around the bush I chase, never stopping to taste the berries God has blessed me with.

There is a silver lining in my story of indecision. Before I stopped my study time, I opened my Bible to a Psalm where I often find comfort. Psalm 32 remains a strong influence in my life, but one verse left a deep groove in my brain:

"The Lord says, "I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you." Psalm 32:8

This afternoon, I found peace. I know the road ahead of me is rocky and full of pitfalls, but the Lord is guiding me if I but ask and listen.

Stay tuned, I'll let you know how it goes. . .better yet, how about if you come along? In God's kingdom, there's always room for more.

Blessings in Jesus' name,
-audra

Saturday, October 11, 2008

MIA for a season

Hmm, I have this perfectly great blog space and rarely use it. Now, that's just not right : )

Recently, I've been going through some soul searching. Am I on the right track with my writing? Am I being selfish in demanding time to devote to my passion at the expense of my family? Is my being an author on God's radar?

Tough questions, even tougher to actually face.

So, I set out on a journey of self-discovery, of sorts. A temporary job opportunity plopped itself on my lap offering to let me be a fill-in secretary for our 4-H organization. Now, if you know me at all, I love 4-H and can spend an entire blog itself on just that topic. But that's not my mission today, so you'll have to tune in again : )

The challenges of being in the workplace again were very stimulating. I had tasks to perform under deadline, the public to greet with constant humor, and generally easing back into the working world. I loved my days, but I came home exhausted.

Too exhausted to write.

This concerned me. How was I to do God's bidding, if indeed He intended to make me a published author, if I didn't write? I prayed, but didn't hear an answer.

Four months later, our regular secretary decided to retire, so I was offered the position permanently. Talk about a bizarre mix of excitement and apprehension! Lord, what will You have me do??

Again, silence on the line.

Well, I accepted the position and focused on being the best Administrative Assistant I could be. I learned a lot. I worked a lot. I laughed a lot.

I didn't really try to wedge writing into my already full life -- oh did I mention my husband owns a Painting company for which I continue to also secretary for, and we have two teenagers, one graduated this last May and is in college? My prayer life filled to capacity. I neglected my writing duties. I felt badly, but you know what? I also found out who my friends were.

Take a moment and visit Seekerville http://seekerville.blogspot.com and meet 14 of the most giving ladies to ever create a blog (I'm the 15th, hee). Fine advice and humor abound with the ladies of Seekerville and I find myself most fortunate they love me even when I go MIA.

Then, mosey on over to the Five Scribes home http://fivescribes.blogspot.com and meet the ladies who also love me as they sprinkle words of wisdom across blog pages about the Ups and Downs of the writing world. Leslie Ann, Donnell, Theresa, Kerri-Leigh and MIA-me, do our best to shed light on fiction and screenwriting across genres.

Both blogs are exceptional and vividly illuminate the trials and triumphs of the writer's life.

Anyway, along this journey, God did speak to my heart and He did assure me I had something to write about. Who am I to argue when He graciously provides the story??

So, now I've respoken my marriage vows to God and my writing. I promise Just In Time will no long remain stagnant. I've too many thoughts and book reviews to share. Come back again, and often, and share moral support whenever the good Lord moves you : )

Blessing to you all!!!
-audra