December 5th is the last freebie day! Be sure you download your copy of my new book today.  If you don’t manage to get it downloaded today, you can always pay the $4.99 and get it tomorrow.  Here’s the link.

Self publishing is about as much work as I imagined.  It is much more jumping through hoops than I thought it would be.  That being said, they warned me about upcoming hoops in time for me to trip on them.  LOL!

Blessings to all of you.  Keep reading, keep writing, be kind.



I looked out the window several times this morning hoping to see a beautiful sunrise. It didn’t happen. Too many clouds crowded in between me and the horizon. A few clouds can add interest to a sunrise. Dirt in the atmosphere adds a glow. This morning–nothing! At least, that’s what I thought for a moment.

Then, God said, “So, you think because you didn’t see the sun rise, it didn’t happen? I set the sun in motion eons ago. I had this sunrise planned long before you were born. Trust me. The sun rose just fine this morning–and completely without your help or input.”

Ouch. Of course it did. How very blessed I am to serve the God who hung all the stars in place and knitted me together inside my mother’s womb. He orders my steps. He prepares a way before me in the presence of my enemies. Even if I have to walk through a shadowy valley, he is there to comfort and protect me. Blessed be the name of the Lord, my rock and my fortress!

Blessings to you and yours, too!

Happy Thanksgiving!


Your words of the week:

  1. gratitude: more than just being thankful, it implies giving back
  2. bounty: large amounts of good things
  3. family: people who share a strong connection and usually blood ties
  4. providence: the protection of God, wisdom, timely preparation for future needs
  5. sagacity: (Yes, I used this one in March.) canny, wise, intelligent, understanding, good judgement


A Place to Belong

It is finally published.  I can’t believe it is really done.  Yes, I have published a book on Kindle.  (A Place to Belong)

Is there anyone out there more surprised than me?

Now, off to write book 2 in the series. . . .

Your words for the week are

crazy: insane

wonderful: can’t believe it’s done!

amazing: see wonderful

nap: a necessary reprieve for writers who stay up too late

job: something writers do to support themselves



Isaiah 40:31




Maybe I should add “Politics”

I hate it when people intentionally misunderstand in order to cause dissention.  For example, I defended a friend and co-worker’s right to marry a woman who is not the same race as he is. A second student took offense at my question of, “Why is that a problem?” The second child’s parent raised quite a stink.  I was disciplined.  Why must I stifle my opinions simply because not everyone shares my viewpoint?  I ask you, “Is there anything wrong with people of two different races marrying?”  I can find no Biblical instruction about marrying outside your race.  I found, “Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness?”  Nothing there about red and yellow, black and white. (We are all still precious in His sight.)

Don’t vote for Hillary because she’s a woman.  If you want to vote for her because you like her political views, that’s awesome.  Vote your heart, not her gender.

Don’t vote for Donald because he’s a man.  If you want to vote for him because you like his political views, that’s awesome.  Vote your heart, not his gender.

Never vote for anyone based on a demographic variable that they neither chose nor have the power to change.  Vote for him/her because you believe his/her viewpoint is good for humanity, or for Christianity, or for America.  Vote. Your. Heart.

Words for the week:

  1. integrity: honesty, consistency, wholeness
  2. responsibility: duty or control
  3. invent: to create something new
  4. innovate: to change an existing product or system to make it better (or worse, depending on your viewpoint)
  5. encourage:  to infuse courage into someone or a situation



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Too blessed to be stressed

Except the holidays are coming up.  I’m glad I’m done with my Christmas shopping.

I met with an agent over the weekend.  I need to send her 25 pages and a summary.  Two of my daughters are turning into awesome writers. My meager talents pale in comparison.

Just made some homemade bread.  It is awesome with the strawberry jelly I made a few weeks ago.

I’m down 14 pounds since the middle of June.  I’ve hit a small plateau, but I know that I’m going to lose much more.  It is only a matter of time.

I’m starting a walking club at school.  If you’d like to donate a prize to the first kid (or to one of the first several kids) to walk 100 miles, I’d love to partner with you.  Contest starts Monday!

Staying busy, but I know you are, too.

Your words for the week (or month or so) are:

  1.  capricious:  fickle, temperamental, volatile
  2. enigma:  puzzle, mysterious, difficult to figure out
  3. curiosity: strong desire to understand or figure out
  4. anticipation:  excitement or suspense, looking forward to something.
  5. anguish:  severe mental or physical pain


Be blessed!


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A Little Bit Busy

So, I got a part time job this summer.  I asked for 10 to 15 hours a week but they gave me 30 or more.  When school started, I filled out the paperwork again requesting 15 hours or less.  I’m scheduled for 23 hours this week. I’m not complaining–they’ll pay me for every hour.  I’m a little busy; I’m also teaching school and I have 3 preps, 7-8 grade technology engineering, robotics, and 6th grade intro to technology.

I volunteer at church and try to write/re-write/edit at least an hour a day.  If you think I’m ignoring you and not adequately appreciating you as a friend, I apologize.  These are only excuses.  I know several people who make me look lazy in comparison.

The good news is that I’m trying to get a book ready to publish.  Pray for me.  I’m behind on my self-imposed schedule.

God is good.

Your words for this week are honor, integrity, fidelity, credible, and magnanimous.

1.  Honor:  privilege, glory, credit

2.  Integrity:  strong and high moral values

3.  Fidelity:  faithfulness.  This can be to a cause or another person, or a belief.

4.  Credible:  believable

5.  Magnanimous:  generous with money or forgiveness especially to one who is weaker or less powerful.




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When people ask . . .

How have you been?  Most who ask that question are waiting to let you know how they’ve been or what they’ve been doing.  So, I ask, “How have you been?”  and “What have you been doing?”  You’re right!  I want to tell you what’s new in my life.

  1. I now have an LLC.  I was told I needed one to protect me and my rights as a published author.
  2. I now have a copyright!  That part was easy.  Go to the Secretary of State’s website and pay your $35.  Upload your work.  When you’re filling out the necessary forms, read the instructions on each page.  Many times you simply click one box and it fills in everything for you.
  3. Hopefully, my debut novel,  A PLACE TO BELONG, will be available on Amazon/Kindle later this summer.  It is in the hands of beta readers now.
  4. Thank you so much for walking with me in this adventure I call life.  (Okay, I admit it.  You’ve been there all along.  That isn’t new–I do have a new appreciation for you, though.)
  5. One more new thing.  It will go away soon, I hope.  The strap on my computer bag unclicked itself Saturday morning as I was walking into St. Luke’s UMC for the monthly meeting of Oklahoma City Writers, Inc.  The bag with computer, iPad, binders, and extra paraphernalia slid from my shoulder and crashed.  The corner of the bag landed on my foot.   The Bible says that your mouth is directly attached to your heart.  (From the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.)  My heart must be absolutely empty.  I didn’t say a word.  I couldn’t.  Yesterday, five days later, I noticed a bruise on top of my foot.  There is a matching bruise on the bottom of my foot.  I’ll bet it goes all the way through.  It’s about 2″ in diameter.  I wonder if anything was broken.  Hurts to walk on it, but not badly enough that I can’t ignore it.

What’s new with you?

Here’s your words for the week.

  1. imprecation:  A curse, spoken.  He spewed his imprecations at my rapidly retreating back.
  2. gelid: really cold.  It can describe winter, winds, comments . . .  His gelid reply caused me to blink in surprise.
  3. grimoire:  a book of spells or incantations, chants, charms, hexes, mumbo-jumbo.  A grand grimoire would be all of a witch’s spells.
  4. magnanimous:  very generous or giving, very forgiving especially when you’re forgiving someone who is not capable of restitution.  Jesus magnanimously forgives my sins.
  5. deleterious:  harmful or causing damage, really bad.  That child has a deleterious impact on the children in his neighborhood.



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