I've had several people ask how I do it. How do I come up with these stories? I thought I'd share with you what is currently going through my brain about a new idea. I can get an idea from a sign, from someone else, or from watching television.
Today, I am proud to have a guest on my post. He is a young writer who has only really "published" work for his school teachers. His one piece that was published for more people to view was a winning entry to the South Coast Writers Conference in Gold Beach, Oregon, last February. He won… Continue reading Forging, Theology, and a Mother’s Heart
Many times I am seeing the question, "Tell me about a typical writing day." Or I see posts about how an author is writing so many words in one day. I think, "Yeah, right!" Then I am reminded of NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. I was able to write 50,000 words in one month. How… Continue reading Writing and hobbies
On June 10 school was out! I was so excited. I was going to sit back, write, draw, and enjoy a lazy summer. Well, I didn't take into consideration the effort needed for being an author. My eighteen- and nineteen-year-olds are looking at me and wondering if they really want to be authors now. They… Continue reading What does it take to be an Author?
At the end of March, my book manager said, "Kandi, I think you should get on twitter." My initial reaction was, "Why?" I had actually tried to avoid social media. I downloaded the app onto my iPad and began trying it out. I've learned by trial and error and by watching others. Over the course… Continue reading Lessons Learned from Twitter
Remember the saying, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me"? We'd taunt it back at someone who had said something hurtful. Even the fact that we were saying it shows the fallacy in the idea. We use it to convince ourselves that the words don't hurt. As I went… Continue reading Words–They Matter
This week for Children's Book Week, I've been focusing on good children's literature. However, there is one section of children's stories that has not been addressed. This is one that every single one of us has had a hand in. How many have heard the words, "Tell me a story"? All of us have either… Continue reading Unsung Children’s Stories
Earlier this week, I shared a link for a good clean young adult series. While I was writing my dragon series, I was writing what I would want to share with my kids. I tried to do it in a fun way and in a non-offensive Mom way. So, my characters go through the struggles… Continue reading Books for parents and kids
This morning going through my twitter posts, I found an interesting link. This author has written a young adult series about a junior high girl. She seems to present all the issues that middle school students go through and presents it in a way that helps guide them through the turbulent teens. I've yet to… Continue reading Clean Young Adult Series
While at the Good Friday service last night, we sang the song "O Sacred Head Now Wounded". It was written in the 12th Century. The idea of all those believers down through the ages singing this song hit me. I began to think about it. I did some research on the song, some family research,… Continue reading A Song for the Ages