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Writerly Wednesday: Chapter 2 in the MAP Novel-in-Progress

In the second chapter we begin to explore the life of our protagonist.

We learn about her secret life.

Her missed opportunities.

The things that will motivate her to make life-changing decisions.

Rainy Summer Day Pasta : 3 Ingredients, 10 minutes Hot Sausage, Broccoli Rabe, and Orichette

This recipe can be made in ten minutes, with just three ingredients, and using just two pans.

That's right, in less time than it takes to call in an order for pizza

and for less money, 

you can have a home cooked meal.

Actually, that was the original idea behind this recipe.

Last week, Mom and I were in the grocery store picking up a few items, with the intention of ordering a pizza for dinner because we'd been out all day and I was too tired to cook.

Then I saw broccoli rabe in the produce favorite green...and my mind was changed.

The weather has been overcast, rainy, and blessedly cool for the past few days, so broccoli rabe and pasta, both of which I normally wouldn't consider in summer, suddenly seemed like a perfect match.

I still wanted a quick, no fuss meal, and this fits the bill. I literally made this dish in less time than I would have spent waiting for my pizza. And it cost less. And tasted better. Win-win-win.

Three ingredients:

1 lb of hot Italian sa…

Week-ending : An Illustrated Devotional : Forgive

"To be forgiven, we must first forgive."

Bear with each other and forgive one another,
 if any of you has a grievance against someone. 
Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:12-14

When we forgive ourselves and others, we free ourselves to move forward,  We no longer live in the present looking backward. 
We free ourselves to create lives we value,  no longer allowing our time to be consumed with anger or regret.

"Keep your thoughts right - for as you think, so you are.  Thoughts are things,  therefore, think only the things that will make the world better and you unashamed." ~ Henry H. Buckley


Writerly Wednesday: A Peek from my Novel-in-Progress : Chapter 1

Last week I shared a few images from my novel-in-progress. This week, I thought I'd give you a closer look, beginning with images from Chapter 1 and a poem that perfectly captures the feeling of this novel.
somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond   by E. E. Cummings somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond any experience,your eyes have their silence: in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me, or which i cannot touch because they are too near  

your slightest look easily will unclose me though i have closed myself as fingers, you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens (touching skilfully,mysteriously)her first rose  

or if your wish be to close me, i and my life will shut very beautifully ,suddenly, as when the heart of this flower imagines the snow carefully everywhere descending;  

nothing which we are to perceive in this world equals the power of your intense fragility:whose texture compels me with the color of its countries, rendering death and…

Friday Devotional : HOPE

Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping- believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, "That's how many descendants you will have!" And Abraham's faith did not weaken, even though at about 100 years of age, he figured his body was as good as dead-and so was Sarah's womb.

Abraham never wavered in believing God's promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. He was fully convinced  that God is able to do whatever he promises.

And because of Abraham's faith, God counted him as righteous. And when God counted him as righteous, it wasn't just for Abraham's benefit. It was recorded for our benefit, too, assuring us that God will also count us as righteous if we believe in him,  the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God.

For we know how dearly God loves us, becau…

Scenes from My Novel -in-Progress

I'm five chapters away from completing my next novel....which makes it sound like it should be ready for publication next week. Right?  Not so much.

I'm shooting for a publication date in Q4 (Sept - Dec) because this time, I'm going to have the book professionally edited. I can't wait to share that experience with you.

Between now and then, I thought it would be fun to share some pictures that are providing me with inspiration as I write the book.

I'm not going to tell you about the book...I don't want to release the magic.

But there's no harm in giving you a peek at a few images.

Stay tuned for more!

Arguing with Atheists: Let's Agree to Disagree

Go and say to this people; When you hear what I say, you will not understand. When you see what I do, you will not comprehend.
For the hearts of these people are hardened, and their ears cannot hear, and they have closed their eyes- so their eyes cannot see, and their ears cannot hear, and their hearts cannot understand, and they cannot turn to me and let me heal them." ~Isaiah 6:9-10

Often, when I'm speaking with someone who doesn't agree with something I've said, especially with regard to my religious beliefs, I'm too quick to defend myself or take offense or worse yet, get angry out of frustration...or dare we say, insecurity.

This morning's NT daily reading covered the last chapter of Acts, and Paul's journey from Malta as a prisoner to Rome where he defended his faith and became a free man.

If you follow this blog, you'll know that I've been terrible about posting my Bible reading lately. I think this is actually my first post about the book …

Dog Days Call for a Day at the Dog Wash

All the boys needed a bath. But we don't have a bathtub big enough for these guys. Luckily we have Dogma Pet Supply and Dog Wash where they have walk-in tubs that are large enough for even the biggest Newfoundland.
Four dogs at the dog wash...what could possibly go wrong? You bring your dog in and DIY the wash.  Dogma supplies the shampoo, towels and even a blow dryer for a price that's much lower than traditional grooming.
Still...I was nervous about handling this project on my own.  But when I heard about the 'multi-dog discount'... I decided to try for a trifecta by bathing all three of my boys and Coco in the same visit.

George got a bath.
He enjoyed the soothing lavender-scented suds.
Should I not be surprised at the amount of water that ended up outside the tub?

Henry got a bath.
Although by the look of ring of hair around the tub, I think he also used the opportunity to shed half of his summer coat.
Should I be embarrassed by the second stack of towels that wer…

Get Your Garden Groove On

We are finally getting around to tackling our front garden, which at this point means, watering it.

Mom loves working in the garden, but with her balance issues it's always a challenge. I was very happy to capture this adorable video of Mom and Henry working together in the front garden.

My First Trade Show: International Christian Retailers Show 2013 St. Louis, MO

I recently returned from the International Christian Retail Show in St. Louis, my first trade show representing my book imprint: Henry and George Press and my four books.

I participated in two presentations to retailers, giving a 3 minute speech each time, which was a little scary. Luckily, my sis-in-law Heidi flew in from Florida to lend her amazing support. She was truly a blessing.
Yes, I was right there with the big guys, like Harper Collins.
But best of all were the other indie-authors I met. Actually all the authors I met were wonderfully friendly and encouraging. We make quite the fraternity.

But the show would have been empty without the incredible booksellers who visited my booth and were so kind to accept my books. I enjoyed speaking with everyone. Over the course of two days, I gave away 1,200 copies of my books...yes, I handed each one out individually! I also gave away 10 dozen of my triple chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. I hope my books are enjoyed as much as the cookie…