I am thankful for you

Here in the States it’s Thanksgiving, and as I reflect on the many things I’m thankful for—home, family, friends, my congregation, freedom, and meaningful employment—I want you to know that you have a place on that list, too. When I started this blog just under three years ago, no one was paying attention, and I had no assurance anyone would. But here you are. Your kind attention and thoughtful comments make this endeavor worthwhile. So I am thankful for you and to you, Dear Reader, for sticking with me. Whichever holidays you celebrate, may you be abundantly blessed this season.

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Set New Goals for 2015

If you haven’t already, this is a great time to set some goals. Not resolutions. We all know how those end up. I’m talking about real, attainable goals for your writing career.

Your goal could be time-based, for example, to spend an hour writing every day. Or it could be productivity based, such as writing 5,000 words per week.

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but ideally your goals will be SMART: Continue reading

Happy Christmas

To you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.—Luke 2:11

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Church of the Immaculate Conception, Ballymote, Ireland • Photo by Andreas F. Borchert, used under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Germany license, via Wikimedia Commons


Blessings to you this day and in the new year. Thanks for letting me contribute, in whatever small way, to your writing journey. Continue reading

A Labor Day Infographic

Back in my newspaper days, Labor Day was one of a handful of company holidays. Sometimes we dreaded holidays, especially the Monday holidays, because that meant a “short week”—we had to produce the same number of pages in fewer days, which meant the price of a day off on Monday was overtime on Tuesday and Wednesday. Not to mention the Friday before.

Now, as a freelance editor, I could give myself the holiday off if I wanted to, but I probably won’t, because I love my work and I’m in the midst of editing a great novel by one of my brilliant clients. Continue reading