Driving around town doing pre-Christmas errands I decided to turn on the radio to a local Christian station. The song by Casting Crowns, While You Were Sleeping, came on. The first part, if you haven’t heard it, is about Bethlehem and how when they were sleeping the Messiah was born in a stable. The second part of the song is about Jerusalem and the crucifixion of the King and then the last about America, philosophies, killing the unborn and God being crowded out of society. I thought about the world and the evil that is native to our soil and air. I thought about the good that never seems to be enough and the ugliness of all the bad. I thought about my grandsons and how I wished I could make this world a better, safer and happier place to be, because at every turn, as Casting Crowns sing, we have no room for the King. Continue reading
Many (many, many) years ago, as a bride, it began to slowly dawn on me that my life as an Air Force wife was going to be significantly different from my former life as a college student in North Dakota.
We were new to the service, living in Japan in a village just outside of Tokyo. My husband had his dream job–flying a C-130 into lands we had only heard of as kids. Our life became fairly routine, as he flew off to Bangkok or Hong Kong and I stayed behind with the other wives exploring the more exotic environment of Tachikawa village and learning the fine art of Japanese flower arranging. Continue reading
Different phases of life affect literary choices. As a young girl I could not get enough of Nancy Drew, The Happy Hollisters and gothic romance. Then came the phase of romance. It lasted the through child bearing, because let’s face it, what is romantic about the ages from potty training and beyond drivers training? In recent past, through the present, I prefer Suspense or Suspense Thrillers. I like the challenge and the surprises they can bring. When my writer persona puts on her big girl pants I want her to write amazing suspense. Continue reading
Journaling daily is kind of a funny thing. Scribbling thoughts and emotions for no real purpose. Nothing more than simply acknowledging those thoughts and giving form to the emotions.
Maybe that’s not so bad. Continue reading
Blog, blog, blog. Blah, blah, blah. This is what is going through my mind sitting here trying to come up with a blog post. Post. Post-traumatic, fence post, bang my head on a post, post-date, postpartum, parcel post, post mortem. That’s it! This blog post is DOA. “What was that, Bev?”
Bev says I have to be positive and encouraging because Paddlecreek is all about uplifting fellow writers. Being positive is somewhat against my knee jerk reaction while under stress, but I am all about being encouraging. So here goes: Continue reading
Seriously, how many times have we heard that phrase: “Take it one day at a time”? Too many in my book. The Lord’s Prayer states: “Give us this day our daily bread.” Daily. One day at a time.
Why the heck is it so difficult?
I mean, really! We want to see the end from the beginning. We want to type “The End” before we complete the character sketches. We want to know everything about our plot before the story unfolds instead of enjoying the unfolding process. Continue reading
It’s been a crazy and fast summer so far for me. Summer reading programs, writing stints at the library or St. Louis Bread Co, book signings, taking kids to this or that.
We are just beginning our month-long celebration for PCW turning 2! Help us celebrate!
We here at Paddle Creek Writers are amazed that we have been posting (albeit somewhat irregularly at times) for two years. So, we are going to celebrate! Please join us!
There should never be a time in our life when we are not working on something.
So, what are you working on right now?
Are you improving a skill? Learning a new one?
Strengthening your body? Finishing a home project?
Mastering a recipe? Trying to grow some veggies? Continue reading