Sunday, April 30, 2017

Sunday Scripture

Proverbs 16:19

Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Saturday Links

Dyan Diamond, over on Be Inspired!, shared "5 Things To Do When You Don't Know What To Do." Good suggestions:
https://dyandiamond.net/2017/04/05/5-things-to-do-when-you-dont-know-what-to-do/

A blogger I follow was recently in Venice, and she shared a day with pictures and words:
https://missadventureswim.com/2017/04/05/venice-italy-day-4/

God bless.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Favorite Book Friday

The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader by Jason Redman with John R. Bruning. It isn't an easy read, but what Jason went through wasn't easy. I had trouble putting the book down to sleep. To me, it was a romance story, the romance of a man and his career balanced with a woman with him he fit perfectly. Inspiring. I'm glad I read A Warrior's Faith, first. No, they are not purposely connected. However, Jason Redman and Ryan Job did know each other and both of them mentioned the other in their book. Small world.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Musical Thursday

My favorite castle is featured on "This is Your Fight Song" on Uncharted by The Piano Guys:
https://youtu.be/mOO5qRjVFLw

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Tuesday Tidbit

Editing is more than half done for "Giving Thanks." This tidbit is from "Christmas Lost," novella 12 of the Holiday, USA series, still in the beginning stages of writing:


His first wife left him because he wasn't a Believer. His second wife left him because he was.


Monday, April 24, 2017

Monday Quote

From "The Princess and Curdie" by George MacDonald:

Where there is no truth there can be no faith.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sunday Scripture

Proverbs 16:18

Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Saturday Links

The Comfortable Coop shares a clear explanation of "Thy Rod and Thy Staff They Comfort Me."
https://thecomfortablecoop.wordpress.com/2017/03/26/thy-rod-and-thy-staff-they-comfort-me/

PoppyPosts has been sharing information on quilting. She is also an advocate for those fighting depression, including herself. She's amazing.
https://poppyposts-blog.net/2017/03/30/learning-with-quilting/

She inspired me to take a picture of the crazy quilt pillows my grandmother made.
God bless.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Favorite Book Friday

"The Princess and Curdie" by George MacDonald. I simply love his books. He's a wonderful storyteller.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Musical Thursday

"One Direction - What Makes You Beautiful" from The Piano Guys Uncharted album:
https://youtu.be/0VqTwnAuHws

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Tuesday Tidbit

I'm editing "Giving Thanks." I'm also working on "Christmas Lost," novella 12 in the Holiday, USA series. The last unedited addition to the latter WIP:

"Fit? People don't come here to eat healthy. They come when they need comfort food. I make it a little healthier without losing flavor."

Monday, April 17, 2017

Monday Quote

We the willing, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible, for the ungrateful. We have done so much, with so little, for so long, we are now qualified to do anything with nothing. 
~ Konstantin Josef Jireček

Sunday, April 16, 2017

A lot can happen in three days...

Jon Jorgenson:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QThxyu8zVg

Jesus Christ is my Lord and King, my Savior and Redeemer. He lives.

Happy Easter

Friday, April 14, 2017

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Musical Thursday

Uncharted album by The Piano Guys, tract "Happy Together." This one made me laugh. It needs to be not only listened to but watched, at least once.
https://youtu.be/DKC-lRhvdNY

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Link to

This is Matthew Maher's Palm Sunday sermon, 48 minutes:

https://vimeo.com/212471568

Monday, April 10, 2017

Monday Quote

Sometimes, the easiest way to solve a problem is to stop participating in the problem.
~ Jonathan Mead

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Sunday Scripture

John 16:33

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world he shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Saturday Links

Dipping Into the Heart posted an encouraging post "Nothing to Offer":
http://dippingintotheheart.com/nothing-to-offer/#sthash.8qAmx22r.dpbs

A Writer's Path offered 6 Ways to Transition Out of Writer's Block:
https://ryanlanz.com/2017/03/16/6-ways-to-transition-out-of-writers-block/

God bless.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Favorite Book Friday

"A Lesson in Love!" by Autumn Macarthur The Macleans series book 3 is contemporary Christian romance. I love Autumn's setting in Scotland; I feel like I'm there. The fourth book is coming out soon. I'm looking forward to it.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Musical Thursday

Another piece from The Piano Guys, also from Uncharted album. It made me smile. "Over the Rainbow/Simple Gifts."
https://youtu.be/QgaTQ5-XfMM 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Creating a book cover...

...the short version, or in layman's terms, i.e., me looking in on my sister's process.

She asks me what I want for the book cover. I'm waffle and debate, indecisive. I know whatever she does will be awesome. She lets me natter, talk things through, until I come to a decision.

"Giving Thanks" is a my 2016 Thanksgiving story. Yes, I know I'm terribly behind. Life happened.

I decided on a Thanksgiving feast. The picture will not magically appear. It must be created. What did I want? Turkey was a given. Except, where does one find Turkey in February? Which was the least of my trouble. I didn't want to cook a turkey, more precisely, I didn't want copious amounts of turkey I'd be eating for weeks. What to do? Improvise.

Create a menu: Turkey, stuffing, potatoes, green bean casserole, rolls, pie, and anything else I can think of and find available, in February. It also can't be too expensive. I'm operating on a budget.

My sister agrees to a photo shoot on my grocery shopping day. I'll buy everything in the morning, and she'll stop by after work and take pictures. I have one day to pull it all together.

Instead of turkey, I'll use a chicken and miniaturize everything.

Things I already had on hand: Pork and beans, stuffing, green beans, marshmallow, heavy cream for whipped cream, pistachio pudding mix, spaghetti squash (I disguised as yam with marshmallow).

Astonishing what I find on sale: Potato salad, grape tomatoes, and cornbread.

What's available for less than a dollar: Fried onions and crushed pineapple.

What was sold for the first time the previous week and is still available: Single-serving pies.

Brownies and rolls are available for a reasonable price and will add to the overall look.

The last thing on the list: Chicken. Imagine standing at the meat counter, looking at the rotisserie chickens, and trying to decide which of all the dozen chickens there is the most photogenic.

Head home and create a feast in one day.

My sister arrives. I help her set up a card table, outside for the light, throw on a table cloth, and hold up a blanket as a backdrop instead of the carport. She takes 75 pictures, rearranging the food and taking different angles.

This pictures shows everything I prepared:
Tomorrow, the cover reveal.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Sunday Scripture

Proverbs 16:17

The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Saturday Links

New books released, today. Wherever books are sold in eformat, though some are slower at posting than others. Paperbacks are available soon after at Amazon.
http://www.desertbreezepublishing.com/

Fae Rowen, over at Writers In The Storm, shared a fascinating comparison between glass blowing and writing:
http://writersinthestormblog.com/2017/03/glass-blowing-and-writing-how-theyre-alike/

God bless.