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‘All I Am’ – My Second Novel

It’s been an exciting week everybody!

On Tuesday I entered the first 15 pages and a synopsis of my second novel, a contemporary romance tentatively titled All I Am, into the Oregon Christian Writers’ Cascade Writing Contest. Apparently I’m their first ever international entrant. 🙂 Hopefully I do a good job representing the Aussies!

I also found out this morning that Elaine Stock has listed this blog as one of her ‘April favorites’ on her website, Everyone’s Story. Thank-you Elaine!

Another exciting thing: on Saturday I was surprised when I was invited to speak at my church’s night service in a few months’ time. I have never done anything other than a youth group talk before, so I’d love some prayer to help me out.

I have also been working on revamping the blog, and as part of that I’m regularly adding new recommendations to the tab above. This week’s recommendation is the Bible study Experiencing God. This study explains in simple, Biblical terms how we can experience God by working with Him, listening to Him and being part of a love relationship with Him. I cannot overstate the difference this has made in my life, and the lives of a lot of people I know. Check it out!

Lastly, I had to let you all know about this awesome guy I heard about this week. A character in All I Am is in remission from cancer, so I emailed an author who offered to tell me about her Dad’s experience with cancer. During our conversation she happened to mention that her father, who is in his eighties, still flies his powered parachute—as recently as last week! She said his cancer made him a lot weaker, but he was very strong initially so even in his weakened state he still takes the parachute for a spin!

I was amazed, but she sent photographic proof. Enjoy.

James and his parachute.

James and his parachute.

James in action.

James in action.

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Brand New Day!

Welcome to the new and improved site, everybody!

Along with the new-look website, I am making a few changes. I will now post regularly on a Friday, (and occasionally throughout the week), and I will regularly update my ‘recommendations’ page.  Keep an eye out for some great books and websites!

Today I have a guest post up over at Jennifer Slattery’s blog; check it out and join the conversation here.

Jennifer Slattery

Here’s a taster:

“I don’t believe Your timing is right.”

“I don’t believe You can accomplish Your purposes through my life and writing.”

“I don’t think You can reach the hearts that are ready for You.”

“I don’t think You can take care of my financial needs.”

Have you ever caught yourself saying this to God?

Probably not. Few people say these things out loud, or even in their heads. But the other day I realized that I was saying all that to God through my actions….

 

You’ll have to visit Jennifer’s site to see the rest!

Big Surprise

I was nervous when I submitted my latest guest blog post for Angela D Meyer’s website—until I received an email that blew me away.

Angela D Meyer

To backtrack, when I was trying to decide what to write, I noticed that Angela’s guidelines allowed short stories. My mind jumped to a story I wrote a few months ago, Nightmare. I thought it was the one most likely to connect to her demographic of readers.

The next morning, when I sat down to look at the story and decide whether to use it, I had an overwhelming feeling that the story was too strange. People don’t read short stories very often, and this one was different to the other stories I’d written so I wasn’t too sure about it.

But I looked at my other ideas for a blog post, and I just wasn’t feeling it. I flicked open my Bible on a whim, wondering if a verse would hit me in the face. The page landed on Isaiah 55:9 (NIV); “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts”.

I figured that was pretty obvious. I might not think that people would connect with the story, but maybe God had other ideas. I sent it off to Angela, letting her know that if she didn’t like it I could do something else.

The story tells the experience of a young mother in hospital, waiting to hear if her infant son, Josiah, will live or die. It addresses the topic of where God is when we’re in pain.

I got this email back from Angela:

“Just read your short story. I love it. Very powerful. I have had 2 miscarriages and one of the babies we named Josiah. The emotions that threaten to pull you down can be overpowering. I am sure this story will be relatable to many women who have lost babies. Have you experienced this yourself? The emotions you voiced hit the mark.”

Wow. I was stunned. What a co-incidence! And I almost didn’t send it!

For the record, thankfully I have not experienced a miscarriage. I am not a mother, but I do have a six year-old sister, and my worst case scenario is something happening to her or another member of my family. I wrote the story out of a desire to better comprehend God’s attitude toward human suffering.

So, it looks like even though I wasn’t too sure about what I was doing, God knew better than me what was going on!

If you’d like to check out my guest post—and the rest of Angela’s site— click here.

The Waiting Begins…

It’s been a big week!

As well as starting work on my next novel (YAY!), I have entered my first novel, Open Your Eyes, into the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Genesis contest for unpublished authors. I have to wait for ages (until May/June) to get feedback from the judges, but I can’t wait to hear their opinions on how I can improve my writing. 🙂

I also have a guest post up today at Cherie Burbach’s awesome site, Working Writers and Bloggers. Her site is one of the best I’ve found, so I’m pretty happy I get to be a part of it.

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Origins of the Dance Floor

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‘Meet Me on the Dance Floor’ is my latest guest post at Emilie Hendryx’s website.

And if you haven’t had the chance yet, make sure you visit my article on Ada Brownell’s website, ‘I Don’t Want to Succeed’.

And I’m not neglecting my own blog; a post tentatively titled ‘Step Two is the Killer’ will be up in the next week.

 

New Adventure Starts

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My first ever guest blog post is now up on author Ada Brownell’s blog, Ink From an Earthen Vessel.

Click here to read the post, ‘I Don’t Want To Succeed’.

My next guest blog post will be on Emilie Hendryx’s blog, Thinking Thoughts, in a few days. Watch this space for the link.

Happy reading! 🙂

All Aboard!

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Hey all! I’m excited to announce that I’ll be going on a blog tour over the next six months or so, starting on Friday. I’ll keep up with my regular posts on this blog, and also put up the links to my guest posts. There will usually be about one guest post a month. But to kick things off, I’m bursting out of the gate with four guest spots in the next four weeks.

So get aboard the blog tour train and check out my guest posts, starting with Ada Brownell’s blog on Feb 28. Get excited!