Guideposts’ Anthology

It’s an honor and a privilege for three of my stories to be published in this Guideposts‘ anthology, Miracles Do Happen, now available for pre-order. God’s power changes things! In Jesus Made Me Feel Better, a four year-old girl is dangerously ill, and the adults in her life aren’t aware. Who can help her in…

WCCWC My #1 Takeaway

@wccw WritingCommunity Not my first writer’s conference but a memorable one. Why? The setting? Yup, love the old dairy farm renovations and rural atmosphere. The workshops? Yup, I learned new skills, application, and goal planning. The round table discussions with agents and publishers? Yup, those hour long small group meetings are a new favorite of…

Monkey Falls

Mama removed the dishes from the breakfast table in her new kitchen. “Lizzie, go brush your teeth, and then you can play on our new patio, okay?” “Goodie, Mama. Can I play by the creek?” Lizzie turned on her tummy, slid off her chair, and when her toes hit the floor she ran to Mama….

Easter Morning

Starlight faded into the sunrise as it overtook the previous night. “Hurry, Joanna. Move faster.” Mary gripped the burial cloths tighter under her arm. Her feet padded silently on the packed earth pathway. “We must reach the tomb before sunrise, or someone may stop us.” Mary’s heart pounded. She pushed the other women close together….

Prayer Softens Reality

#friendship #prayer We sat at tables pushed together for our critique group meeting. The group welcomed me after a prolonged absence from my mother’s illness, and her recent passing. The group offered condolences and related their prayers for my heart. My friend, Susie, nodded, “And how are you holding up? We were concerned about you.”…

“The River Angel”

The River Angel occurs in a 1942 logging camp, and follows two young sisters hiking to the nearby river. On that hot August morning, they encounter an unexpected and terrifying situation—who will survive, and how? #River #Angels #siblings This AFPA (Acceptance for Publication Agreement) surprise-landed on my desk—I’m elated for my first paid story! It’s…

Writer’s Conferences

#writercommunity #writerslife #authorslife A few friends and I registered for the West Coast Christian Writer’s Conference. Our last experience there in 2017 was exceptional. I thought the workshops were relevant, encouraging, and I made connections there for brainstorming and story submissions. This year’s round table small groups appear fantastic! Attendees are granted the choice to…

Bookmark Sketch

Inside our church’s coffee shop, Mary and I drank our mochas. She leaned toward me, “I was told that you’re an artist. True?” “Yup.” I set my cup on the table, “I ran a mural business for years. Why?” “I’d like to give first-time visitors to Single’s Ministry a little something. Would you be willing…

Anthology—Chills

#Anthology #chill #mothers #shortstories My story, Chills, depicts a humdrum day in the life of two young mothers. Breaking up the monotony of pre-school days, they go to a local park for a picnic with their four young children. It is a warm, late spring day but one mother has persistent chills. Why? What unfolds usually…

Tech Fears Conquered

Overcoming Tech Fears: A Personal Voyage of Discovery, Part 2 Part two of my guest blog post regarding our fears of creation and administration of our own websites. We write stories, but can we learn the tech world, too? If I can, anyone can. WordPress is easy to use for beginners, but it was still…