Hello to readers new and old! ((Old and young? Recent and longtime?? I never know how to say that)).
How was your Summer?! Mine was busy with lots of travel–to Southern California and Santa Fe–remarkable and rich! Home remodeling–yay, a new sliding door! Plus full and fun (exhausting) visits with our five grandkids. But so.worth.it.
Since we last said hello around the end of July, my amazing Webgal Gretchen (whom I refer to as the Fairy Godmother), has been working behind the scenes to work her magic. I felt like all I did is dust off the furniture and move things around to make things more organized. But s h e hung all the pictures.
Isn’t it gorgeous??
Why a New Look?
Glad you asked. As God has refined my presence and purpose here on the internet, I’ve discovered my gift to you, dear Reader, is to serve as a kind of virtual Bulletin Board where folks can find information, inspiration and encouragement. I’ll be sharing about everything from the particulars of writing and the journey of putting one’s work out in the world, to directing you to resources for illuminating poetry, new Christian voices and some helpful lists, too. (You’ll find a few up there under the ‘Lists’ tab right now).
After a visit last Spring to a Christian writer’s conference, I came back more committed than ever to also feature weekly essays about the work of two groups of people underrepresented (IMHO) in the blogosphere, Faith Writers Over 50 (The Sage Ones) and Christian Writers of Color. There will be interviews and book reviews for you to get to know these fine folks better.
Weekly posts might also be ‘Listicles’–Articles in a List–like
- 10 Things I Learned at the Writer’s Conference
- 5 Travel Tips for Uber Novices
- 5 Online Christian Communities to Visit
- 5 Places on the Web for Women in the Word
- 5 Non-Profits I Trust
- 5 Female Pastors Who Write
- 3 Blogs about Faith and Food
- Five Female Faith Poets You Should Know
- 20 Christian Poets of the Twentieth Century
You’ll find occasional poetry (mine) and a new book announcement at the end of the year.
Under Resources, you’ll find my Editing Services and soon-to-be-launched ‘Self Publishing 101’, a topic that has garnered interest among many writers. I’m also working on a Speaker page (if you’ve been part of a gathering where I had a chance to say a few words, I’d be so grateful if you could share your remarks in the Comments below. I’ll contact you if you don’t mind me using your thoughts later).
And, since I got a ‘big girl’ camera the first of June, I’ll be changing the photos from time to time at the ribbon across the top. Sunsets and flowers are favorite subjects. And the way light falls across a room. Or a floor.
I do hope you’ll subscribe for once-a-week posts from yours truly as I share the wonders of this wide world with you. Simply enter your email in the “Sign up Here to Receive Exclusive Content” box and you’ll be on your way.
I also have the next edition of my newsletter waiting in the wings–for which you can sign up right HERE.
While things have been quiet-ish here, some of my poetry found its way into two fine publications–print and online.
‘Revelation’ is in the newest issue of iola magazine, ‘Bloom’. You can order it here (and get a free book!) There is much to love in this second edition and I’m honored to be a small part of this beautiful endeavor.
And, although a serious topic, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention a poem I penned about the suicide of a lifelong friend at the end of May. Wrapping words around the world is the way I process things, so I wrote a poem. You can read “For D.” here at Barren Magazine online. It was one of the Editor’s Picks for the inaugural issue; that kinda blew me away.
While I think launching this new website is a Very Big Deal, I realize in the grand scheme of things it isn’t likely to do much for world peace or global warming. I can’t solve the U. S. trade deficit or make sure that hungry children in this world will be fed.
What I can do, however, is pick up the pen (or the keyboard) that’s in my hand and offer you a glimpse of God’s glory through the people and the world He’s made. We are surrounded by beauty and wonder and creativity if we only could see it; perhaps my job is to hand you a telescope and say, “hey, look at this!”
Actually, I think if we all just did our own little square (instead of the entire quilt, as the saying goes) we’d make a whole lotta difference right where we are.
That’s all for now. In the grand scheme of things.
Just one more thing: If you know someone who’d enjoy my work, please share the love. Buttons are right below. Bless you!