A Really Full Life


  “After eight hours of watching helplessly while my own inane, manneristic doodles overstepped their margins and covered the pages I was supposed to be writing, I gave up.  I decided to hate myself, to make popcorn, and read. Annie Dillard, The Writing Life   This made me laugh, but hiding behind the humor is something very telling. “. . .I decided to hate myself. . .” That’s actually a good way… Read More

When I’m in Africa I teach the Bible almost every day, but when I’m home I write, well, I blog.   It’s harder than I thought it would be, but it’s also more fun than it sounds. Sometimes I run into a friend I haven’t seen in awhile. When she asks what I’ve been doing and I answer ‘blogging’, she looks at me like I just said, “I’ve been eating bugs”, or… Read More

The mold is dead, the plastic containment tarps have come down, and the painters have finally packed up their demon possessed air compressor and left me some peace and quiet for blogging! I wrote something yesterday that didn’t strike the right chord with a fellow blogger. My bad. But it reminded me how easy it is to muddle what you intended to say. I’ve saved these Grammar Bloopers in a file for… Read More

http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/05/03/advice-on-writing/ I’m currently gobbling up three books on Writing. Highlighters are strewn on the coffee table and kitchen counters. A while ago I gave you a link to rookiemag.com and an article titled Getting Unstuck. Here’s another article, chock full of the collected wisdom of great writers, from the fabulous Brain Pickings. If you want to beef up your skill set, or re-ignite the flame of inspiration you’ll find what you need… Read More

Ever had Writer’s Block? The dread of all dreads for wordsmiths and the rest of us who want a written record of our brain/heart musings. Somehow today I made my way across the Internet to Rookiemag.com and an article called Getting Unstuck. Lots of good stuff here, so these folks know a thing or two about defeating WB. http://www.rookiemag.com/2012/11/get-unstuck/ I think Etgar Keret, whose name I love, nailed it. He thinks people… Read More

The crack team of copywriters over at Copyblogger have been hard at work making this Infographic for us blogger types. Like any good recipe a blog post needs all the ingredients to end up appetizing and amazing. Show ’em some WP love by sharing it. Like this infographic? Get content marketing advice that works from Copyblogger. BTW, I have no connection with Copyblogger, I just think they’re a great resource for writing… Read More

Great events, we often find, On little things depend, And very small beginnings Have oft a mighty end. . . Letters joined make words, And words to books may grow, As flake on flake descending Form an avalanche of snow. Anonymous

Please read to the end, or at least scan through to the end. I added some good stuff there that you don’t want to miss. It’s more good stuff about Blogging. Just because we’re among family here on WordPress doesn’t mean that “others” never see what we write. Others seeing it is part of the equation. That’s our hope and dream and constant ambition; it’s what we’re typing our fingers to the… Read More

A few months ago I found a site called Copyblogger. I want to get better at blogging and the fastest way to do that is to become a better writer. I think the next step is to understand the structural elements that make a blog ‘user friendly’. I’ve started paying closer attention to the design elements many of you here at WordPress incorporate into your blogs. You inspire me. I recently saw… Read More

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/08/19/writing-challenge-1000-words-four/ All the big kids are gone. They hadda go back to school. I hate school days cuz there’s nobody to play with. There’s four of us and I”m the littlest one. This year Charlene goed to school. Now I have to wait all day for somebody to play with. When Momma comes to the store I can’t make the merry-go-round go. I’m to little. And when she comes out the store… Read More