I'm bringing back a post that I feel might resonate with many of you. (Joy K. Massenburge you might remember conversation). 

Because He is limitless. 

The other day I was talking with one of my most precious friends whose name truly describes her, Joy. We both are deep into our manuscripts and were discussing various stumbling blocks that had kept us from working. Laundry, cooking, cleaning, regular everyday things.

We agreed it's important to keep on the path. Pray harder. One of Jesus' disciples Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 4:7 "I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the Faith."  

My sweet eleventh grade Sunday School teacher Mrs. Cox used to say, "put feet to your prayers." Her wise words have stuck with me all these years. Don't sit back, do as you pray.

Joy and I discussed some plans we had for the future as writers. A lot bigger than some things I've ever done before, taking "a leap of faith." She wisely …

When the rubber hits the road . . .

"A journey is best measured in friends rather than miles." -Tim Cahill

Friends, it's the time of year that I turn into the character from the old story of "Henny Penny." She runs around thinking the sky is falling, not paying attention to what is around her. I am the farthest thing from this placid woman in the photo.

I'll share with you why . . .

All those cute packing "helpers" you can buy are intriguing, yet useless when it's me against my well-used American Tourister luggage. Inevitably, I coax a family member to zip it while I sit on top of it. Am I overpacking much? You bet! That light-weight sweater might come in handy for the super-chilled conference rooms, also the sixth pair of shoes that are the perfect color for that one outfit are tossed inside the groaning suitcase. Those cute zippered packing devices are no match for my disorganized chaos.

Where are you going you ask? My friends and I are embarking on a car ride from Texas to Na…

Conference Time Frenzy with Joy K. Massenburge

This week's blog is about conference attendance and some ways to feel at ease. The guest host is Author and narrator, Joy K. Massenburge, she's never met a stranger and you feel comfortable right away after meeting her. Thank you Joy for stopping by the blog!
Thank you, Stacy, for allowing me to share my conference experiences on your blog. 
Uncontrolled excitement? Temporary madness? A violent mental or emotional agitation?

If you started experiencing any of the above symptoms at the onset of September, you may be suffering from conference time frenzy. You’re not alone. I remember my first conference. My favorite author, Francine Rivers would be in attendance, receiving the Lifetime Achievement award. I was crazy excited just to be there. I went by myself and agreed to room with a complete stranger I’d met on the first-timer’s loop.
The second time I attended, I experienced the temporary madness. I had a completed manuscript to pitch. I researched one-sheets, proposal, hooks… mo…

Connecting to Community: A Sneak Peek from Up in the Attic

Over the course of the next few months, there are several writing conferences on the horizon. September's blogs will center around some of the key ingredients to having a good experience. Making connections is a large part of conference attendance.

Our guest blogger, Cathy Rueter is the person you go to if you need to speak with a writing professional, she is an amazing connector of people. Thank you, Cathy, for agreeing to guest host.
Thank you, Stacy, for inviting me to talk about my passion—community building and networking with people—on your blog!
Connecting to Community: A Sneak Peek from Up in the Attic by Cathy Rueter
Community. What is it? And WHY do we need it as writers? Networking, platform building, our tribe, and our teams. Whatever you want to call it, it’s important. But just why do we, as writers, need community? Have you ever seen a glass of water poured out but never refilled? Eventually, the glass is empty. Writers pour out our words, our creativity, hearts, t…

Heading in the right direction

Many of us are feeling the change in schedule, school is beginning. It might be the first steps of a pre-schooler or kindergartener going into the brightly colored classroom or the last box unpacked in your child's dorm. It's a big change in everyone's lives. We as parents or family members have to trust they will be okay.

"When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don't throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer." -Corrie Ten Boom

We have to rely on our faith and trust even as we can't see the tracks before our eyes. In our lives, we aren't our own engineers, our Heavenly Father is. Don't you feel the weight falling off of your shoulders about now?

"But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the waterthat sends out its roots by the stream.It does not fear when heat comes;its leaves are always green.It has no worries in a year of drou…

Life in pieces

This picture represents what we have in our lives, pieces of ourselves. This jumble we may have in our lives can be fitted together like these building bricks.

Start by finding the bright pieces-your family and friends, connections. Spend time with them to bring splashes of joy into your life. Then see how other parts can fit together, dust off the schedule you've hidden all summer. Go get some fun markers or pens to make the project exciting to tackle. As school comes around, the kids will have sports, or other events to take part in. Mark them down on the schedule or use your app to keep track. On those nights, de-stress by having a quick and easy dinner-breakfast for dinner, sandwiches, something you don't have to think about.   

The T-Rex in the photo represents excitement, an adrenaline rush. Get that new release by your favorite author and start reading. Grab your family or friends and go on a hike, get outdoors, see some of the Lord's beautiful creations. Go to a m…

I've signed up for a writer's conference now what?

This weekend during DFW's Fledgling Writer's Camp I had the pleasure of presenting five steps to enhance a conference-goers experience. For newer writers out in the blogosphere, I wanted to share my quick steps with you.

The first would be to research what kind of conference fits your writing genre and market. Is it fiction or nonfiction? Do you write for the Christian Booksellers Association or American Booksellers Association? How much time do you have to spend attending a conference? A day, weekend or a week? Will you stay local, branch out farther to a national conference or travel to an international conference? Cue the Jeopardy music . . .

After you've decided, you'll need to take some "accessories" with you such as your smartphone, laptop, writing implements, business cards, your one-sheet (back cover blurb with your tagline, headshot, contact information and photo associated with the book theme). During some conferences, when you meet with an industr…