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Year End in Review

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May all of you have a blessed Christmas season. It’s a wonderful time to not only reflect on God’s gift of His Son, but to also think back on how God takes care of us all year long. Sometimes this is a very sobering event. The empty seat at the table. A health issue which has taken our freedom. There are the good times, as well, that bring joy to our lives. But either way, God is there with us rejoicing and/or picking up the pieces.

I’m looking forward to a new year and hopefully, more writing. We all know how that goes. My prayer is that I’ll be exactly where God wants me. I pray that for you also.

Earlier this month, my husband and youngest daughter, were with me again as we volunteered at the Ohio Village for their Dickens of a Christmas program. It’s a magical time that sets my writing/plotting mind to work. We’ve also had plenty of time with family which is always a precious commodity.

I wish all of you a continued Happy Christmas season and a Happy New Year.

Hugs,
Beth

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Thanksgiving of the Heart

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner. It’s a time when all Americans actually stop to reflect on their blessings. It’s a given that American retail has stripped much of the meaning from the holiday by turning the day (and days to follow) into a shopping frenzy, but the mood of Thanksgiving still lingers. I try to be careful to give thanks to God all through the year. It helpful, though, to have a day committed to publicly thanking God.

For several years, I’ve instituted my own “Thanksgiving” program. Whenever I grumble or complain about something, I make myself thank God for a blessing, especially if it involves what I’m complaining about. If I grumble about being behind in my schedule because there are a million socks to match and someone forgot to unstuff their balled-up sock before putting it into the basket (and now it’s still wet after a trip in the dryer) , I stop to thank God. I thank Him for giving me a washer and dryer. I’m not pounding the underwear on the curb with a rock. I thank Him that we have clothes to wear. I’m thankful that I’m able and healthy enough to do my own laundry. There are many who are not able and would love to be able to walk down the stairs to do laundry. There are many who would love to wash a billion socks, even the ball-up ones, for their child or spouse who is no longer with them.

I’ve noticed that my grumbling quickly decreased when I began to count my blessings. God doesn’t want my complaints and ungrateful attitude when He’s given me so much. I don’t blame Him.

I pray that everyone will have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving. Remember to give God everything He’s due.

Hugs,
Beth

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Swooping in on October

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Don’t you love the fall? It’s all about the warm days and cool nights that make it so special. But it has come very fast and I’m behind on writing my blog. Sorry about that!

The American Christian Fiction Writers conference in Indianapolis was absolutely wonderful. I met so many writers and made plenty of new friends. It’s also spurred me to get busy with my writing. I have two WIPs I’m currently working on. Both are fun to write….as long as I don’t mix up the characters. That would not be good.

I’m also teaching a high school class called the Test Kitchen. The teens make three varieties of the same product using different brands and methods. We’ve made mashed potatoes (instant potatoes lost big), macaroni and cheese (homemade won by a slight margin against frozen Stouffers) and pizza (real pizza from a shop wins). This week will be brownies. Can’t wait. We will also be doing gravy. Hope I get the gravy right. It’s a little bit like old fashion chocolate fudge…it will fail on occasion. So, I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

Enjoy the fall and I promise to write sooner next time.

Hugs,
Beth

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Still Plugging Along

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You wouldn’t think a published writer would be nervous about attending a writers’ conference….but I am. I have nearly everything in order, but still feel like the pieces haven’t fallen into place yet? Have you ever had that feeling? I think the missing piece is prayer.

Prayer is such a vital part of my life and yet, there are times when I fail to pray about major events such as this conference. I become so wrapped up in preparing (leaning on my own understanding and work), that I fail to do the most important preparation of all. Without God’s leading, all of my work is worthless.

So, I’m correcting this oversight right now with prayer. My writing and this conference are His. They always have been, but I need to acknowledge this fact before He can work in me. 🙂

Labor Day weekend was fun. Family and friends went to the Sweet Corn Festival in Millersport, Ohio. What great fun. And the sweet corn was wonderfully sweet and tender. Love these country festivals.

Okay, it’s back to praying and working. Have a great week.

Beth

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Getting Excited

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I’ve been working like crazy to get ready for the big American Christian Fiction Writer’s Conference. It’s less than a month away and there’s so much to do. The conference prompted me to update my business cards (done), make two new “one-sheets” (1 done) and have sample chapters and synopses printed (still working on that).

Just received the author signing schedule. I’m also volunteering, so I need to see how this is all going to fit in with my schedule. I need a score card.

Thanks for all who prayed about my dear husband’s heart cath last week. He (and the results) came out great. But what a scare. Don’t want to go through that again.

Moved the oldest daughter back to school last week. She loves living off campus. Life is good.

I’ll keep you posted on my conference progress.

Hugs,
Beth

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Plugging Along

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Computers are a marvelous invention and the Internet even more so, but I rarely have a true understanding of how the stuff really works. I don’t understand files that disappear…much like my July post which went—poof—and landed somewhere in that mysterious place where missing socks go from the unseen port hole of the dryer. But not to worry, I haven’t disappeared. I will just write another post.

The summer has been busy and I’m frantically trying to prepare for fall. I’m working especially hard on preparation for the annual American Christian Fiction Writers Conference to be held this September in Indianapolis. My current WIP is romance novel set in the rural farm country of Indiana. Take one city girl and one country guy, and obtain one great story. I began writing this story over 8 years ago.

Eight years ago, you ask? I have been in a stop-and-start mode with this novel during this time. I stopped when other books were requested from a publisher. You go with what a publisher is looking for, right? But something fascinating has happened along the way. Many of the events my heroine was to experience has now happened to me. She needs to clean out 50 years worth of life from her grandmother’s home while dealing with the happy memories and sad changes. In 2004, I did that with my father’s house. God knew it would make me a better writer, a better communicator of the event. I won’t share the other “coincidences” just yet. I hope to do that in the book. First, I have to find an interested publisher.

I pray your summer is going well. Mine is bustling right along. Be sure to visit me on Facebook.

Hugs,
Beth

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Lost Post

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Okay, Word Press updated not too long ago and it lost my last post. Not sure where it went or why it didn’t stay posted. I’ll post again soon.

Hugs,
Beth

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Summer Fun

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It’s time for me to catch up on a few things with my blog. First, I love Facebook. I’m connecting with people from all over and keeping up on what they are doing. Best of all, it’s not taking a lot time to accomplish this. Again, readers need to be sure to send me note with your friend request so I know that you are one of my readers….and not a stalker (as my oldest daughter call them). 🙂

As promised (but late) is the YouTube links for the play I wrote and directed in the spring. It was performed by the teens of the Jasper Theater. It’s in two parts since it the play is approximately 18 minutes. They did a great job. Be sure to check it out:

I’m still working on my manuscript and another one is forming. I’m primed to spend plenty of time writing next week.

We went camping the first week of June and had a wonderful time at Cedarbrook Campgrounds in Lebanon, Ohio. It was warm for this time of year and I really appreciated the pool. This is a nice, quiet campgrounds and I was able to catch up on my sleep. One morning I didn’t get up until 9:30. That’s unheard of. Then there were a few afternoon naps. Total bliss!

Be sure to visit the YouTube page and enjoy summer. I am.

Hugs,
Beth

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Facebook

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Just a quick note. If you do send a friend request on FB, please send a note with the request to say that you are an author friend. There are times when friend requests come through and I have no idea who they are. I don’t want to miss any true friends. 🙂

Beth

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Stepping Out

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It’s official! I’m now on Facebook. Yes, it’s true. It seemed like everyone was connecting on FB and it was time join the group. And it has been great fun. I’m talking with friends to whom there wasn’t time to call, but FB allows “quick chats” that work fine. I’m stepping out into Cyberspace once more. 🙂

School is nearly out. Jessica is home from college for the summer. Erica is almost done and enrolled for joint HS/college classes for the fall. I eagerly await the summer. Camping is now upon us.

We have been busy with family celebrations. I’m finally going to be a great-aunt on the Loughner side (I’ve been a great-aunt on the Davis side for over 20 years) and we attended a fun family baby shower. Only a short time to go.

The theater production of The Mysterious Will of Fergie Whoopenburger will soon be on YouTube. This was a fun play to write and the homeschool teens did an awesome performance. Can’t wait to share it will you. Watch in the next couple days for a link.

With plenty of hugs,
Beth

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