Will 2016 be better?

I don’t want to be a downer, but 2015 for me was the pits in many ways. But guess what? God is still on the throne and Jesus is coming soon! Will He come in 2016? Who will be elected president? If you listen to the doomsayers, it’s going to be a defining year and danger is just around the corner. But our eyes aren’t to be on the storms and waves around us. Our eyes are to be on Jesus. And the safest place to be is in the center of His will. My prayer for you for 2016 is that you will hunger for more of Him, and you will feast your eyes on Him, so that you will live in perfect peace.   Tweet this: Our eyes are to be on Jesus & the safest place to be is in the center of His...

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The most adorable elf

Like many of us moms, grandmas and pastor’s wives, I’m  more than a little swamped this Christmas season. Thankfully, That Dad Blog has posted some of the most adorable real-life baby elf on the shelf photos you’ll ever see! Enjoy! Click to see Our Real Life Elf on the Shelf Tweet this: Dad Transforms His Adorable 4-Month-Old Son into a Real-Life Elf on the...

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What’s on your writing desk, Roberta C. M. DeCaprio?

  Today I’m pleased to introduce you to fellow writer, Roberta C. M. DeCaprio. Roberta is a prolific writer and (BONUS!) married to a screenwriter. I’d like to invite Roberta back sometime and find out what it’s like having two writers in the house!  Roberta has a lovely blog and website here. Check out her cozy writing space: K: Tell me about your writing space, Roberta! R: My writing space is a back bedroom, which once housed my children’s toy room when they were small. At one time it also served as a step-child’s bedroom, a foster child’s bedroom, and a friend’s bedroom who needed sanctuary while going through a divorce. The walls hold the history of my thirty-seven years owning my home, as well as many memories….and has become a perfect place to write my stories. K: How much time do you spend there? R: I spend anywhere from three to five hours a day in my writing den….answering email, promoting my books, doing research, writing historical and paranormal romance, and on down times, playing Sims 3 game. K: Sims is such a fun game! I’ll have to check out Sims 3. How’s your writing space set up? R: My writing den is furnished with a desk I inherited from a beloved uncle….atop it sits my computer and a hurricane-type lamp that once sat on my grandmother’s vanity. My father’s old Remington typewriter is not far away on a filing cabinet, which he used to create his own poems, short stories, and song lyrics. Many pictures of beloved pets no longer with me adorn the walls, as well as an oil painting done by my husband. A book hutch holds my favorite books by such authors as Diana Gabaldon, Karen Marie Moning, and the late Kathleen E. Woodiwiss, whose A ROSE IN WINTER inspired me to write my first historical (and book one of my BETWEEN THE RIFLE AND THE SPEAR series) entitled THE GOLDEN LADY (The Wild Rose Press). Shelves hold my Barbie doll collection, and an artificial fireplace puts a warm glow to the room when I’m hammering away on my computer keyboard on winter days, munching now and then on chocolate I always have handy. K: What a special place! And to have so many things that mean so much to you surrounding you, it must feel very nurturing and safe. I love the idea of having an old typewriter nearby. I am keeping my eye open for one myself. What are you working on now? R: My latest work in progress is the sixth book in my historical series, BETWEEN THE RIFLE AND THE SPEAR, and is entitled THE LAST BLOOM. K: Thank you so much for...

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Top 10 Christmas Gifts for Busy Writers (Or at least for this one)

I love writerly gifts. But most of the time, my friends and family haven’t a clue what such things are. I may leave my computer open to this post in case Mr. Himself walks by… Here are my top 10 picks this Christmas in no particular order. Number One:  Jane Austen Action Figures and anything Jane Austen. Such as this,   this, and this. Just because I love all things Jane Austen. And these are absolutely frivolous and uniquely writerly and readerly. Number Two: Stickers for my laptop. Such as this NASA one. It’s cool for people to think I’m a rocket scientist when I’m out in public writing. Then again, the astronaut sloth sticker might clue them in to what I really am. Or the  NASA “I need my space” one. Seriously, though, this one is perfect. As is this one. And you can’t beat the price! Okay, forget the gifting. I’m getting these myself. Number Three: I am in total love with this gift idea! It’s a Moleskin notebook in a Moleskin gift box! How perfect. No need to explain why any writer wouldn’t love this one, right? Number Four: Altwork Station. When I make my first million I’m so getting one of these.  You’ve got to see this for yourself! (Watch the video. You’ll be putting this one on your list, too.) Number Five: Bookends. I have so many books. I’m never without a need for bookends. And since I’m really into elephants, I love these little guys.   Every writer can use a nice set of bookends or even a cute bookshelf! Number Six: Movie passes! Fiction writers love movies. Mainly they like to go and rip apart every scene, dissect each word, analyze the dialogue, conflicts, and more. Sometimes they want to sit in a movie alone and savor every morsel. Writers are weird. You might want to get the passes for them  to go to the movies alone unless they happen to have patient friends who understand. Or you have a unique writer friend who’s an extrovert. Unlike me. It’s not that I’m anti-social. I’m just an in-her-head-all-the-time kind of gal. Okay, fine. My kids think I’m anti-social. Number Seven: A vintage typewriter. Just because. Personally, I’d love to have a pink one:     Or this one from my childhood. I can still remember its smell! And if the below picture is really a thing, please, please, please, someone show me where I can get this one! It does look like you can make your own according to this website, but a circuitry aficionado I’m not. However, I’m a writer, and there’s nothing a writer loves more than dreaming–besides caffeine and chocolate. Which brings us to...

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