Saturday, February 2, 2019

Just For Fun

On a recent walk on the beach I spotted some artwork, and I want to share it with you. I was fascinated by the creativity of the unnamed artists who left this for the enjoyment of strangers.

Philemon 1:7

Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Keeping Secrets

Have you ever held onto a secret you've been dying to share, and then can?

For the last few weeks I've been helping Angela and Becca at Writers Helping Writers keep a BIG secret...what the next book in their thesaurus series will be.

It might seem strange to not tell one's readers what book you're planning to release...unless you happen to write books on Show, Don't Tell like Angela and Becca do! They couldn't resist the opportunity to show, not tell, by waiting for the cover reveal. They even created a *REDACTED* cover for it, which you might have seen floating around.

We're revealing the cover at long last!

*drum roll*

The next book in the descriptive thesaurus series is The Emotion Thesaurus Second Edition!

It's been 7 years since the original Emotion Thesaurus hit the shelves. Many writers have credited this unusual book with transforming their writing. This guide is packed with helpful lists of body language, thoughts, and visceral sensations for 75 different emotions, which makes it easier for writers to convey what characters feel.

Since 2012, many have asked the authors if they would add more emotions, so that's what Angela & Becca have done. This new edition has added 55 more emotions, bringing the total to 130.

There are other new additions to the book and in fact, it's almost doubled in size! I recommend checking out the full list of emotions (and some sample entries) HERE.

And more good news: this book is available for preorder! You can find it on Amazon, Kobo, iBooks, and Barnes & Noble.

One last thing: go grab some free education!

Angela & Becca are giving away a free webinar recording of one of their popular workshops on Emotion, so head over if this is an area of struggle for you. It might really help!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019


I'm got a secret, and I can't share it until next week. Do you have trouble keeping secrets? One way I've learned not to spill the beans is to avoid the person I'm keeping a secret from. My family says I don't have a good poker face.

I'll give you a hint. The good news involves two of my friends, and I think you'll like their news.

This week I'm sharing a couple of recent pictures I took on the beach, and next week I'll share.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

First Walk of 2019

This year began rainy and gray in South Carolina. Today the sun finally came out and what a difference it made.

After lunch we headed to Pawleys Island beach and went for a walk on the southern tip. The wind was brisk, but we didn't care. We pulled on our hoodies and walked.

Along the way we saw footprints in the sand. Birds, dogs, and humans. We saw kites and fishermen. It was a glorious day for our first walk of the year.

Of all the amazing things I saw on the beach, this was my favorite site!

I hope 2019 is an amazing year for you.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Happy New Year

This year I discovered people feel stressed over how they spend New Year's Eve. There were years I was sad on Valentine's Day but never New Year's Eve. I like winding up one year and starting a new year. I also enjoy opening a new journal and starting a new book.

2018 was a good year for us. The most exciting event was the birth of our grandson, Cameron.

He is incredibly sweet and has the best disposition. There are so many things to be thankful for, and Cameron is definitely at the top of the list.

Another event on our 2018 list was surviving Hurricane Florence. We've lived in South Carolina for two years, and this was the first time we had to evacuate. We learned a lot and are blessed to have gotten through another hurricane season.

I look forward to 2019 and seeing what God has in store for me. I hope you have a wonderful year.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Carol of the Bells - Lindsey Stirling

Merry Christmas to you all. Thank you for sharing 2018 with me. I'd like to share this video with you.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Vince Gill at the Ryman, O Holy Night

“An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.” ~ Proverbs 12:25

Does this sound familiar? It's how I ended my last post. We're coming up on Christmas, and while this should be the happiest time of the year, we often feel anxious.

One way to lessen our anxiety is to focus on what Christmas is truly about. Jesus came to save us from our sins so we could spend eternity with him.

Isaiah 9:6 ~(KJV) "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."

Keeping our eyes on Jesus will help lessen the big and small frustrations we face everyday.
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” ~ Matthew 6:34

I hope you have a minute you to spare and can enjoy this song. I think you'll be blessed.

Just For Fun

On a recent walk on the beach I spotted some artwork, and I want to share it with you. I was fascinated by the creativity of the unnamed art...