Just Me

Above Average

This is my first entry in the A-Z blogging challenge.

Do you ever feel like you are less than others around you? Some days that is my mood; especially if I am tired, not feeling good, or under a lot of pressure. I have feelings that I can’t do anything right. I’m in that mood right now because I have spent three days sick in bed and now I am looking at all the stuff I have to catch up on. It is overwhelming.

Then I have to look at reality. I do my job and because I love it, I do it well. And here I am talking about not only my profession but also my volunteer work and personal life.

Personal Thoughts about January

Over the past month, I haven’t done anything on my personal blogs because I had an assignment from my work. I was asked to do a daily blog with a writing prompt. The project was called Resolve to Write. It was good for me in a number of ways.

First of all, it forced me to build the habit of blogging because it takes twenty-one days to make a habit and I completed this project for thirty-one days.

Last Day of NaNo

Today I am combining my Wednesday writer’s blog and my Friday personal blog because this concerns both. This week I made a difficult decision about my writing. I had planned on doing NaNoWriMo this month and had tried to complete. However, this year things didn’t go so well. I had so much on my mind and was so busy; I just couldn’t get the words to come. I wrote a lot of words but they didn’t make sense.

My Friday Thoughts

This week I am working in a booth at the Sweet Adelines International Conference. For those who don’t know the Sweet Adelines are a group who sing barbershop style. At first, I didn’t want to go to this conference because it brought back negative memories.

I love to sing and do it a lot when no one else can hear me. I avoid singing because of being asked to either mouth words or leave three choirs. In addition, I was rejected by two different Sweet Adelines groups. All this rejection because I am not a good singer made me very uncomfortable with singing in public.

My Different Hats

The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. (Genesis 1:2, NASB)

I have been thinking a lot lately about chaos and order. My life seems to go through cycles of order and chaos. Right now I’m in the chaos part of the cycle. I feel like my life is like the earth as it was described in the Scripture above. But just as surely as God brought order out of the formless void as told in the verses following this one, I know He will bring order out of mine.


Yesterday at the Writing for the Soul conference, Dr. Dennis Hensley spoke about what is important in our lives. He said “Inspiration without manifestation is frustration.”

Now, he was speaking in this case to writers about needing to fulfill their dream of writing if they are going to be happy and satisfied. But I think this is true for anyone. If a person has a dream and doesn’t do everything they can to bring that dream into reality, it is difficult to be happy and feel your life has purpose and value.

A New Cliche?

How Do Clichés Start?

When I hear a cliché, sometimes I wonder how the cliché got started. I can find meanings to the clichés but no specifics on how it started. My guess is someone said something that caught the attention of the people who heard it and they all started repeating the phrase until everyone was saying it.

For example, while I was helping at AWANA we asked the Sparkies what a soul is.

Who's Out There Talking?

As I have become more active in leadership in my two writers groups – Words for the Journey and Mile High Scribes ACFW, I have found myself in the position of finding speakers for the groups. Being an introvert, I found this very difficult. But I’m learning I just need to pay attention to who’s talking and reach out to those people.

Writers need to learn two things – how to improve their craft (including how to publish) and how to make their writing real.

The best way to find speaks on craft is by networking with other writers at conferences and through writing groups.

At Home with Others Like Me

I spend last Saturday at INFUSE 2010, a conference for creative people serving God with the artistic gifts He has given them. After a long month of the type of stress life is so very capable of throwing at us, it was a real pleasure to spend time sharing and learning with people who don’t think I’m weird because of the worlds to which my fiction-writing mind takes me.

Even though there was a wide variety of talents; artists, dancers, musicians and writers to name a few; there was a spirit of joy and of sharing that was refreshing and heartwarming.

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