Guest Post at Brianna Merritt’s Blog

Brianna Merritt invited me to guest post on her blog today. I wrote on how having a “thick skin” isn’t the most important thing when it comes to sharing our creative work: What if, in spite of all my logical mental preparation, I can’t handle negative reviews? What if I’m a pathetically oversensitive snowflake after […]

I Want to Be a Persons-Pleaser

Something imperceptible shifted in me in the last couple of months. The first time it felt like a fluke – I was having a good day, apparently, nothing special. The second time it barely caught my notice – a passionate moment of boldness, probably too bold, but whatever. The third time it took me by […]

Simmer Starters – July 2, 2016

Fear Not, the Universe is Wildly Out of Your Control (Ricky Alcantar) – “Psalm 97:1 says simply ‘The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice!’ This of course implies that we do not reign ultimately. On many days I don’t like that. But rather than cause for anxiety the Psalmist encourages us that it’s cause for celebration. […]

Of Books and Babies

As a writer, I know the importance of beginnings. Everything hangs on the first few pages of your novel.  If readers don’t enjoy those, they probably won’t move on.  There are lots of books in the world, so unless someone else told them it was a good story, why should they spend time on a […]

Be Still

One recent evening, I curled up next to my husband in bed and cried. I was overwhelmed with stress and sadness over a situation I couldn’t help.  I couldn’t change it, or magically make the problem or the pain go away.  It was just there, weighing down my heart with anxiety for loved ones who were […]