How to Open a New Book

Redheaded girl reading a book.I recently received the latest installment in The Stormlight Archive. (If you’re not familiar with the series, ask—or don’t. You could get drawn into a loooong conversation about Brandon Sanderson.) My giddiness at receiving the book knew almost no bounds. A book that weighs at least three pounds? Yes! Twelve-hundred-plus pages? Sign me up!

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Shuffling in the Sand

Sand dunes in Death Valley, backed by mountains and a hazy blue sky.By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed […] he went out, not knowing where he was going.

— Hebrews 11:8, New American Standard Bible

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N is for Noteworthy

A handwritten love letter on a yellow sticky note.I read (a lot). The fact means I stumble across both good and bad literature. Some books, however, rise above those categories. (Neil Gaiman prefers “like” and “love,” and, I have to admit, I agree with him. Some books are okay, but some sink deep into my soul.)

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My Business Recipe for Success

A loaf of bread rising on a cooling rack.About two weeks ago, I received an interesting query. “Would you share some of your tips and tools in a ‘recipe for success’?” Anyone who knows me well can guess at my response: “Of course!” I enjoy the occasional writing prompt and, well, assignment. Writing and editing, after all, pay the bills.

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Write Right Tours London Bridge as a Fair Lady

Write Right Tours London Bridge as a Fair Lady

God is So Good

Woman paddleboarding on Bear Lake.God is so good,

God is so good,

God is so good,

He’s so good to me!

— Children’s Gospel Song

I tend toward worry and fighting. If I get stuck, I battle my way out. When worry arises, I create to-do lists and action plans. Sometimes, though, I find myself in a corner that I can’t get out of. No strategy and no amount of scrapping will grant escape. I’m trapped.

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Write Right’s Favorite Books of 2017

Write Right's Favorite Books of 2017How can it be November?! The year seems to have flown by. It feels as though it should still be March or, at the very least, June.

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Creative Life Truths: You Can’t do it Alone

Creative Life Truths: You Can't do it Alone — Write RightThe other week, I shared a cup of coffee with a new acquaintance. He asked about my art, so I told him about Write Right and how I place her into books, fairytales, and nursery rhymes. He listened, and then he asked if I had ever thought of letting her time travel in order to meet poets.

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M is for Malodorous

M is for MalodorousMalodorous serves as both a wonderful and offensive word. Wonderful because of how it sounds. The syllables issue forth like a summer river current. It moves slow but will arrive at a particular destination.

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I Want to be Useful

I Want to be Useful — Write Right“Here am I. Send me!” — Isaiah 6:8

I tend to associate Isaiah’s words with the people who go—the people who move overseas and share the gospel in unreached parts of the world. And yet, his words find a home in my heart, too. More and more often these days, my heart cries, “I want to be useful. Use me, God!”

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