Friday, September 23, 2011

Michelle Dennis Evans ~ Author ~ New Page

For some unknown 
Cyberspace reason
My last page was filled with bugs
Bugs that didn’t let me comment
Or like other statuses
So I fixed the problem
That Facebook couldn’t
I created myself a new page
But now I’m back to zero
And am feeling a little lonely
So could you please
Pop over to the right side bar
And click ‘like’ on the Facebook box.
The let me know your page name
So I can make sure
I’m following you as well.


Friday, September 16, 2011

Sun Beat

~ Friday Flash Fiction ~

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a Friday Flash. During the week I was inspired to write this micro. Hope you enjoy…

The beat filled the air as the drummers pounded their instruments to notify everyone. The end was near. People in the street walked in time to the contagious rhythm. It brought a smile the crankiest of men and silenced the cries of babies. The breeze settled, but only after the thump had ceased. The sun was no longer held in the sky by the Force. For the first time in a decade, there would be darkness. A nightfall. They would sleep without light. 

Imagine a life without darkness... 

Sunday, September 11, 2011

So I’ve been revising

So I’ve been revising.

Off in my own little world.

Preferring to stay at home at night rather than catching up with family or friends.

Some would say ‘crazy’

Others I’m sure … understand.

While rejections from all directions keep flooding in... I continue to work on new and exciting ideas. And then at night I enjoy revising. Finding delicious descriptions, filling in the details of characters and making my WIP sing and believing that with some more work it will be all glossy and ready to submit. But before I submit…

There is the tentative stage, where I start sending my WIP out to critique partners and beta readers. I hit send, pull a finger to my mouth, and then try to forget about it and move onto the next chapter or something else.

And speaking of the something else... I have one wonderful Chapter Book critique partner, but I’m looking for a couple of beta readers or crit partners for these younger WIPs as well. Please let me know if you’d be interested.

Which stage of writing do you enjoy?

What is a stand out book you’ve read this year?

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Outback from Baragula by Mary Hawkins

  ~ An Aussie Review ~

As the title suggests this novel is set in outback Australia, where the land is rugged and the properties are huge.

Twins, John and Jillian have taken over the farm management. Jillian’s secret love interest, Steve, turns up when she least expects him. Jillian pushes away her feelings for Steve because she has reason to be concerned with the whereabouts of her brother. Jillian and Steve are forced to spend time together while they camp out on the property. After finding John, both Jillian and Steve are challenged by their dreams for the perfect partner while danger surrounds them.

Outback from Baragula is the second book in the Baragula Trilogy. I read Return to Baragula earlier this year and jumped at the chance to enter a competition on Mary’s blog to win Outback from Baragula. And yippee... I won a copy!! This novel is filled with adventure, suspense and romance. Now I need to get my hands on the third in the series, Justice at Baragula.

Outback from Baragula takes the reader on a journey of self discovery of faith, pride and forgiveness. While reading, I was reminded how young love can easily sway judgement. I myself fell for someone whose beliefs were vastly different to mine. I am thankful that relationship ended so I was free to find my husband. Our general spiritual and moral beliefs were on the same page and we have grown together in our faith.

Mary Hawkins is a highly acclaimed author with more than 800,000 books in print.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Meditating in the Valley

Success is a journey of surrender and increase, abandonment and acceleration  ~  A J Butel

~ This post is filled with Christian thoughts and Biblical scriptures ~

The choice is yours to read or bypass

In our fast food society, the pain and endurance of the wait can be excruciating. I am in a valley, you may have read my blog post last week. During times of darkness in the journey, I cry out to God. 

Hear my prayer, O LORD,
         And let my cry come to You.
Do not hide Your face from me in the day of my trouble;
         Incline Your ear to me;
         In the day that I call, answer me speedily. 
Psalms 102:1-2

I write because I love to write. When I’m writing I feel alive. I’m still writing and enjoying it, yet lately I’ve feel completely wrung out. 

Though the fig tree does not bud
   and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
   and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
   and no cattle in the stalls,
 yet I will rejoice in the LORD,
   I will be joyful in God my Saviour.

The Sovereign LORD is my strength;
   he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
   he enables me to tread on the heights. Habakkuk 3:17-19

I have cried out and heard nothing, until last few days. I have sensed that this is a time of patience, a time of endurance. 

Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer;
You shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’
“ If you take away the yoke from your midst,
The pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,
If you extend your soul to the hungry
And satisfy the afflicted soul,
Then your light shall dawn in the darkness,
And your darkness shall be as the noonday. Isaiah 58:9-10 

I have been reminded why I write. 

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility
consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:3-11

Writing is an act of worship to the Lord of my life.