Wednesday, February 29, 2012
I am reading "The Art of War for Writers" by James Scott Bell and one of the things he recommends is to start up dialogues with your main characters and let them tell you who they are. He said its fun and a bit spooky at times - and I found out he was right!
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Thursday, February 23, 2012
A couple of weeks ago I stumbled across a great blog by author Jody Hedlund www.jodyhedlund.blogspot.com and it has opened up a new world to me, a world of authors (both published and aspiring), agents, teachers and readers. People who love what I love and who understand where I am coming from. It's been a breath of fresh air.
Before, as I sat alone at my computer, I felt like I was the only person in the world with a dream, now I am surrounded by a sea of dreamers, who are willing to offer their time, knowledge and talents with others who have the same dream. Not only do they challenge me to push myself and go deeper, they have also offered me hope. Hope that I can gain the skills I need to take my talent and passion and weave an unforgettable story that will leave my readers begging for more (pause to imagine...). *Sigh*
I have also found these people to be helpful in finding resources. One book that was recommended was "A Novel Idea." It was written by many well-known, successful authors and I have been devouring it! The book is full of advice and tips on how to craft a novel. I've already put some of it into practice with editing my manuscript.
The introduction to the book spoke right to me and grabbed me by the heart, tugging at the dreams I've kept there for so many years, pulling them and urging me to keep going on this journey. The intro talks about the importance of telling a good story, of using metaphors and examples, drawing from our faith and our experiences, of weaving the Truth into the very fabric of our tales. God uses stories to relate the Truth throughout the Bible. Jesus was a master at telling Truth through parables and stories. It is an honor to be given that gift, but it is also a great responsibility. These words, by Amy Wallace, say it all: "When we as writers take our fears, beliefs, imaginations and research and offer them up for the Lord to use, we are changed, and our fiction carries the power of truth and the fingerprints of our God on every page."
I am so thankful I have found other people who I can relate to. A journey is always more fun to take with a friend.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
This blog is home to my journey. I want to be realistic, as well as wildly hopeful. I want to dream, learn and grow on this journey. I fully intend to look back at the beginning of my blog someday and laugh at my ignorance and my lack of knowledge, knowing how far I have come. I will be able to see how much I have accomplished and where my dreams have brought me. But I have to start at the beginning, as all of us do. An old Chinese Proverb says that a journey of a thousand miles must start with the first step.
How long will this journey to publication take? I don't know, but I do know that God has placed this desire in my heart and in His good timing all things will work together. My prayer is that He will bring to me what I need to know at the right time; His time. Who knows what will happen then?
So here's to the journey of a lifetime. My journey to publication.
Monday, February 20, 2012
So what makes a blog worth reading to you? Do you like short blog posts or longer ones? Do you like reading blogs that focus on specific topics like cooking, writing, decorating, family, etc. or do you enjoy reading blogs that are random and surprise you? Simply put, what kind of a blog is worth your time and effort? I look forward to hearing your thoughts.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Tonight I put together a dish with ingredients I had in the house and it turned out amazing, so I thought I would share! Super yummy - I should have taken a picture, but it got devoured by our kids before I had a chance. Enjoy.
Chicken & Spinach Tortellini Bake
Chicken & Spinach Tortellini Bake
1 T olive oil
1 c chopped onion
2 – 19 oz. bags of frozen cheese filled Tortellini
3 cups chopped spinach
3 c cubed, cooked chicken breasts (seasoned with garlic salt)
2 (14 oz) cans Italian-style diced tomatoes
1 (8 oz) block cream cheese
1 T dried onion flakes
½ T salt, ½ T pepper
Parmesan cheese, sprinkled over the top
Spread oil on bottom of 11×17 in baking dish; add onion in a single layer. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes or just until tender. Transfer onion to large bowl, set aside.
Prepare frozen Tortellini according to pkg directions.
Stir together cream cheese and onion flakes.
In the bowl with the cooked onions add cooked pasta, spinach, chicken, diced tomatoes, cream cheese mixture, salt and pepper. Spoon mixture into baking dish & sprinkle evenly with parmesan cheese. Bake covered at 375 for 30 minutes; uncover & bake 15 more minutes or until bubbly.