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The New Year , 2014 – Where Will it Lead?

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William Davidson’s New Year’s Blessing, 1879 From Wildrose of Promise, Chapter 18 “I wish to bestow a New Year’s blessing on a’ the Davidsons,” William began. Rising from the table, he lifted his arm in a toast. “An’ to a’ the Davidson childer, their sons an’ sons’ childer and their daughters for a thousan’ years to come. I humbly ask the Lord to be Ye gracious to us an’ send doon mountains o’ gold an acres of lands to every Davidson born in the world.” Smiles of agreement accompanied William’s statement. “An’, oh Lord,” William continued, “send doon swords an’…

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Recapping The 2013 FIWR Writer’s Conference

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On September 27-28, the 6th annual Writer’s Conference, Florida Inspirational Writers Retreat, was held near Brandon FL at Cedarkirk Camp and Conference Center. Friday night was the “Night Owl” critique session with a panel of authors and editors critiquing the manuscripts of the attendees. On Saturday, the attendees enjoyed a full day of workshops, guest speakers, and publishers. It was a great retreat. We all came home tired…but inspired. The highlight for me was guest publisher (Ambassador Intl.) Tim Lowry’s presentation: Beyond the Manuscript. I will be posting highlights on my Writing blog soon.

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To my Readers

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  Thank you for stopping by my online home. I hope you will find on the following pages the same encouragement that has inspired me to write books and stories that will not only entertain my readers, but will shine a light on the narrow path that leads to life everlasting. My purpose as a faith perspective writer is to fulfill the calling of Habakkuk 2:2, Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it.” We bring to the printed page not just happy endings and…

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Storytelling is Healing

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STORYTELLING  IS  HEALING Storytelling is healing. As we reveal ourselves in story, we become aware of the continuing core of our lives under the fragmented surface of our experience. We become aware of the multifaceted, multichaptered “I” who is the storyteller. We can trace out the paradoxical and even contradictory versions of ourselves that we create for different occasions, different audiences… Most important, as we become aware of ourselves as storytellers, we realize that what we understand and imagine about ourselves is a story. And when we know all this, we can use our stories to heal and make ourselves…

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Teaching a Writing Workshop

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This month, Wright and I spent some time at Wildrose Cottage, catching up on some much needed book promotion and re-stocking of the Wildrose series at various stores that market my books. Since the setting for the series is in FairfieldCounty, the interest in the books and various related topics are sometimes demanding for this author who does not live locally. So…I plan a number of events during the week before my hubby flies home for the weekend. This time, I had a high school class reunion planned, a book signing, and a radio interview all in the same week….

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The Character Takeover

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Excerpt from FIWR Writers Retreat When writing an inspirational novel, the writer must be able to birth a living, breathing personality, a person so real that the reader cannot separate the created form from reality, fact from fiction. To create a mere character from your imagination is somewhat like painting a picture. In the beginning, the work is flat with little detail. However, if you can breathe life into your character with enough desirable traits, shortcomings, and realistic physical attributes so that she shoves you—the writer, out of her way, then you have created in the minds of the reader,…

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The Power and Beauty of Story

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Story telling or story writing is the most dynamic and effective expression of the human heart. With skillful crafting, a story has the power to influence us to action, to change our perspectives, to challenge us to overcome difficulties, and to motivate us to higher levels of achievement throughout our lives.    ©2010ruthellinger When a person dies, that unique gift or talent that God has given him, that unique place in this time world that belongs to him and him alone, dies with him. Therefore, it is imperative that we tell our story; that we use our gifts for the…

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