Deep POV: Confessions of a Christian Writer

The ramblings of an emergent-realistic-edgy-working-for-God-and-the-pay-isn’t-that-great-sometimes-confused-christian-fiction writer (uh, that would be me).

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Morgan, Gracie, and Noah-my three darlings! Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Dumb, dumb, dumb

Me, that is. I wondered where everyone had gone. Suddenly, I had no comments, none whatsoever. Had I committed some grave online faux pas that I couldn't remember? Maybe I went to someone else's blog without a hostess gift? Or stayed too long? Drank too much, uh, coffee?

Well, as it turns out, being very preoccupied these days with my three-month-old granddaughter (have I told you how utterly gorgeous she is?) and a new contract job (doing research), not to mention the normal Christmas stuff, I failed to check the moderation section of HaloScan where the comments are stored until approved by me. Which I'd set up. Of course.

So, my apologies if you commented and were greeted by stony silence! I enjoy the comments almost more than anything. I'll try to keep better track of them from now on. {Hangs head, walks away.}

Celebration in December

Merriest of Merry Christmases!

Geseende Kersfees, buon Natale, feliz Navidad, felix dies Nativitatis! Posted by Picasa

In case anyone is wondering, there isn't a Celebration of New Christian Fiction this month. I think people have enough to do in December without adding something extra so I did not try to recruit anyone for the job.

I do, however, need folks for 2006. If you've been a part of the Celebration in the past, you'll be hearing from me soon. :-) If you haven't, and you'd like to get involved, please e-mail me or leave a comment. I'll be glad to add you to the mailing list.

I'd like to do more next year to showcase our writing more so if you have ideas, be sure to let me know!

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Encouragement for Older Writers

Lexington Herald-Leader | 12/03/2005 | Retired nurse spins family story into her first book:
"A true story about a little girl swept away by floodwaters haunted Jan Watson for some 50 years.

What if the girl had lived? What would she have looked like? Where would life have taken her?

Watson, a retired Lexington nurse, took those imponderables and turned them into a work of fiction that has gained praise, support and editing expertise from no less than Jerry B. Jenkins, co-author of the bestselling Left Behind series of end-of-the-world novels.

Watson's first novel, Troublesome Creek, is now on bookstore shelves. Last year the manuscript won the Christian Writers Guild 'Operation First Novel' Contest, a nationwide competition to find unpublished talent in Christian fiction. The win brought Watson a $50,000 prize and a publishing deal with Tyndale House.

Watson said she can barely believe that something she wrote is available in the marketplace.

'How cool is that: To be 61 and sell your first book?' she said."
So, if you don't feel, as the saying goes, like a spring chicken, take heart! You, too, might get a book published even at your "advanced" age!