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Really need to get back in the groove here. Way too much time between posts.
Fear not for I bring you glad tidings of great joy.... Luke 2:8-11

Stupid Mistakes

My new nickname is Quick Draw McGraw. Because I'm toooooo stinkin' fast at punching the computer keys... the wrong computer key that is....
Fear not for I bring you glad tidings of great joy.... Luke 2:8-11

Theme for 2011


Happy New Year everyone!

I still haven't sold my first book. Yet as I reflect on this past year, I see a definite difference in my writing skills. My themes are more interesting. My characters are much fuller. My writing style has changed tremendously.
So I guess this year hasn't been a total bust afterall.

My theme for 2011 is -- repeat, repeat, repeat. Repeat writing. Repeat subbing. Repeat sales (I hope!).

Stay safe. Best wishes to you all.

Lois 
Fear not for I bring you glad tidings of great joy.... Luke 2:8-11

I am a dinosaur...

because I simply can't abide a world where things like this are becoming the norm.

I love everything about real books and
nothing about digital imitations.

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Fear not for I bring you glad tidings of great joy.... Luke 2:8-11

NANOWRIMO

Decided to give it a whirl this year. I have never written in such a time frame before. It'll do me good, I'm sure. I was surprised to see 27 other writers signed in for my region. This is not a big town, by any means. Glad that I don't have to worry about content necessarily. Worrying about it is a norm for me. I need to learn to write and keep on writing. Edit later.

Well great good luck to all participants! Happy sailing....

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Fear not for I bring you glad tidings of great joy.... Luke 2:8-11

Things I Am Thankful For

1) That Jesus came to earth, and sacrificed his life for me, then rose on the third day that I might have eternal life through Him.

2) My two unique, very thoughtful, sometimes cranky, mostly silly, and always loving daughters; their equally great husbands; and of course, my five delightful grandchildren.

3) My supportive and patient friends here in LJ land, who have read my blog for this long without deleting it.

4) Good television programs that offer a fair amount of recreation and relaxation.

5) The thrill of receiving my very first revision request, ever.

6) All those talented writers who write such wonderful books.

7) I credit my good health to the God I serve, a good sense of humor, and my pioneer spirit.

8) For every morning I am blessed to wake and draw a breath.

9) The everyday good health I sometimes take for granted.

10) The twittering of the song birds outside my open window early on a sunny morning.

11) An unexpected cooling breeze that keeps our sometimes too hot Florida weather tolerable.

12) Life... plain and simple.

13) The way the lake nearby us takes on that pinkish-purple hue in the dusk of the evening.

14) Grace, mercy, and forgiveness.

15) My mind... such as it is.
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MY STORIES

Miller's Farm...
Little Pony wants to play with Mama NOW but must wait until Mama's done working, so he gets angry and causes chaos on the farm.

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The Waddlebutt Sisters' Big Plans...
The Waddlebutt sisters want to take a cross-country train trip but they've spent all their vacation money, so now they must find a way to get the money back before summer is over.

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Christmas In NY: A Book About the People Who Made Christmas Famous...
Chronicles the inventions and contributions made by New Yorkers in the development of Christmas.

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Magnolia Mouse's First Spring...
Join Magnolia Mouse as she searches for the reason for the strange buzzing noise coming from the big garden behind the old plantation house.

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Sarah and the Baby...
In alternating spreads, follow the developing relationship between a kindergartner and her unborn sibling.

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What's That? A Book About Colors and Bugs...
Amy and her daddy love strolling through the neighborhood. And every evening when they go out for their walk, Amy has one question she loves to ask....What’s that?

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The Christmas Wish...
Filled with all the wonder of the holiday, this is a tale about homelessness and loneliness, but mostly it's about helping those less fortunate.

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Margie the Great and Her Magic Snake...
What happens when a snake with a strange way of expressing himself gets loose under the Big Top?
Find out in this humorous story about a jumprope snake who loves to smooch.

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Do You See What I See: A Christmas ABC Book...
While a family spends Christmas Eve enjoying the events, sights, and sounds around town, Dad and child play their favorite alphabet game.

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Christmas in My Hometown: An ABC Book...
Readers of all ages will delight in this contemporary picture book, featuring traditions from around the world.

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Pardon ME, Mr. President...
A turkey in a three piece suit? How about a top hat and tails? It's the beginning of November and all the turkeys on Mr. Mac's Ranch are out to impress the president. Will Karl the Turkey be special enough to get the president's pardon?

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Turkey Claus...
Melvin, the barnyard turkey, loves to eavesdrop. Until he hears the farmer telling his wife that Santa is sick, and Christmas has been called off. Kids will love this humorous story about being a good listener.

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Lovestruck:Ridiculously Funny Farm Poems...
Spring is in the air, and love is a-buzz on Mr. Mac's Ranch.

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I Got A Rhinocerous for Christmas...
Find out what happens when Santa has trouble reading Dad's sloppy handwriting in this humorous picture book about finding a place to fit in.
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WORDS TO LIVE BY

I want to be in front of the camera, not directing the film...

Give your dreams the wings they need, and let them fly....

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN 1706-1790 ...
Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great." Mark Twain

"Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader, not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon." E.L. Doctorow

"Start early and work hard. A writer's apprenticeship usually involves writing a million words (which are then discarded) before he's almost ready to begin. That takes a while."
David Eddings

"This manuscript of yours that has just come back from another editor is a precious package. Don't consider it rejected. Consider that you've addressed it to the editor who can appreciate your work, and it has simply come back stamped Not at this address. Just keep looking for the right address."
Barbara Kingsolver

"My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure."
Abraham Lincoln

"We keep moving forward - opening up new doors and doing new things - because we're curious. And curiosity
keeps leading us down new paths. We're always exploring and experimenting."
Walt Disney
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