Kindred mid-month check in

October 15th? Already? Say it ain't so!My goal has been to finish the last chapters of Kindred, at least in rough draft form, by October 30th (the following day being my 40th birthday).So, Lori, how's it going with that goal thing?Glad you asked! It's going all right....

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Let it snow… let it snow… let it snow

A non-writing related post, except to say that while these photos were taken this afternoon, I was snug at home in a quiet house getting some writing done.On Wagner Butte. Season's first snowfall. Photos by Brian.Looking over the mountains to the westSnow on Mt....

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A Visit with author Bonnie Leon

Historical fiction author, Bonnie Leon, paid a visit to the Rogue Valley this weekend. I've known Bonnie many years through Oregon Christian Writers, have taken her fiction writing course, and lately have come to know her better through regional meetings of American...

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A Most Needful Thing

I left our church service today in tears. They weren’t tears of sadness or hurt, but an overflow from my spirit at the goodness of God, and the sweetness of His voice, and the many utterly cool and precious things He had to gift me today in one short hour of my...

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A Good Day

Yesterday was a good writing day. One of those rare days when more than I expected got written, and I liked it, it did what I wanted it to do, and more so. All sorts of foreshadowing of the book's ending popped up in the dialogue between several sets of characters. I...

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Goals and stuff

A few days after I learned I'd placed third in the ACFW Genesis contest, the judges score sheets showed up in my email, compliments of Camy Tang, the contest coordinator (thank you, Camy, for answering about a dozen questions from me over past few months, and all your...

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ACFW Genesis Contest Winners!

Whoo-hooooo! I'm jazzed that Kindred placed third in the Historical category of the 2008 ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) Genesis Contest. Winners were announced last night at a banquet in Minneapolis, during the annual conference. Wish I could've been there,...

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Say What?

Or better yet... Say How?I've had a lot of fun, and spent a lot of time and sweat, rendering various dialect and accents for my characters in Kindred, including Scottish, French, German, English, Irish, Quaker plain speech, early backwoods American, and the dialects...

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The One Liner

I've long meant to work up a one line pitch (or hook) for Kindred. Not an easy thing to do, capsulizing a Very Long Novel into one sentence, without making it run on via endless clauses for a solid paragraph.So why bother? Editors and agents like them, for one. They...

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The Best Laid Schemes…

The best laid schemes o' mice an' men/Gang aft agley.Or so says Robert Burns. Proverbs puts it, "The mind of a man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps."I meant to focus on writing this summer (more so than usual, that is), in hopes of finishing the last...

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