There are so many things that are scary about being a writer. I pride myself on having a tough skin when it comes to criticism about my work, but it’s still hard when people peek into your proverbial stroller and say “gee, that baby’s ugly.”

Writers agree that even a hundred positive comments have a hard time blotting out the one negative one.

So, most of the time, it’s like this:


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My new project (the one I mentioned forever ago about a woman with social anxiety) is turned in to my publisher. Hooray! Oh, it seems like this book took FOREVER and I’m pretty happy to have it turned in.

What happens next: The book is sent to outside readers, who give an evaluation to my publisher. Then that evaluation is used by a committee to make a decision on the book. They may 1) accept it; 2) accept it but require revisions; 3) ask for revisions before accepting or rejecting it; or 4) reject it outright without an opportunity to resubmit.


The hard part is that this process takes months. I hate waiting.

In the meantime, I do have some fun writerly things coming up. I’m teaching a class at the UVU Book Academy next week…January 26th (contact me for a discount code)…and I’m also teaching at LDStorymakers in May. I love to teach about writing.


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Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.

–Author Unknown

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My novel in progress is about a young lady who has severe social anxiety.


She’d definitely like this app.

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Do I choose the less difficult path even when it’s not best?

The easy sentence instead of the perfect one?

“Having my children was the best thing I did for many reasons, including that it taught me to write a single, perfect sentence. Having a big family forced me to make every second of my writing time count. It taught me to write spare and taut, to write each word as if it were special, precious, to write a sentence that nobody else in the world had written.”  –Martine Leavitt

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Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. –Mary Jean Iron

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I’m being interviewed for a podcast on writing today. I’m pretty scared since I’ll have to be spontaneous and that can lead to disaster. I really prefer time to write words out and think them over. Plus I hate my voice.

I’ll let you know when the episode is available–if it’s not completely embarrassing. **blush**



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Congratulations to the winners: Rachel K. and Becca O.! Hope you enjoy it!

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Just in time for Christmas, I’m giving away two free copies of one of The End Begins books–your choice. I will draw two names, and each one will have the chance to choose which book they would like.

Book One: Sudden Darkness

“This end of the world story will keep you hooked from the first page. I love books where I really connect and understand the characters, and this book doesn’t disappoint. It’s so cool to see prophecies about the end of times come to life, and made into an eerily realistic storyline. LOVED THIS BOOK!”


Sudden Darkness

Book Two: Glimmering Light

Great read. I fell in love with Amelie and Zack in the first book, and became even more so here.  It is engrossing to think about what could happen in a situation like that, and Margot Hovley does a fantastic job letting me experience it. I was constantly in the middle of the action, trying to think if I could do nearly as well, and it makes the characters feel genuine and strong. Delightful mix of suspense and adventure. Really well developed characters.”


Glimmering Light_COVER


Entering is easy. Just leave a comment stating which way you follow me: Facebook, Twitter, Email subscription to this blog, or stalking me in dark alleys. Then tell me one thought you have about the end times. Are you scared? About what? Excited? Hopeful? Any thoughts you’d like to share about the times to come.

And…the winner can choose which format they’d prefer, as well–paper or ebook.

That’s it! The giveaway will end on December 10, giving plenty of time for the book to arrive in time for Christmas.

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I’m excited to introduce you to a brand new book written by one of my best friends, Christy Monson. I highly recommend it for nearly every family situation.

Family Talk Small


A retired family therapist, Christy shares stories and concrete examples to guide families through the process of fine tuning communication through family meetings.

She explores the use of family councils as the perfect teaching environment to:

Understand difficult issues

Troubleshoot problems

Find solutions

Build a child’s self esteem

Give children the message that they are valued

Help children know they are loved

Encourage family members to become the best they can be

About the Author: Christy Monson established a successful counseling practice in Las Vegas, Nevada, as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Her books, Love, Hugs, and Hope: When Scary Things Happen and Becoming Free: A Woman’s Guide To Internal Strength are published by Familius.

Links to buy Family Talk
Buy on Amazon
Buy at Familius
Buy the book on Christy’s website

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