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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!”

 

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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.”

 

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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.

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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
http://www.amazon.com/Family-Talk-Organize-Strengthen-Relationships/dp/193830179X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1412041743&sr=1-1&keywords=Family+Talk+How+to+organize+family+meetings+to+Solve+Problems
Buy at Familius
http://www.familius.com/family-talk
Buy the book on Christy’s website
http://www.christymonson.com/familytalk.htm

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I’m presenting a workshop a week from Thursday (July 17) on Teaching Yourself to Write.

(Thanks to my pal Marion Jensen for the workshop idea. It’s going to be fun.)

The event will be at the Pleasant Grove Library, 7pm. It’s free and the public is invited. Hope to see ya there!

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Yay! My new book, Glimmering Light–which came out way back in March–is finally available on Kindle. Here’s the link: Glimmering on Kindle

Also, I want to thank all those who have left me reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, Deseret Book, etc. It helps so much, and I truly appreciate you taking the time. THANKS.

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As I mentioned, I’m posting an occasional tip on using Scrivener. Hope you find it useful.

To start a new project, click File>New. You should see a page entitled Project Templates. When you have time, look through these, and perhaps open a few dummy files with the different templates so you can see and compare. You can delete these dummy files afterward.

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All the templates are based on the Blank template, and have been somewhat customized. You can take it from where Literature and Latte left off and further customize your project to your liking.

For example, click on Fiction. Within this folder you’ll see Novel, Novel with Parts, and Short Story. Click on each one of these to read a brief description of the template.

One of the things the Fiction templates have already built in is a Character Sketch, tucked away in the Research folder. Also find a Setting Sketch. You can use these as is or customize just the way you like.

Other things, like the the Labels, have been preset for a typical novel setup. Consider these a starting place.

By clicking the Options button at the bottom of the list of templates, you can access the ability to import templates. Google “Scrivener templates” for examples of the kinds of templates others have set up and have posted online for sharing. I’ve enjoyed being able to import a super detailed template based on the Hero’s Journey. Then I was able to customize it for my own use…much faster than creating one from scratch. I also made myself a template based on the 15 beats described in Save the Cat.

The Getting Started button at the top left (with the arrow) contains links to tutorials and the massive User’s Manual.

Hope this helps you to take your first step with Scrivener! Please let me know if you have any questions.

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I had the chance to be part of a Mothers Day anthology that my publisher, Covenant Communications, put together. Here is a nice review for that book that recently appeared in the Deseret News.

Book review: ‘A Mother’s Prayer: Inspiring True Stories to Warm the Heart’ is diverse, uplifting

By Elizabeth Reid
For the Deseret News

 

A MOTHER’S PRAYER: Inspiring True Stories to Warm the Heart,” Covenant Communications, $9.99, 80 pages (nf)

Defining moments from the lives of 11 well-known Mormon authors make up “A Mother’s Prayer: Inspiring True Stories to Warm the Heart.” Death, divorce, tragedy and infertility are just some of the topics covered in this well-written and inspirational booklet.

Jean Holbrook Mathews struggled with infertility. Then, upon finding herself the foster mother of twin boys, she struggled with piles of laundry. She shares an experience of her mother’s practical, yet memorable, gift of a washing machine.

Michele Ashman Bell had a difficult time dealing with losing her mother to Alzheimer’s. But a short moment of clarity helped heal her soul and taught her the importance of cherishing every moment with loved ones.

Sandra Grey couldn’t understand why any mother would hate Mother’s Day. But when she found herself a newly single mother she realized how easy it was for the holiday to be an overwhelming, instead of joyous, occasion. After following some advice from a friend, she managed to make the day a welcome one for herself and a stranger.

Jeri Gilchrist went from proud mother of a missionary to dealing with her son’s medical issues and eventual early homecoming from serving the Lord. Tears and prayer were needed to help her develop an eternal perspective as she learned God’s plans differed from her own.

Learning from these, and several other, very personal experiences can be motivating and inspiring for women no matter what their situation in life.

“A Mother’s Prayer” has clean language and uplifting stories. While some of the topics, such as divorce and death, are difficult ones, they are dealt with in tactful ways.

The authors, who also include Susan Easton Black, Josi S. Kilpack, Margot Hovley, Jodi Marie Robinson, Karen Tuft, Stephanie Dibb Sorensen and Toni Sorenson, are all members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and are known for their LDS fiction and non-fiction writings.

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