I hope you are having a wonderful spring and enjoying the fresh blooms and greening trees.
God's Creation Fills Me With Joy
My granddaughter and I drove to Kentucky to help my youngest daughter move. On the way I searched the roadways for my favorite tree, the pink dogwood. We were close to Hannah's street before I spotted one. I pointed it out to Dylan, then I paused in wonder. Right next to the beautiful floating clouds of pink, stood a tree I'd never seen before. A tall tree with flowering lavender blossoms waved in the breeze. This new to me tree was an Empress tree.
The lavender beauty next to the pink sent my spring color sensibilities into overload!
Do you have a favorite spring tree or flower?
After many layers of edits, I turned my novel over to two trusted beta readers. Their job is to read through the book and find inconsistencies.
I'm also writing the proposal, a long document that highlights who I am, what the book is about, and how I plan to market the book.
I've learned there is so much more to writing and publishing than I knew. Thankfully lots of resources and people are available to teach the process.
Please pray with me as I seek a clear understanding of where God wants me to send my manuscript. I appreciate your prayers and encouragement.
Thank you to everyone who celebrated poetry month in April by sending in your haiku poems.
The winning poem by Sheila E. was randomly chosen from all entries.
Flowers pushing up
Unwanted weeds being pulled
Sunshine warms my back
Thank you Sheila for your lovely tribute to spring.
I've never outgrown my love of fairy tales.
Over the years I've read several of Melanie Dickerson's books based on tales of old, and I've enjoyed each one.
Another favorite author who writes delightful fairy tales is Gail Carson Levine. While Melanie's books are considered adult literature, Levine's are geared toward middle grade and young adult.
If you are like me and still enjoy damsels, knights, and castles check out both authors.
What I'm Reading
From the back cover-
Ever since she was a child, Audrey wanted her life to be extraordinary. But as the daughter of a viscount born in late fourteenth-century England, the only thing expected of her was to marry—until an act of malice by her sister, Maris, four years ago damaged her face and her prospects. Though Maris was sent away, twenty-year-old Audrey is still suffering the scars of her sister’s cruelty. When her father announces his plans to marry off his damaged daughter and bring Maris home, Audrey decides to flee in search of her true destiny.
However, life outside her home is dangerous, and she soon finds herself attacked, sick, and in desperate need of help. She is taken in at Dericott Castle to be nursed back to health. While there, she decides to keep her identity a secret and work as a servant in the castle. But she doesn’t count on falling in love with the young and handsome Lord Dericott, who lost his arm several months earlier and bears scars of his own.
Meanwhile, Edwin—Lord Dericott—is curious about the new, well-educated servant’s identity. All he knows is that he’s quickly becoming smitten with her. When the man Audrey’s father wanted her to marry comes looking for her, she and Edwin must make life-changing decisions about what to believe and whether or not love is truly worth trusting.
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Whatever is lovely...
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.
Thank you for joining me on my writing journey.
My philosophy for writing stems from finding God's beauty in everyday life, be it through nature, books, a lovely teacup, or a tattered Bible. So often we're bogged down with the sadness and tragedy we experience or hear on the news. To combat the sorrow, God has called me to bring hope and joy to people's lives through the positive relationship I have with Jesus. He has so much to offer to the hurting world and if my writing brings healing and hope through Christ, I've done a good work.