Light and Dark


I really enjoy his blog, and I wanted to share.

Originally posted on Embracing Home:

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I cried out into the darkness
begging to be heard

Just how much more must I take
and then I heard these words:

There will never be a pain to great
that you must bare alone

Nor a single tear must you shed
that I won’t call my own.

I have shown you what awaits
but your time it isnt here

The hurt we face together
I will own your fear.

I’ve sent angels of every kind
to be forever by your side

And an earthly angel too
that you now call your bride.

Fight the fight with love
for that is what you do

And I will be right here
always holding you.

*Dedicated to the love of my life and my forever Angel, Belinda.

More good days to come…because we believe.

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Exciting update!


I love Colleen! She’s my favorite author!! I was lucky enough to meet her and Griffin Peterson last year when they visited Portland, OR. (Griffin was on American Idol in 2013.) And, she continues to amaze me with her creativity and big heart. Read on! It gets really amazing towards the end 

Originally posted on Colleen Hoover:

If you are a writer, a reader, a poet or a human, read this post! You won’t regret it. If you make it to the bottom, there’s some exciting news that includes you!
If you haven’t heard of The Bookworm Box, a program I created for charity, you can go to our website and read all about it. It’s a cute little box filled with signed books and swag, and 100% of the profit after cost is donated to charity.

Want to know how well we did this month?
First, let’s talk about last month. We opened sales for the first time on February 20th and sold out in less than four minutes, raising $11,000 for our selected charity.
That’s pretty incredible. If I’m not mistaken, that’s almost $46 every second!
This month, we decided to split the donation between two charities. One of the charities is the Lake Charles…

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I”m a huge fan of Natalie’s site! She always has beautiful and uplifting poems and posts.

Originally posted on Sacred Touches:

All goes back to the earth,
and so I do not desire
pride of excess or power,
but the contentments made
by men who have had little:
the fisherman’s silence
receiving the river’s grace,
the gardener’s musing on rows….
~Wendell Berry

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To find the universal elements enough;
to find the air and the water exhilarating;
to be refreshed by a morning walk
or an evening saunter…
to be thrilled by the stars at night;
to be elated over a bird’s nest
or a wildflower in spring —these are
some of the rewards of the simple life.
~John Burroughs

The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. ~Psalm 19: 7   ✝

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No Buts! Seriously….

We are back for more autocrit writing tips! I love these great reminders that help us grow and become stronger writers. I hope you find this helpful as well.

Let’s have a chat about sentence starters, shall we?

As writers, we know it’s important to shake up our sentence structures. After all, if every sentence started the same way, our writing would be quite boring.
But there are two big pitfalls to watch out for—starting sentences with an initial conjunction and starting with an initial –ING verb.
The good news: AutoCrit can identify both in your manuscript.


So what are these sly little sand-traps?
Initial Conjunctions are when you start your sentences with a conjunction, such as And, But, Or, For, So, Yet, or Because.

While it’s perfectly acceptable to start with an initial conjunction, doing it too often can quickly become annoying to the reader.

Initial –ING verbs, meanwhile, are sentences that start with an –ING verb, such as “Lifting the spoon to my lips, I thought about the day ahead.” Using this structure too often can be distracting—and many writers also use it wrong.

Remember that when you start with an initial –ING verb, the action you describe in the first part of the sentence must be something that can be done at the same time as the action you describe in the rest of the sentence.

For example: “Walking down the hall, I caught sight of a shadow disappearing around the corner.” This works because a person could walk down the hall AND see something ahead of them.

But here’s one that doesn’t work: “Opening the ketchup bottle, I pour some on my burger.” It’s physically impossible to open the bottle AND pour ketchup on the burger at the same time.

The Sentence Starters Analysis will highlight your –ING sentences so you can check to make sure you’re using this structure correctly.

The bottom line? Mixing up your sentence structures is a great strategy. And AutoCrit is here to make sure you do it right.

Until Next Time…

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Cliches in Writing

Here’s a post from Kevin atautocrit.com. I love sharing these tips, but it also showswhyautocrit is such an amazing tool for writers.

Do you ever cringe when you see a story that begins “on a dark and stormy night“?
That’s because it’s a cliché. Clichés are phrases so overused they’re considered trite and unoriginal
Clichés and redundancies in your manuscript are a sign that you may need to work on making your writing a little more original.
Redundancies are words that could be omitted because they repeat what has already been expressed or conveyed in the sentence. 
The problem is that it’s not always easy to spot clichés or redundancies in our own work.   I have good news though, the AutoCrit can do it for you!
AutoCrit highlights those phrases and shows you the sections of text where you used them, so you can quickly decide which words and phrases you want to change or delete and which you may want to keep. For redundancies, deleting the redundant word usually solves the problem. For example: “He reversed the car back” can be simplified to “He reversed the car.”
Clichés are a tad trickier to replace. Here are a couple of my favorite strategies:
Let your characters be your guide: Replace a cliché with a phrase that is unique to your character. For instance, say you have a character who is a chef; instead of saying that she’s as “nervous as a cat on a hot tin roof,” say that she’s as “nervous as the day she threw her first dinner party.”
Use settings or situations as inspiration: Align your phrases with the scene itself. For example, say you have a character who is about to play quarterback in the big game; instead of writing, “Simon’s heart was racing,” say “Simon’s heart thundered in time with the drum corp marching its way across the field.”
Be specific: Clichés are often generalizations, so a quick way to revise them is simply to be more specific. For instance, instead of writing, “Penelope woke in the middle of the night…” say, “Penelope woke at 3 a.m.”
Eliminating those clichés and redundancies will make your story feel fresher and more original. So go on—show your manuscript some love.
Happy editing!

Keep writing! Until Next Time…

CA: Premiere Of Paramounts' Remake Of "The Manchurian Candidate" - ArrivalsWant to know what Stephen King says about writing?

1. First write for yourself, and then worry about the audience. “When you write a story, you’re telling yourself the story. When you rewrite, your main job is taking out all the things that are not the story.”

2. Don’t use passive voice. “Timid writers like passive verbs for the same reason that timid lovers like passive partners. The passive voice is safe.”

3. Avoid adverbs. “The adverb is not your friend.”

4. Avoid adverbs, especially after “he said” and “she said.”

5. But don’t obsess over perfect grammar. “The object of fiction isn’t grammatical correctness but to make the reader welcome and then tell a story.”

6. The magic is in you. “I’m convinced that fear is at the root of most bad writing.”

7. Read, read, read. ”If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write.”

8. Don’t worry about making other people happy. “If you intend to write as truthfully as you can, your days as a member of polite society are numbered, anyway.”

9. Turn off the TV. “TV—while working out or anywhere else—really is about the last thing an aspiring writer needs.”

10. You have three months. “The first draft of a book—even a long one—should take no more than three months, the length of a season.”

11. There are two secrets to success. “I stayed physical healthy, and I stayed married.”

12. Write one word at a time. “Whether it’s a vignette of a single page or an epic trilogy like ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ the work is always accomplished one word at a time.”

13. Eliminate distraction. “There’s should be no telephone in your writing room, certainly no TV or videogames for you to fool around with.”

14. Stick to your own style. “One cannot imitate a writer’s approach to a particular genre, no matter how simple what that writer is doing may seem.”

15. Dig. “Stories are relics, part of an undiscovered pre-existing world. The writer’s job is to use the tools in his or her toolbox to get as much of each one out of the ground intact as possible.”

16. Take a break. “You’ll find reading your book over after a six-week layoff to be a strange, often exhilarating experience.”

17. Leave out the boring parts and kill your darlings. “(kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.)”

18. The research shouldn’t overshadow the story. “Remember that word back. That’s where the research belongs: as far in the background and the back story as you can get it.”

19. You become a writer simply by reading and writing. “You learn best by reading a lot and writing a lot, and the most valuable lessons of all are the ones you teach yourself.”

20. Writing is about getting happy. “Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid or making friends. Writing is magic, as much as the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. So drink.”


The following was posted on Open Culture (http://www.openculture.com) on March 16th, 2014.

Until Next Time…


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