Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Writing Tip

Barbara Shepherd:
"In poetry, every word should be important to the poem. If you say everything you meant to say in four lines, limit that poem to those four. Transfer that logic to prose: Every word needs to earn its keep and move your story forward."

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Featured Blog: Kelley Benson's Books

How do you deal with doubt?
By Kelley Benson

Jesus shared an introductory message about God’s will for mankind in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7 and Luke 6). In the chapters that follow, we get a glimpse of people struggling to connect His words to His ability.

There are those that believe, that with Jesus, “all things are possible” (Mark 9:23); and there are those who doubt. In many ways, this is symbolic of our own journey – times of great faith followed by times of doubt. Elijah experienced something similar in 1 Kings 19 where he runs from Jezebel’s murderous threats. But this was her response to God’s mighty display of power on Mt. Carmel by Elijah! What he experienced, and what some of the people we read in the New Testament experienced, is quite common for us, too.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Writing Tip

Barbara Shepherd:
"In poetry, every word should be important to the poem. If you say everything you meant to say in four lines, limit that poem to those four. Transfer that logic to prose: Every word needs to earn its keep and move your story forward."

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Writing Tip

Stephen B. Bagley:
"I’m writing a story and use the Internet to look up how quickly hemlock can kill a person...and then an hour later, I’m looking at funny dog videos. The internet has seduced me away from getting my writing done. Has this happened to you? Maybe this tip will help.

"The tip is: Turn your internet off. My router is next to my computer, so when I know I would rather surf than write, I reach over and turn it off. If I want to look something up, I can turn it back on, but it takes a minute or two to boot up, which is usually enough time for me to acknowledge I’m trying to avoid writing.

"If your router isn’t close by, there are several programs for your computer that will turn off your internet for a specified amount of time. Programs such as InternetOff, Anti-Social, Freedom and several others are available. Some of them are even free. They will all help you keep your writing time for writing."

Monday, January 22, 2018

Meet Our Members: Barbara Shepherd

Barbara Shepherd is the recipient of more than 300 writing awards in local, regional, national, and international contests. She has been named the American Christian Writers’ Writer of the Year (twice) and received a Readers Choice Award from miller’s pond and the Creme de la Creme from Norman Galaxy of Writers. Rose State Writers Conference presented her with a trophy for the Outstanding Author Award for 2016. She is the Oklahoma 2017 Voice of the Fair Poet, a Lone Stars Poet, a Woody Guthrie Poet, and a former Nominee for Poet Laureate of the State of Oklahoma. Shepherd has been a field editor for Taste of Home magazines and cookbooks and a freelance contributor to other magazines, including: Outlook, Oklahoma D.O., Oklahoma Woman, Shawnee Shopper, Edmond Life and Leisure, miller's pond, Bella, and ArtBeat. Her books include: The Potbelly Pig Promise, River Bend, Vittles and Vignettes, and Patchwork Skin. Her writing has also appeared in: State Cops Cooking in the Heartland - More Than We Can Say Grace Over, Women’s War Memoirs, Heavenly Patchwork, Voices In Time, Candle Flames: PSO’s 70th Anniversary Anthology, Oklahoma Centennial Heritage Collection, Harp Strings, A Centennial Celebration of Oklahoma Stories, travelin’ Music, Elegant Rage, Poetry Is For Everyone, Imagination Turned Loose, Beads On a String–Peace, Joy, and Love, From the Heart of Galaxy, Ain't Gonna Be Treated This Way, and numerous magazines, newspapers, newsletters and online publications. Visit her website at barbarashepherd.com.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Featured Blog: Kelley Benson's Books

Are You Conforming to Christ?
By Kelley Benson

In our modern culture, conformity is often used as a kind of bad word. Within the walls of congregations, conformity is our goal. But how much thought do we put into the idea of conformity? Is too much conformity bad? Is not enough conformity a sin? When we consider the self-sacrifice Jesus talked about in Luke 9:22 or Paul talked about in Romans 12:1-2, we quickly see that “conforming to His image” (Romans 8:29) is how God plans for us to become like Him, not like the world.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Writing Tip

Debra Chandler:
"Prioritize your writing. Sure, you have other responsibilities, but if it’s important, you have to give it a high place in the To-Do List and stick to it. Otherwise, it will never get done."

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Writing Tip

Kathy Akins:
"Read books in the genre you want to write. If writing for children, choose an age level as well. Read, read, read. Understand the genre to write it well."

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Meet Our Members: Heath Stallcup

Heath Stallcup was born in Salinas, California, and relocated to Oklahoma in his tween years. He joined the US Navy and was stationed in Charleston, South Carolina, and Bangor, Washington, shortly after junior college. After his second tour, he attended East Central University, Ada, Oklahoma, where he obtained Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Chemistry. He then served ten years with the State of Oklahoma as a Compliance and Enforcement Officer while moon-lighting nights and weekends with the local sheriff’s office. He lives in Oklahoma with his wife and three of his seven children. His short stories were published in Blackbirds Second Flight, Blackbirds Third Flight, Deadly Eleven, Middletown Apocalypse, Middletown Apocalypse 2: Midtown Apocalypse, Let's Scare Cancer to Death, Fight the MonSter, Bite-Sized Offerings: Tales & Legends of the Zombie Apocalypse, and collected in Mind Trip. His books include Whispers, Caldera, Caldera II: Out of the Fire, Caldera III: Return to Yellowstone, Caldera IV: Countdown to OblivionForneus Corson, Hunter, Hunter II-Assassin for Hire, and the continuing Monster Squad series: Return of the Phoenix, Full Moon Rising, Coalition of the Damned, Blood Apocalypse, Homecoming, Wayward Son, Obsessions, and Specters. Visit his website at heathstallcup.com.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Writing Tip

Debra Chandler:
"When creating characters, try to imagine them off the page. Who were they prior to the story? How do they act when they’re not 'in the spotlight?' Do they move turtles off the road? Shoot whiskey until they pass out? Binge-watch videos on streaming?"

Friday, January 12, 2018

Got two nuns and a goat?

Floozy & Other Stories
By Stephen B. Bagley
Humor - Got two nuns and a goat? Do you enjoy Sabbath Night Fever? Or own a flying robot monkey army serving our Alien Masters? If you do, this book is for you!
Enjoy humorist Stephen B. Bagley's views of our world in more than 80 hilarious tales from the author's decidedly different life.
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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Meet Our Members: Joanne Verbridge

Joanne Verbridge was born in Oakland, California, spending her early life experiences in Northern California. Family brought her to Okahoma where she enjoys writing memoirs and crafting. She works to inspire her young nieces to take an interest in story telling and writing. Her memoirs and short stories and articles have been published in newspapers and Creations 2015, Creations 2014, Creations 2013, and Creations 2012.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Writing Tip

Debra Chandler:
"It may sound trite, but keep a journal. Even if it’s a bullet journal. Try to dedicate at least 15 minutes every other day on just putting your thoughts in print. This may grow into an addiction!"

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Book Review

(Please note: All book reviews are unsolicited and unpaid. The reviews represent the viewpoint of the reviewer alone and are offered as an aid to other writers.)

Book Review by Barbara Shepherd

Write Your Novel From the Middle: 
A New Approach for Plotters, Pantsers and Everyone in Between
By James Scott Bell

Bell introduces us to Pam Pantser who struggled to create an outline but decided it was too much “like shampooing a porcupine.” Although Paul Plotter self-published nine good thrillers, followed all the rules of writing, and could probably win awards for perfect outlines, his books still need help. Tammy Tweener’s writing process borrows from those of Pam and Paul, yet she needs a stronger story. Bell promises to help all three with his “Write From the Middle Method.”

Monday, January 8, 2018

Writing Resources

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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Featured Blog: Kelley Benson's Books

What Are You Reading?
By Kelley Benson

Every year I try to make an effort to read the Bible through from cover to cover. I know many other people make the same goal, and I’m happy that there are people out there that see the benefit and significance of reading the Bible. It’s a journey that can be frustrating, difficult, even boring at times, but it can also be enlightening, refreshing, and humbling to see how much understanding is still to be gained.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Writing Sites

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General Writing Advice
Novel Rocket
Goins, Writer
Writer's Digest
The Creative Penn

Children’s & Young Adult
Adventures in YA Publishing
Resources for Children's Writers

Fantasy/Science Fiction
Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction

Freelance Writing

Horror Writers Association

Jungle Red Writers
Mystery Writers of America

Poetry Daily

Romance University

Movie Bytes
The Script Lab

Christian Story Teller
The Seekers

International Thriller Writers
Murder by 4

Friday, January 5, 2018

Writing Tip

Debra Chandler:
"Go shopping. If you’re just tired of looking at the same four walls or out the same window, bring home something to place in your work space to freshen it up or inspire you. Sometimes something as simple as a poster or a figurine can provide the little jolt of stimulation you need."

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Belle Faces Perils on the Frontier

River Bend
By Barbara Shepherd
Historical - Belle Strong expected her husband to meet her when she stepped off the ferry in north Texas, but she was in for a surprise—her husband is dying. Pregnant and alone, she faces challenges along the Red River where her world includes fur trappers, Indians, and a rugged sea captain.
Jacob Owens spends most of his life on the high seas and is a self-proclaimed bachelor. But when a green-eyed beauty enters his world, he finds his thoughts drifting in different directions. Why can’t he stop thinking about her, and why is he trading fine beaver pelts for exquisite fabrics to surprise Belle to use in her quilting?
Can she protect her son in such an uncivilized country? Or will she be forced to rely on a complete stranger?

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Writing Tip

Stephen B. Bagley:
"When I edit, I work backwards. I start at the end of the book or short story and read the last page first and proceed backwards. Somehow that increases the number of errors and mistakes I catch. I think it must disrupt the flow of reading to allow the editor part of my brain to the front. One of my college professors suggested actually reading an article backwards, sentence by sentence. It does help with certain difficult passages."

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The Best Face Off Against the Beasts

Return of the Phoenix (Volume 1)
By Heath Stallcup

Horror - Humanity has spent its time enjoying the peace that can only be had through blissful ignorance. For centuries, stories of things that go 'bump' in the night have been passed down and shared. When creatures of the night proved to be real, the best of America’s military came together to form an elite band of rapid response teams. Their mission: to face the challenge and keep the civilian populace safe from those threats and hide all evidence of their existence. But during a routine mission, when things go horribly wrong, the Monster Squad finds themselves having to rebuild from the ashes of what they once were. This time, they face not only the monsters that threaten the peaceful lives of the citizens they are sworn to protect, but their own government as a dark storm brews on the horizon. A storm that will threaten not just the squads and their existence, but the lives of every human on earth.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!
We hope the new year blesses you and yours
with joy, peace, health, and wealth!
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