The Unexpected Richness of an Ordinary Life-Lisa C. Miller

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

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Sunday, May 30, 2021

Lady and the Butterfly


"When God Created Mothers."


“When God Created Mothers"

When the Good Lord was creating mothers, He was into His sixth day of "overtime" when the angel appeared and said.

"You're doing a lot of fiddling around on this one."

And God said, "Have you read the specs on this order?"

She has to be completely washable, but not plastic. Have 180 moveable parts...all replaceable. Run on black coffee and leftovers. Have a lap that disappears when she stands up. A kiss that can cure anything from a broken leg to a disappointed love affair. And six pairs of hands.

"The angel shook her head slowly and said. "Six pairs of hands.... no way.

"It's not the hands that are causing me problems," God remarked, "it's the three pairs of eyes that mothers have to have.

"That's on the standard model?" asked the angel. God nodded.

One pair that sees through closed doors when she asks, 'What are you kids doing in there?' when she already knows. Another here in the back of her head that sees what she shouldn't but what she has to know, and of course the ones here in front that can look at a child when he goofs up and say. 'I understand and I love you' without so much as uttering a word.

"God," said the angel touching his sleeve gently, "Get some rest tomorrow....

"I can't," said God, "I'm so close to creating something so close to myself. Already I have one who heals herself when she is sick...can feed a family of six on one pound of hamburger...and can get a nine year old to stand under a shower.

"The angel circled the model of a mother very slowly. "It's too soft," she sighed.

But tough!" said God excitedly. "You can imagine what this mother can do or endure.

"Can it think?"

Not only can it think, but it can reason and compromise," said the Creator.

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek.

There's a leak," she pronounced. "I told You that You were trying to put too much into this model.

"It's not a leak," said the Lord, "It's a tear. "What's it for?"

It's for joy, sadness, disappointment, pain, loneliness, and pride."

You are a genius, " said the angel. Somberly, God said, "I didn't put it there.”

― Erma Bombeck, When God Created Mothers

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Christian Faith Publishing


They will be publishing my new book: " Nightly Inspirations from The Heart of God" It will take about a year.

Christian Faith Publishing

Wednesday, January 27, 2021


Friday, January 8, 2021

In the Middle of a Mob

In the Middle of a Mob

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

43 Writers Rules for Writing

 Authors Publish

43 Writers’ “Rules for Writing”

Written by Emily Harstone

Most writers have their own special “rules for writing,” even if they don’t talk about them. I find other writers’ rules fascinating, even when I don’t agree with them. A lot can be learned by reading about other authors’ approaches to writing.

The New York Times and The Guardian have published famous authors’ answers to this question on a number of occasions. The Guardian has a very long, disorganized article that collects many of the rules, which you can read here. This article is an attempt to organize that collection and to link to other authors’ rules as well, including more recently published authors’ rules on writing.

Below are links to different writers’ rules on writing. The authors are in no particular order.

1. Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules

His most famous piece of advice? “If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it”.

2. George Orwell’s 6 Tips for Effective Writing

Orwell gives readers full permission to ignore his rules.

3. Nietzche’s 10 Rules for Writing

His rules were originally written down in a series of letters to a female psychoanalyst.

4. Neil Gaiman’s 8 Rules for Writing

It would be hard to dispute his first rule.

5. Jack Kerouac’s 30 Tips

He called his list “Belief and Technique for Modern Prose”.

6. Joyce Carol Oates’ 10 Rules for Writing

Oates originally released her rules as a series of tweets.

7. Geoff Dyer’s 10 Rules for Writing Fiction

His rule number six is one of my favorites “Have regrets. They are fuel. On the page they flare into desire.”

8. Jeanette Winterson’s 10 Rules for Writing Fiction

“Be ambitious for the work and not for the reward” is my favorite piece of advice from her.

9. Henry Miller’s 11 Commandments

His first commandment is “Work on one thing at a time until finished”.

10. Margret Atwood’s 10 Rules for Writing

Number 5 on her list is my favorite.

11. Roddy Doyle’s 10 Rules for Writers

His advice includes avoiding the online bookies.

12. Helen Dunmore’s 10 Rules for Writing Fiction

Among other helpful tips, she advocates listening to what you have written.

13. Anne Enright’s 10 Rules for Writing Fiction

Her rule number 3 is pretty controversial.

14. Johnathon Franzen’s 10 Rules for Writing Fiction

Despite his first rule or belief, I always feel like an adversary when I am reading his work.

15. 10 Writing Tips From David Hare

My favorite piece of advice from David Hare is “Style is the art of getting yourself out of the way, not putting yourself in it.”

16. 5 Rules for Writing Fiction from P.D. James

P.D. James believes, among other things, that bad writing is contagious.

17. Hillary Mantel’s 10 Observations About Writing

Hillary Mantel’s 10 Rules for Writing Fiction

Both lists are interesting, and are rather different from each other. One starts out focusing on the narrative, the other on accountants.

18. Michael Moorcock’s 10 Tips for Good Storytelling

This acclaimed Science Fiction writer has good advice for genre and non-genre writers.

19. David Ogilvy’s 10 Tips

Ogilvy was an author (of business books) but he is much better known as a legendary ad man. His tips reflect that fact.

20. 6 Writing Tips from John Steinbeck

The Paris Review originally published these excellent tips.

21. Michael Morpurgo’s 10 Rules for Writing Fiction

This poet and author’s rules are very helpful.

22. Andrew Motion’s 10 Rules for Writing Fiction

The former UK Poet Laureate’s list is very concise and to the point.

23. 5 Rules for Fiction Writing from Annie Proulx

Annie Proulx encourages wide reading.

24. Sarah Waters’s 10 Rules for Writing Fiction

Sarah Waters’s rules are the most detailed. She includes concrete information, like the fact that she has a goal of a 1,000 words a day minimum.

25. Ian Rankin’s 10 Rules for Writing Fiction

His last two rules are get lucky, stay lucky.

26. Will Self’s 10 Rules for Writing Fiction

Will Self’s first rule is one of my personal favorites.

27. Zadie Smith’s 10 Rules for Writing Fiction

Zadie Smith urges authors not to confuse honors with achievements.

28. Colm Tóibín’s 10 Rules for Writing Fiction

The Irish writer recommends that writers stay in their ‘mental pajamas’ all day.

29. Joss Whedon’s 10 Writing Tips

This list is a little different as it focuses more on script writing than fiction writing, but the information is very helpful and concrete.

30 and 31.  V. S. Naipaul’s Rules for Beginners and Amitava Kumar’s 10 Writing Rules

Amitava Kumar’s tips are part of a larger, fascinating essay that includes all of V.S. Naipaul’s Rules for Beginners. Also, I love any list that includes walking in it, and Kumar’s list does.

32. Richard Ford’s 10 Rules

Ford’s first rule is to marry someone you love, who thinks you being a writer’s a good idea.

33. A.L. Kennedy’s Rules for Writing

Two of her rules involve humility.

34. Esther Freud’s 7 Golden Tips for Writing

Her last rule is “Never forget, even your own rules are there to be broken”.

35. Mark Twain’s Rules for Writing

I completely agree with his fifth rule.

36. C.S. Lewis’s 5 Rules

These rules were found in a letter Lewis sent to a young fan in 1956.

37.  William Faulkner’s Advice on Writing

Literary Hub collected these 20 pieces of advice from Faulkner.

38. Anton Chekhov’s Writing Principles

These principles were found in a letter he sent his brother.

39. Anne Rice on Writing

20 rules or “suggestions” from Anne Rice.

40. Eudora Welty’s Rules for Writing

“Beware of Tidiness.”

41. Rainbow Rowell’s 5 Rules

My favorite rule of hers is number 2.

42. R.L. Stine’s Writing Tips

“No hugging. No Crying.”

43. Phillip Pullman’s One Rule for Writing

“My main rule is to say no to things like this, which tempt me away from my proper work.”

Emily Harstone is the author of many popular books, including The Authors Publish Guide to Manuscript SubmissionsSubmit, Publish, Repeat, and The 2020 Guide to Manuscript Publishers.

She regularly teaches three acclaimed courses on writing and publishing at The Writer’s Workshop at Authors Publish.

You can follow her on Facebook here.

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Psalm 144:1-2


Monday, December 14, 2020

Aunt Mary Ann

 Aunt Mary Ann

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