Don’t Lose Heart

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

II Corinthians 4:16-18

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What is the Ring?

The Hobbit And The Ring

As a young woman, I discovered The Hobbit and fell in love with a genre that does double duty. Not only does it entertain, and stretch ones imagination, but can set forth truth in a way that can cause one to consider deeper perspectives than before.
To me the ring represented man’s selfishness and bent toward attaining power.

What do you think the ring represents?

A Diamond in the Rough,

Nancy

What the Label Tells You

Learning Disabilities

When it became apparent to us that something was amiss with our daughter, I called Child Find and had her tested. Through that testing it was revealed she struggled with a learning disability, but the label they gave was a catch-all category and did not shed the light on the issue like I had hoped.
As time went on, the term developmental delay was used when discussing her struggles. This term made me think I needed to help her catch up. I began homeschooling her, thinking that if she had one on one attention I could get her caught up. After all, she was born two and a half months premature.
After homeschooling about two years, I finally discovered that the term developmental delay replaced the word retarded. Imagine the shock I felt. I realized I had been hitting my head against the wall for the past two years with a goal that was not attainable, and the pressure I had put on my poor child to “catch up”.
In this day and age of politically correctness, labels and terms have become blurred and confusing. My advice to you is to get a clear definition of the label given your child, and what the true expectations are.

A diamond in the rough,

Nancy

Writer’s Platform

Developing a Writer’s Platform

 

Platform, platform, platform. When we go to writing conferences and workshops, we are taught to build our marketing platform. Today’s featured post discusses how to go about doing just that. We hope you enjoy the article as much as we did.

 

 

Each of these is something a writer must discover or develop. They have nothing to do with the mechanics of our craft, yet everything to do with getting published.

Platform takes time and development. It equates to how wide your circle of influence is-or how many books you can sell. There are tons of great articles out there on platform, so I’ll leave it to them. I want to talk about voice and brands. Click here to read the rest of this article.

 

The Difference between a Baby and a Doll

Think About Teen Parenting

Okay, you may be rolling your eyes at the title I picked. It’s okay, I get it. I don’t think you are stupid and nor do I think you don’t know the difference.

There are a few key things that you might not have thought about though.

Yes a baby is very cute, and the outfits now a day are awesome, but they do throw up and have exploding diapers. They cry and really don’t let you get a whole lot of sleep for the first year.

Not to mention that they put a damper on your social life, a lot of people don’t want you bringing your kid along with you to a social outing.

Not to mention trying to have a dating life if the father of your child isn’t in the picture anymore.

Now, you may say, it’s cool my parents are going to babysit for me. That gets old pretty quickly.

Babies get sick, dolls don’t. You can’t put your baby on the shelf when you get tired of playing house or mom. Mom is a 24/7 job that never really ends.

Being a kid yourself and having a kid, is really tough. Really know the difference between a doll and baby.

A Dusty Diamond,

Kelly

When Enough is Enough?

 An Adoption Blessing

I watched a show, the other night, called The Little Couple. They had tried for some time to get pregnant. I identified with this couple’s struggle. When they received an opportunity to adopt a little person from China, the wife realized she had experienced enough infertility treatments. She was thrilled with the prospect of becoming a parent through adoption.

This couple had no knowledge of this little person Chinese boy, but God knew, and God wanted him rescued from a life of orphanages and discrimination. Often our ways are not His ways, because we don’t know the needs that are out there.

A Diamond in the Rough,

Nancy

Face To Face

Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

I Corinthians 13:12

A Downside to Using Friends to Critique Your Writing

Critiquing Your Writing

Let’s say that you have just completed your first novel and you are sure that it is destined to be a best seller. Now let’s say that you send your friends a copy of it and wait anxiously for their comments. Now depending on how good your friends are and if they are also writers or not, makes a difference.

Friends don’t want to hurt your feelings, and they may not know all the ins and outs to writing, so when they come back and tell you they love it, don’t get your hopes up to high.

Get involved in a writing group and ultimately a critique group. Why? Well take it from me, you learn a lot and what you thought was a masterpiece most likely needs a lot of work. I rewrote the first chapter to my young adult series forty-two times before I thought it was worth a look at by an agent and even then it still needed some work. The bottom line is that writing is an art form and one that takes time to master.

Don’t be discouraged if your novel comes back looking like it is bleeding from all the corrections. I’ve been there. Over time you begin to develop a thick skin. Remember it is to make you a better writer not to hurt your feelings.

Now, I’m not saying don’t run it by your friends, they make great sounding boards for ideas you might be playing around with. I know that some of my close friends helped me more than they know with coming up with characters. I’m sure they get tired of me running scenes by them all the time, but they do it because they are my friends.

Good luck and keep at it.

A Dusty Diamond,
Kelly

Advocate for your Child

ADHD and The Classroom

Do you have a child who has been diagnosed with ADHD? Times have changed, but when my son was young, many people thought that ADHD was the parents fault and we were accused of not disciplining our child. Because of that thinking, many unprepared people will do the wrong things with your child.
When my son was in the first grade, I received judgmental comments from his teacher. I tried to explain our son’s issues with her, but it was clear she looked down her nose at me. I thought it was an issue with me until the last day of the school year. The parents were invited to an awards ceremony in the class room. I was stunned when I arrived early and found my son’s desk sat eight feet or so behind the rest of the class in the very back of the room.
Placing his desk in such a place was wrong on so many levels. First of all, an ADHD child should be placed in the front row. There will be less distraction for the child there than at the very back. In the back he will be distracted by every child in the class.
Secondly, separating a child so obviously, set him up for ridicule and bulling from the other boys. This told the entire class that it was okay to exclude him. This reputation followed him his entire elementary years. Finally, I found homeschooling was a better fit for a distractible child.

A diamond in the rough,

Nancy

Toxemia or Preeclampsia- What is It? Am I at Risk?

What is toxemia or preeclampsia?

One condition that I think teens have a slighter higher risk of is preeclampsia. It usually develops after the twenty week mark or near the end of the third trimester.

Why teens have a higher risk of getting it, is up for debate. I believe it has something to do with sodium and poor eating habits while pregnant. As most teens eat pizza as a main staple in their diet. Fried food is another one, who doesn’t love French fries?

Make sure that you see your doctor regularly. They will monitor your blood pressure and urine. If left untreated it can be life threatening. It almost was for me. Please take this seriously, your life and the life of your child could be at risk. I’ve listed a link I think you should check out if you have any questions on symptoms and what to look for.

Click here for more information.

A Dusty Diamond.
Kelly