Inspiring Adoption Article

This article discusses children’s adoptions through the foster care program. Very inspiring.

If so many people want to be parents and so many kids need loving homes, why are so many children left in the foster care system?

Some advocates suspect the negative stereotypes of kids in foster care may be part of the reason. Learn more.

Kelly and Nancy

 

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Goal Setting

Goal setting is important for everyone. There’s something about putting goals in writing and posting them in a place to be read frequently, that helps the goal setter keep the goals. This article from a writing blog is a good one for writers to read.

Why do you do what you do? What is the engine that keeps you up late at night or gets you going in the morning? Where is your happy place? What stands between you and your ultimate dream?

Heavy questions. One researcher believes that writing down the answers can be decisive for students.

He co-authored a paper that demonstrates a startling effect: nearly erasing the gender and ethnic minority achievement gap for 700 students over the course of two years with a short written exercise in setting goals. Learn more.

Kelly and Nancy

Equipping

Each of us has a plan for our lives. This inspiring article reminds us of how special that plan is.

Each of us has a plan for our lives. This inspiring article reminds us of how special that plan is.

God has a will, or a plan for each of us. Psalm 139:16 (NLT) tells us, You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.

Each of us is on this earth for a specific reason. We may not know it completely right now. We may be in a season of preparation to enter that calling. But God has a plan for each of us.

Some are called to be pastors and teachers, some doctors, lawyers. Some to be auto mechanics, electricians, and plumbers.

Some, like myself, are called to be writers. Learn more.

Nancy and Kelly

Influencial Books

What books have you read that were published in the 1900’s that influenced you? Are any of them on this list?

I found a list from the Boston Public Library of the 100 most influential books of the 20th century. You can view it here. It wasn’t put together through a study as far as I can tell, but someone clearly put a lot of thought into it and I’m impressed. I would have included the Bible, but that good book wasn’t written in the 20th century.

I’m  not familiar with all of the books listed, but here are some I agree belong: Learn more.

Kelly and Nancy

Need a Great Summer Read?

Need a Great Summer Read?

Sweet stories of second chances from a God of second chances. The stories in this collection will warm your heart and encourage you to keep on going when all your circumstances say otherwise. No matter where you are or what you’re struggling with, these stories will touch you where you’re at. Each story stands on its own, but in total, paints a picture of a God who offers second chances, and third chances, and more. Stories include forgiveness, living out your dreams, revising your opinion of others, and finding a forever home. A sweet summer read. Learn more.

Nancy and Kelly

Living More

It is important to live more. To be more. To stretch the bounds of our comfort zone.

It may come as a surprise to you, but I’m a routine kinda gal. I eat the same cereal for breakfast and wake up and go to bed every day about the same time. Wait staff from our favorite restaurants don’t bother asking for my order; they just confirm it. I write only from my quiet office and take breaks in regular intervals. Interruptions throw me off kilter, and it takes a while to regain my balance.

But being a writer is slowly eroding my routine. That, or my husband is. 🙂 Learn more.

Kelly and Nancy

Nuggets of Ideas

We recently returned from a research trip to California, where we stayed in a bed-and-breakfast situation, sharing meals with our host family. They were a delightful couple, and during one of our conversations, she mentioned she’d been working on a short story for a number of years. I asked some questions, and finally she admitted it was more a novella, because it was too long for a short story. When I suggested perhaps it was truly a novel, which was why she was struggling to finish it, she said she didn’t think she could never write a full-length novel.

When I confided that I write novels, she wanted to know where I got my ideas. I told her my ideas come to me because I’m always looking for another idea for another book.

So I shared with her – as I’m sharing with you now – where I get my ideas. Try out a few. We have about a month left in the summer, and the weather is perfect for getting out and about.

So where do I look for ideas? Learn more.

Nancy and Kelly

Go Set A Watchman

Lee Harper’s second novel Go Set A Watchman released last month. Today’s article is an interesting look back on her life as an author.

“All I want to be is the Jane Austen of Southern Alabama,” Harper Lee told Roy Newquist in a taped radio conversation in 1964, her last formal interview. Lee greatly exceeded that wish with Mockingbird.  In the decades that followed its publication, Mockingbird has sold over 40 million copies, has been translated into over 40 languages and is required reading for many middle school students in the United States and beyond. Learn more.

Nancy and Kelly

Fun Article on Editing

We loved this take on editing. This is a fun article and worth the read. Plus one can learn about the author’s novel.

My editor screeched. Well, she screeched on paper.

Peter Leavell

She counted how many times I used the pronoun it in my manuscript. Eight billion uses! So the story read something like—it it it it it it. Serious lack of character arc.

Or more accurately, my work read—It rained on his face. He dropped it, picked it up, and slid it into its scabbard.

I have insider information. Somewhere, in another dimension, elves are employed to help readers. Learn more.

Kelly and Nancy

Counting the Days: A 31-day devotional for accountants, bookkeepers, and financial folk

Leeann Bett’s new book, Counting the Days: A 31-day devotional for accountants, bookkeepers, and financial folk, will be releasing soon. If you are a numbers person or have a loved one who is, this might be a great book for consideration. Pre-release orders are being accepted right now!

A 31-day devotional designed to lead the reader into their daily quiet time, this book consists of 5-minute accounting-related devotionals. Immerse yourself in God’s word on a regular basis and see the positive changes in your walk with the Lord. Learn more.

Nancy and Kelly