A Summer Illustration #1

The relaxing days of summer renew my spirit as I listen to the wind in the trees or the waves on the nearby lake. Sounds of my wind chimes on my deck are in two different keys G and C. They mingle, not unpleasant, like the children’s voice on the playground behind me. Summer is my time for listening. Listening to waves pounding, leaves shushing against each other, the chittering of birds, the purring of lawnmowers, even the parents calling children home to dinner. Each of these sounds evoke the voice of God to me as He participates in the minutiae of our lives. Be still and know that I am God (Psalm 36:10). Yes, we need to be still to recognize His presence and to be renewed. All the seasons have their special tweak to my senses where I sense the power and presence of God, but summer, ah, sweet summer, fills me with the joy of life in Him.

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Excited to see friends at the St Davids Christian Writers Conference

This is an illustration I did many years ago for the Magazine above. I still illustrate for them and eagerly await the new issue for the summer edition.

The conference that I will be attending next week will have old and new friends that I look forward to being with. We have a great line up of teachers, editors and agents along with many authors and some illustrators too. I have almost finished my tasks. I’ve found some fun things for the St Davids Auction that gives its proceeds to our scholarship fund. I have some books and a few prints for the authors’ tables in our Bookstore too.

So, if you can, join us for a great time. If not, check us out at stdavidswriters.com. Adios till next time! ( the retired Spanish teacher in me pops out now and then!)

The Pickles of Praise are done!

The Pickles of Praise came about from a fellow writer who commented that as writers, we need praise instead of condemnation at times. So, with the St. Davids Christian Writers Conference approaching, the Timothy Program has some treats to encourage writers on their writing path. When you attend St Davids for the first time, you are matched up with a mentor writer to help you adjust to the workings of the conference. These mentors are called Pauls and the newcomers are the Timothys. This is modeled after the New Testament where Paul mentored Timothy to help spread the gospel. We love having new conferees and welcome writers from every stage of writing from beginners to advanced.

Come join us and see what other treats are in store for you!

The Pickles of Praise are done!

The Pickles of Praise came about from a fellow writer who commented that as writers, we need praise instead of condemnation at times. So, with the St. Davids Christian Writers Conference approaching, the Timothy Program has some treats to encourage writers on their writing path. When you attend St Davids for the first time, you are matched up with a mentor writer to help you adjust to the workings of the conference. These mentors are called Pauls and the newcomers are the Timothys. This is modeled after the New Testament where Paul mentored Timothy to help spread the a gospel. We love having new conferees and welcome writers from every stage of writing from beginners to advanced.

Come join us and see what other treats are in store for you!

Busy as a Bee

I’m working on getting ready for the St. Davids Christian Writers’ Conference. I’m on the board so I have chores to do that ny laptop is balking at. My printer is goofy too. What is it with all this stuff not working when you need it? I have to pack yet so, I’m busy as a bee, but looking forward to seeing my old friends and making new ones at the conference. So, as I buzz around the housegetting ready, I need to check my list and get ready for the “friendliest and most fun writers’ conference on earth” as Jim Watkins has been known to say. We have an exciting line up of teachers, agents and editors. And Jim will be there too. So, I’m going to buzz away to get ready! Oops, just noticed, I’ll have to fix that date on my picture! It’s 2018! Ha ha ha! image_548977693662982

Feeling Like a Scared Little Kid

Boy, I feel like I did when entering a new school for the first time. Overwhelmed. Scared. A little excited too. I’m learning more about being a writer and the business of writing. I’ve written and taken classes on writing for years. I have even won writing contests, and I have finished a middle grade novel and am working on a sequel. But the the new classroom for me to explore is the one on building a platform.

Nooo! I just want to create, I say, digging my feet into the ground like a stubborn mule. I’m on Facebook, isn’t that enough? I slump down in my chair at my desk.  I have and Instagram page too but I’m still figuring that out. A blog? I need a blog? What do I write about? Can I put my illustrations on it? I’m still figuring out how to use Adobe Illustrator. So much to learn, so much to do!

This blog has been around for a year but I’m not sure I like the illustration format. It’s still a work in progress. If you have any suggestions for me, comment below or send me an email with the words, BLOG INFO in the subject line.

This is a work in progress, as am I, I guess. Still trying to shed my scared little kid outlook, one post at a time.

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Feeling Like a Scared Little Kid

Boy, I feel like I did when entering a new school for the first time. Overwhelmed. Scared. A little excited too. I’m learning more about being a writer and the business of writing. I’ve written and taken classes on writing for years. I have even won writing contests, and I have finished a middle grade novel and am working on a sequel. But the the new classroom for me to explore is the one on building a platform.

Nooo! I just want to create, I say, digging my feet into the ground like a stubborn mule. I’m on Facebook, isn’t that enough? I slump down in my chair at my desk.  I have and Instagram page too but I’m still figuring that out. A blog? I need a blog? What do I write about? Can I put my illustrations on it? I’m still figuring out how to use Adobe Illustrator. So much to learn, so much to do!

This blog has been around for a year but I’m not sure I like the illustration format. It’s still a work in progress. If you have any suggestions for me, comment below or send me an email with the words, BLOG INFO in the subject line.

This is a work in progress, as am I, I guess. Still trying to shed my scared little kid outlook, one post at a time.

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