Mayonnaise Cake

I spent a significant amount of time planning and thinking about not drifting, as Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy suggest in their book, Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want. The tome was copyrighted by Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy in 2016 and published by Baker Books, Grand Rapids, MI. I followed a lot of their steps except for the follow through.

So after considering their advice I grabbed a form from a now defunct Eagle planning system that I copied for my own personal use which asks the question, “What do you want to do, to be, to have, and what will benefit others?” Each category represents 10 points. Those answers that merit a 40 become the priority. When I listed blogging, on the next line I put down food, marriage, health, etc. for items to blog about possibly on the same day of each week.

Since I just finished making a mayonnaise cake for a gathering tomorrow, I thought I’d show a picture of the unfrosted cake and give the recipe and some hints for a successful attempt at baking.IMG_1926.JPG

Mayonnaise Cake

3 cups unbleached non-GMO white flour

1 ½ cups sugar

2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa

2 ½ teaspoons baking powder

1 ½ teaspoons baking soda

Sift these items together in a large bowl.

Stir in:

1 ½ cups mayonnaise

Blend in:

1 ½ cups water

1 ½ teaspoons vanilla

Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit in a metal pan or 325 degrees Fahrenheit in a glass 13x9x2 inch pan.

My youngest sister said to bake for 30 minutes and don’t check for doneness, but I’ve had it fall in the center. It makes it very gooey. Lately, I asked a great baker, Mr. William D., and he told me to cook it a little longer. So, I’ve added about five minutes or so.

This cake is actually a recipe and a half in a 15x11x2 inch glass pan and I baked it close to 40 minutes. I closed the window to keep a breeze off of it. So far it hasn’t fallen. Phew!

It’s tasty and with mayonnaise, the eggs are already cooked, so if it falls in the middle, we eat it anyway and consider it almost as a fudge center or a moist brownie.

I make a butter cream frosting that I’ve made since my teen years, so I don’t have exact dimensions. I may use 2 cups of confectionary sugar with a dash of salt, a small capful of vanilla extract, possibly three tablespoons of soft butter or shortening, (I use butter), and a dash of milk.

If it’s too soupy I add more sugar and if it’s then too sweet, I add a tiny amount of salt. If it’s too thick to spread with a knife, I add a touch more milk.

Wait for the cake to completely cool down before applying the frosting.

I don’t recommend having this dessert often because it’s rich and filled with calories. It’s not a light cake. For a special occasion, it’s mmm good. Nice and moist and it doesn’t require any greasing of the pan. I usually have the ingredients on hand.

May God bless you as August moves right along!

Writing of God

 

I went to the library despite the biting cold wind. I ran into a friend and we got talking about writing. She’s beginning to attend a local writer’s group and invited me to attend. She purchased “Writer’s Digest Magazine,” which is a good idea and some DVD’s on writing from a group proclaiming themselves as experts.

I told her she’s starting to sound like a writer because she loves the way a great sentence flows. She’s hungry to express ideas well.

I told her I’d taken a book out of the library written by a humorous author I thought I’d enjoy. I said I’d like to create like she does.

Then I read more and the person incorporated dialogue by “God” saying he wasn’t perfect! Then she has “God” asking questions of a character as if he didn’t know. The more she described her god, I thought, Why am I wasting my time with this book?

One time one of our librarian clerks gushed over an author famous for her expertise of the Pilgrims. She highly recommended her book to me. Quite a bit of the book was an explanation of why she couldn’t believe in the faith of the Pilgrims. We didn’t get to talk about it, but I’m sure the clerk knows I didn’t appreciate it once I saw her again. She looked at me and then ducked her head.

When I read the book, I thought it was all the same inane thinking the media and the education system uses to try and debunk faith in people. Did she honestly think I’m not aware of opposing viewpoints? I went to a secular college with a course in Satanism available, plus all the other philosophies that were acceptable. The only faith not pushed for us to consider, back in the day was the faith our parents taught us, which was primarily the Judeo-Christian faith. If Judeo-Christianity has no power or truth, why are Jews being persecuted more in America lately? Why are Christians being killed for their faith at over 800/day according to statistics given by an executive pastor from our denomination’s state headquarters?

To return to the book by the humorous author, she never said she was a Christian on the back cover or on the inner flap. I thought she was from a previous book she’d written that got made into a movie. I just wish I hadn’t recommended it in a library that echoes.

I do like the way she writes and her sense of humor, but I can’t help thinking if I were God and she’s misrepresenting God that I would not be happy about it and she’s in trouble. (I’m so glad that I’m not God since I’m incapable of being God.)

Anyway, I read Isaiah chapters 6-12 today and God is not always a jolly fellow. We’re made in His image and if we get mad, it makes sense to me that He gets mad.

If you believe the Bible, God is holy and when the angels proclaimed it, the sound was enough to shake the foundations. Isaiah saw this and he cried out, “Woe is me, I am undone. I am a man of unclean lips.”

I’ve heard it preached that Isaiah was probably a more righteous man than most of us, but somehow he got to have a vision of God, high and lifted up and God’s train filled the temple. That’s where he saw the angels crying out, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty.”

I’ve read Isaiah chapter six many times and I never noticed that their loud voices shook the door posts in heaven, (KJV).

God is merciful and kind and loving, but He’s also truthful. He never says mankind is basically good. The good news of the Gospel is that mankind is evil but God made a plan. He wants to change us from behaving like the devil sometimes and becoming more like His Son, Jesus if we’re willing to. Believing in Jesus Christ as God the Son is the work we have to do to enter heaven:

John 6:28, (KJV):  Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?

Joh 6:29  Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

 

Once we believe, then we repent of our sins, ask God to forgive us – which He does, (1 John 1:9, King James Version:  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1Jn 1:10  If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us),

and then allow Him to make changes in our character.

We cooperate with His plan for our life, which is not easy at times, plus Satan then hates us because he hates God. So we engage in spiritual warfare with God’s help and He tells us how in the Bible: [Ephesians 6:10, (KJV):  Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

Eph 6:11  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Eph 6:12  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Eph 6:13  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Eph 6:14  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

Eph 6:15  And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

Eph 6:16  Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

Eph 6:17  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

Eph 6:18  Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; ]

and then we end up in an amazing unimaginable paradise with God the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Spirit at the end of our lives. One God made up of three persons. Deuteronomy 6:4, (KJV) says, “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:”

I’ve heard that some Jewish teachers don’t allow Isaiah 53, because that’s the suffering Messiah chapter. But in Isaiah 6-12 I read descriptions of Jesus that He fulfilled as the Messiah.

There are many mysteries in the Bible and the Apostle Paul said that God was allowing people to understand them now if they were willing to be teachable and to seek God for the answers:

Ephesians 3:2, (KJV):  If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:

Eph 3:3  How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,

Eph 3:4  Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)

Eph 3:5  Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;

Eph 3:6  That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:

Eph 3:7  Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.

Eph 3:8  Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;

Eph 3:9  And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:

Eph 3:10  To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,

Eph 3:11  According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:

 

One of the reasons I want to write is because people in the world give their opinions of God  or their philosophies without a second thought. As a Christian, I want to write what the Bible says. Why should a Christian’s voice be silenced when all others have the right to speak?

This beginning writer asked why I would bother blogging? “Isn’t it just talking about yourself?”

I told her that lately I wrote about marriage, it’s not all about me. I hope to give something of value to people.

If readers don’t want to read about Christianity when that is my topic, they can always stop reading, as I chose to do with the humorist’s novel.

May God bless you!

 

 

To Speak or to Type

The last time I blogged, my wrists began to bother me, so I decided to use Dragon Speak by Nuance, Company and decided to stop typing. It’s a little slower to use Dragon Speak, so I typed some and spoke some. When I’m blogging and it gets close to midnight I usually click on the publish button so that it shows up on the day I’m actually blogging.

When I begin editing it, I realized that the Dragon Speak had changed a lot of the words. I tried to update it as quick as I could. I need to go back and study how to use it efficiently.

Today I determined to finish the Living Forward plan from Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy’s book of the same name, published by Baker Books, Grand Rapids, MI and copyrighted in 2016. I tried to block off ten hours of my day to work on it, and I wore a light wrist support to avoid injury.

Living Forward Book

Realizing I wanted to blog after using my wrists for that many hours caused me to want to use Dragon Speak automatically.

The authors suggested my notebook might use 10 to 15 pages for the life plan but I was up to page 23 and I still have a couple more categories I want to ponder. It’s probably because I’m a writer, lol. I used a pen and a composition notebook to write about health and just after that my Smart Phone suggested a sleep app that helps a person regulate their sleep time. One of my specific commitments that I wrote down was to blog earlier so I would go to bed earlier. It was a little uncanny that that app came up at that particular moment.

I have been blogging about my sleep pattern and I accessed Google for inspirational quotes. Who knows how they made the connection?

Some of my inspirational quotes came from the Bible and for the financial category I found Philippians 4:19 (ASV), “and my God shall supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

That gives me peace. 🙂

I hope you are doing well today. May God bless you.

Save It

 

 

I told my husband I wasn’t going to blog tonight because last night I blogged and then got on other people’s sites and commented and went to bed later than I wanted to. This morning I woke up way earlier than I wanted to.

After I typed a better version of the previous sentence and asked if people who know how to increase typing speed would like to give me tips, I moved my hand and lost all of the words. I don’t know how to find lost blogs on WordPress and I’ve made a point to type on Microsoft Word because I’ve lost my blog post in the past. So, I’m on Word and I’m blogging. Hah.

I went to the right of my blog to find savedandblessedblog’s name so I could call out to her and that’s when I lost my post. Oh, well.

I read her blog last night and it reminded me that as a Christian I ought to act like it when interacting with others. She said it in a nicer way than that. So, I purposed in my heart to behave when I called the medical billing department for the third time that keeps billing me for $2242.00 or thereabouts. I sent them my co-payment in July with my insurance information on the back of the form since they didn’t have my info, for some reason.

Two more bills came in the mail and I called them twice. The last person said it’s totally taken care of. Then I received a bill last week and I got mad. I begin to wonder if they send bills to customers hoping the person will pay it since insurance companies always lower the amount they are allowed to charge.

I planned on telling them that I was going to complain to three different agencies, ending with the state’s Attorney General. So, thank you for your blog, savedandblessedblog for being vulnerable and honest and exhorting others to walk in a manner worthy of our calling, as it says in Eph_4:1, (ESV) I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called,….

The lady today took my information all over again and reminded me to check with them in four to six weeks to see if it’s been handled appropriately. I’m asking God to take care of it for me.

May God bless you.

“Love in the Social Realm”

Yesterday I wrote, “Today was a busy day from morning until night. I got invited to my daughter’s so we could check out a coffee shop she liked. After she did her dishes,” (and then I stopped writing.)

To continue: We ate lunch so I could grocery shop on a full stomach – well, I was hungry by then, too.

I wanted to exercise, so we walked for a bit and once again, I realized I need to exercise more often. We took some time to pray and encourage one another. I shopped at two grocery stores to take advantage of sales and then I went to a meeting at church. By the end of the night, it occurred to me that I’d lost steam. Blogging that night was going on hold.

Our church is seeking God for vision and mission and practical steps for a healthy church. So, we took a survey two weeks ago about the preaching and songs and relationships and outreach, etc.

I’m looking forward to seeing what God will do.

In Hebrews 13 my Bible entitles it “Love in the Social Realm.”

Hebrews 13; 1-6 (NASB) says, “Let love of the brethren continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it. Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body. Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge. Let your character be free from love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU,” so that we confidently say, “THE LORD IS MY HELPER, I WILL NOT BE AFRAID. WHAT SHALL MAN DO TO ME?”

How encouraging God’s Word is! Be Blessed!

To Clean or Not to Clean

 

I went to the library today because I had three magazines to return. I always take out three and study them in case I want to write for them. It helps to read at least three issues if not more. When I wrote down the name of the editor and checked out the masthead for query information, in the tiniest print it said that particular periodical keeps all rights to the written word so the author can’t sell the same information a few years down the line to another magazine without any chance of an overlap of readers. So I chose another magazine to study instead.

The same corporation published both periodicals, but the second one didn’t say anything about keeping all rights to the material. I checked out some articles about organizing and decorating and cleaning the house. I intended to clean when I got done anyway, so I figured those were good articles to stimulate my thoughts towards order and a pretty home. As soon as I got home, my husband called to say he was on his way to our house and could I please fix him dinner since we both had a class to attend. By the time the meal was ready, we needed to eat quickly and scoot out the door.

We had company last weekend, so I’ve been finding toys under the couch and a plastic alligator with an open mouth by the back door. I also noticed I’d tucked some clutter into an empty laundry basket that I’d intended to get to right away so it didn’t find a permanent home there. Tonight I got working on sorting through the items in the basket and recycled some papers and threw some things away and was just about to put things in their proper place, when my husband looked at the clock. “Are you going to blog tonight?”

My husband reminded me to blog and didn’t suggest I finish my de-cluttering! Wow! Genesis chapter two tells of God creating woman from the rib of Adam so he could have an help meet for him. That’s King James for a suitable companion and one that helps him face life. That’s my thinking from reading lots of stuff and hearing sermons on the Scriptures. He’s strong in his ways, she’s strong in her ways and they complement each other. My husband and I celebrated our forty-first anniversary this summer and in Genesis 2:24 it says in the (KJV) of the Bible, “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”

My husband encouraging me to write, me enjoying de-cluttering so much that I forgot to write, I’d say it’s happened. 🙂

 

God bless you big time.

Words from God

I happen to believe that God is alive and that He speaks to people through His Word, the Holy Bible. I also know that He speaks with a still small voice, and it never contradicts the Bible.

In 1Kings 19:11, (KJV), God is speaking to the prophet Elijah:  “And he said, ‘Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD.’” And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake:

1Ki 19:12  And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

1Ki 19:13  And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, “What doest thou here, Elijah?”

Therefore, in my opinion when someone thinks God is telling them to kill a president or a rock star, they are sadly mistaken. If God wanted that person dead, He’d simply take them out. God gives us breath. Gen_2:7, (KJV) tells us: And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

Every morning when we awake and take a deep breath, we can truly say, “Thank You, God for this air I breathe and for the ability to take it in.”

My sister developed COPD, and when she struggled to breathe, I found myself sucking in a deeper breath, as if to help her. I’d become terrified, but she’d wave at me to calm down. As soon as she could talk, she’d say, “It’s okay, I knew I would breathe as soon as I cleared my airway.”

From that point on, I didn’t take my healthy pulmonary system for granted.

Today I was reading the Bible to get ready for an upcoming Bible study and when I read a verse off topic that said Jesus is coming back soon, it almost jumped off the page at me. Then I thought, I should have written the reference down. So I opened the book at random and it opened to 1 Peter 4:7, (ESV): The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers.

I was trying to find the above verse by E-sword’s search and the following verses popped up. So I copied them to include here:

Heb_10:25, (GNB): Let us not give up the habit of meeting together, as some are doing. Instead, let us encourage one another all the more, since you see that the Day of the Lord is coming nearer.

Heb_10:37  For, as the scripture says, “Just a little while longer, and he who is coming will come; he will not delay.”

I ran into a friend from church and we got talking about the state of the world. She spends lots of time in the Word. She said at the end times things will wax worse and worse. This is a quote from Paul in Second Timothy. The following selections are a part of the conversation: 2Ti 3:1, (KJV)  This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

2Ti 3:2  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

2Ti 3:3  Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

2Ti 3:4  Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

2Ti 3:5  Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

2Ti 3:6  For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

2Ti 3:7  Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

2Ti 3:8  Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.

2Ti 3:9  But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.

2Ti 3:10  But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,

2Ti 3:11  Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me.

2Ti 3:12  Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

2Ti 3:13  But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

2Ti 3:14  But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;

2Ti 3:15  And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

2Ti 3:16  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

2Ti 3:17  That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

In the King James Version here, it says “That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works,” and the word perfect means mature. We won’t be perfect until we enter eternity with Jesus.

Well, to go back to the beginning, I found the verse that almost jumped off the page at me: James_5:8,(RV)  Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord is at hand.

As I spent time with God today I felt Him saying to write His Word for the nations. This blog is the only way that some from other nations may read my writing unless I get some articles published by international magazines. So I’m doing my best to be obedient and leaving the results to Him.

My husband and I took coaching classes and occasionally as we talk it may turn into coaching of sorts. This weekend in the car I talked to him about managing my writing time and housework time in a way that works. We decided on three hours of concentrated cleaning and hours of writing time according to the rest of my schedule. So I’m blogging earlier in the day and setting goals for my other projects. To God be the glory!

May God bless you big time.

 

Blogging in Time

A friend of mine said she told her granddaughter that I blog. She said, “Grandma, do you know what blogging is?”

“I think so,” she said.

“Well, Grandma, she doesn’t blog, because only young people blog.”

So she asked me if I blog. I told her I do, but I’m not great with the visuals because when I downloaded pictures, my computer got goofed up. I’m just happy to be meeting my commitment to show up fairly regularly. Any photographs I manage to import are a plus. I plan on improving my skills, but not until next week at least.

Anyway, the group of us heard this delightful story and started to laugh. I suggested she inform her granddaughter that older people do blog, and I’m one of them.

I’ve been purposely including Scripture in my blogs lately because of our social climate. I feel that people are hungry for God, even if they’re not aware of it, because of all the vampire books and wizardry books and powerful hero books (and movies) that are popular.

My family gathered to see the Disney movie “Finding Dory” today and I couldn’t help but notice that many new movies coming out for children have spiritual roots to them. I only saw some of the previews because we were late entering the theater, but they were filled with Eastern religious heroes, or presenting evolutionary ideas, or aliens. I didn’t see anything representing Christianity. With bullying and marital problems and thefts and crime and stress, it seems that people look to the occult instead of Jesus. Some go to drugs when they can’t cope or to alcohol for courage or peace instead of Jesus. If people get brainwashed against Christ, they may not even go to Him in a crisis.

Jesus told His followers in Mat 5:13, (KJV)  “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

Mat 5:14  Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

Mat 5:15  Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

Mat 5:16  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

My husband has been preaching that if our community sees the members of our church living the gospel of Jesus Christ:

  1. Believing in God and God the Son, Jesus Christ
  2. Repenting of sin and making things right as soon as possible if they’re able to when they’ve done wrong to someone
  3. Asking God to forgive them and receiving His forgiveness and grace
  4. Helping the poor and the widows
  5. Being kind to those in the church and outside of the church
  6. Living a Christian life as God directs us: Not being covetous, not having sex outside of marriage and only in a heterosexual union, respecting authority, not filled with rage and then acting it out, etc.

then they may find the goodness of God through our example and come to salvation and deliverance and freedom from bondages that Jesus provides. Heaven instead of hell is also a wonderful thing.

Anyhow, to God be the glory in our lives. When we live that way, life should be abundant for us and our loved ones as Jesus wants it to be, according to John 10:10.

Be blessed by God!

 

Young Adult Books

My son gave me a copy of his book, Divergent, by Veronica Roth, copyrighted in 2011, and published by Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of Harper Collins Books, New York, NY to read. It’s a young adult novel.

It got placed in his empty dresser drawer, and when he visited last he let me know where to find it.

I told my husband when I read it that it was a bit violent for me, and he wondered why I read it. It grabbed my interest but rarely mentioned God. The characters and situations compelled me to keep reading, although I was able to put it down and read it over a two or three day time span.

As I related portions of the book to the ladies in my Bible study it occurred to me that the book raised some excellent questions that I pondered throughout the volume. Then today I picked up a book on hold for me written by Richard Peck, entitled Past Perfect, Present Tense: New and Collected Stories. It was published by Dial Books, New York, NY and copyrighted in 2004. On page 2 he writes, “Again, like all fiction, a short story is never an answer, always a question….Fiction writers have only questions, and the eternal question all fiction asks the reader is: WHAT IF I WERE THE CHARACTER IN THIS STORY? WHAT WOULD I DO?”

Isn’t that an amazing correlation between his comments and my thoughts about her book?

In his first story, the ending is abrupt and startling. He wrote it with a thirty-six hour deadline and at the request of an editor. He’d never considered writing a short story before. I guess it’s good to stretch our horizons, especially as writers.

Well, I’m on a mission to fulfill a shorter blog time, as suggested by author coach Suzy Q, (Suzanne Kuhn) a couple of years ago at Montrose Christian Writers Conference. Lately, I’ve been spending hours. They end up being too long.

Happy writing if you’re a writer.

Versatile Blogger Award

At the end of January, just before my youngest daughter got married, I received my first award ever for writing, the Versatile Blogger Award, sent to me by therealliferealtalk.com blogger, Chanel. Thank you, I really enjoy your blog!

I’d like to nominate fifteen others. I hope they’ll be blessed as I was. 🙂

  1. Beautybeyondbones
  2. gracemusing.wordpress.com
  3. cherrydropprincess.com
  4. JeffreyHKing.wordpress.com
  5. tworiversblog.com
  6. middleme.net
  7. ashleyhearod.com
  8. lauraecpaul.wordpress.com
  9. fargaregardsanna.wordpress.com
  10. literarymoose.wordpress.com
  11. moylomenterprises.com
  12. photo-art.me
  13. chantericaware.wordpress.com
  14. raulconde001.com
  15. cafebookbean.com

Now, I’m supposed to write seven things about myself.

  1. I don’t know how to make the above sites listed into links. Sigh.
  2. I heard about Jesus Christ and God wanting to be in relationship with me and I didn’t get it for many weeks, although a high school class mate had something to say about it Monday through Friday.
  3. I’m married to a wonderful guy.
  4. I’ve worked at two libraries over the years.
  5.  I finished a novel but its lacking what it takes to get published now. So I’m thinking.
  6. I’m blogging almost six days a week, consistently. That’s amazing to me.
  7. I’m blessed to have children and grandchildren and friends.

I don’t write to win awards, but I have to say, it warmed my heart. I write because I have to write, it’s become a small part of me. Enjoy your day.