CSFF Blog Tour Day One

The Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy blog tour book for March is The Resurrection by Mike Duran. In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book.

At one point while I was reading this book, I had put it down on the coffee table in the living room. My husband walked by and asked “Whatcha reading? Something about witches?” That got me thinking about book covers.

I hadn’t paid much attention to the cover of this book since I already read a little about it when it was presented for the tour this month. So I took a look at the cover as if I were looking at it in the bookstore and trying to decide whether to buy it or not.

I concluded that I would buy the book based on the dark, kind of ominous look of the cover and the way the story’s presented on the back cover copy.

Check out the blog tour links below:

Noah Arsenault
Brandon Barr
Red Bissell
Book Reviews By Molly
Keanan Brand
Kathy Brasby
Grace Bridges
Beckie Burnham
Melissa Carswell
Jeff Chapman
Christian Fiction Book Reviews
Carol Bruce Collett
Valerie Comer
Karri Compton
Wanda Costinak
Amy Cruson
CSFF Blog Tour
Janey DeMeo
Cynthia Dyer
Tori Greene
Nikole Hahn
Katie Hart
Joleen Howell
Bruce Hennigan
Becky Jesse
Cris Jesse
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Emily LaVigne
Shannon McNear
Matt Mikalatos
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Joan Nienhuis
John W. Otte
Gavin Patchett
Sarah Sawyer
Andrea Schultz
Tammy Shelnut
Kathleen Smith
Donna Swanson
Jessica Thomas
Steve Trower
Fred Warren
Dona Watson
Phyllis Wheeler
Nicole White
Dave Wilson

Spring Fever

It’s official. I have Spring Fever. Not a mild case either. It’s 66 degrees with bright sunshine. I cleaned five big garbage bags of junk out of our closet. I’m working on cleaning up my attitude. We’re getting a border collie Tuesday. All these things make me feel hopeful again during a really blechy winter.

Long Week

Wow, no posts at all during the week. It was a really, really hard week at work.

But I’ll have more later today. I’m working on my goals for 2011. Yeah, I know January is almost over so I’m a little late on this. But in years past I’ve just thrown goals out there and failed. This year I want to set attainable, sustainable goals. That’s why it’s taking me so long.


Why Do You Do What You Do?

I’m reading INSPIRED NURSE by Rich Bluni, RN. One of the questions Rich asks early on in the book is why do you do what you do? I’m trying to work out the answer to that question as it pertains both to my nursing career and to my writing. Right now I don’t have an answer for either. So that’s my goal for the week-to come back next week with an answer to that question that’s more than just the surface “Because I want to help people.”

So why do you do what you do? What keeps you going in your profession?

Writing Prompts

Do you use writing prompts? I love them for creative exercise. Here’s a fun one I copied directly from Poets & Writer’s email newsletter:

Choose three people who you know well and write a detailed character description of each one. Now change the gender, name, and a few physical traits of each one. Begin a story with all three characters standing in the rain outside of a house on fire.

If you use writing prompts, where do yours come from?

Ahhh…A Clean Desk

I spent the better part of two hours going through the clutter hiding the top of my desk. Wow! What a difference just a tiny bit of organization makes in  my outlook. I can now work in that space.

I also cleaned and organized my computer desk.

Looking at my nice, organized writing space makes me feel like…well…writing. Woo! Hoo! Love opening the curtain behind my computer desk so I can see the evergreens behind the house. Something about that view feeds my creativity.

You probably noticed I didn’t show pictures of the rest of the room. That’s because the clutter I moved from my desk had to go somewhere. Cleaning and organizing project for later this month-buy some bookshelves and de-clutter and re-organize the rest of my office.

What does your writing/creative space look like? Is it organized in a way that inspires you to work? Or at least doesn’t hinder? What about your space feeds your creativity?

Snow Days

WordPress challenged bloggers to write more in 2011. In order to give myself a fighting chance, I joined the blog-a-week challenge instead of the blog-a-day challenge. Every day there’s a new blog topic idea on the Daily Post. In light of the weather forecast for the next 48 hours, today’s idea on the Daily Post seemed like a good blog topic.

What do you do when you’re snowed in? Do you make a grocery store run if there’s snow in the forecast? Are you one of those like me who has to go to work regardless of the weather?

If it’s cold and snowy out, I like to curl up with a good book or a movie. I love to have something hearty to eat, like chili or beef stew. Unless the cupboards are absolutely bare, I don’t make a snow grocery run.

So chime in-what do you do on those blustery, snowy, wintery days?

CSFF Blog Tour Day Three

First I want to apologize for the lack of depth to my posts for this months tour. The Wolf of Tebron is a good story, well written, and well thought out by author C. S. Lakin. If you like fairy tales or fables or just like to read stories that make you think or love a good allegory, give this book go. I guess I haven’t had much to say because I’m just not a huge fan of allegory.

Ms. Lakin creates distinct, well-developed characters. Her characterization was my favorite part of the book. I feel that if I met Joran or Ruyah I would know them immediately.

She’s also quite good at description. When reading about the house of the Moon, I could feel the clutter closing in around me. Likewise, when reading about Joran’s visit to the palace of the Sun I could see the walls and walls of books, could see the elegance of the palace.

I think The Wolf of Tebron is appropriate for teens and adults.

Please check out the other blog tour participants whose links you’ll find in the sidebar.

In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.