Thursday, August 6, 2020

When We Doubt Our Call to Write

by Lynn H. Blackburn @LynnHBlackburn

I recently returned from a vacation where for three days I didn’t do much of anything but read. It was glorious. I loved the books I brought with me. I inhaled them. I fell in love with the characters and the places and the ideas.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Why Write?

by PeggySue Wells @PeggySueWells

Last night, or should I say this morning, I dropped into bed at 2:00 a.m. What possesses me to spend long hours at the computer when my mailbox boasts more rejections than paychecks? If my labors are not putting groceries on the table or contributing to the mortgage payment, why do I write, anyway

Monday, August 3, 2020

Realm Makers 2020 Recap

by Ralene Burke @RaleneB

In light of the COVID-19 regulations, Realm Makers hosted their first virtual conference in July 2020. With the use of new technology, standout faculty, knowledgeable staff, and a fantastic schedule, Realm Makers presented a unique experience for speculative fiction writers. 

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Principles of Being a Truth-Teller

by Audrey Frank @AudreyCFrank

In a time of universal deceit—telling the truth is a revolutionary act. - George Orwell

The Lord sent Nathan to David (2 Samuel 12:1).

Throughout my life, God has been faithful to send truth-tellers brave and bold, willing to tell me what I could not see or refused to see on my own. Their words almost always made me angry inside, and often made me defensive, although I never showed it on the outside. But deep in my heart truth hit its mark every time. Before my truth-tellers even finished speaking, I could feel truth’s piercing power, beginning the work of turning my heart inside out, inviting me to be free.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Don't Let Your Faith Become Stale

by Tim Suddeth @TimSuddeth

I have a confession to make. This staying home the last few months because of the pandemic, for me, hasn’t been all bad. I have my books, my internet, and my walks around the block. I can still take daytrips, although many of the destinations are closed. I am missing my writing groups and eating out with friends. But to keep my family well, it hasn’t been that big of a sacrifice. So I’m settling into a nice little routine here at home. Overall, I’m happy, comfortable.

Friday, July 31, 2020

The Crown of Excellence for Book Marketing Contest

by Susan G Mathis @SusanGMathis 

Don’t we all want a marketing crown? One that lets us know we’re successful as an author with all the marketing efforts we do? I sure would. But how can we measure that, see that, know that? 

Last year’s debut CAN Crown Awards did just that, and our winners showed us some wonderful results for their work. You can, too.