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I will re-post them as soon as possible.

Thank you for your patience.

The July 17th message:

My heart breaks for what is normal for teens and college students today. Watch this video.

The theme for the 2011 Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference(aka Revival) was “Write Courageously”.

Our first keynote speaker, Retired Army Ranger and Chaplain Jeff Struecker, knows a little bit about courage.

He lived through the events portrayed in the movie Black Hawk Down and told us of how he transitioned from Ranger to Chaplain because the other men in the operation began coming to him for counseling.

You see, he had something that the others didn’t have—peace in the knowledge that no matter what the outcome of the mission, he was going home—either to his wife or to his Father in Heaven. He knew.

Warning: There is violence in this video–the story cannot be told without it.

No violence in this video:

Check out Chaplain Struecker’s novels:

Other conference memories:

Praying a very specific prayer with Cecil Stokes.

Being taught and critiqued by script consultant, Dr. Linda Seger.

Edie Melson talking about her son gearing up for deployment.

Eva Marie Everson talking about her mother at last year’s conference(I didn’t cry until I was sharing her story with my husband after I got home).

Sharing a meal with Deborah Raney, Yvonne Lehman, Jim Watkins, Ramona Richards, Aaron Gansky, Nancy Lohr, and the many conferees who shared their personal stories.

Angela Hunt instructing us on how to use Scrivener.

Crying as Janet Roller led us in worship.

Laughing with keynote speaker, Jane Herlong.

Christy award finalist, Gina Holmes, offering to critique the first few pages of my manuscript.

Experiencing the Staff talent show (How could you forget?).

Pitching to Ramona Richards (my one sheet was very misleading— I didn’t realize the connotation it would have in other people’s eyes) –she gave me permission to submit it after I explained what I meant.

Pitching to Film Producer, Christy Lee Taylor—started out with my screenplay Poison Ivy Bride(bombed), then my full manuscript, Absalom’s Beauty(bombed), but my little humor story, Eve’s Apple, received a request for the treatment.

It takes courage to come to conference and put your ideas out there. Sometimes you’ll face rejection, but sometimes, you just might find success. But you have to go out there and do it. If I had one regret in my experience is that I did not seek out the opportunities to fellowship outside the cafeteria. I am an early-to-bed person(aka boring), so I miss out on what was called “the afterglow”.

Did I mention that Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference is the highlight of my year?

Thanks Alton Gansky and Edie Melson for a wonderful worshipful time!

I’ve been meaning to post the promotional video for the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference held at Ridgecrest near Asheville, NC.

You see, I’m in the video along with my cousin, Donna. We’re sitting at a table in the cafeteria. Fortunately, most of me is hidden.

A great conference if you’re interested in writing fiction or non-fiction. Click here for more information.

This should be my husband’s theme song:

I told him today after he was freshly shaven that I liked it when his upper lip is clean (he has a goatee thing on his chin) because he has pretty lips, and he agreed. He loves his lips.

Yesterday I wrote about Liz Curtis Higgs’ new book. I found this interview on youtube and wanted to share it.

My favorite fiction reading is regency romance.  I just completed reading Before the Season Ends by Linore Rose Burkard.

The author writes with rich detail(something that is sorely lacking in my own writing) similar in style to Georgette Heyer.

Miss Ariana Forsythe is resolved to the fact that her lot in life is to marry a clergyman–even after the young rector moves away and is replaced by a man older than her father.

Ariana seems a little silly as she pines for this older man who seems to have no other redeeming qualities other than he is a rector. Her parents feel the only solution is to remove her from the situation by sending her away to her aunt’s who is to sponsor her in her first season  in society.

She is told to stay away from one eligible bachelor, Mr.  Phillip Morney,  because he has been known to destroy the social chances of other young women by his indifference to them.

A great story. Read what happens when she meets Mr. Morney at a picnic on his estate. Let’s just say she doesn’t end up marrying a Rector.

My father has this recurring dream that while standing he can bring his feet back(at the same time) against the back of his knees and fly through the air upright. So I guess he is more like a hover craft.

Sunday before last my family discussed the poor woman who found out years after the fact that her husband’s legs had to be cut off to fit him in his casket. Apparently, she had ordered the right size but the funeral home got it wrong.

My father is  6’2″ tall and, well let’s just say he is frugal. Okay, Okay he’s cheap. So I told him that if the 5’5″ casket is cheaper than the 6’2″ casket, then we might just have to cut off his legs. We could bend them back just like in his dreams and we’ll play I’ll Fly Away at his funeral.

By the way, my Daddy will probably outlive me. He is extremely young at heart– he has the energy to play hide&seek and ball with his grandchildren.

Charles Billingsley is a vocal genius, is he not?

1 Corinthians 15 (New International Version) : 20-25 & 54-58

20But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 23But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. 24Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. 25For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26The last enemy to be destroyed is death.

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54When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”[g]
55“Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?”[h] 56The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

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