Dogone-it Get Hopeful About Something!!!

There seems to be such a general feeling of malaise in the nation. It’s as if there’s been a cultural shift toward negativity. No wonder everyone feels depressed.

What we need is to get hopeful on purpose. Whoa, that sounds a lot like having faith.

FAITH. Having faith?

Yes, that’s exactly it. It takes faith that things are going to work together for good to get rid of most forms of depression. So why not try a little faith?

The Bible tells us in Romans 8:28 ~  And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

The New York Times article, “Drugs May Only Help Severe Depression,” points out that exercise, reading about depression, going to a doctor, or psychotherapy tend to be as effective with mild to moderate forms of depression as antidepressants.

Charles Barber, author of the book Comfortably Numb: How Psychiatry Is Medicating a Nation told the CBS Morning Show that fish oil actually may relieve mild depression.

Why not try a shift in attidude and perception? Get out of that slump!!! Look upward!!!

Get you some faith!!!

Do it on purpose. Why not try RADICAL HOPE!!!

I’m NOT advising patients with severe depression to throw their meds out. No way!!! But even with severe depression, faith can only help. Try faith, you’ll like it.

Christian Small Publishers Association Book of the Year Award 2010

It’s that time of the year, when Christian readers can vote for the book of the year — put out by a Christian small publishing house.

Up for awards this year in fiction are: All the Flowers, Tom Milton (Nepperhan Press — Wagon of Fools, Samuel Benjamin Gray (The Wild Olive Press — Earth Is Not Alone, John Knapp II (Ephemeron Press) — The Vision, Debi Pearl(Pearl Books) — Rain Dance, Joy DeKok (Sheaf House) — Forever Changed, Mac McConnell (One Way Books) — Escape the Hezbollah, Pola Muzyka (Trinity Matrix) — A Design of Gold, Paula Vince (Even Before).

There is are  additional categories: nonfiction Christian livining, Bible study/theology, biography,  relationships/family — children’s books (ages 4 – 8) and (ages 8 – 12) — young adult.

To vote for one of these books go to:

The Blood, Sweat & Tears of An Aspiring Author

Eddie Snipes has agreed to join me in a discussion of Christian fiction. Eddie’s blog is Eddie’s Word Turnings. Both Eddie and I have been on this journey of writing fiction for the Lord for some time and we’ve had joys and disappointments along the way. We thought hashing some of our experiences out would be fun and informational.

Nike: Thanks so much for agreeing to do this Eddie. It’s a pleasure having you here. I’ve been at this for a number of years and I can honestly say when I started I had no idea how much was involved in writing a good work of fiction.

Eddie: I’m amazed at how much I have learned writing fiction. For most of my writing life, I have been writing non-fiction, and was surprised at how different of an approach I had to take when transitioning to fiction. If you are familiar with the topic, non-fiction is easier to write, since the reader is already looking for specific information. In fiction, you have to present your idea and capture the reader within the first few paragraphs, and at the end of each chapter.

Nike: I recently took a look at my first attempt at Christian themed fiction, a twenty-eight chapter novel set in Brooklyn—where I live. Looking at that manuscript is laughable now. It’s so completely amateurish. Yet, at the time, I thought it was pretty good.

Eddie: My first attempt was, um, well let’s just say that I used it to line a dog crate. I thought it was great, and I still like the plot idea, but the writing was unsalvageable. Sometime in the future, I hope to revive the plot with a little better planning. I’ve written two more novels. By my third attempt, I was able to apply enough fiction strategies to make it engaging. I’m going back to rewrite my second novel. Unlike my first attempt, this one is salvageable.
Nike: What has been your greatest stumbling block/disappointment as you move forward in your writing?

Eddie: My biggest stumbling block / disappointment is closed doors. Rejection is part of the process of writing, and writers have to be aware that they will have to knock on a lot of doors before one will be answered. Fortunately, I read a lot of testimonies before I started submitting, so I was somewhat emotionally prepared. I was surprised at how difficult it would be to get agents and editors to even look at my work. The greatest challenge isn’t to find someone who will like my writing. It is finding someone who is willing to look at my writing. I have yet to find such a source.

Nike: What has gratified you the most, been your greatest joy on this journey?

Eddie: The real joy of writing is the act of writing. It is satisfying to write out something that is creative and expressive. It is like giving birth to something that was once inside – but according to my wife, it has considerably less pain. I find hope in knowing that I have been called and gifted by the Lord to write, and that others will read my work to gain insight, inspiration, and be influenced for the better.

Visit Eddie’s blog, Eddie’s Word Turnings — where you will find humor, truth and fiction.

Devotions For Dude & Dudettes

Too Pooped To Pop: Lord there doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day. Are you sure that old addage is right? Because it sure seems as if I’ve got more on my plate than I can handle.

I can’t seem to cram everything into the twenty-four hours You’ve given. What with the household stuff, the homeschooling, the writing, writing, writing.

And I feel I don’t make enough time for You Lord. Still I know You are in the midst of it with me.

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. [Isaiah 40:29]

Shed A Few Pounds: OK, so the doctor said perhaps I should loos the weight I gained since Thanksgiving. I know I’m a spirit first and I have a body. So, Lord, maybe I can get my spirit to lose the weight? Just kidding.  Lord, help me increase my activity and eat the right foods, in the right amounts.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made, yur works are wonderful, I know that full well. [Psalms 130:14]

My Book Is Finished ~ With That In Mind, Can I Be Honest With Newbies?

Yippee!!! Not only is my book finished, I’ve sent a proposal off to an agent. Not only to an agent, but the proposal was requested. It’s not a “cold send.” Thank you Lord.

Let me be totally frank. If you’re a newbie aspiring writer, you should probably write about what you know.

You should also read books currently published in your genre.

You might want to get into a really serious critique/writer’s group with other authors who will tactfully tell you the truth about your work in progress — your baby.

Taking a few writing classes wouldn’t hurt either.

A good support system with folks praying for you is a benefit that can’t be measured, that’s how valuable it is.