by Cynthia Ruchti

Seven years ago to the day, I had a conversation with God that went something like this:

“Lord, this writing for publication thing is hard. It’s…labor!”

“Yup.” (Sometimes the Voice I hear says things like that.)

“Every corner I turn, I see nothing but more corners ahead.”

“Curious, isn’t it?”

“Nobody’s interested in my proposals. I’ve worked hard for eight years to study and grow in the craft, plus all those years of writing for radio, magazines, newspaper columns…”

“Uh huh.”

“And my dream agent doesn’t have any openings.”

“I’m aware.”

“Especially fiction, Lord. If You don’t want me to publish fiction, it would be a waste of Your time and mine for me to keep trying. I will lay this author idea on the altar, gladly give it up, unless You show me it’s what You want me to keep pursuing.”

Silence.

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By Cynthia Ruchti

Light and Shadows Hen and ChicksWhen a young artist advances from drawing stick figures and squares-with-a-triangle-on-top houses, the artist learns about perspective and dimension. Perspective, light, and shadow add life to what had been flat paint or pencil lines on flat paper.

It’s the play of light and shadows that creates interest and definition. Light seems brighter when shadows are deeper. Small, intricate details–like the fine hairs on this plant–show up when visible against a dark backdrop of shadows. Light from above and to the right makes the smallest plant in the lower left look as if it’s glowing from within.

The play of light and shadows creates interest in the writing life, too.

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by Cynthia Ruchti

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   Sometimes

   the best marketing

   isn’t marketing at all.

 

 

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By Cynthia Ruchti

On an ordinary day last week, I was struck with a lack of respect and common sense in a scene I observed in a public forum. My thought was, “Doesn’t anyone read the Proverbs anymore?”

Proverbs

For those of us who have long appreciated the Bible’s wisdom, the Proverbs represent almost a bullet-point list of smart, savvy, common sense thoughts in keeping with God’s principles for living.

How might they apply to an author’s efforts at marketing?

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by Cynthia Ruchti

CRCphoto (85 of 165)So now what? Easter’s over. The glorious worship services honoring our risen King are history. We’re hoarse from shouting “Hallelujah!”, full from family dinners, exhausted from the clean up, and starting to see buds on the trees. We’ve been faithful–to varying degrees–regarding our lenten promises and devotional times, been reminded of the crucifixion, reminded that we, too, walked out of the empty tomb into new life. What’s next? Not just in the church calendar year, but in our lives?

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