Watch what you research!
by Mary L. Hamilton
My husband, Wayne, doesn’t quite know what to make of my turn to the dark side as I write mystery/suspense stories. But when I was trying to figure out a good place to hide a body in our area, he arranged a meeting with a man he knows who has worked as a police officer in our area off and on for thirty years. For thirty minutes, this friend and I discussed ways and locations for disposing of dead bodies, while Wayne listened and wondered what had happened to his sweet, innocent wife. Finally, after I’d learned fifteen different ways to dispose of a body, my interviewee looked at Wayne and said, “If something happens to you, we’ll know who to look for.”
Not long after that, Wayne received a text message from his friend early one morning asking him to call ASAP. Upon answering, his friend sounded relieved.
“Oh good. You’re still alive,” he said. He’d found an obituary in the newspaper for a man approximately the same age and the same name as my husband. But what made it even stranger was the deceased’s parents’ names–Wayne and Mary Hamilton!
 Watch what you research! 😉
Mary L. Hamilton, Author
Rustic Knoll Bible Camp Series
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Marketing Tips From Cheri Cowell

This sounds like a strange question–do you love what you do? But if we are honest, and if we’ve done this for any length of time, there are times in our writing journey when we can say we’ve fallen out of love with what we do. We’ve grown weary. If I’m describing you, I want to tell you that you are not alone. Here are a few things I’ve learned about being in this place.

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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 Cheri Cowell

Day 14 - (Butchart Gardens) 182_2

As the dog days of summer deepen, humidity builds, and it seems the summer is dragging on, one drawback of the profession we've chosen grows more intense. Loneliness is something we don't often talk about, but it is a reality that needs to be addressed so we can learn from each other and develop healthy ways to combat this tool the enemy uses against us.

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Hi there, Sherry Kyle here, writing from my laptop in Central California.  Sherry Kyle

 

Do you experience fog where you live? This morning as I drove my youngest daughter to the bus stop I could barely see thirty feet in front of me. When I returned home, I grabbed my cell phone and snapped these pictures.

 

Fog:flowers Fog:path Fog:tree

I thought about how fog resembled the writing life. It takes a step of faith to keep pouring our hearts on the page. Some days it feels as if we're typing through fog.

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