Hello, from Jeanette, CAN’s faithful secretary! This week I am scrambling with last minute preparation for two writers’ conference workshops that I am teaching over the weekend. Teaching at the Castro Valley Christian Writer’s Seminar has become a highlight of my year. In addition to teaching, I critique, and have many opportunities to encourage and guide new writers. Fifteen years ago I attended my first writers’ conference with a pretty even mix of excitement and terror. Now I’m one of those standing beyond the podium (actually, at this conference we get a music stand) teaching hopeful newbie’s how to format manuscripts correctly, write so readers will listen, and communicate with editors. What a fun yet humbling place to be.
Jeanne Dennis here. Since June, I’ve been a member of the CAN Board. Even though you haven't heard from me personally for several months, I post the CAN book releases on this blog every Tuesday and help keep the CAN website up to date.
During this holy season, I wanted to touch base with you again and express what’s in my heart. We live in a time of personal, political, and financial uncertainty. Countless people now struggle with poor health or finances; suffer the loss of loved ones, jobs, or homes; or deal with other crises. Pain and loss often feel more acute during this traditional time of joy, hope, and peace.
People need our words as writers and speakers now more than ever. So even if the paragraph above describes our lives, let’s make this Christmastime a season of trust – trust in the One who knows all things perfectly, does all things well, and makes all things beautiful in His time.
My article last month was titled Organization to go.
Wouldn’t it be nice if things were that simple? Organization could be handed to
us the same way we’re able to get our clothes from the dry cleaners, fast food
from McDonald’s, and prescriptions from Walgreens. But it’s not that simple. We
have to work for it.
As mentioned in last month’s article, we all have the same
twenty-four hours in a day. Have you ever been amazed at how some people can
get so much done during the day? I’m a big fan of to do lists and prioritizing.
With the explosion of PDA’s and smartphones there are many ways to organize
your time, you could even call it organization-to-go, after all. Some hold the
opinion that it takes too much time to figure out these devices and instead,
they rely on the old tried and true method of pen and paper. As long as you
have the list, the format doesn’t matter.
Hi everyone! Sarah Sundin here, and I’m loving this fall weather. Makes me think of Christmas. Okay, so I live in California, where we have two seasons – hot and not, and my kids still talk about The Day It Snowed (back in ’98) – but let’s embrace the Christmas spirit for today’s interview. I had the privilege of meeting Myra Johnson last month at the American Christian Fiction Writers conference in Denver, where she
was signing her just-released first novel, One ImPerfect Christmas. Myra’s second book, Autumn Rains, releases this
month. This will be one memorable autumn for Myra.