Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Scribbles and Scrambles - Should I Be Disturbed?

A flyer arrived in the mail.

This is a VERY common occurrence.

What wasn't so common was one of the featured items.

I'm all for items that remind me of what I should be doing and what my priorities are and all that.

But my mind refuses to look at things on the black and white one-dimensional level of reality.

The item -- actually a series of items -- very small polished pieces of glass in a rainbow of colors. And on each "stone"was printed Gal 5:22-23 and one of the fruit of the Spirit...love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

This was my first thought. "Cool. Pretty glass."

My second thought. "Hmmm. So if I'm having a really bad day and am lacking in one of those areas, would one of these gems actually help?"

My third thought. "So. Like, if I was lacking patience with a person, I could whip the patience piece out of my pocket and fling it at them."

Then I laughed.

All by myself.

And now I'm telling you. HeeHeeHee.

Serials and Scenarios - Tamera Alexander - Remembered...

Oh my. Tamera sent this and somehow (shush, no sarcasm necessary) it slipped under my nose and languished in my inbox. Oh no.

Her book, Remembered, was reviewed last Wednesday. Sorry, Tammy, a few days short, not to mention a few cards short of a deck, I'm offering them now. Here are Tamera's great answers to the standard dregs.

What would you write if there were no rules or barriers? (epic novels about characters in the Bible, poetry, greeting cards, plays, movies, instruction manuals, etc.)

A ghost story set in an antebellum home. A Southern novel, contemporary, with a thread of romance of course, and the Civil War. Oh, that’s a dream… J

What makes you feel alive?

A fall day when the air is clean and the leaves so crisp and splashed with color that you just have to stop and try to take it all in, which you can’t, of course. And you realize there’s no “reason” why those leaves had to change those colors in order for the plant or tree to go dormant. God did it to show his glory, his artistry.

How does something worm its way into your heart? Through tears, truth, humor or other?

Tears and humor. Used together, they’re a powerful tool!

Where would you most like to travel ----- moon, north pole, deep seas, deserted island, the holy land or back to a place from your childhood, somewhere else? – and why.

I would time travel, does that still fit? Back to the era in which I write and specifically to some points in European history. Especially those in France. And to Biblical times, of course. ;)

What is your favorite word?


What word annoys you more than any other?


Super power you’d love to borrow for awhile?

Ability to read minds—as long as no one else could have that super power around me.

Favorite chore

Vacuuming. It’s a sickness, I know. But I love things neat.

Grammatical pet peeve…sound off.

People who don’t like semi-colons. Semi-colons are wonderful; they serve a real purpose in our language and shouldn’t be ostracized from fiction. ;)

Societal pet peeve…sound off.

People who talk full voice on their cell phones while you’re in an elevator or restaurant. That’s what “Excuse me while I step outside and take this call” is for. ;)

Which compliment related to your writing has meant the most and why?
This one:
Your book (Rekindled) helped me to begin loving my husband again. Maybe to start loving him to begin with. I’m trying to get rid of the high expectations I’ve held for the past fifteen years because they’ve only led me to disappointment. We’re seeking counseling and are trying to rebuild our marriage. Your writings gave me the courage to take that step, and helped me to know that God could make that happen. Thank you.

If I never write another word or get another reader note about my books, I’ll die a happy woman. ;)

Thanks again, Tamera. So sorry about the communication glitch!