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Sometimes the journey is only the beginning . . .
Michael Archer might not have been able to save Ben Carstairs, but he vowed to carry out Ben’s dying wish...
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In the 1870s American West, Michael Archer, wracked by guilt over having killed once again, embarks on a mission to clear the name of a man wrongly executed for murder...
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The past has a way of catching up with you... Michael and Rachel have everything to look forward to and no reason to look back, or so they thought. In the midst of the newlyweds' trials and triumphs...
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Why We Need a First Draft

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If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you know I view the first draft of a work as crucial. My emphasis on the first draft is intentional. Rarely, if ever, is a first draft sufficient for our purpose. I’ve even learned to review my emails before I hit send. …

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Depending on Your Own Understanding

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Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Over the last couple of years, I spent a large amount of time working on a novel. The …

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Vision for the Future

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Proverbs 28:19 (NLT)  ‘When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild. But whoever obeys the law is joyful.’ Another word for divine guidance is vision. The King James Version says, ‘Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, he is happy.’ For …

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What Legacy Are We Leaving?

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Often when we think of legacy, it’s in terms of what are we leaving behind us materially. We can’t take it with us. We never see a hearse followed by an armored car filled with gold. We wonder are we leaving enough to support our families. Or are we burdening …

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Stewardship Comes with Responsibility

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When most of us hear the word stewardship, we often think of increase. Luke 19 tells us of a servant who was put in charge of a certain amount of silver. When the king returned and asked for an accounting, this servant reported, “I invested your money and made ten …

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Why Didn’t Somebody Tell Me This at Beginning?

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Back in November, James Scott Bell posted a blog on The Kill Zone called, What I Wish I’d Known When I Started Writing. He covered a whole range of topics and sparked my own thinking. Now, I wonder why didn’t somebody tell me this at the beginning? I’m just going …

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Proverbs for Writers

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Here are a couple of proverbs I believe apply to all of us, but especially those of us who are pursuing the dream of being writers. Proverbs 3:12 (NLT) For the Lord corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights. We are writing for the Lord …

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Stewarding Our Time

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Over the last few months, I’ve been periodically sharing on stewardship. As you can tell by now, being a faithful steward over all God has given us is very important. Especially, when I consider that he owns it all and has given me everything I have to manage for him. …

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Stewardship Is More Than Money

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I think we’ve all heard the word Stewardship at one time or another. Depending on our background, it may well carry negative associations. Like, “Stewardship is what the pastor talks about when he wants us to give more money.” Money is only one of the things we are called to steward. But …

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7 Traits of a Successful Critique Group

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I’m sure we’ve all participated in or heard stories about horrible experiences with critique groups. I’ve had a few myself. Unfortunately, I may also have contributed to some of them. To any writers I did this to, I apologize. I’ve been writing seriously for over ten years. During this time, …

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