Guest Poet

While I still want to write 31 poems this month, I have been too busy to keep up with the daily challenges at OctPoWriMo

Today I would like to feature two poems by my dear friend Heather Joyes.

Subtle change,
Almost imperceptible to discern,
Causing concern,
Foreseeing a negative shift
To a special privilege at risk,
Thankful I rejoice,
Expressing all care to Him
Knowing His peace is a gift,
Trusting He will lead
Silent echoes
Drift in,
A chaotic repetition
Of unspoken dialogue,
No lilting notes,
Rather simultaneous tones,
Intermingle in discord,
Seeking attention
As they swirl together,
Only He can bring
Peace and order
As I pray,
And trust in Him.

The Void Between

Today is Day 2 of OctPoWriMo. Although the prompts are optional, I enjoy stretching myself by following them. Today’s challenge: write a Kyrielle poem inspired by “the void.”

I set my goals, my hopes and dreams,
And reach for them most days it seems,
But all too often I don’t see
The void between my goals and me.

And if I see it in my way,
I make excuses for that day,
Surely I am not meant to flee
The void between my goals and me.

I’m meant to face the void ahead,
To walk the walk as I am led,
With help, there will no longer be
The void between my goals and me.

“In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths” (Proverbs 3:6 ESV) (from

Time Limit

Time 12 limit

Another twenty-four hours

Eighty-six thousand four hundred seconds

Will I invest this time or will I merely spend it 3

Will I stay true to my imagined priorities

Will I love my Saviour and Lord

May it 6 always be

Today is the first day of OctPoWriMo. Want to join this group of poets (pros, wannabes, and everything in between)? Today’s prompt was to write a shape poem about time. (All prompts are optional. The goal is to write a new poem each day of October.) Check it out!

Final Round 3 Check-In

And that’s a wrap on Round 3 of A Round of Words in 80 Days.

At the beginning of this round, I rebranded myself. My new tagline is “to nurture & inspire.” Let’s see how I did over the last three months.

These were my original goals and how I did …

To Nurture & Inspire @ My Computer

Whether editing my clients’ work or writing devotionals and blog posts … whether Skyping or connecting on Facebook and Twitter … I will ask myself how I can be a blessing to each one. Although this is my heart’s desire, I haven’t been as deliberate about it as I’d planned. 

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24 NIV).

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Online Hangouts & ROW80 Check-In

Here are a half dozen of my favourite places to hang out online …

Bible Gateway

Compel Training for Christian writers and speakers

The Creative Penn for writers

PicMonkey and Pixabay for creating memes, headers, and graphics of all descriptions

Toby Mac’s YouTube Channel for encouragement, motivation, and a reason to chair dance

And, of course, there’s Facebook, but if you know me at all, that goes without saying. (grin)

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In Search of Motivation

Oh, I have lots of motivation … on paper. Just take a look at my newest To Do List titled “Do It Already.” But I’ve been weary. In fact, I spent much of Friday sleeping. The heat maybe? (For all of you who live near the equator and are productive … KUDOS! I have no idea how you do it.)

I did get a fair amount done, including crossing some things off my Procrastination List (YAY!), and I got hooked on online teaching and audiobooks.

Although I don’t care for horror, Stephen King’s book On Writing is as one of the best on the subject, so say many industry professionals. I listened to the 7+-hour reading by King himself. He has a unique perspective on many areas of the craft of writing and I learned some new things. Plus, he shares much of his own story, and being relationship-driven, this drew me in. (If you’ve heard Stephen King give an interview, you won’t be surprised that the book includes some “language.”)

Have you listened to any good books lately?

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A Fool & His Monet

A Fool and His MonetSandra Orchard’s best book to date. Seriously!

How do you write a lighthearted yet engaging and surprising mystery? I don’t know the answer, but Sandra does. Kudos!

Art theft. Murder. Blackmail. The mob. Authentic characters. Family dinners. And just a hint of romance. You’ll find it all within the pages of A Fool & His Monet.

Award-winning author Susan May Warren calls it “laugh out loud funny” and mystery author Lorena McCourtney advises readers to “be ready for a mind-spinning adventure.” I second both of these observations. Continue reading “A Fool & His Monet”