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The Waves of Life

Marji Laine:

I’m so flattered to be hosted by Jennifer Slattery, today. She’s my amazing critique partner, a confidant, and friend! I appreciate her letting me share my thoughts about the waves of life.

Originally posted on Jennifer Slattery Lives Out Loud:

When I was first diagnosed with fibromyalgia, (Ugh. Did I really just admit my illness, one with so many myths, judgements, and misconceptions surrounding it, online???) I felt ready to break—physically and emotionally. I thought the intense pain shooting through every ounce of my body would last forever.

I’ve since learned those waves, or flares, as the medical community calls them, won’t last forever, and knowing that brings incredible peace. Knowing there is an eventual end to the pain makes it bearable. And knowing God has a purpose in my pain, which He does, makes it glorious.

Life is like that, isn’t it? Stuck in the muck, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and defeated, to focus on the tumult rather than our Savior. But today my sweet friend and highly-valued critique partner, Majie Lane, MarjiLaine-260x300shares some encouraging thoughts on these “waves of life” we all go through and what each one…

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Archaic Writing

20150223_163441I’m coming off a seriously traumatic week last week. Well, it seemed like it at the time. I sat in a local Best Buy trauma care center (known as Geek Squad) and heard the worst. “There’s nothing more I can do here.”

Ach! I had to surgically detach my fingertips from my precious keyboard and allow the “doctors” to wrap it up and send it via electronic Care Flight (UPS) to some unknown destination where the experts will attempt to right my baby. And this coming the day after my phone experienced an unexpected and premature death!

In the meantime, I’ve been reduced to using my phone for social media – which is why I’ve been almost invisible on Facebook and Twitter – and gone back to the dark ages when it comes to my writing.

Chisels and hammers.

IMG_20150223_160744Well, almost. I actually broke out a favorite pen and a new composition notebook. I’d forgotten just how much I enjoy the physical act of writing. How satisfying the development of the letters is.

You know, I think I concentrate better when I’m doing the actual writing and not just typing things in. Is that crazy? I discovered as I typed my way through a couple of scenes earlier today that I wasn’t having to check my notes again and again. I remembered names and situations so well that I could just keep writing. Unlike the many times, typing, when I have stop and look in my data files to figure out some minor character’s name.

Maybe the reason I can remember is that my data files aren’t available? Possibly.

But there are a few set-backs to doing my writing in my notebook. The first is that I can’t copy and paste. I find myself duplicating my efforts when I want to cut a paragraph from this scene because it goes better in the next one. And yes, I’ve always been one who takes notes in long hand. I practiced my penmanship all through middle and high school that way. Though you’d never know if from the chicken scratch you see here, I even learned calligraphy in college. Had to have the pen anyway for Music Theory, so I decided to learn the skill and make a little on the side with hand-written documents and place cards. Tedious work.

IMG_20150223_163827My second set-back was minor, but an irritation nevertheless. I track my word-count like a madman. Not only to I keep the total in sight to see how productive I’ve been that day, but the projects I’m on now (and have deadlines for) have hard word counts. So, yes, I paused in my writing and counted them up manually.

Not that I’m OCD. Really. My messy house testifies on my behalf! But how else was I going to know if I was on track or not?

Of course the biggest set-back is the fact that at some point, I’ll eventually have to type up everything that I’ve written. Again duplicating my effort.

So it’s a little of a toss-up. A conundrum of a sort. Do I use pen and paper, taking the best advantage of my time whenever inspiration hits with the understanding that I’ll have to touch the task again? Or do I wait until my poor computer (or it’s new sister) is returned to me?

What to do? What to do?

Actually, I made my decision. With my lousy memory, better to snag the creative juices while they’re running than hope they will return at a more opportune time. (And by the way, I have a recording app on my phone for the same reason!)

Your Turn: What would you do in my shoes? Businesses shut down during blackouts. And the Sonic down the street closed last Friday when its system went off-line. Would you enjoy a spontaneous holiday or find another way to get your writing done?


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The Nicest Thing You Can Do

love boat bachelorHave you gotten the chance to read The Love Boat Bachelor, yet? It has the most wonderful ending! And the ending is all due to you and your votes! We loved your choice!

And the free book is our gift to you, in thanks for your support and encouragement.

Did you know the nicest thing you can do in return? Continue reading


Release Time!

love boat bachelorDon’t miss the free days! Download The Love Boat Bachelor e-book from Amazon at no cost. Don’t have a Kindle? No worries. You can get the FREE app for your computer, you phone, your iPad, etc. Here’s the link for the app.

And stay tuned! There’s more news coming down the pipe about this book! Can’t wait to share it with you!


Walk in One Direction

2015 wordI love new books, but The Love Boat Bachelor and Brent’s emails to his sister did interrupt the series here about walking in the faith. This all started with my word for 2015. WALK. To that end, I’ve not only been Continue reading


Do you Suffer from Squirrel Triggers?

Writer's MindI think I’ve mentioned to you before that I’m a little on the ADD side. Distract-able doesn’t come close to the correct description of me! I’ve come to use the term Squirrel-triggered.

Never seeing the movie “UP,” I did catch the previews with the dog who had a talking mechanism attached to his collar. He’d be talking along and suddenly Continue reading


In This Together

handsI hope you’ve enjoyed the chapters of THE LOVE BOAT BACHELOR, and I hope you’ve gotten a kick out of Brent’s letters to his sister. Working together as a group of authors instead of just working by myself is pretty challenging, in just the communication zone. But we had some Continue reading


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