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April 26 – Back in Time

Today almost was a repeat of yesterday. Thee were some tense times at the house as my wife dealt with some issues. Lately, it seems like every time something seems to happen to give her hope, the rug is pulled out from underneath her – at work and in her doctoral project. Today it was a work issue. (No, don’t ask, I ain’t saying anything more about that.) I had to leave for tutoring today before I finished my devotional. I wasn’t happy with the direction it was taking anyway. I got an idea on my way to tutoring, and I liked it better than what I had been doing. Overall, let me just refer you to the last sentence. I didn’t finish that til after 8:00 PM. When I did my challenge writing, I went back to my Time Travel short story, so I’m back in Time, and got almost 575 words done. I’m making some major changes, but I think it’s going well.

I didn’t even look at the critique of my descriptive writing course. And tomorrow’s gonna be a long day also.

Today’s devotional (496 words) – April 26 – All You Really Need Is (A Changed) Heart

 

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April 18 – Moldy Molasses

When I was in High School, I played in the band. I can’t tell you how many times I heard the director say to the whole band something like, “That piece is supposed to be lively. You folks made it sound like moldy molasses.” That’s how my writing flowed today. The devotional went fine, 581 words. Then, after doing a few things around the house, I started trying to work on a piece I’m trying to submit to an anthology on Time Travel. I had gotten some notes back from an editor, and as I tried to incorporate them, nothing flowed. I wrote enough words to cover my challenge, barely, and left it til tomorrow because … well … because.

While dealing with the writer’s block, I read some more of the Venom Protocols and of God Dreams. I also played Splatoon, trying to free my mind. Have I told you that I’m not a gamer? Anyway, I finished the writing after church and watched my daughter play Splatoon the way it’s supposed to be played.

Today’s devotional: April 18 – Gaining Focus in the Middle of a Carnival

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April 14 – A Time to Edit

Yes, that’s a take-off of Grisham’s book A Time To Kill. Editing kills me, so I thought the title was appropriate. After writing my devotional of 525 words, I spent most of the day formatting and editing. I put the May-June Devotional book into the font and sizes that I want for submission and started one last read through, fixing things as I went along. I spent about 5 or 6 hours working on fine-tuning everything. I’ve finished up to May 31. I just have June to check out. I should be able to send to the publisher by Tuesday at the latest.

I started using Grammarly as part of my work. Not on that manuscript, because it’s too much to work on now. But it’s giving me nasty notes when I try shortcuts here. Long day. I’m tired. Still have dishes to do. More tomorrow. I have church tomorrow so I won’t have much writing time. Some things are more important than writing.

Today’s Devotional (525 words): April 14 – Searching For Real Treasure

Reading: continuing on with the Venom Protocols.

Oh, and I came up with a tagline for this blog, thanks to a comment from one of the readers. Thank you Beverly from

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April 5 – Stayin’ Alive

Getting through today was an accomplishment. Some days the devotional thoughts seem to type themselves. Today was a struggle. I finally thought of something my wife said and had an idea to begin working with. A few Sundays ago, my wife had to miss church to travel to a conference. I wished her safe travels. She came back and wished me dangerous worship. I loved that idea. That thought came to mind as I was reading the Bible passage for about the fifth time seeking inspiration. Then, I had to hurry so I could get to my tutoring assignment on time. I started off running about 5 minutes late and ended up running about 15 minutes late. Came home for a touch of lunch about 3:00 (Tutoring runs across comfortable lunch hour.) Then, I sat down to plan meals for the rest of the week. I couldn’t think of anything. I stared at the computer. I finally gave up and played more Splatoon (see last night’s post). The title of this post is from a joke that my daughter and I share when she’s playing one of the scenarios. After a certain time, the most important part is staying alive. When she gets to that point, I tell her she needs to Bee Gee it. (If you’re a bit young, they have a song entitled “Stayin’ Alive.”) After dinner, which we ate out, we came home and I did my editing and then started writing this. I’m going back to editing my March and April Devotional book which got skipped due to technical difficulties around the time I needed to get it done.

Today’s Devotional (567 Words) – April 5 – Dangerous Worship Leads to Living Dangerously

Reading: Non-Fiction tonight – God Dreams – continuing.

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March 28 – Working

Not much interesting to say about today. My wife went to the doctor and gets to wean herself off of her wrist brace. That’s good news. She’s healing. She has an appointment next week about her ankle. Overall, she’s improving. I did find out that something was wrong with the reporting about finances for our trip to Rwanda. Some people told me that they had donated, but nothing was showing up, not even our deposit. Apparently there was a mistake in the algorithm and we’ve had some donations which is nice. My writing today was spent editing and I got nine days, or almost 5000 words, of my devotionals edited. I have tutoring tomorrow, so I might not get as much done, but I also plan to give one short story a last look over before I submit it for inclusion in a local anthology. Then, I need to get back to my time travel story. My editor, E. A. Copen, gave me some good ideas that I’m working on in my rewrite. (She’s also a pretty cool author!)

Today’s Devotional was 392 words: March 28 – Becoming a Citizen of the Kingdom of God

While the devotionals in m book have a different format, you can get a glimpse of my writing style in my everyday devotions.