When do I use those Apostrophe?

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My editor says “Look up under possessive and when to use it.”

Now just because I say pastor’s when I mean pastors doesn’t mean I don’t know how.
So excited about my work, my excitement on encouraging my pastor, I simply forgot that I meant just the man and not the man’s work.

You can tell I’m very consistent in my work.
What I know, I know well and when I’m excited, I’m in agreement throughout the article.
For I didn’t say pastor’s with an ‘s once, but every time used the possessive form.
So what is the editor’s problem? (See, I understand the problem here is the editor’s.)

My grammar isn’t totally defunct, it’s my haste to inspire others, or is it other’s?
Got it. It’s others that I wish to stimulate to understand the need to affirm pastors.
See, I did it. I wrote pastors correctly, although my little finger did an auto ‘ insert.
Funny, I don’t remember my auto correct, spell checker underlining my use of ‘s.

Just musing once more on a nice sunny day, and yes, still Lionhearted.


Develop the Hide of a Rhinoceros



My fearful Lion has been beat up with rejection,

lack of inspiration,

and is still unpublished.

Rejected Lion by Savannah Wilkes 2013Is This You?

Are you a well published author? If so, have you ever received more than one rejection for an article or book?


If you aren’t published, do you have a rejection pile? Is there more than one in your inbox or file drawer? If not, why not?

Does the fear of rejection stop you cold? Or can you share something you learned from a rejection?

Have you sold something you wrote in 2013? If so, how many times did you submit before you were accepted?

Harper Lee, the author of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” said,

“I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide.”

Andy Scheer, Agent for Hartline Literary Agent often says, “Develop the hide of a rhinoceros.”

Have you developed a tough hide? Tough enough to slap the rejection in a file, or basket or hang it on a nail like Stephen King and send out the same article again the next day?

Why or why not?

A verse that encourages me is found in Matthew 19:26 (NIV)

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” 

 Rejected Lion Art by Savannah Wilkes  2013

Lionhearted Author Encouragement

I am relaxed

I am relaxed

Many years ago I learned to teach classes for myself—the teacher usually learns more than the students.

At the HACWN writer’s conference in Overland Park, Kansas this year, I presented a workshop to encourage others.


 Fresh inspiration for the fearful

Motivation for the rejected

Ideas for the brain dead

Hope for the unpublished

 And yes, I needed encouragement. Not that I don’t write, but too often I slip back into the “write for self” not an editor—the skits for church, the newsletters for family, and the publications on my website. Nothing too tough and few submissions that might be rejected.

After the close of my workshop, I felt inspirited to tackle more difficult projects. Two books—one finished before spring. In order to encourage others, I asked them to write goals and be accountable. If I expect it of the students, I better manage my own time and share what I’ve accomplished, also.

My WIP excites me. It will get me out of bed on those gloomy winter days because I’ve got to see where the story goes. This is more than putting words on paper, I’ve got to bring characters to life.

Record Snowfall

Record Snowfall

The author of “The Grapes of Wrath,” John Steinbeck said, “If you are using dialogue — say it aloud as you write it. Only then will it have the sound of speech.” Makes me giggle to think about it—such fun for a cold winter day.

What about you? What are your winter goals?

How do you breathe life into your characters—fiction or non-fiction?




“Fifteen Minutes” by Karen Kingsbury

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Fifteen Minutes by Karen KingsburyFifteen Minutes Cover[1] (1)

 Reviewed by Kat Crawford

Fiction Addict Blog Tours

Genre: Drama

Publisher: Howard Books

Pub Date: October 29, 2013

Karen Kingsbury’s new book asks the question: What Would You Sacrifice For Fame? 

(Synopsis from Amazon.com) Zack Dylan made a promise to God and his college sweetheart as he left his family’s horse farm in Kentucky to compete on the popular reality television show Fifteen Minutes: If he makes it, the fame won’t change him.  

Overnight, Zack is the nation’s most popular contestant, a country singer with the looks and voice of a young Elvis. As his star rises, Zack is asked to compromise and quiet his beliefs, and also something more. Something Zack could never have imagined. Just as America is falling in love with Zack, just as he’s on the verge of winning it all, his choices lead him to the brink of personal disaster. 

At the same time, Reese Weatherly, a therapeutic horse instructor, is no longer sure about her relationship with Zack, or the wedding they had dreamed about. While Zack advances from one round of the competition to the next, an offer comes to Reese—one that will take her to a home halfway around the world. 

 Then Chandra Olson—reigning diva pop star and one of the Fifteen Minutes judges—intervenes. Chandra has suffered so much public pain and private agony since her days as a Fifteen Minutes contestant. Now she wants just one thing: meaning. 

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 Can Chandra’s private losses help Zack find his way, or will his fifteen minutes of fame cause him to lose the life he once loved? Fifteen Minutes is a story of character, compromise, and the cost of having it all. A story that raises the question: Who are the real winners? 

Kat Crawford Review:

Karen Kingsbury has a way of choosing subject the world can relate to. If anyone has ever watched American Idol, we know the “Fifteen Minutes” story. Those young and even older who audition arrive on stage to share their faith—at least before their first song. I’ve personally wondered what happened to the preformaters faith, especially when the show has finished. Whether they are the chosen winner or not, a performance on nationwide TV gives exposure and the possibility of fame—is a celebrity able to stay close to the Lord?

 Does Kingsbury predict that every talented performer will give up Christ for fame? No, but she shows the possibilities. How easy to be sidetracked by others and a high-geared schedule. She also shares the importance of faith and family—the blessings of parents and grandparents continuing to pray and believe in their children.

In some ways Kingsbury books are too pat. They begin with more than one complicated problem. By the end, almost every difficulty is tied up with a nice neat bow. However, she chooses real life circumstances. And every book is filled with well-developed characters. The many Kingsbury fans I know have used her wisdom to figure out their own personal problems and have passed these ideas on to others.

Kingsbury is in the know of what will grab the reader’s attention. She addresses difficult subjects the world can relate to. Once more, the author gives us a good read in her latest book, “Fifteen Minutes.” 


 Fifteen Minutes is available to purchase from Amazon.com.


Note: I received this book as part of the Fifteen Minutes blog tour from Fiction Addict. I received no compensation for this review and only received a copy of the book for review purposes.  Review copy provided by the publisher.


Write What Concerns You Deeply

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Clear Thinking and Common Sense for Writers

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You’re blessed when you meet Lady Wisdom,
when you make friends with Madame Insight.

Proverbs 3:13 (msg)

Recently Pastor Aman of an Arabic Christian church preached in our morning worship. A translator stood to his right, sometimes looking puzzled. Pastor Aman repeated his phrases and the translator would smile and give us his English version.

Before giving us his scripture for the day, Pastor Aman said, “One day I followed a taxi with a bumper sticker that said:

Don’t follow me because I myself am lost.”

What a great bumper sticker for writers. We need to choose wisely in whom we follow, Jesus first, author fan pages with wisdom and good informational blogs. No matter the genre we write, we need to study God’s Word, and ask Him to guide our minds and fingers.

These Proverbs spoke to me today:

 Dear friend, guard Clear Thinking and Common Sense with your life; 

   don’t for a minute lose sight of them.
They’ll keep your soul alive and well…
No need to panic over alarms or surprises, 

   or predictions that doomsday’s just around the corner,

Because God will be right there with you;
he’ll keep you safe and sound.

Proverbs 3:21-22, 25-26 (msg)

Prayer: Father, thank you for reminding me to guard my mind and soul. Thank you, too for the promise You will be with and guide us in all our ways—if we but ask. Amen


A Freelance Authors Be Open to Change

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Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world,

but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Romans 12:2 (NIV)

The scripture is speaking about renewing our minds and lives in spiritual and moral growth—a continual process. It takes a conscious effort to keep our lives in tune with our Savior. The world around us is in change, we make choices to go with the flow or choose what God desires for our lives.

Recently I read what Robert Lee Brewer said in the 2012 Writer’s Market says: “Of course, things have changed dramatically Read the rest of this entry »


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photo: Colleen Hughes

It is not good to have zeal without knowledge,

nor to be hasty and miss the way.

Proverbs 19:2 (niv)

During the great depression Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia named the lion mascots for the New York Public Library, “Patience” and “Fortitude.” He said the New Yorkers possessed these qualities.

“Patience” is what every grammar coach needs.

My first coach Thelma sent every submission back to me red-inked. Read the rest of this entry »

Are You A Sesquipedalian

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Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything,

by prayer and petition,

with thanksgiving,

present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6 (niv)


A few weeks back I read a post where Cec Murphey said, “When we try to correct sloppy writing we don’t have to become sesquipedalians (look it up). Say it in direct, easy-to-understand words. If we do, we communicate. Get it? We actually communicate with readers and they
understand what we mean.

I looked up Sesquipedalians. It means “given to using long words.” The Latin sesquipedalis means measuring a foot and a half. Read the rest of this entry »

Gary Crawford in God Encounters

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It took a bit for me to convince my retired husband to write a story for an anthology.

“Hon, Jeannette says she needs more stories from men, I don’t qualify.”

“I’m not the writer, you are.”

“You’ve told me many stories of how you knew God sent someone to help you at just the right time.” I could tell it had to be Gary’s idea. I dropped the subject.

The next day Gary said what’s the title of the book you mentioned? “God Encounters.”

A few days later he handed me his story, “Messengers of Light.” Read the rest of this entry »

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