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Good Friday

When I was younger, I wondered what was so good about Good Friday - after all, Jesus died, but as I grew older, I began to understand more. Christ's death did not signal a defeat, but a victory. His cry, "Father, into Your hands I commit my Spirit," was not one of sadness, but of joy. Jesus had finished what He came to do: pay the atonement for Creation's sins against the Creator.

By Christ's death, burial and resurrection, we can be reconciled with God, and have eternal life through Him. It is a good thing, and Good Friday is a day of remembrance and reflection for what Christ did, and what we have because of His selfless act of love.

As the weekend progresses, take time to consider the goodness of our Creator and God: the fact that He chose to send His Son into the world to forgive us, and to reconcile us to Him.

Connect the Dots

The best time-filler for a coloring book - beyond coloring, of course - was connect-the-dots. I liked those projects simply because I enjoyed seeing what the image would turn out to be. The older I became, the less I enjoyed it since I saw what the item was without the lines being drawn. Life can be that way, an image without the lines that seems confusing and lost; books often begin in this process, but as we write, the lines are drawn and behold: an image appears.

Sometimes, the lines are drawn, and we don't realize it, though. One thing that I enjoy doing is looking back to see how an idea developed. Sometimes I remember all the little lines and dots that connected to create a book; often times, I don't.

Currently, I'm editing since it's nearly the end of March, and I have to finish up a few projects. I finished Constrained in November, but as I edit, I realize that I need more information in the book, so I adjust and add as I go. It's a part of the editing pro…

Story Troubles

One of my favorite quotes about writing comes from Gene Fowler: "Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead."

That sums up the entire process of late.

One good thing out of all of this March Mayhem is that I've been able to work on some first drafts and edit those while my brain stews over the other books.

I took this photograph of a basin at the entrance to an Irish religious ruin in 2007. Before entering church, individuals would ritually wash their hands in preparation to worship. Sometimes, though, the problems hounded them though they had tried to leave the troubles behind. I realized yesterday that I was having two major problems contributing to the mayhem of late: Time and Character.

Setting is the time and place where a book happens. In historical fiction, setting has to coincide with reality as well as what the story is about. In some cases, the story follows the time period and one cannot have th…

Where'er the Wind Wails

Last year, March had temps in the seventies ... now - thirties ... if we're lucky. But, such is March in Western New York, and unfortunately, so it seems to be the writing for this month. It's been an interesting journey thus far since I started a book then stopped; started another and stopped; repeat step and continue.

I wanted something bright for the blog today since it's snowy outside ... and cold. In November, I commented about the fact that writers cannot wait for inspiration to strike before we write. We must write daily, which is part of the reason that I tackle a novel a month. However, once again, storylines shove their way into my brain, and I cannot shake them.

Case in point - the book about the Nazi treasures tentatively titled, Brandywine Secrets was the book for me to tackle through March. The book just did not want to give, and I was stuck even with a general idea about the ending. So, I started another book, and the same thing happened. It's less tha…

Happy St Patrick's Day

I must have been ten or so when I first learned that I have Irish ancestry. I was nearly twenty before I realized that the ancestry had come to America long before the Potato Famine had begun. My family is a picture of Colonial America (maybe that's the reason I enjoy the time period so much), and for the most part if a ethnicity was in Colonial America, more than likely I have it as ancestry.

Yet, today is the day for the Irish part of my heritage - the day we celebrate St. Patrick himself.

Growing up, it's hard to miss St. Patrick's day, and much has been written concerning the man - including his own words, but there are some points that have always fascinated me about Saint Patrick.

First, he forgave his captors. He had been captured by pirates and more than likely sold into slavery from which he escaped. Yet, like Paul's Macedonian call, the Irish called to Patrick in a dream to return to Eire. Folks, he did. He returned to the very people that had captured him…

Newest Book

March has not been good for my writing. Part of the reason has simply been that I have had too much work to do and not enough information to pursue. The story ideas that I have just don't seem to come together like they should. However, having multiple ideas started is a good thing since I can sometimes pick up one storyline and use that for a novel.

After trying to write three different novels this month, two historical, one fairly contemporary, I came to the conclusion that the research that I needed to do was more than I was able to accomplish. Also, considering the fact that I have little storyline to fight towards, I found myself wallowing in confusion and frustration.

Yet, there is hope. After being in Lancaster County PA last week, I decided to follow with another book idea: historical fiction based in Early American history. In this case, the series begins in 1768 and will proceed for a little while. I haven't quite decided when it will end. Set in Lancaster PA, the …

March Book Review

The Poor will be Glad. I have been studying micro-finance: how the church should respond, what is micro-finance, how can it be utilized both here in the United States and abroad. This month's book review (which was not posted earlier due to traveling and book signing) is posted now.

HOPE International is a micro-financing group based in Lancaster PA. Mom and I had the opportunity to visit the headquarters and go through their Pathways out of Poverty exhibit which explains about poverty around the world and how the Church can give those in need a hand up. The book, The Poor will be Glad is co-written by Phil Smith and HOPE's president and CEO, Peter Greer.

I had read the book before going down to Lancaster since my library system had the book. Before leaving, I gave the book to my dad to read since I felt that it was imperative for him to read it as well. The book in the photograph is my copy that I purchased at HOPE.

Another resource is When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett and…

There and Back Again


Left the house on Monday morning, and now finally back home to WNY Thursday afternoon.

As I posted on Saturday, I had a talk/book signing down in Owings Mills MD at Liberty Christian School. Enjoyed the trip, and the time talking with the girls about Azure Maris, pursuing God and following His dreams for our lives. It was a great time.

Stopped off at a place called Labadie Looms where I managed to find a book about rep weaving in French! Now, to practice my French skills! Also stopped at a place called HOPE International. HOPE is a mirco financing group that works in developing countries giving people a hand up not a hand out. Being an author and artist, I have my small business, and I am thrilled to see a group of fellow believers using this means to show Christ's love to His creation through these means.

Mom and I were able to catch up with friends and some family while we were down in Lancaster as well. Thankfully for us, the storm came through as rain, not snow. A hu…

The Little Purple Iris

A couple weeks back I mentioned that I was working on a bag based upon the purple iris in my front yard. The flower in question:

 For my trip down to Lancaster, PA, this week, I wanted something small to carry the essentials: wallet, phone, coin purse, journal and a little notebook. My current purse works well, but it's rather large since it's big enough to put a standard 8.5 x 11 folder inside. Therefore, I decided to take my purple iris items and threw together the little purse :

The overall bag is only about 11 inches wide, two inches depth, and eight inches tall. As mentioned earlier, I used two shades of purple for the bag's warp (12.5 dpi), and set it up in a rep weave pattern. The weft was a black and purple plaid material that I had cut into 1/2 inch strips alternated with the lighter purple warp.
For the bag's handle and sides, I used one continuous length of material. The band was woven on my inkle loom with black, purple and sea green for the warp. This bag…

Upcoming Events

Monday begins a busy week for me as I have two appearances for my book, and will be traveling down to Lancaster PA to do some research and other items as well.


Tuesday, March 5, 2013 Open House at Liberty Christian School Owings Mills MD
 I'll be speaking to 5th - 8th grade girls about Azure Maris. The event runs from 7 - 8:30 PM. If you're in the area, I hope you can come by and visit.


Saturday, March 9, 2013 Benders Christian Bookstore Williamsville NY
I will have a book signing from 11AM - 2PM.

I hope to see some of you at these events.