Roman Soul Series

I recently read the first two books in the Roman Soul series by Reagan Colbert, The Hidden Soul and The Soul Set Free. This is an awesome story. It is set around the time of the crucifixion and resurrection, seen through the eyes of the Roman soldier assigned to Jesus’ execution. Marcus’ story drew me in from the beginning. Soul’s Redemption, the third and final book in the series, was just released. It is now on my “to be read” list. If you’re trying to decide your next read, I highly recommend this series by Reagan Colbert.

Thanks for reading. Hope you all are having a great start to the month!

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Apps for Writers

I thought I would share some fun tools. I was App shopping last week and found a couple of cool apps for writers. They are both available on iOS and android. I’ve got them on my kindle fire. They aren’t free, but I think they are worth the 2.99 I paid. 

•One is Lists for Writers. It’s got ideas for character delineation, lists for names, character traits, settings, rhyming words, fun words. and many more. It’s a cool little reference tool. I anticipate getting some use out of this. 

•The other is Story Planner for Writers. This is a template for creating an outline, plotting, and character delineation. I’ve never been much of an outliner. Usually, I start one, then abandon it to just write. Now I have several half baked outlines. I like the looks of this app, and will definitely be giving it a go. 

•I used to use Writers App on my iPhone for outlining and character delineation, but the developer abandoned that app and stopped upgrading it, so it’s unusable now. But… when I was checking the App Store to see if the others were available for iOS, I saw it. Writers App has been replaced with Writers App Basic and Writers App Pro. Basic isn’t worth it to me, it’s not fully functional. Pro is only 1.99. It looks like a nice update to the original, but I didn’t download it. I feel a bit cheated after paying for the upgrade version of the original, just to have it abandoned and replaced. It could possibly be a different developer (the name isn’t on the original), but I doubt it. The name and appearance is too similar. I may download it at some point, because I did really like the original. But for now, Story Planner is the shiny new toy. 

•OK, just one more. Can’t think of a name for your character? Want to find origin and meaning, or make sure it’s a common name for the time era of your story? Check out the Baby Name app on iOS. 

I’ve been making a list of resources for writers. I wish I would have known about some of this stuff a long time ago. Maybe it will help someone else starting out, or even someone who has more experience but could uses some fresh ideas. Keep your eyes open for the new addition to the page! 

The week is almost over. Hope everyone is having a great one!

Vultures

Do you mind if I just talk a minute about something that has absolutely nothing to do with my books or this site? This is kind of random, but that may not be such a bad thing. Ya’ll are probably tired of me just posting about my books.

Here we go. I’m thinking about vultures. Yes, vultures. AKA buzzards. Those ugly, creepy, nasty winged beasties that eat road kill. They are a large, black bird with bare, red or gray heads. If you live in a rural area, you’ve certainly seen them gathered on the side of the road or in a field or circling overhead. Those creepy jokers don’t really hurt anything. Well, unless you’ve been unfortunate enough to have one of them fly in front of your windshield when you disturbed his lunch. Then it’s a bad day for you and him.

I remember a Saturday a few years ago. I went outside that morning and saw three vultures across the street. Two were sitting on tree branches and one on top of a power pole. All three were staring at me. I scanned the area and didn’t see (or smell) a carcass. That was weird, I thought. But, hey, I live in the country. A couple of hours later, I had completely forgotten the vultures. I went back outside to check the mail, and all three were in the same places staring at me. I scanned the area again. Still no sign of lunch. Ok, now it was creepy. Later when I went for a walk, same thing, except this time I saw one fly from the ground caddy-corner to my house to his place on the branch. At this point, my weird little imagination was kicking in. Why were these vultures watching me? Why haven’t they moved (except that one)? Was this a sign? Even stranger, I was tempted to write a poem about them or take a picture since they were hanging around scoping out my house. But who writes poems about vultures? They aren’t cool like ravens. Then I saw it. There was a patch of fur on the side of the road. Upon closer inspection, I noticed it was the remains of a squirrel. Well, not much remained but enough skin and fur to be identified. Now I wondered why those nasty birds took all day to eat that little squirrel. There were three of them. The squirrel couldn’t be more than a snack. Oh, and I felt a bit silly for letting my mind go wild. Good thing I hadn’t told anyone except my husband. My husband thought it was hilarious, by the way.

Fast forward to this morning. I was driving to work this morning, and passed a dead skunk in the road. Actually, I drove right over it, so the full impact of the smell sucked through the vents in my car. I held my breath and rolled down the windows until it aired out. I know skunks show up in town sometimes, but this is another one of those things you really appreciate (or not) if you live in the country. Whew! 

I had forgotten about the skunk by the time I got off work this afternoon. When I returned to the area, I noticed a huge vulture sitting on the side of the road. I slowed down as I approached because, you know, the windshield thing. That’s when I remembered the skunk – the skunk that was no longer in the middle of the road. I guess the vulture dragged him to the side of the road so he could enjoy his meal in peace. As I passed, I was relieved that there was barely any smell. It doesn’t seem like such a big deal, but when that smell gets stuck in your car, it is suddenly a big deal.

So, what’s the point? The point is, I just have to give those nasty birds a little credit. We all know they have an important job, but we don’t like to think about it. They really are under-appreciated. They are kind of like God’s vacuum cleaners. Can you imagine if they didn’t exist? Especially in rural areas where there are more animals and less sanitation workers. Just driving down the street would be disgusting and smelly. I passed the vulture this afternoon thinking, “Thank you, buzzard.” There really is beauty in all creation. Some creatures just require a little extra effort to see that beauty.

Edit: I just wanted to add that this applies to people, as well. 

Good morning, friends! 

I would like to answer a couple of questions I’ve been asked about Hello, Mommy. Some people have asked if Hello, Mommy is a true story and what inspired me to write it. The answer to the first question is, absolutely not! Hello, Mommy is 100% fiction. However, as a mother who’s teenagers presented certain challenges, I found a lot of inspiration in my own heartache combined with a lot of “what ifs.” I also found a measure of healing in writing about this family. Of course, anyone who knows me, knows my twisted side can’t resist throwing in a little bit of crazy. 

I may share a little about those challenges I mentioned and how God brought me through them. I am trying to decide if I’ll blog about it on this page or make its own page. More about that later. 

In other news: I expect to make an announcement by the end of the week. I’m trying not to count my chickens before they hatch. Such practice I’ve had in the art of patience lately. 🙂 Also, there may be some minor changes coming to the site that I believe would be of interest to people. That’s in the planning stage. Stay tuned for news. 

Have a blessed week!

The Literary Hatchet

Thank you Peartree Press for including two of my poems in this issue of The Literary Hatchet! Here is the link to the current issue for anyone who would like to check it out: http://lizzieandrewborden.com/HatchetOnline/LiteraryHatchet/literary-hatchet-issue-15.htm

The Literary Hatchet is a contemporary literary journal, publishing short stories and poetry. If you like reading something a little different, a little dark, check out their previous issues too. Their digital issues are available for free download, and they offer hard copies for sale. Here is the link to previous issues:  http://lizzieandrewborden.com/HatchetOnline/LiteraryHatchet/literary-hatchet-issue-15.htm 

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Hello, Mommy

It’s been a long time in the works, but my first novel will be here soon. The editorial phase is done and the design team will start working on the cover now. 

Hello, Mommy is about a single mother raising two juvenile delinquents. The struggle is sometimes unbearable, but Cassie’s faith in God is strong. When the older son delves into the occult he finds more than he bargained for, and people could be in danger. 

It won’t be long now. More updates to come!