Making you dog wait for a treat

We talked about how to make your dog wait at a down stay for his meal. Doing that regularly ensures proper top dog placement. Another fun thing to do is place your dog in a down stay. While they are in the “stay” position, place the treat on their paw or their nose or the […]

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Protein Smoothie

1 cup milk 1 frozen banana (I freeze bananas when they are too ripe to eat. Peel, break in half, put into a small freezer bag.) 1 cup frozen fruit (strawberries or raspberries) 2 tablespoons splenda 3 tablespoons protein mix Place above ingredients into a blender. Blend then pout into a glass. Makes a great […]

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Encouragement within the book of John

Recently I read the book of John and noticed some phrases repeated. They encouraged me and I hope they’ll encourage you! John 6:40, 44b, 54b all share the same phrase : “I will raise him up at the last day”. From this scripture, believers are assured eternal life with God the Father. John 10:28b, 29b […]

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How many storylines in a full-length novel?

Now that you’ve chosen which POV (Point of View) to use for your novel, you need to plot out what will happen during the course of your novel. Karen Wiesner’s First Draft in 30 days discusses how many storylines to have in a full length novel. She recommends  5 to 9. It’s a great book […]

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Interview with Author Tim Downs

Tim Downs is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Indiana University. After graduation in 1976 he created a comic strip, Downstown, which was syndicated by Universal Press Syndicate until 1986. His cartooning has appeared in more than a hundred major newspapers worldwide. Tim has eight novels and two non-fiction titles published. His first book, a […]

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Interview with Carla Stewart (and her debut novel Chasing Lilacs)

Carla Stewart is the 2007 ACFW Genesis winner in historical fiction. Her debut novel, Chasing Lilacs received a 4.5 star review from Romantic Times : “This first-person narrative contains resolute characters and vivid descriptions of a small Texas community in the 1950’s. If her debut is any indication, Stewart has a promising future.” Christian Retailing, […]

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Spiritual Thought – Do we mock Jesus?

In reading Mark’s gospel account recently, Mark 15:16 stuck out to me, the verse where the soldiers mock Jesus. It wasn’t bad enough that Jesus hung on a cross, they felt the need to cast lots for his clothing and mock and spit on Him. Let me put this into perspective. When I read the […]

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Which POV to chose for your novel?

There is no recipe to writing a novel. There are many do’s and don’ts. The thing to remember about writing rules is that you need to learn those rules so that when you break a rule you are fully aware of it. Whose POV (point of view) do you use for a novel? Whoever has […]

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