Monday, October 28, 2013

"A Step in the Write Direction," October 28, 2013--Supplies List

A Step in the Write Direction
October 28, 2013
Update: I have an article titled “Lessons Learned from Rejection Letters” in the latest issue of The Working Writer, a great newsletter. Get a free subscription at: My  computer was down a couple days this week because of a vicious new virus. It happened when I opened an email with the subject line “wedding invitation.” My computer guy fixed it, then the next morning I had a notice of a Microsoft update, and it hit again. It tried 7 times yesterday and this morning to re-attack, but my TrendMicro anti-virus caught it….This next Friday and Saturday is the annual Arizona Christian Writers Conference—the last one Reg Forder and ACW will be holding in Arizona. After this it will just be one-on-one mentoring workshops. All the books will be 50% off. You don’t have to attend the conference to take advantage of this special…. Since I didn’t buy flowers when Eleanor died, I’m giving a donation towards a scholarship, so if you know someone who would like to attend, have them contact Reg at: for a discounted price.
Thought for the Day: “First surrender, then wait, then walk. First surrender your own will and plans; then wait until you are convinced you’ve heard God’s direction, then walk in the work He has planned beforehand for you to walk in” (Pamela Rosewall Moore. Safer Than a Known Way [Old Tappan, NJ: Fleming R. Revell Company, 1988], p. 38).
Laugh for the Day: My parents had not been out together in quite some time. One Saturday, as Mom was finishing the dinner dishes, my father stepped up behind her. "Would you like to go out, girl?" he asked. My mother quickly replied, "Oh, yes, I'd love to!" They had a wonderful evening, and it wasn't until later Dad confessed that his question had actually been directed to the family dog, lying near Mom's feet on the kitchen floor. (From Gospel News newsletter.)
Song for the Day:
Lord, I come, I confess
Bowing here I find my rest
Without You I fall apart
You're the One that guides my heart
Where sin runs deep Your grace is more
Where grace is found is where You are
And where You are, Lord, I am free
Holiness is Christ in me
Teach my song to rise to You
When temptation comes my way
And when I cannot stand I'll fall on You
Jesus, You're my hope and stay
Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You
(“Lord, I Need You,” by Chris Tomlin)
Fun Quiz: See how many words you can make from the letters in Happy Halloween. You can use each letter as many times as it appears in the two words, i.e., you can only use “a” once, but you can use “h,” “l,” “p,” and “e” twice. Have fun. (I have 167 so far!)
Writer’s Tips (Supplies—this is also a good check-off list when doing your taxes):
·        ink for your printer
·        paper—white, 8½” x 11”. Save money by printing rough drafts on paper that has been used on only one side. If you hear of a business moving, ask for their old stationery. Copy stores often throw away a lot of paper too. Ask around.
·        pens, pencils, erasers
·        paper clips
·        stapler and staples
·        envelopes and stamps (for publishers who don’t accept e-mail submissions)—size 10 business envelope, 9” x 12”, Priority Mail
·        address labels
·        maps, travel brochures (for nonfiction or novels)
·        index cards (for taking notes and outlining)
·        postage stamps
·        legal/steno/scratch pads
·        file folders and labels. Many business offices toss out folders at the end of the year. Again, ask around.
·        business card holder. Collect business cards from people you meet, then if you need a quotation or an up-to-date fact on a subject, go through your cards and select someone in that field. Give them credit for the quotation in your manuscript. They’ll love it!
·        telephone/address/Internet address book
·        tape recorder and tapes, if you’re not using digital recorder
·        camera, batteries, film or memory cards
·        a “Do not disturb/Writer at work” sign (unless they bring chocolate or pizza!)
You may not need all the items on this list at first; just collect them as you need them or put them on your Christmas list. (Note: I usually buy two sets of some of these—one for the household and one just for my business for tax deductions.)

 Have a good week spreading the
gospel through the printed page.
Donna Clark Goodrich

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