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Another Christmas, Another Time
12/8/2020 9:00:00 AM by: Dr Andrew Opritza

 

Another Christmas, Another Time

Another Christmas holiday is fast approaching! It seems like only yesterday that I had just endured the agony of removing from the living room the Christmas tree with its many pronged, sharp needles. I still have the scars from countless, previous encounters over the years! But, I’m not complaining, it is a labor of love. I intend to continue having a LIVE tree. 

(I guess the term live is a misnomer, but I think you know what I mean). I have been counseled by my wife, and other well-meaning folks to buy a REAL APPEARNG Christmas tree but that would be celebrating the holiday under false pretenses. I know many folks who do have FAKE trees and state that they love them, but to each his own, I say. 

         Somehow or other Christmas season has changed drastically from the one I first encountered and remembered many years ago. There was a time when Christmas was celebrated for the right reasons, i.e. the birth of Christ and the joy of seeing happy children with their toy cars or dolls which had been given to them by Santa Claus. It paid for the children to be good if they expected gifts on Christmas morning. At least that was the way it was when I was a 5-year-old, in 1932. 

         Of course, times were quite difficult during the early years of the 19 30’s. The depression was in full stride and poverty was rampant. I can remember the exhilaration I felt on Christmas morning when I saw that my stocking which I had hung on a chair was stuffed with goodies. We didn’t have a fireplace so we hung our stockings on any convenient piece of furniture. There was an occasional toy, but the real treats were the stocking’s contents. The orange was especially treasured and hardtack candy was squirreled away to be slowly devoured over the next few days. Candy was a luxury so we had to pace ourselves so that it would last. As I remember, there also were various species of shell nuts in the stockings, but I wasn’t into nuts during those early times – “give me candy” I remember thinking!  No matter how many times I had prayed for a bicycle, my prayers were never answered. I guess going hungry would have been far worse in retrospect but, in truth, I wanted a bicycle!!

         It is now the custom to buy and decorate the Christmas tree days, weeks and sometimes even a month before Christmas. That was not the case in our home. We never saw the decorated tree until Christmas morning when we stealthily peaked at it anytime after midnight – it was awesome!! We thought that Santa had come and had done the good deed. It wasn’t until many years later that the older children were privileged to help decorate the tree with tinsel, ornaments, twinkling red, blue, green and white electric lights and the infamous angel hair. But, by the time we were privileged to help, we tried our best to make ourselves scarce because we knew what we would be in for – we knew what a formidable task it would be! It was almost impossible to find the one bad bulb that had shorted out all the lights on the tree. It wasn’t until much later that tree lights had greatly improved so that if one light blew, the rest continued to do their thing – what a blessing! I won’t say a lot about the angel hair (which was whitish, filmy stuff made from spun glass, I think). It was beautiful when draped over the tree, but once you touched it you were in for some serious scratching and permanent scarring!

         It isn’t unusual now to hear Christmas music being played on the radio and television long before the month of December. And, myriads of Christmas advertisements in the newspapers and holiday Christmas catalogs choke our mailboxes. And, if that isn’t bad enough, our computer mailboxes are inundated with solicitations to buy Christmas merchandise – on sale, no less!!

         Well, the Christmas season wasn’t all that bad for most of us, and we couldn’t buy all the nice things, but at least we were spared all the harassment from ‘fast deals’ promoted on the T.V. and computers, because, there were no TV’s or computers. I saw my first TV picture, such as it was, in 1941; and even when we did have access to a TV, the darn thing was either flipping the picture so much that we developed vertigo, or we encountered the stand-by logo on the screen because no programs were available. Oh, yes, I almost forgot, we always waited with anticipation for the Sears Roebuck catalog --- what more could a fellow want or need!!

         Some of my fondest memories of past Christmases, are not premised on gifts received but of the gentleness of the season itself, and of the closeness and friendship of family and friends. We didn’t have much monetarily, but we had so much more spiritually. It wasn’t unusual to hear wonderful Christmas music sung by roving high school or college choral groups or groups of neighbors belting out, at the top of their voices Christmas music – sometimes the tunes were even recognizable. They were wonderful!!

         Perhaps, in addition to sooty coal furnaces that seemed to go out without rhyme or reason, the transportation problem proved to be most vexing during the holiday season. Although there were airplanes flying commercially, they were limited in scope and availability for most folks. Car transportation was also utilized, but there was no turnpike or modern highway to permit mass travel. In addition, even if there had been good roads, the cars were another matter. It wasn’t uncommon for the cars to suddenly stop running for no apparent reason, and flat tires proved to be a major deterrent for long trips.  There was bus service, albeit limited in scope. Trains were smoky, cold and tedious. It is small wonder, that most folks stayed home or limited their Christmas celebrations to family and nearby friends and relatives.  

         Christmas meals were awaited with great anticipation. No, we didn’t have a large goose, but we did have other goodies. One of the most memorable was a delicious dish called, for lack of a better name, pig-in-the blanket. Not being a cook, I can’t tell you the exact receipt, but it was ground meat (pork and/or hamburger) wrapped in cabbage leaves. The pigs were then cooked along with spare ribs and gobs of sauerkraut. The concoction was then simmered in a large pan for several days. It was the nectar for the Gods! In addition to the pigs, we did have turkey with all the trimmings, on occasion. One Christmas, my father surprised us with a roast pig –apple in mouth, and all! I must admit that the sight of that mishandled creature didn’t do much for my appetite. There was one dish that I will briefly mention only to be complete – pig’s feet in a gelatin base. That, is one dish I would like to forget!! Lastly, and probably best of all were the plum and /or onion pie (placinta). I know the onion pie sounds terrible, but it is delicious.

         I have fond memories of Christmases past, and have photos taken with my box camera to prove it.

         And so, there will soon be another Christmas and another time. I am grateful for the time allotted to me to celebrate the birthday of our messenger of love, Jesus Christ.

Epilogue

         As we proceed along the pathway of life, we create memory signposts upon the sands of time, and it is those signposts that are so wonderful at Christmas time.

          


In one month I will be 94 years old. I have written and self-published five books of short stories under the pseudonym LOFDOC (LOTS-OF-FISHING -DOC) Amazon and Barnes and Noble under the name lofdoc. My last book is titled "LOFDOC THE STORYTELLER" published - 2019. I am a retired medical physician. I had practiced for over 30 years in the specialty of Internal Medicine in the state of Ohio. 

Lofdoc,
Andrew Opritza, MD

 

 

            

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LC Helms From Central Florida At 12/15/2020 1:45:52 PM

I loved reading this blog. Yes, I too remember those wonderful stockings full of fruit and nuts. What memories. Today these would seem like chunks of coal, but then, so wonderful. Great job!

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What's Your Plan?
12/1/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Diana Flegal

Faculty Interview with Diana Flegal
11/29/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

5 Essentials on Business Cards
11/24/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Andy Lee

The Writer's Bounty
11/22/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Andy Lee

A Cup of Cold Water or a Bus Ticket
11/20/2017 11:00:00 AM  by: Rob Cook

Faculty Interview with Jessica Nelson
11/17/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Self-Pub, Co-Pub, Traditionally Pub—Which Way to Go?
11/15/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Cheri Cowell

Faculty Interview with Julie Gwinn
11/13/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Crystal Bowman
11/10/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

If at First You Don’t Succeed … Don’t Use the “F” Word
11/8/2017 10:50:00 AM  by: Tina Yeager

Faculty Interview with Zena Dell Lowe
11/6/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Eva Marie Everson
11/3/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Images and Promoting Books
11/1/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Karen Whiting

Faculty Interview with Courtney Lasater
10/30/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Cindy Sproles
10/27/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Get to Know Novelist Julie Cantrell
10/25/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Andy Lee

Faculty Interview with Tamela Hancock Murray
10/23/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

How to Win a Writing Contest
10/20/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Leslie DeVooght

Is It Worth the Risk?
10/18/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Eva Marie Everson

Faculty Interview with Athena Dean Holtz
10/16/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

An Author in the Making
10/13/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Jaimie Engle

Faculty Interview with Linda Evans Shepherd
10/9/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

An Acquisition Editors Thoughts on Writing, Teaching, and Acquiring
10/6/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Deb Haggerty

The Joys and Challenges of Writing for Children
9/29/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Crystal Bowman

Two Secrets to Setting Goals
9/22/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Andy Lee

Cross-Training to Become a Better Writer
9/15/2017 2:30:00 PM  by: Andy Lee

When Publishing Doesn't Go Your Way
9/8/2017 10:25:00 AM  by: Edie Melson

It's That Time Again! Time to Register for FCWC 2018!
9/1/2017 3:17:00 PM  by: Eva Marie Everson

The ABC's of Driving Traffic to Your Blog
8/18/2017 10:40:00 AM  by: Andy Lee

Steady On!
8/11/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Penny Hunt

Compelled to Write
8/4/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Andy Lee

Letting Go of the Numbers
7/28/2017 10:00:00 AM  by: JoAnne Macco

Freelancing Offers Freedom a "Real Job" Can't
7/14/2017 11:05:00 AM  by: James Watkins

Six Tips from Literary Agents
7/7/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Eva Marie Everson

What Writers Are Really Worth
6/23/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: David Brannock

Wisdom in Knowing When to be Quiet
6/16/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Eva Marie Everson

Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary
6/9/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Lori Hatcher

The Winner of our Flash Fiction Contest
6/2/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Andy Lee

When You Want to Quit Writing
5/26/2017 11:00:00 AM  by: Meg Gemelli

Blogging for the Bible Study Writer
5/19/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Katy Kauffman

Boomerang Stories
5/12/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Belinda Grimbeek

What's Holding You Back?
5/5/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Tina Hunt

Using Flash Fiction to Test Your Ideas
4/28/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Tez Brooks

How to Prepare for Your Book's Release
4/21/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Ginger Monette

When God Gives You Manna
4/14/2017 11:00:00 AM  by: Sherri Stewart

Why You Won’t Submit that Piece I Asked For
4/7/2017 3:45:00 PM  by: Lori Hatcher

How to Decide When to Self-Publish and Advice from One Who Has
3/31/2017 8:00:00 AM  by: Diane E. Tatum

Faith In Process: Why Prayer is Essential to Our Writing
3/24/2017 8:00:00 AM  by: Terri Rhoden

Writers Are a Strange Lot
3/16/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Lori Hatcher

When Balance and Writing Don't Co-exist
3/9/2017 3:30:00 PM  by: Heather Iseminger

Six Blogging Trends for 2017
3/1/2017 11:00:00 AM  by: Andy Lee

Six Things to Do When You Want to Give Up
2/24/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Maresa DePuy

Faculty Interview with Heather Iseminger
2/22/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Susan Reichert
2/21/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Linda Gilden
2/20/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Tina Yeager
2/19/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Beth Patch
2/18/2017 3:00:00 PM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Karen Ball
2/18/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Erin Taylor Young
2/17/2017 3:00:00 PM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Dawn Anderson
2/17/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Dan Walsh
2/15/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Nancy Lohr
2/14/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Natalie Gillespie
2/13/2017 3:00:00 PM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Shana Asaro
2/13/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Dr. Dennis E. Hensley
2/12/2017 8:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Bethany Jett
2/11/2017 3:00:00 PM  by: Eva Marie Everson

Media and Promos with Punch
2/11/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Kathy Bruins

Faculty Interview with Lindsay Brackett
2/10/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Michelle Medlock Adams
2/9/2017 1:30:00 PM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Eva Marie Everson and Mark Hancock
2/8/2017 10:30:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Edie Melson
2/6/2017 3:19:00 PM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Eddie Jones
2/3/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Hannah C. Hall
2/1/2017 3:00:00 PM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Cyle Young
1/30/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Kristen Stieffel
1/28/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Bill Watkins
1/27/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Glimpses from the Writer’s Glossary
1/23/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Linda Gilden

Faculty Interview with Torry Martin
1/20/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Marti Pieper
1/18/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Shellie Arnold
1/16/2017 11:15:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Writing a Standout First Page and Blurb
1/11/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Shana Asaro

How to Evaluate Your Options
1/9/2017 2:15:00 PM  by: Cheri Cowell

Faculty Interview with Linda Glaz
1/6/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Continuous Critique Track?
1/4/2017 9:25:00 AM  by: Shellie Arnold

Faculty Interview with Lora Zill
1/2/2017 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Laura Petherbridge
12/30/2016 10:05:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Interview with Katy Kauffman
12/28/2016 9:46:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Interview with Kristen Hogrefe
12/26/2016 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Ben Wolf
12/23/2016 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

5 Reasons to be a Word Weaver
12/21/2016 11:26:00 AM  by: Kristen Hogrefe

Finding Your Tribe
12/19/2016 10:28:00 AM  by: Katy Kauffman

Faculty interview with Angela Hunt
12/16/2016 9:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Alton Gansky
12/14/2016 9:10:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Faculty Interview with Cheri Cowell
12/13/2016 8:00:00 AM  by: Bethany Jett

A Silent Retreat
12/12/2016 10:26:00 AM  by: Laura Petherbridge

How to Get More Readers Using Libraries and Magazines ( A Class Offered)
12/9/2016 10:39:00 AM  by: Susan Reichert

Platform is Not a Four Letter Word
12/7/2016 10:00:00 AM  by: Andy Lee

Writing for CBN.com
12/5/2016 11:07:00 AM  by: Beth Patch

Nonfiction A-Z
12/2/2016 9:00:00 AM  by: Edie Melson

Blogging for the Soul and Making a Difference
11/30/2016 5:44:00 PM  by: Andy Lee

Will I Ever Be Published?
11/28/2016 1:14:00 PM  by: Linda S. Glaz

Conquering Mountains
11/25/2016 11:19:00 AM  by: Erin Taylor Young

I've Written a Children's Book . . . Now What?
11/16/2016 3:35:00 PM  by: Hannah C. Hall

To Plot or Not
11/14/2016 10:27:00 AM  by: Nancy Lohr

Writing to Satisfy Our Insatiable Longing to Feel God's Pleasure
11/11/2016 3:30:00 PM  by: Lora Zill

The Problem with Procrastination
11/9/2016 12:00:00 PM  by: Andy Lee

Tips for Mastering Dialogue
11/7/2016 1:19:00 PM  by: Dr. Dennis Hensley

Self-Editing: The Key to Better Writing
11/4/2016 10:44:00 AM  by: Bill Watkins

Poetry: Cross-Training for Prose Writers
10/31/2016 9:48:00 AM  by: Lora Zill

Issues Writing That Matters
10/28/2016 10:06:00 AM  by: Bill Watkins

7 Trends in Book Publishing
10/24/2016 11:05:00 AM  by: Eddie Jones

Ethics for Christian Writers
10/21/2016 10:58:00 AM  by: Marti Pieper

Ministry Multiplied
10/17/2016 11:10:00 AM  by: Alton Gansky

Guidelines for Effective Networking
10/14/2016 10:44:00 AM  by: Deb Haggerty

Stay Current: Keep Italics Out of Your Fiction
10/7/2016 10:08:00 AM  by: Dr. Angela Hunt

To E-Book Or Not To E-Book: That is the question
9/30/2016 1:28:00 PM  by: Cheri Cowell

Is My Writing Good Enough?
9/23/2016 9:31:00 AM  by: Tina Yeager

Look Who Is Teaching the Fiction Continuing Class
9/16/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Eva Marie Everson

The Difference Between a Dream and a Call
9/2/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Andy Lee

Lose the Parts Readers Skip
8/26/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Dan Walsh

How to Let People Know Your Book Exists
8/19/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Natalie Gillespie

Advice from an Editor Regarding Your Manuscript
8/5/2016 3:38:17 PM  by: Fay Lamb

Through the eyes of an acquisition editor
7/29/2016 3:06:44 PM  by: Ramona Richards

Be a Book Influencer
7/15/2016 1:43:43 PM  by: Deborah Raney

Finding Value Through Faith
6/24/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Denae Haas

Never Discredit Anyone (Especially God)
6/17/2016 2:25:38 PM  by: Eva Marie Everson

The Quote for the Quarter Hour
6/3/2016 4:22:36 PM  by: Robert Benson

Thank a Military Family
5/27/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Andy Lee

The Benefits of a Small Press
5/20/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Eddie Jones

12 Steps to Prevent Writer Burnout and Nurture Balance
5/13/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: DiAnn Mills

Write Thoughtfully
5/6/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Diana Flegal

3 Keys to Writing Bible Studies that Sell
4/29/2016 3:11:19 PM  by: Andy Lee

The Benefits of Writing Devotions
4/15/2016 3:31:22 PM  by: Ava Pennington

A Different Perspective in Crafting Fiction
4/8/2016 10:02:31 AM  by: Steven James

Some Miracles Take Time
4/1/2016 12:10:16 PM  by: Andy Lee

A Tribute to Mary Sue Seymour
3/25/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Andy Lee

How to be an Influencer
3/18/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Deborah Raney

Why Platform is Important--Now I Know
3/11/2016 1:53:35 PM  by: Andy Lee

4 Resources to Help Writers Write Well
3/4/2016 3:34:42 PM  by: Andy Lee

What's in and What's Out in Publishing Workshop
2/24/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Blythe Daniel

How to Write for Children . . .
2/19/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Michelle Medlock Adams

Mistakes Made After Meeting with Agents & Editors
2/17/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Blythe Daniel

10 Secrets for a Great Writers Conference
2/15/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Bethany Jett

A More Than Enough Kind of God
2/12/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Michelle Medlock Adams

For Want of a Hook
2/10/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Dan Walsh

What Does a Writers Conference Chaplain Do?
2/8/2016 10:27:44 AM  by: Marti Pieper

Author Marketing
2/5/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Edie Melson

Move Over Clark: The Basics of Journalism
2/3/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Michael Ray Smith

Tips to Get the Most Out of the Critique Track
2/1/2016 10:10:24 AM  by: Shellie Arnold

Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Critique Track?
1/29/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Shellie Arnold

An Introvert's Best Friend (Live Streaming)
1/27/2016 4:27:39 PM  by: Bethany Jett

Who am I Writing For?
1/25/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: S. Kim Henson

The Day I Decided to Keep Writing
1/22/2016 10:24:06 AM  by: Lucinda Secrest McDowell

Invest in Your Writing
1/20/2016 3:52:24 PM  by: Lucinda Secrest McDowell

Your Writers Conference Checklist
1/18/2016 3:06:23 PM  by: Andy Lee

5 Reasons to Launch a Blog
1/16/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Andy Lee

Craft Fiction with Vivid Emotion
1/13/2016 7:15:06 PM  by: Tina Yeager

Thoughts on being a Submissive Writer
1/9/2016 8:23:46 AM  by: Edie Melson

How Fast Should Your Blog Grow?
1/6/2016 12:04:56 PM  by: Edie Melson

The ART of Exceptional Editing
1/4/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Deb Haggerty

Happy New Year
1/1/2016 12:00:01 AM  by: Andy Lee

Finding Your Strengths and Weaknesses
12/28/2015 11:29:31 AM  by: Mary Keeley

Do Writers Need a Blog or Website?
12/22/2015 11:21:19 AM  by: Edie Melson

"Second-Fiddle" Characters Play an Important Role
12/16/2015 12:57:39 PM  by: Tom Morrisey

Let Them Eat Bread: An Editor's Thoughts on FCWC
12/14/2015 3:04:39 PM  by: Jesse Florea

Preparing for Promotion
12/10/2015 12:59:44 PM  by: Michelle Medlock Adams

Jesus Believed in the Power of Story
12/7/2015 10:02:07 AM  by: Dan Walsh

How to Use Hashtags in Social Media
12/4/2015 5:34:23 PM  by: Edie Melson

Where Writer Conference Connections Can Take You
12/2/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Lindsey Brackett

Why Should I Attend a Writers Conference?
11/30/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Andy Lee

How to Fight Discouragement... as a Writer
11/23/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Andy Lee

An Interview with Acclaimed Author, Robert Benson
11/18/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Eva Marie Everson

How to Write a Synopsis of Your Nonfiction Book
11/14/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Kristin Stieffel

How to Write a Synopsis of Your Novel
11/9/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Kristin Stieffel

Let God Define You
11/4/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Michelle Medlock Adams

10 Clues that You Are a Fiction Writer
10/31/2015 10:30:07 AM  by: Taryn Souders

The Basics of a Book Proposal
10/27/2015 3:12:39 PM  by: Kristin Stieffel

What To Wear at FCWC
10/23/2015 12:28:32 PM  by: Eva Marie Everson

The Skinny on Business Cards
10/15/2015 11:14:47 AM  by: Andy Lee

Just Do Your Part
10/12/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Michelle Medlock Adams

A Sneak Peek into a New Class at FCWC 2016
10/2/2015 12:00:01 AM  by: Shellie Arnold

50 Reasons Why You Should Never Write
9/28/2015 3:14:22 PM  by: Pro Krasta Nation Publishers

The Best First Step on Your Journey to Published
9/21/2015 2:40:54 PM  by: Eva Marie Everson

10 "Not-So-Secret" Secrets for a Great Writers Conference
2/10/2015 11:40:12 AM  by: Bethany Jett

Go Where God Leads
2/1/2015 4:24:15 PM  by: Allison Bottke

Moving From Passion to Process
1/27/2015 7:08:31 PM  by: Ava Pennington

Your Last First Conference
1/19/2015 11:57:13 AM  by: Kristen Hogrefe

What Is Compel Training?
1/9/2015 12:36:27 PM  by: Suzie Eller

That Agent Meeting
1/3/2015 7:44:41 AM  by: Tamela Hancock Murray

Three Problems with Point of View
12/21/2014 9:21:59 PM  by: Kristen Stieffel

How to Evaluate Your Options
12/5/2014 3:23:10 PM  by: Cheri Cowell

Writing Effective Book Proposals
11/29/2014 9:37:42 AM  by: Jim Watkins

Do the Math
11/21/2014 7:49:46 AM  by: Marti Pieper

Becoming More Media Savvy
11/15/2014 11:12:20 AM  by: Natalie Gillespie

The Perfect Book Pitch
11/8/2014 6:04:14 PM  by: Dawn Anderson

Moved With Compassion
10/20/2014 8:26:14 PM  by: Diana Flegal

Splickety In A Flash
10/9/2014 1:30:56 PM  by: Ben Wolf

Look into Their Eyes: Why Editors Go to Writers Conferences
9/29/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Ramona Richards

A Writer's Life
2/21/2014 1:32:01 PM  by: Dan Walsh

The Good, The Bad, and The Gutless
2/20/2014 10:16:18 AM  by: DiAnn Mills

I Want 2 Write 4 Teens
2/13/2014 11:32:07 AM  by: Marti Pieper

6 Things Writers Should NOT Say to Editors or Agents
2/12/2014 9:03:54 AM  by: Jevon Bolden

Don't Be Labeled "Dead On Arrival"
1/30/2014 10:59:22 AM  by: Eddie Jones

Imagine. Create. For a More Confident Faith
1/28/2014 9:19:18 AM  by: Lora Zill

Burnout or Balance
1/21/2014 6:42:50 AM  by: DiAnn Mills

Money Workouts for Writers
1/18/2014 8:20:49 AM  by: Ellie Kay

The Tale of Three Authors
1/10/2014 9:27:11 AM  by: Cheri Cowell

Three Questions, Three Answers
1/7/2014 3:44:05 PM  by: B.J. Taylor

The Introvert's Guide to the Writers Conference
1/2/2014 8:11:05 PM  by: Marti Pieper

After Your Meeting with an Editor or Agent
2/23/2013 8:09:52 AM  by: Blythe Daniel

It's Headed Right Towards Us
2/16/2013 2:53:05 PM  by: Amber Weigand-Buckley

So, Tell Me About Your Platform
2/11/2013 8:44:17 AM  by: Cheri Cowell

How Will Readers Find Your Book...
2/1/2013 9:07:24 AM  by: Eddie Jones

Tips For Coming to the FCWC From a Floridian
1/26/2013 9:45:40 PM  by: Cheri Cowell

How to Write For Kids When ...
1/23/2013 4:06:57 PM  by: Michelle Medlock Adams

Why Take the Chance?
1/7/2013 8:43:58 AM  by: Fay Lamb

Having a Positive Influence
1/4/2013 11:55:00 AM  by: Deborah Raney

Managing Your Time
12/29/2012 10:20:26 AM  by: Rusty Wright

Are You Ready for the Conference?
12/26/2012 8:45:52 PM  by: W. Terry Whalin

Devoted to Devotions
12/21/2012 9:04:49 AM  by: Ava Pennington

A Different View of Story
12/18/2012 10:31:31 PM  by: Steven James