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Writing What You Love

the-intimidator-and-suzieWhen I started writing – lo, those many years ago – I always heard, “write what you know.” I think that’s good advice for a beginner sticking their toe into the writing world. Learning to write for publication is difficult. It’s work. It’s not the way you were taught to write in high school English class. Not even close. So it makes sense to start writing about things you know, things you don’t need to research.

Once you’re comfortable in the craft, it’s a lot of fun to write what you love. tweet this

I spun my first yarn – the fiber kind – at the age of 16 on an antique great wheel similar to the one in the photo, which I now own. That combined my love of history with my love of creating things from scratch. I was hooked. I purchased a new spinning wheel and started a multi-decade journey of fibers and spinning that included raising both French Angora rabbits and Border Leicester sheep.

My current WIP (work in progress) is a Colonial historical romance involving a woman who spins and weaves beautiful cloth, and a handsome journeyman fuller who finishes her cloth at the fulling mill. I’m once again combining my love of history with my love of creating things from scratch. I’m also spending many hours researching the historical facts. How many people today have ever heard of a fulling mill? How will I make it understandable without dragging down the story? The goal is to bring a bit of history to readers via the romantic journey of the characters, not to overload the reader with historical facts. Still, the history must be correct, or the story falls apart for those who know history.

Writing what you know is the easiest way to begin, but writing what you love is. . .fun!


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Posted by on January 23, 2017 in Pegg Thomas, Writing

 

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New Contract with Barbour!

pegg-signing-2nd-barbour-contract-12-28-16In December I received my second contract from Barbour Publishing. It came one week after I’d told my husband, “If I never sell another manuscript, I’m okay with that. My goal was to write a book and have it published. I’ve done it. It’s off my bucket list.”

Galatians 4:4a – But when the fullness of the time came, God

God’s timing is always perfect. In everything. In the big things and in the littlest things. tweet this

I’d submitted the proposal for In Sheep’s Clothing back in June 2016. It was one of seven stories in a collection called Bouquet of Brides. Six months later, I’d not heard a peep from Barbour. I’d written it off.

God sends His blessings in His time. Generally when we least expect it. How sweet is that?!

 

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Posted by on January 9, 2017 in Pegg Thomas, Writing

 

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364 Days to Go

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The birth of our Savior. The gathering of friends and family. The exchanging of gifts.
So many emotions are wrapped around this particular day.
How does it leave you feeling on the day after?
Are you looking forward to next year – or dreading it.

Keeping Christmas simple is next to impossible in this day and age.
We prepare – we over-prepare.
We fuss, we worry, we shop and bake and cook.
Are you exhausted today? Burned out? Emotionally flat-lined?

Is it time to rethink your Christmas traditions?
Is it time to envision the next year as a time of joy and magic of the season?
Instead of a merry-go-round of fuss and bother.
Instead of a hassle and a grind.

If you dread next year already, decide this day to change that.
Make your resolution early this year.
Plan ahead to make next Christmas your best yet.
Keep it simple.
Keep it about Christ.

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Posted by on December 26, 2016 in Pegg Thomas

 

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Author Chat with Deb Gardner Allard

bookToday we’re featuring Deb Gardner Allard as she masquerades under the pseudonym of Taylor Jaxon. She’s got a new Young Adult Suspense titled Before the Apocalypse.

QPQ – Congratulations on the new release! You’ve written for children before, but this is your first foray into the world of Young Adult fiction. What prompted you to write Before the Apocalypse?

DGA –Thanks, Pegg. My older grandchildren are now 13, 14, and 15. I wanted to pique their interest, and apparently this book did. While I was writing it, I would catch them sneaking into my computer room to read the latest chapters. It does have quite a bit of excitement in it. A young teen fan told me that he liked the book because there was never a dull moment in the entire book. That blessed my heart.

QPQ – I’ll bet it did! I loved your book and I think it should have a much wider audience that just young adults. There is plenty of story in here for older readers. Biblical prophecy is the prominent theme throughout. Did your interest in this start when you were a young adult?

DGA – Not exactly. I grew up Catholic. My interest in the end times began when I was six years old, and the nun who led our Catechism class taught us about the Tribulation. Everyone in class (ages 6-12) sat on the pews wide-eyed and speechless. From that moment on, I was interested in prophecy. When NASA predicted the four blood moons a few years ago, I read every book I could find about them. I also read the prophets and Revelation in the Bible, attended a year-long eschatology Bible study called The Footsteps of the Messiah by Arnold Fructenbaum, and watched programs on prophecy every week for three years—Prophecy in the News, Prophecy Watchers, Sky Watch News, and several others. After studying the prophecies for myself, I have a different view on God’s purpose for the blood moons. An additional tidbit of information is that although I grew up Catholic, I changed denomination in early adulthood.

img_0512QPQ – Writing for children and YA has its special issues, like dialogue and seeing the world through young eyes. You obviously spent a great deal of time getting these aspects correct in the story. Do you have children or young adults to help you with that?

DGA—I sure do—eight grandchildren. As mentioned above, three are teenagers. They fill me in on their school and extracurricular escapades. Their speech patterns, slang, body language, etc. never escape my eyes and ears. They’re the first to tell me when a teen character would never say – x, y, or z. Taking courses through the Institute of Children’s Literature and belonging to ACFW and Word Weavers International have helped me hone my writing skills. It’s amazing how many older authors have penned books for kids—Roald Dahl, James Patterson, Jerry Spinelli, Mark Twain, C.S. Lewis, Emma Thompson and more. Many of them wrote for their children or grandchildren, just as I do.

QPQ – I don’t do spoilers, but the very end of the book leads me to believe there might be a sequel in the future. Am I correct? (Please say yes.)

DGA –I’ve got about five chapters written on a sequel J.

QPQ – Oh, good! What else is in the works from Deb Gardner Allard – or from Taylor Jaxon?

DGA—Besides the sequel to Before the Apocalypse, I’m writing a humorous youth novel, Surviving Aunt Maisy, and an adult novel that takes place in the Old West.

QPQ – We’ll be watching for those! Where can our readers find you around the web?

Website: www.debgardnerallard.com or  www.wordsalivepress.com
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Twitter: @debbie_allard
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Posted by on December 12, 2016 in Author Chat, New Releases

 

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Halloween and Christians

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Manasseh made his sons pass through the fire in the valley of Ben-hinnom; and he practiced witchcraft, used divination, practiced sorcery and dealt with mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the sight of the Lord, provoking Him to anger. ~ 2 Chronicles 33:6

I’ll come clean and admit that I’ve never understood Halloween. Other than sending children out to beg candy from friends, neighbors, and total strangers, what’s the point? In this day and age where parents need to have their kids’ candy x-rayed before it’s deemed safe to eat … I really don’t get the point. But let’s explore it a bit anyway.

The rationale that it’s all fun and games is one I’ve heard often, from both Christians and non-Christians. Okay. But aren’t there better ways to have fun and games than sending children out into the night, dressed in costumes that often depict evil, to face decorations often glorifying evil? I hope so.

It’s just about the candy is another rational I’ve heard. Every grocery store in town sells candy. Every. One. There’s no need to send children out to beg for it. But that’s just my take.

If our children don’t participate, they’ll be made fun of. Yeah? Like Christ didn’t foresee that already? But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know the One who sent Me.”~ John 15:21 Halloween is a great opportunity to model this for children, not to deprive them of candy (available at every grocery store), but to emphasize that you believe they have been bought at a price. That price includes denying things that are against God. Trying to find anything spiritually redeeming about Halloween is like sitting in pigeon poop to view statue you can see better while standing. 

Manasseh messed up big time. He dabbled in evil. He angered God. Does dabbling in Halloween once a year put your children at risk? Maybe not. But what if it plants a seed you can’t unplant? What if it delivers that underlying message that Christ is for Sunday at church and the rest of the time … you can go along to get along? Is that worth a bag of x-rayed candy to you?

~ Pegg Thomas

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Posted by on October 31, 2016 in devotion, Pegg Thomas, Scripture

 

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The Election – Not the End of the World

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With our country in upheaval about the coming election – well illustrated by these signs my husband drove past earlier this month – it’s good to remember that God is still in control. Of everything. All the time. Even who gets elected in a couple of weeks. Yes, even that. This election is not going to destroy the planet … although at times it seems like it. The planet will be here when Christ returns. He is the only One who can – and will – destroy what is corrupt and replace it with that which isn’t.

2 Peter 3:10-18

But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up.

Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat! But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.

Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless, and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation; just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you, as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction. You therefore,beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness, but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

~ Pegg Thomas

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Under the Knife

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The first time I ever heard of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome was almost twenty years ago. My hands would go numb, especially when I rode my mountain bike. I was told there was a surgery to correct it, or I could manage the condition. Never one to jump at having surgery, I did a pretty good job of managing it, even though it was the end of bike riding for me.

But nothing lasts forever. The past two years I’ve known I was getting worse. My hands would go numb while driving. That’s a little freaky at 70 mph on the highway. I had to switch to a roller-ball mouse when using a regular mouse became painful. I’d wake up with numb clubs on the end of each arm in the morning, even with the braces on. I kept dropping things. Like knives. Somehow I’ve avoided skewering my feet, at least. And now it’s gone from just numbness to pain. It’s time.

I need my hands to write!

Thanks to the magic of pre-scheduling blog posts, this post will go live the same morning I’m having surgery on my right hand, which is worse than my left. Yes, of course I’m right-handed. So I may be quiet on social media for a few days, but I expect to be back in full force within the week. Prayers for swift healing are always appreciated!

~ Pegg Thomas

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Posted by on October 3, 2016 in Pegg Thomas

 

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