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News. Reviews. Previews.


This was a happening week on this little blog guy, but I’m nowhere near finished. If you’re reading this at, know that I have moved and will continue to move to There’s a little follow button at the top of the screen. You would make my day if you clicked it.

And though the circumstances of this week jolted up and down, I’m satisfied with what I accomplished. In this weekender, you’ll get the chance to see:

Well on Blogger this is a little newsource paper with articles that have been collected from all over. For whatever reason, the WordPress doesn’t like it. And although I’m a little disappointed because I liked the articles I found, it didn’t always work right, overlooking some of my favorite blogs, like the ones by Rachelle Gardner and Steve Laube. So I found a cool new thing where I can capture Blog articles that I like from other authors. My first was a total accident. I loved Keli Gwyn’s article about Romance for her husband, and I linked it. I thought I’d tweeted it. Suddenly it was at the top of my blog. Oops. I felt really sheepish about that!
BUUUT … That seems like a really cool collection idea. Maybe a theme for the day with articles from all over addressing that theme? Hmmmmm. Intriguing! This time I’ll be intentionally linking Keli’s site and others! I’ve already started collecting them! Woohoo!
I was so pleased with the move to my new blog last week. Right away I started getting more visits at WordPress than I did at Blogger. But then maybe that’s because of the content on Monday when I compared WordPress and Blogger. (A hard contest!) On Tuesday, I filled my docket with some inspiration from Ephesians. Wednesday, I added my ROW80 update to another observation about WordPress. We’re working through things. So on Thursday, I discussed the things I’m learning about myself and how they compare to the characters I set up. An author review with Fay Lamb rounded out the week on Friday.
The requirements of some volunteer work I do intensified this week. Unable to write the first half of the week, I kept struggling to get to it the second-half but found myself out of practice. How can I get out of practice in only a few weeks. I mean I never REALLY stop writing, just stop working on the WIP. But then that’s the issue. This isn’t a non-fiction book that I can write a section at a time. A novel flows without stopping places – making placing a bookmark or putting the story down very difficult. So in taking a break from it, I really need to carve out a great chunk of time to settle back into the story world again.
Along with a new goal of writing 1000 words every day, I’m toying with breaking my blog into chunks as well. Not many bloggers set up brand new articles every day, but I don’t think I’m giving these articles my best effort because I have to churn them out, usually at night, with little time for inspiration or even editing. (I hate finding the mistakes!)
So as much as I’d like to continue with some of the daily plans I have, like my cool A2Z blog hop, (Second time through the alphabet!) I think I need to find a tighter niche for my writing. No big changes yet, but I’m looking for inspiration. I could use prayer for that!
Like I said, nothing really changes this week. On Monday, I’ll be highlighting the Clash of the Titles winner from this week. Such a great way to get a chewy morsel from a book, like a sample off a cookie tray, to see if it resonates! Tuesday will be my regular A2Z article, but this one is extraordinary. I literally shed tears over it. Definitely a must-see. On Wednesday, I’ll share another update and take you along on my journey for a bit. Thursday’s offering will likely be linked to Social Media as it is beginning to consume every spare moment. And on Friday, I’ll be visiting with YA Fantasy Author Steve Biddison.
So what are your plans for this weekend?

Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a recently "graduated" homeschooling mom whose twin girls have blessed her by sticking around the nest for a little longer. She spends her days directing the children’s music program at her church and working with the authors of Write Integrity Press to put out the best possible version of their books. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

5 thoughts on “News. Reviews. Previews.

  1. Marji, I add my well wishes for your writing goals.
    I’ve had a busy week editing a book that I’ve been working on for the past couple of years. I also set up a page for writers on Facebook,, and designed a header for that. A new post on my God Is In The Compost Pile blog rounded out my writing week. Now, I’m just relaxing and enjoying the weekend.


  2. Marji, I wish you well as you work on your writing goals. I understand too well how life can get busy and keep us from our stories. I trust you’ll figure out a way to structure your days so you can accomplish all you want to do.

    Thanks for linking to my post. I’m glad you enjoyed it.