Not a Classy Author—But I Sure Do Have Fun!
8/4/2007 7:14:47 PM by: Elsi

I’m on my way home now from the Oregon Christian Writers Summer Coaching Conference in Canby Grove Conference Center, southeast of Portland. What a glorious time I had! I can only touch the high points here, of course. And, by the way, let me start with one of the MANY things I learned: I need to write in my blog regularly. Minimum of three times a week, preferably five or more. Okay, I hereby covenant to do that. You won’t be getting long, rambling, carefully thought-out entries, but you will get succinct thoughts, planned, revised, and done as well as I can manage. And I’ll be expecting responses from you, too, so be sure to do your part! The very air at the OCW conference is filled with writing and prayer. Everywhere you go, people are talking about the Lord, talking to the Lord, writing, discussing writing, or relaxing with an eye to doing more writing and praying. I always come away with new ideas and inspiration, pressed down, overflowing, running into my beard as it were (Psalm 133:2). I’m getting to know a lot of people at OCW, and it’s great to see old friends and make new ones. Plus, the grounds are accessible to me: not only can I camp at the conference center (instead of down the road somewhere), but almost all the rooms are within my walking ability. Of course, this year someone put all my workshops up a flight of stairs, but even so, I managed three of the five workshops! My coaching class (2.5 hours a day for three days) was superb. Nancie and Bill Carmichael led a non-fiction critique group, with nine of us who had shared our writing samples in advance. So many good ideas … new direction … fresh inspiration … I’m eager to put pen to paper (well, fingers to keyboard, anyway) and get moving on my projects! The highest high point, I suppose, was meeting and hearing Angela Hunt. If you aren’t familiar with her books, please read "Magdalene."All her books are great; she has a unique writing style and point of view; her themes and approach are powerful. Listening to her keynote talks over three nights, I began to understand some of where the power comes from. She writes from her heart, from her understanding of what the Lord is teaching her. And it shows. We wept and laughed with her—and you should SEE the photos of her mastiff!



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CCWC 2013
5/15/2013 3:48:49 PM  by: Elsi

My friend Shannie
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Book signing at Mardel
6/18/2012 8:01:34 AM  by: Elsi

Though the Bud Be Bruised
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Life Lessons from Dads
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Happy camper!
5/17/2012 11:36:19 AM  by: Elsi

Maggie Hope
5/16/2012 3:37:53 PM  by: Elsi

The Disciple Whom Jesus Loved
4/28/2012 4:14:16 PM  by: Elsi

jet lag
4/2/2012 12:09:56 PM  by: Elsi

The Great I AM
3/30/2012 8:11:44 AM  by: Elsi

Abraham’s Tent
3/29/2012 12:18:10 PM  by: Elsi

Wednesday—Jordan River
3/28/2012 12:24:19 PM  by: Elsi

Caesarea, Zippori, Nazareth, Megiddo …
3/26/2012 12:50:08 PM  by: Elsi

Israel—1st day
3/25/2012 1:37:12 PM  by: Elsi

King of Glory
3/16/2012 6:01:09 AM  by: Elsi

17 more days!
3/7/2012 8:01:46 AM  by: Elsi

White Collar Skid Row
3/6/2012 5:15:19 PM  by: Elsi

This is why I write!
2/29/2012 7:33:08 AM  by: Elsi

the power of words
2/20/2012 7:47:56 AM  by: Elsi

one more example of the need for proofreading
2/12/2012 4:04:27 PM  by: Elsi

Love Letters from the Heart
2/12/2012 7:04:37 AM  by: Elsi

God is our Savior!
1/29/2012 12:16:03 PM  by: Elsi

Elk Creek’s Spelling Bee
1/27/2012 5:29:04 PM  by: Elsi

God is!
1/16/2012 4:05:13 PM  by: Elsi

Praise the Lord—a BVCC Sunday school psalm
1/8/2012 12:52:26 PM  by: Elsi

Write from the Heart
1/5/2012 6:21:45 AM  by: Elsi

Insider Thought Training—needs work
1/1/2012 6:04:17 PM  by: Elsi

12/3/2011 7:16:30 PM  by: Elsi

Advent acrostics
11/29/2011 4:54:29 PM  by: Elsi

another BookCrash review
11/25/2011 6:55:13 PM  by: Elsi

busy … busy … busy …
11/23/2011 9:51:50 AM  by: Elsi

A Writer’s Thanksgiving Feast
11/17/2011 6:03:41 PM  by: Elsi

Save the date!
11/10/2011 6:56:00 AM  by: Elsi

In the Aerie of the Wolf, Leonora Pruner
11/1/2011 10:06:45 AM  by: Elsi

Books galore!
10/7/2011 2:18:51 PM  by: Elsi

Inspiring: From Orphan to Physician
9/27/2011 4:48:39 PM  by: Elsi

My room
9/15/2011 4:07:00 PM  by: Elsi

Donkey’s First Christmas
9/12/2011 4:25:22 PM  by: Elsi

Prodigy Project by Doug Flanders
9/2/2011 3:51:34 PM  by: Elsi

Wagon of Fools
8/21/2011 6:04:29 PM  by: Elsi

Writing as Art
7/25/2011 4:22:35 PM  by: Elsi

“The Very Heart of Worship”—Cypress Ministries
7/24/2011 5:30:52 PM  by: Elsi

Don’t read Dwindlewood
7/16/2011 7:24:37 PM  by: Elsi

Mr. Awana, by Art Rorheim
7/13/2011 11:00:20 AM  by: Elsi

Cross it out!
7/8/2011 7:06:31 PM  by: Elsi

July 1st
7/1/2011 12:00:01 AM  by: Elsi

hideously horrible, absolutely wonderful writing conference!
5/16/2011 6:58:01 PM  by: Elsi

the tire guy
5/12/2011 5:30:37 AM  by: Elsi

Mardel … CCWC … fun!
5/3/2011 2:15:23 PM  by: Elsi

April 14 snowstorm
4/14/2011 5:24:55 PM  by: Elsi

One of Our Thursdays …
3/28/2011 4:42:18 PM  by: Elsi

Mrs. McMillan’s Kindergarten
3/15/2011 5:40:48 PM  by: Elsi

God Hater by Bill Myers
3/7/2011 5:39:50 PM  by: Elsi

1/11/2011 1:47:07 PM  by: Elsi

a blessed, merry Christmas
12/29/2010 9:27:17 AM  by: Elsi

of Apples and support services
12/11/2010 5:45:51 PM  by: Elsi

Brown County leaves!
10/21/2010 4:41:34 PM  by: Elsi

A New Toy!
9/26/2010 2:19:31 PM  by: Elsi

New friends from Alberta
8/5/2010 8:29:16 PM  by: Elsi

Journey in the Write Direction
8/2/2010 10:00:18 PM  by: Elsi

Gleeful writing news!
7/23/2010 4:42:56 PM  by: Elsi

5/1/2010 7:06:23 AM  by: Elsi

Kite poems
4/13/2010 9:11:35 PM  by: Elsi

Writing Away, Lavinia Spalding
4/6/2010 4:36:20 PM  by: Elsi

An abundant week, part 3
4/4/2010 7:37:29 AM  by: Elsi

Mrs. McMillan’s kindergarten
3/27/2010 5:18:33 PM  by: Elsi

Rules for writers
3/12/2010 9:41:20 AM  by: Elsi

Crash Blossoms
2/10/2010 6:32:55 PM  by: Elsi

Low mood …
1/20/2010 8:57:28 PM  by: Elsi

“Since My Divorce”
12/7/2009 8:21:32 PM  by: Elsi

9/25/2009 4:12:09 PM  by: Elsi

My friend Shannie
9/20/2009 7:05:25 AM  by: Elsi

KOA authors
8/2/2009 5:37:12 PM  by: Elsi

Oregon Christian Writers poetry class
8/1/2009 7:17:18 PM  by: Elsi

7/27/2009 6:48:23 AM  by: Elsi

Music at the Mug!
7/24/2009 7:40:23 PM  by: Elsi

7/15/2009 3:23:52 PM  by: Elsi

6/28/2009 7:13:07 AM  by: Elsi

If you don’t like math, ignore this
6/24/2009 5:29:00 PM  by: Elsi

6/1/2009 7:43:54 AM  by: Elsi

Me? Media?
5/18/2009 5:38:04 PM  by: Elsi

Art and Soul signing
5/3/2009 2:46:28 PM  by: Elsi

Roy and Denise on KPOF
5/1/2009 4:26:52 PM  by: Elsi

Cheers for FedEx!
4/11/2009 6:40:07 AM  by: Elsi

Christmas in February
2/18/2009 5:04:38 PM  by: Elsi

Art and Soul
2/1/2009 6:45:14 PM  by: Elsi

the Main Thing
1/22/2009 9:56:39 PM  by: Elsi

Sable samovar
1/16/2009 4:13:39 PM  by: Elsi

Cups of comfort
1/11/2009 3:45:13 PM  by: Elsi

Visiting author
10/30/2008 6:37:25 PM  by: Elsi

Merry Christmas!
9/27/2008 4:21:33 PM  by: Elsi

A good conference
8/1/2008 7:00:29 AM  by: Elsi

OCW—almost over (sob!)
7/30/2008 8:17:55 PM  by: Elsi

7/28/2008 7:54:34 AM  by: Elsi

Up and down
6/12/2008 5:15:57 PM  by: Elsi

Acrostic poems
5/30/2008 9:27:23 PM  by: Elsi

Editors, Elk, and Encouragement
5/16/2008 5:46:23 PM  by: Elsi

Loving the unlovely
5/15/2008 7:31:52 PM  by: Elsi

Planning …
5/12/2008 6:41:23 AM  by: Elsi

God’s schedule
5/9/2008 8:28:08 AM  by: Elsi

Writing conference
5/2/2008 1:05:50 PM  by: Elsi

Path to Healing from Grief and Loss
4/25/2008 5:34:41 AM  by: Elsi

What’s in my hand?
3/30/2008 7:30:48 PM  by: Elsi

Young authors
3/25/2008 6:24:39 PM  by: Elsi

3/19/2008 9:58:15 PM  by: Elsi

Write from the Heart
3/7/2008 7:12:46 AM  by: Elsi

“Hiding Place”
3/4/2008 8:21:52 AM  by: Elsi

A Weekend of Fellowship and Fun
3/1/2008 8:14:45 PM  by: Elsi

TCA’s spring program
2/22/2008 9:40:41 PM  by: Elsi

2/11/2008 8:32:30 AM  by: Elsi

1/31/2008 7:38:02 PM  by: Elsi

New photos
1/22/2008 10:31:41 PM  by: Elsi

Oral Spelling Bee
1/15/2008 2:39:15 PM  by: Elsi

Run and Hide (after)
1/12/2008 3:56:53 PM  by: Elsi

Run and Hide (Tuesday)
1/8/2008 8:12:41 PM  by: Elsi

Run and Hide (Monday)
1/7/2008 7:09:26 PM  by: Elsi

Happy New Year!
1/1/2008 9:19:11 PM  by: Elsi

Just moosin’ around …
12/4/2007 7:08:03 PM  by: Elsi

Spelling Bee screener
12/3/2007 8:01:32 PM  by: Elsi

Woman at the Well
11/27/2007 9:00:44 PM  by: Elsi

Book signing
11/24/2007 8:53:14 PM  by: Elsi

Radio interview
11/20/2007 6:15:22 PM  by: Elsi

My Lady
11/10/2007 7:36:15 PM  by: Elsi

singing praise
10/17/2007 7:40:16 PM  by: Elsi

Signing books
10/13/2007 6:52:41 PM  by: Elsi

10/12/2007 8:31:18 PM  by: Elsi

Book signing
10/8/2007 7:23:29 PM  by: Elsi

Chicken Soup: Study Guide
9/27/2007 8:31:39 PM  by: Elsi

New energy
9/26/2007 7:01:29 PM  by: Elsi

Fall into Reading
9/23/2007 8:23:10 PM  by: Elsi

Unnecessary quotation marks
9/22/2007 7:46:09 PM  by: Elsi

Ideas, ideas
8/26/2007 8:24:46 PM  by: Elsi

Too many ideas
8/23/2007 7:57:30 PM  by: Elsi

A New Song?
8/22/2007 7:49:57 PM  by: Elsi

Writing group
8/16/2007 8:13:07 PM  by: Elsi

Not a Classy Author—But I Sure Do Have Fun!
8/4/2007 7:14:47 PM  by: Elsi

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