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Something Other than God

When I went to bed last night, this day didn’t sound very promising. I had discovered a major issue with our ticket vendor just before I was going to shut my laptop and go to sleep, which is not what one wants to happen 36 hours before one is about to start selling tickets. I didn’t see how we’d have time to get this fixed without pushing back the ticket sale date and I knew I’d be exhausted today. I was right about being exhausted — I doubt I even got five hours of sleep. But I did get the ticket stuff fixed, and now... Read More

This is not a pre-order announcement. Okay, it’s sort of a pre-order announcement.

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I was going to wait until everything is in place to make the big announcement, but since folks have been asking about doing pre-orders for Christmas gifts, I am popping in to say: The hardcover version of my book is now available for pre-order!!!! Pre-order from: Ignatius Press | Amazon.com | Barnes and Noble A couple of notes: The ebook version is not yet available for pre-order, but will be soon. We are most likely going to offer some cool stuff for people who pre-order. Sorry to be vague, but the details aren’t in place so I don’t... Read More

Something Other than God

Something Other than God by Jennifer Fulwiler

C.S. Lewis, an atheist-to-Christian convert, once observed: “All that we call history…[is] the long, terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.” As I wrote my story, I realized that it was as much about searching for true happiness as it was about undergoing a religious conversion. That C.S. Lewis quote often echoed in my mind. And so, after five long years of very hard work, I am thrilled to tell you that the title of my book is Something Other than God. And here is the cover, created... Read More

Read these four books, then go write an awesome novel

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I am super excited about National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) this November. I don’t think I can participate because I’ve been doing NaNoWriLIFE for the past five years, but I’m all fired up about the idea of you participating. I felt God nudging me to write this post, like he was saying, “There is someone out there who needs to write a book. I gave them this great idea for a story, and they keep talking themselves out of putting it down on paper. They read your blog due to an unfortunate lost bet situation, so please... Read More

A few thoughts on following your dreams while putting your family first

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Dear Friend Who Sent Me this Text Yesterday: Hi. Great to hear from you. And sorry about my short reply. I intended for that to be a wry lead-in to a longer response, but it ended up being the kind of afternoon where things devolved in such a rapid and startling way that I really did end up wishing for cages and juice boxes. Anyway, it’s funny that you should ask this, since I’ve been talking about it with a lot of other friends lately as well. Not all of them are writers, but they’re all asking questions about how to pursue their... Read More

The mental neat freak

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A few weeks ago I went to the salon to get my hair cut. One of the little lifehack-y things I do is to think carefully about what luxuries I’d most enjoy, so that when Joe or my parents ask what I want for Christmas or my birthday, I can give them a list of things that I actually love and would use. The result is that I have a nice collection of gift certificates to my favorite salon, and I’m able to get my hair cut by a talented stylist. It’s a nice place: music that was somehow both hip and soothing pulsed in the background while... Read More

If anyone needs me, I’ll be staring at my awesome new blog design

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The new look! It’s here! If you’re reading this on a feed reader, click through to see it. (Ha, ha. Just a little dry humor there. If you follow me on a feed reader, you’re not seeing this at all and you thought that I quietly shut down my blog weeks ago, since having an RSS feed doesn’t appear to be part of God’s plan for my life.) John Flynn, the best web designer in the galaxy, has been working all summer on this new look. I told him I wanted something that was simple, light, and fun. I secretly suspected that I... Read More

7 Posts in 7 Days: An epic blogging challenge

(Actually, it’s not really epic at all. Lots of people write posts every day. But I like to add a touch of drama to my linkups, so here we go…) Okay, people. Start stretching your fingers, put sweatbands on your wrists, and pull out your most sturdy keyboard, because it’s time for some serious blogging. I’m going to post every day from Monday, July 22 to Sunday, July 28, and if you have a blog, you should join me. Here’s why: Your readers want to hear from you. Maybe this is just me, but I love it when I see new posts... Read More

Now…where were we?

I just wanted to pop in to mention briefly that OH MY GOSH I SENT THE BOOK OFF TO IGNATIUS ON MONDAY!!!!!!!!!!! Guess what: getting a book in final form when you have six young children, including a two-month-old baby who doesn’t sleep through the night, is not a particularly easy endeavor. Little life lesson for you there. It was very much in question as to whether I’d be able to hit the deadline — which I’d already pushed back once — and it felt just slightly like a death march there toward the end. I’m so thrilled... Read More

30-day mind shred

I have about 30 days to make a final round of edits before I turn the manuscript in to my publisher, which means that all four minutes of my free time each week will be going to that. Why am I telling you this? Because there is something about having a blog that makes you have these delusions that EVERYONE CARES when your average weekly posting rate drops by 0.7 one month, and so it makes me feel better to alert the Googlebot and whoever else might notice that if I seem to be updating less, it’s only temporary. Now, someone might be wondering... Read More

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