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Writer’s Headlines: Kudos and MoGo7000 Totals

Okay, I know it’s officially the 1st Thursday and not the 2nd, but because I’m heading to Alaska on Tuesday, I need to go ahead and get this Kudos and MoGo7000 post up. Sorry if it causes any confusion!

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There are only a few kudos to report this month. (I think the change in schedule confused everyone!)

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Writer’s Headlines: Kudos, December MoGo7000, & Who Won $100?

It’s the 2nd Thursday of the New Year, and That Means It’s Time To Celebrate YOU!

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First of all, let’s celebrate with these Christian Writer’s Den friends…

A lot of you are working hard…and here’s the proof!

1.  Kristi Butler (NC):I’m so thrilled to have a story coming out in Cec Murphey’s book (to be released in the spring) I Believe in Healing. It’s the story of my husband’s miraculous healing after a stroke.

2.  Jeanne Doyon (CT): My article, Fresh Manna was picked up by Open The Word in Canada.

3.  Johnna Stein (GA): My historical fiction “The Wooden Apple” appeared in the Nov/Dec 2012 issue of Cricket Magazine. My flash fiction, “The Winter Will Ask” made the top 10 on the Women on Writing Contest.

4.  Beth Ingersoll (NC): After a lengthy hiatus, Beth has decided to revive her writing “career” and has joined the Tribe Writers community, led by Jeff Goins at www.goinswriter.com. She is also blogging again over at her little space, called “Subject to Change.” She’ll be sharing some pieces from the program there, and she LOVES to get feedback!

5.  Susan Baganz (WI): My short story romance, “Angel on Fourth Street’ won in a contest and was published in an anthology, I Choose You: 38 Romantic Short Stories to Warm the Heart. My first “book” publishing credit!

6.  Kathy Purdy (VA): My first children’s book was published! Missy Cat in the Heart of the Tree is available in paperback and as an ebook. More Missy Cat Adventure books to follow. Also available through Amazon.com, Kindle, B&N.com, Nook, Sony Reader, I-pad ebook. I am happy to send out autographed copies as well. Missy Cat in the Heart of the Tree was reviewed by The Mary Book Reader and a free copy given out.

7.  Colleen Luntzel (OR): Good News: Book Release, The World is a Potluck…Bring Bread.

And now, to end on a laugh:

8.  Eddie Snipes (GA): I mastered the art of tap dancing on Jell-o and reciting Shakespeare. Here I am in action! It’s a dream come true!

Congratulations to all! I’m so proud of you!

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Here are the December MoGo7000 Qualifiers

These writers wrote at least 7000 NEW words on a book project in December and are now in the drawing for $100 in the MoGo7000 Challenge!

26.  Cindy Patterson – 7,031 words
27.  Eddie Snipes – 12,700 words

Congratulations, Cindy and Eddie. You both have ANOTHER entry into the drawing for $100!

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Photo courtesy of Nutdanai Apikhomboonwaroot/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

And now, the announcement you’ve all been waiting for: Who won the 2012 MoGo7000 Challenge and the 2012 $100 Prize?

First of all, I want to remind you that this year’s $100 prize is donated by my friend and yours, Catherine Young! Catherine contacted me after last year’s winner was announced and said she wanted to sponsor this year’s challenge. What a precious gift for me and for you as CWD readers. Thank you, Cathy! I know your kindness challenged and encouraged our writing friends. 🙂

Now, before I announce the winner, check out these amazing statistics:

1.  341,894 words were written by Christian Writer’s Den friends this year in the challenge! Hoo-wee!

2.  13 Christian Writer’s Den readers/writers reached their monthly goal of at least 7000 new words on a book project and received at least one entry.

3.  There were 27 total entries.

4.  Cindy Patterson had the most entries again this year, reaching the MoGo7000 goal 8 months out of 12.

5.  Eddie Snipes and Marilyn Turk received the second highest number of entries, reaching their goal 3 times each.

6.  Cindy Patterson wrote the highest number of words–60,196. In some genres, that could be a whole book right there!

Congratulations to all the writers who participated. I’m impressed with your hard work and determination. And many of you told me the challenge encouraged you to write, even if you didn’t reach your goal. That encourages me!

Now, details about the drawing. (And just for the record, as I write this, I still have no idea who won, either!) You may have noticed that each writer who reached the monthly goal was given a sequential number throughout the year. I’m now going to the Random.org website and putting in a request for the numbers 1-27 to be listed in random order. The first number on the list will be the winner.

So here we go!

The winner of the 2012 MoGo7000 Challenge and recipient of the $100 cash prize is…

#10! Congratulations, #10!

Oh, I guess you need to know who #10 is…

It’s Esther Wallace!!! Congratulations, Esther! (Imagine horns blowing and confetti falling right about now.) I’m so thrilled for you and all the hard work you put in this year. Now just Contact Me and we’ll discuss how to get your $100 to you.

And thank you to all who participated. You’ve talked about how MoGo7000 encouraged you, but I want you to know how much it encouraged me that you would join in!

And don’t forget, the 2013 MoGo7000 Challenge has just begun and it’s not too late to get started! Just check out the MoGo7000 Challenge Guidelines here, get your BIC, and start writing. You could win $100!

But whether you win or not, at the end of the year, you could have a book-length manuscript. So, what are you waiting for?

Congratulations to all this month’s winners. Write on!

Vonda

(Money photo courtesy of Nutdanai Apikhomboonwaroot/FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

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Writer’s Headlines: Kudos for Christian Writer’s Den Followers & MoGo7000 Results

Well, it’s the second Thursday of the month and that means it’s time to see what Christian Writer’s Den followers have been up to the past few months…and you’ve certainly been busy!

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Kudos to These Working Writers!

1.  Cyn Rogalski (PA): I had a DevoKids devotion, “Wrinkly Words,” published on May 4th, 2012. I also had a piece, Adjusting Our Vision, published in the CLASS Communique, and a 738 word article published in thedollarstretcher.com back in January, in print and online. I am also assistant editor at New and True Friends E-zine and will also be a contributing writer there soon as well.

2.  Kimberly Long (TX): I went away to a cabin in the Texas Hill Country the month of April and finished my first book called, “FINANCIAL FAITH: THE PATH FROM POVERTY TO POWER.” I have entered it into the BRMCWC along with my blog (above web address). I hope to have it published in a month or so. Another blessing is that I have been asked to publish a monthly article in our local magazine: LIVING. My department is fashion and decor, but the editor is a Christian man and allows us to incorporate scripture into our articles. You can read the LIVING April issue here. I have been blogging for 3 years and am amazed that I have received over 700 comments. People from countries like Japan, Dubai, Italy, Finland, Australia, Europe, and Ghana to name a few. I don’t know why they would read my blogs, but I’m thankful for the platform. My desire is to build people’s confidence and offer hope for successful living from God’s word!

3.  Marilyn Turk (FL): Signed with Joyce Hart, Hartline Literary Agency. Have a ghost-written story coming in September Guideposts.

4.  Lisa Lickel (WI): Rejoices in her fifth novel release, The Map Quilt, May 4. Celebrates a new contract with Whimsical Publications for another cozy mystery.

5. Raquel Haggard (OK): My book, Rebuilding Your Temple, will release May 22nd. I also have a speaking/book signing engagement that night. This book is a 14-week guided journal about faith, food and fitness.

6. Barbara Parentini (NC): Guest author on Southern Writers Magazine Suite T on April 26th, “Stained Glass.” Contributor to Life Lessons from Dads by Write Integrity Press, to be released June 2012. Also, my card line, Soaring Hearts, will be available this month in Florida at a national chain.

Congratulations to all these writers! You’re doing what it takes, and it shows!

Haven’t seen your name here in a while? Don’t worry, good news could be in your future sooner than you think. Be sure to return next Thursday for a new list of writing opportunities, collected just for you!

Also, if you’re working hard on a book project, remember that the MoGo7000 Challenge is created just for you! (See below)

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Who Met the MoGo7000 Goal This Month?

Congratulations to these writers who wrote at least 7000 words on their current book project:

5. Marilyn Turk  —  13, 808 words
6. Kimberly Long  —  10, 840 words
7. Eddie Snipes  —  8, 510 words
8. Cindy Patterson — 7,024 words

These writers now have another entry into the end-of-the-year drawing for $100! Would you like an extra hundred bucks? All you have to do is write at least 7000 new words on your book project and your name will be in the hat!

And the good news is, you can join in any time–and it’s all free! Be sure to visit the MoGo7000 Challenge page for guidelines.

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And It’s Not Too Late to Register for the 2012 Christian Communicators Conference!

Ladies, do you feel called to speak? Do you feel God has given you something to share, but don’t know where to begin? Or perhaps you’ve been speaking a while, but want to expand your ministry. If so, this is the conference you’ve been waiting for!

The 2012 Christian Communicators Conference will be held August 29-September 2, 2012, at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. This is where you’ll learn everything you need to know to grow or develop your speaking ministry.

But don’t take out word for it. Here are some comments from past attendees:

“I’ve been to other speaker and writer’s conferences and felt overwhelmed by the sheer number of attendees. In contrast, the serene setting, personal attention, and professional coaching I received at this conference was priceless.”

Jennifer Johnson, NC
www.ProperUseProject.com

“The Christian Communicator’s Conference was uniquely effective…The intimate number of women allowed for the focus needed to apply the teachings and to bond together with unity. I left with a sense of destination, equipped and prepared for the next step in ministry.”

Verna Bowman, PA
http://vernabowman.com

Rooms for two, three, or four are still available, and you’ll love the all-inclusive pricing. No hidden expenses!

I hope you’ll check out the Christian Communicators website, feel free to contact any of the graduates, or feel free to contact me here or either Carolyn or me through the Christian Communicators contact page. We’d love to partner with you to bring Him glory!

Write and speak on!

Vonda

 

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Writer’s Headlines: Kudos & MoGo7000 Winner!

Welcome to Thursday’s Writer’s Headlines!

Today we celebrate your kudos, announce December MoGo7000 totals, and find out who wins $100!!

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Congratulations to these Christian Writer’s Den Readers…


1.  Tracy Crump (MS): 1)I have seven devotions in the winter issue of Quiet Hour. 2)I will speak on “Writers’ Rights” at the Bartlett Christian Writers meeting. 3)My column on critique appears in the Southern Writers Magazine. This issue’s article is entitled “The Golden Rule of Critique.”

2.  Johnna Stein (GA): My poem “Love Your Enemies” was published in the January issue of LIVE magazine.

3.  Susan Stilwell (VA): Article published with Open The Word in December, and another article on cell phone technology accepted by local parenting magazine is scheduled to publish in the spring.

4.  Glenda Mills (WV): ChristianDevotions.us recently accepted a devotional of mine entitled “The Rose of Sharon.” It will be my first published article and will be posted in July 2012, my birthday month.  I owe Cindy Sproles a debt of gratitude for helping me tweak this to fit their guidelines!

5.  Jean Davis (DE): “Happy Birthday, Jesus, and Other Things I Can’t Say” was published Dec. 4 in Sense and nonSense, an on-line weekly newsletter. And a true story, “Nelly’s Gift,” was published December 25 in Live.

Yay, writers! We’re so proud of you! Can you see us doing the happy dance? 🙂

Didn’t see your name on the list? Well, be sure to come back next week for a new list of writing opportunities, collected just for you! And who knows, maybe you’ll have something new to celebrate next time!

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December’s MoGo7000 Qualifiers


These Christian Writer’s Den writers wrote at least 7000 new words on their book project, earning them another entry in the MoGo7000 drawing:

57.  Marcia Gaddis–9,104 words
58.  Cindy Patterson–7,125 words
59.  Patty Willett–8,539 words

Congratulations, ladies! Your names are entered into the drawing! Can’t wait to see who wins! 🙂

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And Now, the Announcement You’ve All Been Waiting For: Who Won the 2011 MoGo7000 Challenge and the $100 Prize?

 

But before I announce the winner, check out these amazing statistics:

**650,898 words were written this year in the challenge! Hoo-wee!

**21 Christian Writer’s Den readers/writers reached their goal and received at least one entry

**There were 59 total entries

**Cindy Patterson had the most entries, reaching her MoGo7000 goal all 12 months

**Eddie Snipes received the second highest number of entries, reaching his goal 10 times

**Eddie Snipes wrote the highest number of words–170,886 (that’s the equivalent of about TWO books!)

Congratulations to all the writers who participated. I’m impressed with your hard work and determination. And many of you told me the challenge encouraged you to write, even if you didn’t reach your goal. That encourages me!

Now, details about the drawing. (And just for the record, as I write this, I still have no idea who won, either!) You may have noticed that each writer who reached the monthly goal was given a sequential number throughout the year. I’m now going to the Random.org website and putting in a request for the numbers 1-59 to be listed in random order. The first number on the list will be the winner.

So here we go!

The winner of the 2011 MoGo7000 Challenge and recipient of the $100 cash prize is…

#50! Congratulations, #50!

Oh, I guess you need to know who #50 is…

It’s Cindy Patterson!!! Congratulations, Cindy! (Imagine horns blowing and confetti falling) I’m so thrilled for you and all the hard work you put in this year. Now just Contact Me and we’ll discuss how to get your $100 to you.

And thank you to all who participated. You’ve talked about how MoGo7000 encouraged you, but I want you to know how much it encouraged me that you would join in.

And don’t forget, the 2012 MoGo7000 Challenge has begun and it’s not too late to get started! Just check out the MoGo7000 Challenge Guidelines here, get your BIC, and start writing. You could win $100!

But whether you win or not, at the end of the year, you could have a book-length manuscript. So, what are you waiting for?

Write on!

Vonda

 

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A Change in Plans: A Lesson in Obedience

Photo courtesy of Rawich

You may have noticed you’re getting this blog post a little early. There was a change in plans.

It all started when I spent two days last week, setting up a new work schedule for the days I’m home. With my tendency to be unorganized and unfocused, I could see that I needed a plan in order to help me stay on top of the many projects currently going on.

So with this being the beginning of a new year, last week I studied my projects and the time they were going to require. I figured out a system to try to cover each project with a sufficient amount of time each week. I rewrote the schedule and refigured and rewrote it again. Yesterday it was ready. I copied it out and put it right out front where I could see it. I couldn’t wait for Monday morning so I could get started!

Then my schedule got thrown out the window. I got an email from our own Eddie Snipes stating there was a problem with my blog Home Page. A quick check revealed that–of course–it wasn’t anything I could take care of. On top of that, my webmaster was out of the country. But even though he was out of the country, my wonderful webmaster came through with a solution: post my blog early and that should take care of it. (I hope it works. We’ll find out as soon as I post this!)

So my best laid plans for part of Monday was out the window and instead of receiving this Tuesday morning, I guess you’ll get it about midnight on Monday.

It’s not a big deal. It really isn’t. But what I want us to see is that even though I had a really good plan, a well thought-out, all-for-a-good-reason plan…I was stopped from working it.

Paul had a good plan, too. And his plan WAS a big deal. According to Acts 16, Silas, Timothy, and Paul were planning to head into Asia, but verse 6b says they had “…been kept by the Holy Spirit [emphasis mine] from preaching the Word in the province of Asia.”

Then, verse 7 says, “When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to [emphasis mine].” It’s clear from God’s Word that Paul and his team had prepared well and were prayed up. After all, they were carrying the Good News of salvation to the Gentiles, to those who were not Jews, God’s chosen people.

But the Holy Spirit stopped them. And not once, but twice. It was a huge change in plans.

That night Paul had a vision of a man telling him they were needed in Macedonia. Some scholars say this was Paul’s second encounter with Jesus, the first being his encounter on the road to Damascus. Others think it was merely a dream, but either way, Paul went, the Gospel came west to Europe, Lydia was baptized, and Christianity eventually arrived in America.

All because of a change of plans. And it was good.

So with the dawn of 2012, as we’re setting our goals and making our resolutions, let’s not forget that God may have a different plan. Yes, we can organize, we can figure and refigure the best route to get wherever it is we feel God wants us to go–and we should! But the truth is, God may change our plans.

And if He does, it will be good.

In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps. Proverbs 16:9

(Photo courtesy of Rawich)

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Who Wins the THREE Dianne Neal Matthews Books?

Winner #1: Susan Panzica
Winner #2: Vanessa
Winner #3: Lynn Nester

Congratulations, winners! Just Contact Me with your mailing address and you’ll hear from Dianne with directions.

Thanks again, Dianne, for a wonderful, informative interview…and for your most generous offer of THREE books! I pray God continues to bless you and all your projects!

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I pray God’s blessing on the work of your hands and your hearts,

Vonda

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Interview & Book Give-Away with Author Eddie Snipes

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I’m thrilled to introduce my friend, Eddie Snipes, President of the Christian Authors Guild. You’re in for a treat! You’ll want to get the whole scoop on Eddie below, and don’t forget to leave a comment and you’ll in the drawing for a free book!

Let’s start with an easy question everybody always wants to know: Have you always wanted to be a writer?

In school, I grumbled that I had nothing to write. I often tell people that I was so good in Grammar that I was invited back to take the class four times.

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The Tax Man Cometh: Bookkeeping Tips for Writers

messydeskistockapril11As I write this, I’m sitting in the Roanoke, VA airport, waiting for my flight home. I’m looking forward to being back in SC with my honey, but I’m not looking forward to what else awaits me–taxes. Ugh.

Yes, I do realize that I’m running out of time. I’ve been working on them off and on for weeks now, but obviously, I’ve not been working fast enough. Believe me, it’s not that I’m wasting time watching TV or chatting on Facebook for hours at the time. It’s just that I’ve hardly been home AND there’s so much stuff to do FOR taxes before I can actually DO taxes.

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