For those of you interested in what the Master's Artists have been doing, we do a monthly Wednesday Wrapup.
Christopher Fisher: Things are going well at the Fisher household. I had surgery at the end of December and am as of last week officially off the pain meds. It's the first time I've been able to function without drugs for well over three years, so I'd say that's progress. Despite the general anxiety over the economy that I'm sure many of us have right now, I'm feeling more hopeful and happy than I have in a long, long time.
My biggest development of late is my new role as Fiction Editor at Relief: A Quarterly Christian Expression. Between reading the current round of submissions for Relief, I'm working on finishing my novel, A History of Stone and Steel, and a collection of short stories titled "Cleanliness, Godliness, and Other Fictions." My goal is to have one of these finished before the end of the summer.
Oh, I also learned by email today that I have apparently won the British Lottery. Twice!
Mary Demuth: I have a book launch for Daisy Chain at Legacy Books in Plano, TX March 1st from 3—5. http://www.legacybooksonline.com.
In conjunction with the book, I’ve launched http://blog.myfamilysecrets.org—a place for people to share their family secrets anonymously.
I’ll teach fiction techniques at The Dallas Christian Writers Guild on March 2nd. http://www.dallaschristianwriters.com.
I’ll be attending the Christian Book Expo March 19—22nd. On Friday, March 20th, I’ll be part of a Christianity Today panel: Living Christianly in a Post-Christian Culture. A Christian consensus could once be pretty much assumed for Western culture, even if many people didn’t possess personal faith. That is no longer true. Christianity is today viewed as just one of many spiritual options—and often with suspicion. How do followers of Christ respond in both word and deed? Moderator: Andy Crouch, Culture Making (IVP), editor at Christianity Today. Panelists: * Donald Miller, Greatest Hits, Blue Like Jazz (Nelson) * Ruth Haley Barton, Sacred Rhythms (Inter-Varsity Press) * Randy Frazee, Making Room for Life (Zondervan) * Mary E. DeMuth, Authentic Parenting in a Postmodern Culture (Harvest House) http://www.christianbookexpo.com/authors/panels.php#li
And at the end of the month, I’ll fly to Mount Hermon to mentor nonfiction writers at the Head Start Mentoring Clinic and teach a major morning track called Boot Camp for Writers.
And in the midst of all that, I’m finishing up the final novel of the Defiance, TX trilogy.
Madison Richards: Well, I finally have something to tell everyone, although it has absolutely nothing to do with writing! My husband has accepted a job offer in Arizona! We'll be moving from our beloved and sometimes cold and snowy Pacific Northwest to the hot and sunny Southwest. There simply aren't enough hours in a day to complete such a major endeavor in a scant six weeks, but with God's help, I'm sure we'll make all our deadlines! Our current house is for sale, we've already got an accepted offer on a house in Arizona, and things are moving pretty fast! Wish me luck!
Donna Shepherd: I'm gearing up now for another day for writers - the Greater Harvest Workshops. This is an expansion of my vision to help other writers like me who want to glorify God with their writing. I also met with the writers' group I started - MAC Writers. We've had a lot of fun and moved forward in our goals since we started meeting.
Chizzy's Topsy Tale has been released. I posted a trailer on the book page. Kevin did such an amazing job - as usual. We have Dotty's Topsy Tale coming out soon, and he's currently working on yet another one. I have a different illustrator for another book, but more information on that to come soon!
On the grownup writing front, you can read my devotionals in two books to be released in March - A Cup of Comfort Devotional for Mothers and Daughters: Daily Reminders of God's Love and Grace and A Cup of Comfort Women of the Bible Devotional: Daily Reflections Inspired by Scripture's Most Beloved Heroines. I'm also working on a manuscipt for another book.
I'm teaching a wonderful study called Living God's Will: Reading and Applying God's Signs for Your Life (Following God Character Builders). I'd recommend that to anyone for a Sunday School class, small groups, or even a midweek church service.
The sun is shining brightly outside, but I'm not fooled - it's cold..brrrr. I don't think I will have ever looked more forward to spring than this year. Seems like I'm shivering all the time. My son says it's old age, but it couldn't be that, or could it??
Til next time! - Donna