Christmas in Our Hearts will stir memories, cause several smiles, and might also bring a few sentimental tears to your eyes this Christmas season. One of the reasons we love Christmas is because of what we think it used to be, even though we have come to understand even the first Christmas was far from perfect, at least we suspect Mary and Joseph had to think so when they headed to the stable. This eBook is written in a devotional style, but not without humor, and not without stories about the author and characters she’s created. If you’re looking for a heartwarming read this Christmas, consider spending time discovering Christmas in Our Hearts. This eBook, of roughly 98 pages, is also part of a three eBook collection of over 200 pages which is available as “Christmas Musings”. (Christmas Musings includes Christmas in Our Hearts, Last Christmas, and Mary, Meet Dr. Luke. I want to be sure readers understand that each shorter ebook can be secured separately, but they are “bundled” together for the larger eBook/softcover entitled “Christmas Musings”.) Thank you.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
If you believe you are to write, then spend time writing, or at least thinking about writing. Jot down your ideas for that day when you get to sit down and develop that story or that poem or screenplay.
A lot of us women are pleasantly surprised to discover how fulfilling our role of being a wife and mother can be, especially if we’ve carefully chosen our spouse. Because of the demand s of marriage and family, there may be times, even years, when our other “desires” get set aside.
Maybe for someone else, there are college or utility bills that must be responsibly dealt with. I’m “old school” in that I believe I can find joy in helping my husband occasionally in his work, and in helping shape young lives. In addition, there are community efforts where we can assist. “To whom much is given will much be required,” and none of us want to become self-centered as we age, but we do want to remain responsible.
If writing is important, you will find time because you won’t be content until you do, but few of us can justify letting writing take over our lives.
Margery’s mother passed on her love for words and Margery’s father said, “If you’re not having fun, you’re not doing the job right.” Therefore, when Margery writes, she and her “writer dog” find a comfortable spot where she can creatively weave truth and humor into most of the writing projects she undertakes. Her husband, a retired pastor, is both her enthusiastic fan and her reliable writing consultant. The Warders have been married for over four decades.
For most of Margery’s adult life, she kept her faith and her family responsibilities as her top priorities, which meant most of her writing happened to fulfill a ministry or community need. An editor at a writers conference told Margery she had the “unique ability to get into the head” of characters about whom she was writing. Though it would be years before she could risk devoting time to the uncertainty of income from writing, she was encouraged by that evaluation and continued to look for the heart of any character she created or interviewed.
In order to hold herself accountable for spending more time writing, Margery quit her best paying part time job when she turned sixty. After turning in an article to a local newspaper about a visiting missionary, that paper offered to pay her for features, news articles, a weekly column, and photographs. Her official writing career had begun, but she hopes her writing wastes neither her hours writing nor her reader’s time reading because “time” is priceless.
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