Tag Archive | Calling

The Author Collector by Teddi Deppner

The Author Collector by Teddi Deppner

I love really thought-provoking short stories. Bonus points if there’s a creep factor. Think Ray Bradbury or “The Lottery. Teddi Deppner’s The Author Collector doesn’t disappoint. Andy is an author, a not terribly successful one. He has a wife and young son he needs to support. Knowing that being a writer isn’t going to cut it if […]

Don’t let self-doubt stop you

Don’t let self-doubt stop you

In our Lenten studies at church, I led a group of about 30 people in a study designed to help them discover their purpose. In our last lesson, we talked about how doubt can often block us from moving forward. I shared about how writers often live in a tension between believing we’ve written works […]

When God Calls You Elsewhere

When God Calls You Elsewhere

Guest Blogger: John Wheeler Those people who know me very well know that I’ve had a lifelong habit of creating a fictional construct, getting frustrated by the inherent logical self-contradictions in it and the inevitable moral lacks in it, and throwing all or part of my work out because of it, only to be compelled […]

How I became a teacher

How I became a teacher

Today I’m teaching at the Florida Youth Writers Conference, held in conjunction with the Florida Writers Association conference. I used to think I couldn’t teach. In my early twenties, I had a negative experience in the workplace that convinced me I couldn’t. The phone company in Tallahassee—I assume this happened in other university towns as […]