The Sisters of Chuck
In case you haven't noticed I have not been the most diligent of bloggers. But I am really, really going to try and change that. So here goes. I wanted to tell you all about my most fabulous weekend with a group of writing sisters in a cabin in the woods in a room with a coyote named Chuck. I was privileged to spend time with my most excellent editor, Barbara Scott and a few of the other Abingdon authors. I will admit I was nervous at first. The thought of being holed up in a cabin, in the woods with a group of women I didn't know scared me a little (okay, more than a little). But God is so gracious and has been so good to me that it turned out to be one of the most significant weekends of my life. The bonding was pretty much instant and all my anxieties melted away--well the initial ones. I laughed, I talked, I cried, I shared. Barbara did two workshops with us on editing and character construction. We yakked about marketing and we just plain talked about things that had nothing to do with our novels or writing. But then again, as I've been thinking about it, I saw that even though the stories we shared seemed on the surface to be unrelated to our books or our journey I've come to see that all of those struggles, triumphs, journeys were necessary to us. We would never been the writers we are today had it not been for those moments of terror, times of elation, victorious outcomes and even the grief some of us shared. It all matters. So to Christa I say, thank you for being so funny and willing to face your truth head on. To Cynthia, the new president of ACFW, thank you for sharing your gentle spirit and discernment. Kay, what an incredible life you've had, what amazing adventures. I'm so glad you shared them with us. Even though malaria ain't sweet! Yikes! To Gail who came all the way from Canada. Thank you for being outspoken and happy and for sharing your journey and for just being you, Gail. A woman of great strength and courage. And Jennifer. You shone with the light of a hundred stars. A woman of incomparable strength and fortitude and perseverance. God blesses perseverance. And finally, our editor, Barbara. You are amazing in so many ways, smart and joyful, funny and wise. You shared your time from an outrageously busy schedule and came to the cabin to nurture and minister and bring joy to each and every one of us. I am honored to be counted among this group. Now about Chuck, he just stood there with one paw raised and those beady little eyes darting around the room. But, he kept a watchful vigil over us. Thanks Chuck.