New AlwaysPeachy devotional book NOW AVAILABLE!

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People have been begging me to do a full year of devotionals in book form for years. Well, the wait is over. Being Always Peachy is a collection of devotionals with a different theme for every month. There are enough devos in here for every Monday through Friday in 2015. It’s available on Amazon or you can buy direct from me!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Stone path beside the Pink House - Glen Eyrie, Colorado Springs, CO

Safe and sound

Just an update. We made it safe and sound to Glen Eyrie, and at the moment we are settled into our room. I just love this place. I may do a post tomorrow.

Stone path beside the Pink House - Glen Eyrie, Colorado Springs, CO

Stone path beside the Pink House – Glen Eyrie, Colorado Springs, CO

We made it safe and sound. Have a nice evening, everyone! And a safe Memorial Day Weekend!

Hitting the road

Hey, guys! I just wanted to shoot out a quick little blurb. I will try to have a post up tomorrow morning, but I’m going to be on the road to this phenomenal place:

Glen Eyrie Castle - Colorado Springs, CO

Glen Eyrie Castle – Colorado Springs, CO

I will be going back in June for a writing workshop, but that keeps me so busy I don’t have time to enjoy the awesomeness that is Glen Eyrie. So this year, a bunch of my favorite people and I get to go up a little early.

I will be replenishing my store of photographs too. =)

I fully intend to keep posting, but in case they come a little later over the next few days, now you’ll know why.

Thank you all for reading and for all the encouragement you bring to me!

~ Amy

A blog about writing

peachesHey, everyone. I realized the other day that I hadn’t ever really announced the writing blog I’m doing now. At the moment I’m working on a series about plotting a novel, and I occassionally post updates on things I’ve had published or contests I’ve won. I really only update it once a week, mostly on the weekends. But in case you’re curious about the other writing I do that isn’t devotions, stop by.

www.amycwilliams.com

It’s a glimpse into the odd depths of my strange mind. =)

Thank you all for reading!

Usage Notes #1 – blond vs. blonde

I think I’m going to start making random posts about usage notes when I figure them out.

I don’t know if this happens to anybody else, but I sometimes get into a habit of thinking I know more than I do. And then one day, I realize that I don’t really know much of anything.

I like to think I have a pretty good handle on usage of words, but then along comes a specific word that throws me for a loop.

Blond and Blonde

Which is is? What’s the difference? When do you use one and not the other?

After a little bit of digging and some research, I have figured it out. And, yes, there is a difference.

The word blond without an e is a modifier that describes a color. Blond hair. Blond brownies. Blond man. Blond woman.

The word blonde is a noun used to refer to a woman with blond hair. Never a man.

I believe it’s a French thing. I read that somewhere.

So you can say, “There’s a blond man!” or “There’s a blond woman!” and that is correct.

Or you can say, “There’s a blonde!” or “She’s blonde” or “a blonde moment” and that is correct.

But you shouldn’t identify a man by the term blonde since it is a feminine noun.

Fascinating, huh?

How do you make a room full of published authors gasp collectively?

Answer a question about your latest novel’s word count honestly.

I have never been so embarassed. Well, I take it back. I probably have been more embarassed, but it’s been a while since I’ve turned THAT red. Since I’ve felt the burning start up my neck until my whole face is on fire. Three hours later, my face was STILL red.

It’s not really a big deal, I guess. Katie and I went to a writer’s meeting this afternoon. We did get a lot of really good conference information and stuff. It was pretty interesting. But of course we all had to go around in a circle and talk about who we are and what we write and what we’ve had published. Ick.

And of course we had to be sitting right next to the club’s “most prolific” author who produces 150,000-word manuscripts at the drop of a hat. They went on and on about her being so prolific and Katie just looked at me. (We’ve perfected the art of significant glances, by the way.)

So you can imagine what happened. My lovely Katie introduced herself and then it was my turn, and I did my darnedest to steer away from word counts. I didn’t want to talk about it, and all I said was that I had finished revising a novel. And of course they ask, “How many words is it?” And so–honest person that I am–I say, “It’s 377,000 words.”

From the collective gasp of shock and horror, you’d think I’d said I assassinated JFK.

Oh well. =) I realize that it’s a monster. I’m taking steps to cut it down — or apart — or serialize it or whatever. So I guess that counts for something.

Maybe I just need to learn to stop having so much to say all the time . . . .  This isn’t a new development though. I produced a 140,000-word manuscript when I was around 15 years old. In high school full time. Working during the summers. Granted, it sucked (You First Fan Club people, you know which one I’m talking about; the first ginormous monster of a story).

The next huge one was 193,000 words when I was 18 and I wrote that whole thing from July to October. Also working over the summer and finishing up high school. It sucked too, but it was a little better than the other one.

They just keep getting bigger . . . . I mean even the latest re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-rewrite of that same old series is 152,000 words . . . . and it’s definitely quality for publication but everyone at this meeting is saying that publishers won’t even consider a new author with a book over 100,000 words . . . . and that I should aim for a more realistic number like 70,000 or 80,000 words . . . . It’s definitely possible, but wow . . . talk about pulling teeth.

Maybe I should just forget the whole publishing route and do it all myself. Amazon has a pretty spectacular digital text platform for Kindle publishing . . . .

If I went that route, would anybody out there buy them? You guys weigh in! =)

Resolution

So, I’m not very good at New Year’s Resolutions. I never have been and have honestly always thought them kind of silly. If you need to make a change in your life or in your habits, why wait until a new year starts? Start the moment you realize the need for a change. Anything else is procrastination.

Well . . . this is me working on a New Year’s Resolution right now. Maybe it’s hypocritical . . . or maybe it just worked out that starting this happened to coincide with the new year. I’m going to attempt to put a post on here every morning (M-F) before I go to work, both as an effort to continue to work on my writing skills and also because it’s probably good for me. =) I may not make every morning, but–hey, I made it today! The one thing that might keep me from doing this is getting up earlier than normal; that’s hard but I think it’ll be worth it. (Although my office is freezing at this time in the morning . . . . that could be a negative factor too! LOL)

I’m going to include BibleGateway’s verse of the day in my ramblings too, since that’s usually what I do my devotions around. Whoever puts their verses up must plan for the time of year too, becuase during Christmas they were all verses out of Luke 2 and today’s is very appropriate for the start of a new year:

Titus 2:11-12
For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God,

Sounds like a good verse for starting a new year, huh? It would be quite an interesting thing if believers did this. What if our resolutions for a new year included less dieting and more focusing on the truth of these two verses? To live with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God would be a healthier resolution than Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers, that’s for sure. Not saying losing weight is bad; I totally put on some pounds that need to come off. But everyone always makes such a big deal out of losing weight as a New Year’s resolution and by February usually most people have given up.

I feel like if you’re going to make a resolution, you should be resolved about it. Why else would we call it a resolution? It’s all about making up your mind. 

So, I am resolved to live with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God this year. I am also resolved to write about it . . . and losing a few pounds wouldn’t hurt either.