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I’ve Moved…my blog

Thanks for stopping by.

I invite you to join me at my new blog http://stephseclecticinterests.wordpress.com

I created Steph Nickel’s Eclectic Interests as a home for most of my blogging. Check out Book Reviews…and any of the others that catch your interest.

You are also invited to http://casualtheology.wordpress.com (Who is God and who are we according to the Scriptures?) and Monday Motivation at http://www.christianeditingservices.com (tips and prompts for writers and those who want to be).

Hope to see you there soon…and often.



2012 Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market

It’s clean. It’s pristine. And it’s mine, all mine. (Well, actually I bought it for my daughter and myself, but that kind of takes away from the mental picture of me sitting in front of my computer rubbing my hands together and laughing sinisterly.)

My daughter is illustrating her first children’s book and would like to make a career of writing and illustrating. I knew this would be a good resource to have in our library.

It is my goal to get my picture books and chapbooks into the marketplace as well, and ordering a copy of the 2012…Market seemed like a good place to start.

Purchase of the book includes a one-year online children’s subscription to WritersMarket.com That plus the almost 400 pages of articles and markets make it a wonderful investment, especially if it leads to work.

How I wish I could order all the 2012…Markets. If I could, they’d include the 2012 Writer’s Market, and those for artists and graphic designers, photographers, poets, novel and short story writers, as well as the …Guide to Literary Agents. (Have I mentioned I’m eclectically-interested?)

If you’re new to freelancing, market guides are an invaluable tool. They list possible homes for your work, some you may never have heard of. They teach you which markets accept unsolicited work, which publish the kind of work you do, what the submission process is…

So, whether you’re a novice or have years of experience, I recommend ordering your market guides today…http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=2012+writer%27s+digest+market&x=0&y=0

When I’m Gone

We’ve all lost someone close to us. And often it makes us think Am I ready? My youngest is 21. Yet my will still names a guardian for her. Would my loved ones know where to find the important papers? Do I know where they all are? Would those left behind know who to contact in the event of my death?

Kathleen Fraser address these issues as well as many others in her book When I’m Gone. It contains not only useful information, but space to fill in personal details. Fraser covers the topics you’d expect–documents and records; health and medical care; finances–but she also touches on things that might never cross your mind–pets; computers, TVs and other electronics; your favorite things. And that is only the tip of the proverbial iceberg.

Most of us are too busy living to think much about our death. Plus, we don’t want to dwell on the inevitability. When I’m Gone makes it easy to gather our information and our thoughts without becoming morbid. It assists readers to think about what’s important to them and determine what arrangements still need to be made.

The lighthearted, whimsical illustrations help when dealing with such a sensitive subject. It will also help your loved ones…when the time comes.

I purchased my copy some time ago and am just now getting around to filling it out. I hope my family doesn’t need the information for many, many years, but I do want to know I’ve done my part to make it easier on them.

And now, back to the topic of living…


What a wonderful title!

I’m refreshed just looking at the cover. Slices of grapefruit, orange, lemon, and lime overlap one another.

Funny how I came to purchase this book…Ron Hughes, the author, came up to me at the Write! Canada conference and handed me the bookmark for Refresh. “Shameless self-promotion” he called it…tongue-in-cheek of course. “If I find a $10 chicken,” I teased. (Suffice it to say, the lady who runs the bookstore is a chicken farmer.)

You guessed it. I found the chicken–and bought the book. I’m so glad I did.

The subtitle of Refresh is 19 Ways to Boost Your Spiritual Life. Lessons such as Pray, Study Your Bible, and Worship are to be expected. But I’m personally thankful that the first two chapters stress the importance of quiet, not just external, but internal quiet as well. When I’m not talking (it does happen from time to time), my mind is still going a million miles an hour.

I’m just learning the benefit of telling the many ideas that flit around my brain to sit down and wait their turn. I’m also learning to enjoy the outdoors, where I can enjoy a sense of peace, where my computer and my housework aren’t constantly calling. At least, it they are, I can’t hear them.

Each brief chapter of Refresh begins with a dramatized Bible story written in the first person.  The story is followed by a look at what exactly the lesson is and how it applies to us. The chapters also include potential pitfalls and words of encouragement.

Refresh is not a book to rush through. It is a book filled with lessons we must drink in, apply, and allow to change our lives.