October 31, 2018

Welcome once again Wednesday Warriors and Happy Halloween!

A lot of debate surrounds this candy-filled, costume-covered day. Superstitions surround carved pumpkins (a friend recently told me her pastor gave a sermon on the evils of this particular fruit - I think my friend Sharon would agree, at least, when it comes to pumpkin spice), some individuals lean into the gore far too much for my liking, and graphic horror movies torment my advertisements (thank you Hulu for allowing me to edit what ads I see). But at the end of the day, most of us just want to munch on candy and dress up.

Why do we enjoy dressing up? Maybe it's because it's fun to have a new identity for a couple of hours. Maybe it's just to let our inner creat...

October 24, 2018

Welcome once again Wednesday Warriors!

There is a reason dialogue is not like real life conversation. Punctuated with "umms", "uhs", awkward pauses, and sad attempts at wit (how sweet is it when we actually have that quick response!), no one would want to read an actual day to day conversation. While some might rise above the rest with poignancy as profoundly insightful or amusing hilarity, most are fairly boring.

But dialogue still must sound like something someone would actually say. This isn't always easy and it requires reading it out loud and running it by other people to perfect it. Some of the worst dialogue I've ever read hasn't been in young adult fiction, but rather "romance" scenes in action stories. The almost...

October 17, 2018

Welcome once again Wednesday Warriors!

We are continuing character questionnaires this week. Next on the list is: Are you an optimist, pessimist, or realist? Why or why not?

I tend to be kind of a realist with pessimistic leanings, especially when it comes to conflict, because I think of all possible things that could go wrong! 

What about you? 

If you have a second, I'd love to know! 

October 10, 2018

Welcome once again Wednesday Warriors!

Last week, I started a new set of questions that I'm taking from the character questionnaires I filled out for my new story. You're answers were helpful and some hilarious. Next on the list is displays of affection.

My love language is words of encouragement. I love getting and giving verbal praise. With all the negative communication that gets spewed out on social media, replacing it with positive words (good vibes, anyone?) is more necessary than ever.  

Lowest on my list (at least the last time I took the test), is quality time followed closely by touch.  

So what about you? How do you communicate affection to those around you? How can others best communicate their affecti...

October 3, 2018

Welcome once again Wednesday Warriors!

I'm deep in the trenches of my new story and decided, this time, to fill out questionnaires for my characters. This way, I know how they will react to the plot I throw them into. One of the questions is "What is the first thing they do in the morning?" This, of course, had me wondering about all of you. 

 What is the first thing you do when you wake up? After questioning what year it is and turning off my alarm, I usually head straight for the bathroom to brush my teeth (because ew) and then debate whether or not to sleep five more minutes. Because I get up at four most mornings in order to work out, this usually devolves quickly into an existential about the value of exercise and wh...

October 1, 2018

Our God is a very big God. So big and so creative that a single human never could bear his image perfectly. In his vastness, he uses male and female, black and white, smart and simple, single and married to paint as full a picture as possible of his broad and unsearchable character. In One Blood, Dr. John M. Perkins weaves this truth together with grace and humility, wisdom, and love. He celebrates our ethnic diversity and confronts the sin of racism with both seriousness and gentleness, all the while keeping the gospel of Jesus front and center.

Perkins is a legendary civil rights activist, author, and an evangelical statesman. He is the founder of the famed Voice of Calvary Bible Institute, the Christian Community Deve...

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Here at The Pensive Pen, I blog about writing, querying, and self-publishing my first paranormal academy series. Sometimes I might share about struggling with anxiety and insomnia, and I'll always ask questions to discover something very important to me: getting to know YOU! If you're a writer, reader, or someone trying to figure out what community looks like online, this place is for you!


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