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Are You Productive?

I once read a book called “The Productive Writer” by Sage Cohen. (The link should take you to my review on Goodreads.) Sometimes I remember that’s surely what I aspire to; to be a writer, and to be productive. And sometimes life gets in the way.

If you produce an email a day, does that make you a productive writer? If you read a hundred emails a day, are you a productive reader? (What if you only reply to one in a hundred?) And does collaborating with your spouse on resume-writing make you a productive editor?

What about seeing a book re-released? Does that make you un-productive since it was first removed from publication, or productive because it’s back? Or is productive simply a state of mind. I will call myself productive. I will rejoice in what I’ve produced. And I will…

…BE A PRODUCTIVE WRITER!

This month has seen the re-release of my “last” two Five-Minute Bible-Story books (11th and 12th in the series), and I’m very proud of them, even if the color versions are awaiting release, and the next book in the series  merely fills me with stories and no time to write . I will make my state of mind productive and I’ll claim that yes,

I’VE PRODUCED SOMETHING!

Plus I just updated my website to include links to the new books. That’s “productive” isn’t it, even if I have’t updated it yet to include just one book on a page… And…

I’ve almost finished editing the print version of “Where Love Begins” for Donna Fletcher Crow, author of delightfully British mysteries and gentle romances. I shall rejoice in the fact that…

SHE’S PRODUCTIVE, AND I’M LOVING IT!

I’ve almost finished printing out the paperwork for this weekend’s Writers’ Mill meeting. And… DRUMROLL! … I have actually written something/produced a whole piece of writing. It’s a story I hope my Writers’ Mill colleagues will critique for me, so I can submit it to the Northwest Independent Writers Association for their anthology.

PLEASE WISH ME LUCK.

It’s another Tale of Hemlock, and I really hope it works because, as the doubts creep in, as I wonder if I’m productive after all, and as that state of mind falls prey to states of  reality…

  • I’d love to find homes for the Hemlock series (maybe rewriting it comes first).
  • I’d love to write more Five-Minute Bible-Stories.
  • I’d love to see A Nose for Adventure come out (it’s slowly climbing the list with Linkville Press).
  • I’d love to write more novels.
  • I’d love to have 48 hours in a day.
  • And I’d love to stay awake!

But am I productive? Are you? And what’s your state of mind?

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Peter’s Promise
Kindle
Print (B&W)

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Paul’s Purpose
Kindle
Print (B&W)

 

A New Year Gift

Smashwords just gave my publisher and me a really nice New Year gift. They finally approved The New Testament set of Five Minute Bible Stories for premium distribution. Look out for them soon on Barnes and Noble and Kobo as well as Amazon, and click on the image below to follow from Christmas to Easter and beyond.

New Testament Five Minute Bible Stories
New Testament Five Minute Bible Stories

Meanwhile, I’m working on stories of Peter and Paul, so perhaps I ought to make them my New Year Resolution. Can you suggest a title (or two)?

Happy New Year!

And may Christmas bless and inspire each day of it!

Looks what’s on Amazon!

Look what’s on Amazon!

Five-Minute Old Testament stories! All in one eboxed set
Five-Minute Old Testament stories! All in one eboxed set

and look what’s not.

Jerusalem Journey, Book nine of the Five-Minute Bible Story Series
Jerusalem Journey, Book nine of the Five-Minute Bible Story Series

But I have, at last, finished writing the stories in Jerusalem Journey. Next come the author’s notes, edits, reformats, edits, front and back text, edits, contents page, and finally… hopefully in the not too distant future, it will be ready to send to the publisher (at which point that eight on the cover will change to a nine).

Meanwhile my wonderful publisher is offering that eboxed set (above) for half the price of the individual books. How’s that for a deal! Just go to http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00M9XCBIA for enough Biblical bedtime stories to last the whole year through.

Wish me luck with my editing, and if any of you have found a way to download time as well as ebooks, please let me know.

Feeling authorly, and writing Bible stories

Last weekend I went to the Oregon Christian Writers’ Conference and suddenly felt like an author. Perhaps it was the way my books were displayed with such care. Perhaps it was the keynote speaker, Jane Kirkpatrick, welcoming me with her usual open arms. Or perhaps it was hearing my name mentioned in her talk! Whichever the cause, I came home walking on air.

Photo of Sheila and Jane
Sheila Deeth and Jane Kirkpatrick at Oregon Christian Writers

But our Coffee Break Bible Study group was coming to an end and I needed a story to shape the summer while we wait to meet again. I had nothing to say. Until my proof copy of Galilee’s Gift arrived in the mail, and opened, by chance, to the page headed “The Bent and Beautiful Woman.”

Cover photo of Galilee's Gift
Galilee’s Gift

The hand of chance belongs to God, they tell me. And Coffee Break is a women’s Bible Study group, filled with women, all beautiful to God, however the world might bend us. So I read the story, my story, and suddenly knew what I had to say. This bent and beautiful woman, like us, was healed by Jesus; but better than that, she learned that she was precious in God’s sight. What better reminder for us in the summer break?

Gift basket for an author
Gift basket for an author

Meanwhile those wonderfully supportive Coffee Break Bible Study ladies gave me a gift, with coffee mug, pens, mouse-pad, and even a bag to carry all my books to my next conference, everything decorated with website and publicity photos of me. Suddenly I felt like an author again!

Thank you ladies. Thank you God!

Transatlantic Computing

Galilee's Gift
Galilee’s Gift

The phone number always comes up as “out of area.” Sometimes it means it’s a telemarketer, but I always have to answer because it might mean the caller is seriously, transatlantically out of area, in which case a family member is probably trying to contact me from England. So I lift the receiver. I say “Hello.” And the reply from my brother is, “My computer needs some help.”

I suspect, having just had to call in the services of our local Friendly Computers when my hard drive died, I may not be the best person to call for computer help. But my nephew was out, my other brother (the technological one) was about to go out, and I came in as third choice.

They’d already tried the “switch off and wait a bit” option. It didn’t help. They’d tried typing in a wrong password to confirm the one they were using was definitely right. But the user account wouldn’t load, and they couldn’t get into a windows screen.

Technological brother had suggested safe mode, so now I guided the pressing of the dreaded F8 key until the right screen appeared. We found our way to the control panel, repair and restore, and various ok buttons. We agreed this would be better than nothing and we let the computer do its work, close down, restart… and my brother (the non-technological one) was back online!

My first transatlantic computer repair job is successfully completed, but will it stick? Perhaps if my brother can’t log on tomorrow the nephew or technological brother will be more conveniently located. But I did feel a pleasant buzz of success as he surfed the internet. I even went on to complete the read-through of Galilee’s Gift, finding typos and feeling guilty, and sending my heartfelt apologies to the publisher. Still, that set of four books will look really cool when they’re finished, and I really hope they’ll read well too. Then I’ll write some more… assuming my computer holds up.

Screams of panic and joy

My computer screamed at me the other day, which is odd, because usually I’m the one doing the screaming. Can’t find that picture; lost the file; my Easter blogpost disappeared (it did)… But “odd” is in the eye of the beholder, or ear of the listener I suppose. My computer screamed at me. Then I screamed back.

I had good reason to scream. My computer was failing, failing, failing, while a fearsome black screen declared there was a hardware problem. Memories of that mechanical scream gave me fearful thoughts of what might ensue.

My hard drive had fried. It was totally, completely, irrevocably, irredeemably dead. So I screamed even more. However, I promise, I swear, I even cross my heart; I will never ever again complain when my husband tells me it’s time to back up my computer. He’d nagged me on the Monday night, and the drive failed on Friday, so all I lost was three day’s work.

Sadly, it’s now more than a week later and I’m still catching up. But I’ve learned my lesson. I’m also backing up vital files onto a thumb drive, every night, just in case disaster strikes twice.

One of those files is the pdf print version of Galilee’s Gift, coming soon to a bookstore near you. But if you can’t wait, here it is in ebook form: http://www.amazon.com/Galilees-Gift-Five-Minute-Testament-Stories-ebook/dp/B00JWYO3IU/

Third New Testament entry in the Five Minute Bible Story Series
Galilee’s Gift cover

And here are Bethlehem’s Baby and Nazareth Neighbors, already in print! A fact that causes me to scream more in joy than in panic–my Five Minute Bible Story Series (TM) is definitely growing!

http://www.amazon.com/Bethlehems-Five-Minute-Bible-Series-Volume/dp/1494861690/

http://www.amazon.com/Nazareth-Neighbors-Five-Minute-Stories-Series/dp/149745719X/

First New Testament entry in the Five-Minute Bible Story Series
Bethlehem’s Baby cover
Second New Testament entry in the Five Minute Bible Story Series
Nazareth Neighbors cover

Coming Soon…

I thought it must be spring when trillium bloomed in Forest Park.

trillium in Forest Park
trillium in Forest Park

Then it rained again.

I thought it must be spring when Mum’s Easter cactus came into flower.

Easter cactus
Easter cactus

But it’s cold and gray.

I’m sure it will be spring when I plant my dahlias again.

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and coming soon

will be Nazareth Neighbors in print and Galilee’s Gift

Nazareth Neighbors
Nazareth Neighbors
Galilee's Gift
Galiee’s Gift

telling the tales

of a man from Galilee’s gifts.

100 words a day Bible stories
Easter! Creation to Salvation in 100 words a day

Happy Easter!

 

Free Bedtime Stories, just for you!

Roses are red,

Violets are blue;

New words are bled,

To the page with the dew

Of new dreams; it is said

If you download them, you

Can be one who has read

All the dreams asked you to.

And these words are free! 75 5-minute bedtime stories for kids, from http://www.amazon.com/Psalm-Stories-Five-Minute-Bible-ebook/dp/B00AQS1N0M/

Plus, they’re even #1! PS 1 in OT

The Joys of Print

It’s here! It’s real! It’s Bethlehem’s Baby in print! And I’m over the moon.

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But now, of course, the vexing question is, how many copies should I buy.

Reasons to buy more:

  1. My Mum wants to take some home to England with her.
  2. My friends prefer real books to ebooks, and have said they’d like to read it.
  3. Cape Arago Press is a real publisher, which always (at least in my brief experience) encourages real buyers.
  4. If I can’t sell copies now, they’ll surely sell on my table at 2014’s Christmas Fair.

Reasons not to buy more:

  1. It’s January: Our credit card’s still bent out of shape from Christmas.
  2. It’s January: Bethlehem’s Baby was born in December.
  3. How do I know my friends will want to buy it?

Reasons to ignore my doubts:

  1. Mum says buy more.
  2. I can always sell to strangers.

So what shall I do?

  1. Buy books!

Watch this space for Bethlehem’s Baby in print, coming soon on Amazon (and maybe other places too): http://www.amazon.com/Bethlehems-Five-Minute-Bible-Story-Series-ebook/dp/B00EY172MA/

and don’t forget to look for other books in the Five-Minute Bible StoryTM series.

New Ebook Released, just in time for Christmas!!!

Nazareth Neighbors has just been released by Cape Arago Press, and I’m dancing on the moon–well, I would be, but it’s cold outside, so I’ll dance around the living room instead. Then I’ll decorate the Christmas tree that’s scenting the room with festive hints of pine.

Here’s where you can find it–the ebook, not the tree!

on Amazon kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Nazareth-Neighbors-Five-Minute-Bible-Series-ebook/dp/B00HFY2KIE/

and on  Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/390204

And here’s what the publisher has to say about it:

Readers say: “Deeth’s young Jesus is delightful”…“her well-developed stories seamlessly meld with the Gospel narratives”…“an encounter with a Jesus I never imagined”… “true to life and thoroughly believable, your kids will love them.”

Welcome to Nazareth Neighbors, the Seventh installment in the increasingly popular Five-Minute Bible Story™ Series. Author Sheila Deeth extends her exploration of the New Testament period with this artful examination of the so called hidden years in the life of Christ.

Matthew’s Gospel narrative brings the Holy Family back from Egypt and home to Nazareth in Galilee. He then leaps ahead over twenty-five years and begins his next chapter with John the Baptist preaching in the wilderness. Likewise, Luke sends them to Nazareth assuring us that “the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom…” In the very next verse, Jesus re-appears as a twelve-years-old heading to Jerusalem with his parents for the Passover. Chapter Three makes a second leap forward, telling us it’s now the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar [i.e.: AD 29], Pontius Pilate is governor of Judea, Herod Antipas is tetrarch of Galilee, and Caiaphas is high priest.

So what happened in those hidden years, those intervening decades between the return to Nazareth and the time when Jesus began his public ministry? Ms. Deeth fills this gap using logic, imagination and a subtle sense of humor. In so doing, she presents everyday life in Nazareth for the boy Jesus. Throughout the book’s fifty-plus chapters he assists Joseph in his carpentry work, interacts with friends and neighbors, and experiences the wider world beyond his hometown. The reader meets a young, but self-aware Jesus filled with boyish curiosity yet often wise beyond his years. Ever alert to the world around him, he catalogs the ups and downs of First Century life compiling a treasure trove of memories. And it’s from those memories and experiences that Jesus extracts the nuggets of wisdom for his parables.

I think I’m blushing while I dance, and I’m thrilled to know how much his readers like it! Here’s hoping my readers will like it too 🙂

Happy Christmas !