Matt’s back!

Way back in January, I wrote of completing the second draft of Matthew Muddles Through and my hope to pare down its word count (you can read that post here). Since then I've spent most of my time concentrating on preparing presentations for an intense speaking trip (which you can read about here). But after my return … Continue reading Matt’s back!

Through Matthew’s muddling

Five years ago, a fifth-grader named Matthew entered my life. I ignored him for too many years, but he's been taking center stage lately. This morning I finished him off. Strictly speaking, I didn't finish him off completely. I only finished the second draft of the first manuscript in his series, Matthew Muddles Through. It seems … Continue reading Through Matthew’s muddling

Resurrecting Matthew

Remember Matthew? Those of you who've been reading my novel for years may recall him. He's the protagonist of a juvenile fiction series I originally began more than five years ago. And it's been more than a year since I mentioned him. Poor Matthew's gone through some serious surgeries and lengthy hospital stays.  But he's … Continue reading Resurrecting Matthew

Forward on fiction

Sometimes God prevents you from writing a project so concretely it seems as if he holds his hand at your chest (an expression Larry Woiwode used in Words for Readers and Writers and I quoted here). I've felt that hand most of this year, especially on my novels. But I haven't sat around, staring at my monitor screen … Continue reading Forward on fiction

Matthew still lives

Those of you who've followed my blog for a very long time may remember Matthew, the protagonist of a juvenile fiction series I started writing nearly five years ago. Poor Matthew's been "in hospital" for so long that even I began to despair of his release. For many reasons, this week seemed like a good … Continue reading Matthew still lives

Reader Research: Jr Hi girls

On this wonderful Wednesday, I wonder about many things. Most of them are research questions related to the NaNoWriMo novel I began yesterday. In three hours, I wrote 3,193 words. That couldn't be considered a terrific sprint, but it was a very satisfying beginning that put me 693 words above yesterday's scheduled goal. This is what I discovered: … Continue reading Reader Research: Jr Hi girls