I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God
so that you may know that you have eternal life. [1 John 5:13]

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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Win a $25 Gift Card to Celebrate My Interview about Woman At The Well!

My interview with Katrina Robinson, Richmond Books Examiner has been published! She's interviewing me about Woman At The Well on her column as part of her Reading Religiously series.

Win a free $25 Barnes & Noble gift card by leaving a comment here. Win an additional chance by also leaving a comment in the comments section of the interview post: Reading Religiously: Woman At The Well by Mary Moss.

Blessings on your journey

Thursday, October 29, 2009

I just sold an article at Helium.com!

Woo Hoo! I just received an e-mail from Helium.com that one of my articles has been sold to a publisher looking for articles about "parenting in the new millennium!" It's not a huge amount of cash, but completely unexpected!

Here's the link to read the article: Parenting Pitfalls: 10 Mistakes Even Good Parents Make.

I'm going to check out other publishing opportunities to see if I can score another paycheck:-)I haven't visited the site for a while and it appears they have really enhanced the site and increased opportunities for writers to earn money. If you're interested in writing for Helium.com, send me your email: divinelydesigned@hotmail.com and I'll send you an invitation.

I've been doing quite well at Examiner.com as well! My page views have been consistently exceeding the average number in the category of Family and Parenting both in Richmond and at the national level on many days. Here's my link: Richmond Frugal Family. If you'd like to have your own column on examiner.com, click HERE and tell them Mary Moss referred you (examiner ID #20427)

I'm counting down to my interview with Katrina Robinson, Richmond Books Examiner. She's interviewing me about Woman At The Well on her column as part of her Reading Religiously series.

When my interview runs, I'll be offering an opportunity to win a free $25 Barnes & Noble gift card. So check back soon to find out how to qualify for the gift card!



Blessings on your journey

Monday, October 19, 2009

October Writing Wrap Up

It's been a busy month, and it's not over yet! Here's what going on in my little part of the writing world:

Upcoming interviews and book signing/sales:


Interview: Wednesday, October 21 an interview about Woman at the Well and my women's ministry will be published at Katrina Robinson's Reading Religiously series on Examiner.com

Book signing/sales: Sunday, October 25 at Good Shepherd UMC Pumpkin Palooza

Book signing/sales: Saturday, December 5 at the Craft Fair at Emeritus @ Deep Run (Morningside) on Gaskins Road

Adventures in frugality - some recent posts from my Examiner.com column, Richmond Frugal Family:
Target announces biggest sale of the season
More October Deals & Steals (including 12 oz beverage at 7-Eleven)
Fun, frugal Halloween costumes
My "What's Frugal or Free in Richmond" weekend series has been very well received and I work all week to find activities for Richmond families that won't break the bank!

God's Wonder Woman
at Take Root and Write wraps up my series on The Seven Deadly Sins.


I'll be interviewing Frank Robinson, author of Eyewitness: The Life of Christ Told in One Story here at Godly Graffiti on December 5 as part of the Christian Speaker's Service blog tour. Watch for details coming soon.

I hope to enter two contests before the month is over as well. I figured out if I give up sleeping I'll have time to fit everything in a 24-hour period that I want to get done!

What about you? Leave a comment and share your writing activities this month!

Blessings on your journey

Monday, October 5, 2009

Wow! Save $30 on October On-line Courses for Writers

I just had to share this list of upcoming on-line workshops through Writer's Digest ! Even better: use coupon code OCT09 to save $30 on any course!


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Remember - use coupon code OCT09 to save $30 on any of these upcoming courses!Just click on the on the title of interest and you'll be linked to the course outline.

Blessings on your journey

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Back in the Swing: Writing, Growing, Learning, Sharing

THE DON'T-DO-THAT RUT

Editor: C. Hope Clark
Mailto: Hope@FundsforWriters.com
Web Site: www.fundsforwriters.com

The quickest way to irritate another writer is to speak
in absolutes.

Never use passive voice.
Never begin a sentence with AND.
Never self-publish.
Write EVERY day.
ONLY pitch to New York agents.
Don't sell all rights.
Never accept a work-for-hire gig.
Never pay an entry fee for a contest.

If you want a serious dose of absolutes, attend an
online writer's group, visit a writer's chatroom, read
blog comments. Sooner or later someone will say, "Thou
shalt not..." then rattle off an absolute.

Writing is an artistic endeavor, and throwing absolutes
in the way cramps that creativity. Sure there are a few
common sense rules like not harassing an editor daily
or not writing a query letter on stationery that smells
like gardenias. But for the most part, it's our creativity
that drives us and drives those who need our work.

You can read the rest of this article offering great advice to writers HERE.

On the home front: My mother-in-law, Audrey, is showing some small signs of improvement, but her doctor has told us to have her follow up with him in 3 months. That seems like such a long time when everything she has known in her life is like a missing link. Thankfully she knows all of us and seems to enjoy some of the activities at the skilled nursing facility that is her temporary residence.

We continue to pray for 100% healing. We also continue to need prayers on behalf of Audrey's family, especially my husband and sister-in-law who are basically scheduling their lives around their Mom and her needs. My husband has been bearing the burden of "looking out" for his mom on his own for quite a few years and we are grateful his sister is back in the U.S. and able to pitch in with her brother.

My writing has not been in the forefront lately, needless to say, though Audrey's stroke has served to remind me that we simply do not know how much time we have on this earth - and to be of sound mind and body. That has prompted me to reshuffle, re-prioritize -- in other woods to give myself a much needed good swift kick to get back on track with my writing and also in other areas of my life!

I'm bowing out of some the activities that have sidetracked me from what I feel God desires of me right now. It is never easy to let go, but I am learning and God has been faithful in affirming and assuring me as I grow and learn His ways.

I've researched some contests accepting entries and I will work on that this week. This is a big "contest" time of year, so there are plenty from which to choose. I'm especially considering some pieces I wrote then have just filed away in a general folder on the computer. This morning I re-read one in particular and decided it's time to put it out there:-)

Here are links to the contests I'm considering. You may want to look at them as well.

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BLUE EARTH REVIEW
http://www.english2.mnsu.edu/ber/contests.html#flashfiction
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$5 ENTRY FEE FOR THREE ENTRIES

The Annual $5.550 Tom Howard Short Story, Essay and Prose Contest Is Now Open!: http://shortstorycontest.0catch.com/


The 10th Annual Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition is accepting entries! We're looking for fiction
that's bold, brilliant ... but brief. Send us your best in 1,500 words or less. But don't be too long about it—the
d
eadline is December 1, 2009.

The Grand-Prize winner will receive $3,000 (that's $2—or more—per word).
For guidelines, prizes and to enter online, click here.

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THESE SOUND GREAT AND MAY BE A WAY TO KICK THINGS UP A NOTCH FOR SERIOUS WRITERS:

WOW! Women On Writing Online Workshops & Classes- price range $150-$200


http://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/WOWclasses.html


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My column at Examiner.com, Richmond Frugal Family is going very well. I've begun posting "Frugal Weekend" activities and several folks have commented they appreciate the ideas. I'm not going to get rich, but I am able to expand my ministry in a way I had been praying about: frugality as a lifestyle.

Whether one is a Christian or not, stewardship is important to ensure a family's welfare and also as a way to preserve our planet's resources. I am pleased to be able to share my passion for this lifestyle with so many who are in search of ways to stretch their limited resources and learn how to thrive on less.


God's Wonder Woman
at Take Root and Write posts on the first and third Wednesday of each month. The October 7 post continues the series "The Seven Deadly Sins." In the meantime, you can stop by HERE to read past issues.


What's going on with your writing? Leave me a comment! I'd love to reconnect and know how to pray for your writing efforts.


Blessings on your journey