Welcome to “Throwback Thursday” at Hope & Humor! First, with the box-office smash of Deadpool, a look back at super heroes. Second, during Black History Month, a salute to my soul brother and ex-slave James Robert Watkins. And third, three secrets to publication, plus some quips and quotations. I hope you enjoy the encouragement and entertainment!
Who is the supreme super hero?
Deadpool, the supervillain turned antihero super hero, is breaking box office records and smashing the sterotype of super heroes! So, here’s a previous post that asks Who is the supreme super hero?.
James Robert Watkins: my soul brother
At least eight other authors share the name James Watkins; two even my same middle initial. (So, if I’ve ever written something you didn’t like, it wasn’t me!) But my favorite author sharing my name is James Robert Watkins: the former slave and the author of two books. Apparently book titles were much longer in 1852 when he wrote: Narrative of the Life of James Watkins, Formerly a “Chattel” in Maryland, U. S.; Containing an Account of His Escape from Slavery, Together with an Appeal on Behalf of Three Millions of Such “Pieces of Property,” Still Held Under the Standard of the Eagle (Bolton, England: Kenyon and Abbatt Printers, 1852) [Continue reading]
Three secrets to getting published
I tell writers, the three secrets to getting published are 1. network, 2. network, and 3. network. There’s a word for writers who don’t attend writers’ conferences: unpublished. So, here are a few where I’ve spoken and can highly recommend for networking with agents, editors and professional authors:
• American Christian Writers (Throughout U.S.)
• Colorado Christian Writers’ Conference (Estes Park)
• Florida Christian Writers’ Conference (Leesburg)
• Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers’ Conference (Langhorne, Pennsylvania)
• Maranatha Christian Writers (Muskegan, Michigan)
• Mount Hermon Christian Writers’ Conference (Near Santa Cruz, California)
• St. Davids Christian Writers’ Conference (Grove City, Pennsylvania) I’m in charge of programming, so I’m a bit biased when I say it’s “The happiest conference on earth!”
• Taylor University’s Professional Writers’ Conference (Upland, Indiana) I taught in the professional writers program for 15 years, so I’m a bit biased in my praise for the conference as well!
Quips and quotations
No fears of the future, no regrets of the past, are worth giving permission to steal the gift of the present! Ann Voskamp
[For writers and other artists] You can’t give the client what he wants. You have to give the client work that you want your name on. Work that’s part of the arc. Work that reflects your vision, your contribution and your hand. Seth Godin
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. Marianne Williamson
Read more quotations of hope and humor at Why? Over 1,000 Quotations on Life’s Most Difficult Questions.
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