Stephanie Hurt – Romance Author

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As the fire crackles and the pines crack!

Here we go again, but this time it’s ice. I live in the south. For pity’s sake where did the southern weather go? As I sit at my dining room where I’ve set up my laptop so that I can work, I hear the crackling of the fire in the den. But behind me is a set of french doors that lead onto our back patio, from there you hear the snap, crackle, and pop of the pine trees that can’t hold the weight of the building ice. 

I did venture out earlier to grab some paperwork from my office and I could actually smell fresh pine. It’s like I was walking into a room with a pine air freshener. I love snow, but not ice. Ice is dangerous and usually cause massive power outages. Luckily at the moment we have power, but it’s flickered a couple of times. Even northerners have to say ice is different than snow to deal with. 

When we had snow a couple of weeks ago, people were still on the roads a little bit, but when you have ice it’s eerily quiet. Of course the cold has brought out the beautiful red birds. I love to watch them as they poke around for a bit of food. I’ve got to admit the ice on the trees is beautiful, but the danger still looms. I’m staying inside for now and hoping for the best.

As for my writing, I made some large headway last night on finishing up “Faith Through The Tears”. I actually powered through almost 5000 words as the story unfolded in my head. I’m so excited about this installment to the “Lean On Him” Christian Series. Of course I’m working steadily on my other works in progress. It’s fun to be a writer and get to live in so many different worlds with my characters. One moment I’m in a small town and the next I’m on a horse ranch or maybe I’m on a beach in Savannah. I get to experience so much diversity through my characters and they become a part of me. It’s an awe inspiring experience.

I do hope that all of you are warm and safe. Also a shout out to my friends across the pond as you’re experiencing really scary winds. I send my prayers for everyone to stay safe. Bundle up with a good book and ride out the storm in another world. As for me, as long as I have power I’ll be working on accounting, but if the power goes out I have several books and plenty of paper. The work will go on by candle light which could bring on a whole new inspiration. 

As always, good writing and may God Bless You and keep you safe…

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Decisions and another ice storm!

If you’ve seen the weather reports well here it comes again. Today it starts as rain, then turning to freezing rain, then to sleet and finally a light snow. Oh Joy! Here we go again. I can handle the snow, it’s pretty, but the ice is not. That means possible power outages and that’s not a good thing. 

As I told in my post last week, I had to replace one of my computers this weekend. OH, but the fun didn’t end there. Yesterday my main printer went out. Yep, I’ve got a monkey on my back and he’s not very friendly. But all in all I’ve kept up the good attitude that always follows me. I’ve tried to keep it light, but my pocketbook sure isn’t happy…

I’ve got a couple of days to decide whether I’m going to enter the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest. I’d originally thought this was a definite decision, but as I do further thinking I just don’t know. It’s a great contest to enter, but I’m being pulled in another direction. A little birdy has put a different direction for this book into my ear. I’m praying on it and working through my indecision. Hopefully by Sunday I’ll have a answer. 

Writers are constantly making decisions. They range from settings, main character descriptions, genres, plots, covers, blurbs, publishing, editing, and so many more. Sometimes I spend more time on this than writing which is not a good thing. In order to meet your writing goals, it’s important to know what direction you’re headed in. Try to stay on the road forward, sometimes those side roads lead in the wrong direction.

As always, good writing and May God Bless You…