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About Crystal A Murray (aka CrystalWriter)

I'm a freelance wordsmith and creative mind with an eclectic array of interests and creations. I write stuff from haiku & poetry to non-fiction articles to novel works in progress. I create kaleidoscopic and tessellated designs, like the many images you will find on my Flickr page under the user "Crystal Writer," and I enjoy both taking photographs and creative editing of photos. I'm often torn between my many creative drives. Should I write? Should I take pictures? Should I create a digital kaleidoscope, fractal or tessellation? I'm a huge dreamer, and it is often hard for me to keep my feet headed in a single direction. I enjoy helping other writers, and in that direction, accepted the position of president for a local writing group called Louisville Christian Writers (http://www.lcwriters.com). I do all web and Facebook design and updates for the group, and I'll know I'm successful when I keep those updates flowing and on time. From this site, you can find my old "Yahoo 360" blog about NaNoWriMo, link to my Facebook author page, view my recent Flickr uploads, and follow my Twitter feed to see what has grabbed my attention for the moment. When all else fails, if you search the web for "Crystal Writer" or "crystalwriter," you'll usually find something about me mixed in with results about form software and Billy Crystal being a writer. :-) If you find something on here you enjoy, it would bless me so much for you to let me know. Leave a comment on the post or image you like, or drop me a line here or wherever you can find me.

Reblogged from “Leaning Into Life” by Voni Harris: Alexis Goring: The intersection of the arts and faith

Christian author Alexis Goring is here today, sharing her faith, her heart, and her novella, A Second Chance. Voni: Thanks so much for coming on my blog, Alexis! I’ve been excited for you to …

Source: Alexis Goring: The intersection of the arts and faith | Leaning Into Life

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He Taught with Authority by LCW Member Joyce Cordell

Latest post by LCW member, Joyce Cordell, blogging as she completes the second book in her novel series about lesser-known Bible characters.

Last week we saw Jesus in the synagogue at Capernaum. They may have come to see miracles of healing, but it was his teaching that amazed the people. 

Read more at the following link…

He Taught with Authority.

via He Taught with Authority.

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BELIEVE IN ME – New Cover Release

Info about her recent book and an updated cover by member and critique chair, Mishael Austin Witty. Get to Amazon during November for a sale on this book.

Learning to Love for Life

In the late ‘70s/early-‘80s, Kenny Rogers had a major hit with the song “The Gambler”. I remember that song well, even though I was very young when it first came out. The lines to the chorus are running through my head right now as I type this: “You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em, know when to walk away, and know when to run…”
The cover for BELIEVE IN ME was the first one that I ever tried to create for myself. It was good, I thought. Other people said it was nice… But when I compared it to the covers of the bestsellers out there, there was something that was missing. I finally put my finger on what it was – the professional edge.
I’d taken a gamble in developing my own cover, and after a year or so, it became clear that…

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Tell Me A Story

From our VP. I’m playing catch-up to reblog posts from our members. Be sure to read this one and then reply with your own story about inspiration from relatives sharing history.

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ww2Evidently the older I get the more I appreciate the stories my elders tell of life long ago.  I am blessed to have loved ones with great longevity; so there are tales from World War II and even before that are fascinating to hear.  When my mother re-married (long after I was an adult), her new husband’s mother was still alive and close to 90 years old.  Visiting her in the nursing home often meant stories of her taking the train to Chicago to see a picture show.  Her father was in the early film business.  She told the stories in such a way that I could, feel the steam from the train breaks and picture a young girl all dressed up and riding.

War isn’t a pretty thing, but there is something fascinating about the soldiers and the attitude of the 30’s and 40’s.  I don’t know if life was simpler…

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Motivated by Fear – by K H Richardson – Reblogged from KK’s Candor

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Fear gets a bad rap. Fear shouldn’t be a primary emotion or state of being; but it does have value. There is respectable fear of those in authority; or the awareness that comes from the fear of walking down a dark street at night. What about the fear that motivates?

In 2010 when I was unemployed, the fear of letting a depressinfearlessg situation overtake me got me out of bed every morning and kept me from going back to bed when I was home alone. When my jeans get a little tight, the fear of “out-growing” them motivates me to eat a little healthier so as to not gain unwanted weight.

The Bible says that the “fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” Godly wisdom birthed from fear leads to knowledge and life according to several passages. Something so unwanted as the emotion of fear can lead…

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Site for Members of LCW to Reblog a Monthly Blog Post

Since we don’t have this challenge started yet, I’ll make our first post the information on today’s meeting. Also, I’ve tried to follow all those within the group who already have a blog, so readers can find their posts in the followed links.

Here’s the meeting info straight from our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/events/413251272083091/

Saturday, January 12th, 2013 brings us to the start of another year for Louisville Christian Writers. For this meeting, we will share introductions and good news, and then we will get into some pretty serious brainstorming. We want to know what types of meetings work best for the majority of our writers.

The first part of the meeting, from 4:30pm to 5:30pm, is for our personal planning. Where we normally have our critique session, we will have our writer’s goal planning. Sheets will be appended in e-mail and uploaded to our private group site for writers & members to print and fill out ahead of time, or they will be available at the meeting. Once writers fill out their goal sheets, they can find other writers with completed goal sheets to share with. We will ask all small groups of writers to sign each others’ goal sheets for accountability and to pray over the goals and the writers for encouragement. Some writers will be arriving at 5pm instead of 4:30pm, so please join them even if you cannot come at the earliest time. We all need accountability and encouragement partners. 🙂

The meeting portion, 6pm to 8pm, is for group planning. If you have an idea for a speaker, a writing challenge, a writing exercise, or any other type of writing activity, this is the time and place to share it. If you want more exercises, speak now. If you have ideas for new formats for critique sessions, or ways we can reach more of our writers online, this is when we need to hear all of your ideas.

Please bring yourself and your notes and questions, and prepare to chime in either with your own ideas or with your thoughts on ideas presented by others. We have this meeting in an open-discussion format, so all ideas and thoughts can be heard by everyone.

January is also our MEMBERSHIP DRIVE. We would love for all members to be present for this meeting and to pay your dues for the year, so we don’t have to remember later who has and has not paid. The dues structure is as follows…

~$30.00 for brand new members
~$25.00 for renewals
~$10.00 for members at large–usually those who live out of town or who are disabled–and who are unable to attend most of our regular meetings or who cannot attend any meetings at all but wish to remain part of the group and have input to group newsletters.
*NOTE: If you joined near the end of 2012, your membership is extended to the 2013 year.

LCW dues help pay for our speakers, the extras for meals, and our newsletters when we have them in print. In addition, we try to keep dues large enough to inspire dedication and attendance to the group and small enough to allow most everyone to afford to join. Payment of dues is not a requirement to attend or participate in meetings. We are still working on extra value to add for paying members in addition to publication in the newsletter and a page on our website in the future. If you have ideas for value you want added, please bring them to the January meeting.

As a note, our elections left all officers from 2012 in position for 2013. If you missed an opportunity to nominate yourself for a desired position, please let us know at the next meeting.

Finally, just some of the plans we already have lined up or have desires for include: Meet the writers of Louisville Christian Writers–our February meeting where writers will have table space to display their written works as well as anything that shows other parts of their lives such as art work, jewelry, make-up, perfume, etc., if they make or sell these types of items when they are not writing; Debonnaire Kovacs from Berea (http://www.debbonnaire.com/) to speak in March; A spring or summer picnic for members and families that includes children and others; and a group trip to The Creation Museum (http://creationmuseum.org/) with the possibility of a speaker or two to encourage us during our lunch break.

Submitted by Crystal A Murray of http://crystalwrites.wordpress.com

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