Monday, August 15, 2011

Dragons, Devotions, and Donita K Paul! Day 1

You are in for a real treat! I am so blessed to have Donita K. Paul as a special blogger all this week. I knew Donita back when we were authors together for Heartsong Presents, and it's wonderful to see how God has expanded her gifted writing talents in the area of fantasy.

Every day she will share a special writing devotion with you as well as information about her new releases, including her first-ever picture book, The Dragon and the Turtle, just for children! Donita has always had a special heart for children's picture books, so this is a true answer to prayer for her. AND she will introduce her new book coming in October - Dragons of the Watch.

Devotion for Day One

"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant."
                                                                                             - Robert Louis Stevenson (a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer. His best-known books include Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.)

This is a good maxim to remember at all times, but especially if you are an author. We don’t reap a harvest every day. In fact, that moment when you hold a new book in your hands for the first time is very rare. But we plant seeds a lot! Every time we knock out a dynamite sentence, or piece together a perfect paragraph, or conquer a transition, we have sown in the literary field. Okay, that’s a bit over the top. But really, when you are an author, you can’t label the hours you are working. You may spend 2 hours at the computer, and accomplish little. Fifteen minutes in the doctor’s waiting room may flesh out a character, provide dialog for arguing siblings, or firsthand knowledge of CPR. Thinking of the right word while washing dishes is part of your “work.” There are little seeds of writing all over the place, so learn to celebrate the small things. They arrive in abundance whereas the harvest can be a long time coming.

Stay tuned for a new devotion every day as well as news about Donita's books and jewelry line! On Day Two -Donita has a special announcement to make!

**THERE is still time!!** To enter my book giveaway for my very first ever Heartsong Presents novel, Mountaintop! 
(Jenny was the winner. Thanks!)


Donita K. Paul said...

Hey, Lauralee, I have a Heartsong I can give away, too. Let's have a triple giveaway: The Vanishing Sculptor, Dragon and Turtle Go on Safari, and Out in the Real World (the Heartsong.)

Lauralee Bliss said...

WOW!! Thanks, Donita!! Make sure to leave your e-mail also when you leave a comment

Kimberli Renee' Campbell said...

Thank you for sharing with us. It is a blessing. Also, thank you for the giveaway. Sincerely - Kimberli (elbib908 at yahoo dot com)

Rhonda Tenderholt said...

I LOVE Dragon Keeper Chronicles! I originally bought them for my now 12 year old son but I enjoyed reading them all.

Thanks for the chance to win some awesome books by a very talented author!