Announcing Google Translate on My Blog!!

Hey all!

I’m SUPER excited to announce I have now added Google Translate to my blog.

What this means is you can now read my blog posts in over 100 different languages!

For those of you international followers and others who struggle with English this should make it much easier to read my answers.

There are two options:  A banner appears right underneath my heading photo.  Or I have placed a button on my sidebar near the top.  Simple click on the button, select your language, and all my posts are translated instantly!  I love technology!

For those of you Bible buffs, there is even Latin and Greek!

Let me know if this is useful and how it’s working.  I always welcome feedback!

Happy translating!

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Feedback on Website….

Hey all!

I changed the look of my site over the break and was wondering what you all thought.

Is it more readable?  More user-friendly?  What do you like about it?  What don’t you like about it?  Anything I could change?

Thanks in advance!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Calling all AtoZMom Subscribers & Readers!!! This Blog Needs Your Input!!

Hey all!

I believe God has put upon my heart to grow this forum and reach more for Him.

Some of you may have noticed a few changes.  Lissette Trahan was added as a contributor with her amazing, God-inspired poetry.  I’ve started a Saturday Snippet column with sage words of advice.

Now I’m wondering what’s next?

So I’m asking you, my amazing and gifted readers and subscribers what would you like to see?  Guest authors?  More contributors?  A different area of ministry?  Affiliate groups with book suggestions?  Some kind of event postings?  An advertising forum for your business?  Some kind of question and answers feedback on the lessons or any area of spirituality you are struggling with?

These are just some ideas I’m having.  I would LOVE to hear your thoughts, ideas, suggestions for this site.

I would also like to invite feedback on how this site is doing.  Helping?  Hurting?  What can I do better?  What am I doing right?  Wrong?  Lay it all out!

You can either leave me a comment below or email me at atozmom.wordpress@gmail.com

Any ideas are appreciated!  This is your blog as much as mine, and I want to serve you!  I look forward to hearing from you all.

God bless and have a blessed and merry weekend!

New Feature/Page to My Blog…

Hey all!

I hope you all are enjoying Romans as much as I am!  Powerful, powerful stuff!

I have added a new page/feature to my blog, featuring amazing, Godly poems by the highly-talented Lissette Trahan.  She is inspired by the Holy Spirit who leads her to write from the heart.

You can access her work from the menu bar at the top of my home page or from the sidebar under “Lissette’s Lyrics.”  She will be contributing three times a week (baring breaks and such) so look for her God-given words to touch your heart!

Please feel free to comment on her poems!  She’d love to hear feedback!

God bless you all and have a truly wonderful weekend!

Old Content Made New?

Hey all!

I’m looking to write for a local newspaper again, so I approached the editor and he asked for samples.  Naturally, I came to my blog to search for some.  And what I found was this:  amazingly good stories from long ago.

What I’m wondering is this:  would you be interested in me re-posting them?  I was thinking maybe a link at the end of my devotionals or something?  Then it wouldn’t be a separate email/post and you could visit it only if you were interested.  Maybe once a week?  Fridays perhaps?

Thoughts or suggestions?

Advice on Query Letter

Hey all,

Below is my query letter for my newly-completed New Adult Novel.  Any advice and improvements would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks!

Dear Agent,

When nineteen-year-old American college student Suzie Smith overhears a plot to blow up a building in London, her fun-filled year abroad now becomes a race against time to discover the details and stop the bombing. The main problem: one of the bombers is her boyfriend, Edward Long.

Convinced her unassuming, gentle boyfriend could not possibly be involved, Suzie pushes the knowledge out of her mind, chalking it up to the exorbitant amount of alcohol she has been consuming lately. Until the talk continues and escalates. She learns the building is none other than the Palaces of Westminster and the bombing is happening soon—less than a fortnight.

She reports what little she knows to the police who promptly dismiss her as a naive American—except for one hard-nosed Irishman, Inspector Reilly. However, he is unable to convince his bosses without more information, which he presses Suzie to learn.

Overwhelmed, Suzie decides her best strategy is to spend as much time as possible with Edward in hopes he’ll open up to her.  Along the way, Suzie has the time of her life, traveling to Paris and Scotland.  And Suzie does learn more—she learns she’s falling in love with Edward.

As the line between real and not real becomes blurred, can Suzie choose? If she betrays Edward, he may die. If she keeps her mouth shut, scores will die. How will she choose? And when she does, what will it cost her?

This is a contemporary new-adult novel and the first in a planned series. It is complete at 82,000 words.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

End Note:  Character names have been changed and details in paragraph four and the title omitted.  Also, any technical advice as well would be greatly appreciated such as are the stakes clearly shown?  Would you ask to see pages?  Why or why not?  Anything else you all see that I’m too close to see?

P.S.  For those non-writers out there, a query letter is the first step into landing a literary agent who sells your work to publishers.  It’s a critical component in getting published.

I Never Thought I’d Say This But…

I like editing.

I used to hate it.  Despise it.  Curse it.

Now, it’s a challenge to me.  To make my writing better.  To find the awkward wordings and sentences.  To tighten up my story.  To eliminate repetition.  To make my story the best it can possibly be in hopes of landing an agent and getting published.

What Keeps Me Going...
What Keeps Me Going…

I’ve set an unofficial deadline for myself of June 1st to finish this novel and begin querying. It’s finished. But I’m not sure if I’ll be done editing it by then.

But it’ll be close.  Very, very close.

Oops!  Shouldn’t use the word ‘very’ now should I?