Who’s Behind All This? An Interview With Publisher Tracy Ruckman

January 24, 2014

Who's Behind All This? An Interview With Publisher Tracy Ruckman.


One Lovely Blog Award – Aw, Shucks

September 28, 2012

Thank you, Linden Barrick, for nominating me for  the One Lovely Blog Award. Please visit Linden’s blog, Hello God. Welcome to My Classroom at  http://www.lindenbarrick.wordpress.com I was very surprised and appreciative that you recognized my blog.

According to the rules of this award, I’m supposed to 1) recognize the one who nominated me (see above), 2) tell seven things about myself, and 3) nominate fifteen other bloggers.

Hmmm, seven things about me:

1.  I’ve finally decided what I want to be when I grow up. I want to be—I am—a writer. So’s that mean I’m grown up now?

2. I’ve been married to a great guy who deserves an award for putting up with me for 48 years.

3. I have three great sons, an awesome daughter-in-law, six terrific grandchildren, and seven (count ’em 7) beautiful great-grandchildren. Oh, and two “in the oven.” So, that’s a baseball team, right?

4. I have a new favorite place–Maggie Valley, NC, at least until a newer favorite place comes along.

5. I am retired from my last public job after 22 years there. Who says retirement’s not what it’s cracked up to be? I’m so lovin’ it!

6. I like to make jewelry… if I can ever find the time.

7. I cannot imagine what life would be like without Jesus. He picks me up, He holds me up, He loves me, even when I’m not lovable.

My Fifteen Nominees:

1. Ada Brownell: Ink from an Earthen Vessel: Stick-to-Your Soul Encouragementhttp://inkfromanearthenvessel.blogspot.com/ Ada is a fellow Christian writer and awesome encourager.

2. Melissa Jenna: http://MelissaJenna.com Melissa is a sweet, optimistic Christian lady who speaks from her heart.

3. Jennifer Slattery: Jennifer Lives Out Loud, http://jenniferslatterylivesoutloud.com/. Jennifer is one truly loving Christian writer and encourager with huge heart for others.

4. Lori Roeleveld: Deeper With Jesus in Rhode Island, http://loristanleyroeleveld.blogspot.com/ Lori has beautiful devotionals on her blog.

5. Staci Stallings & Naty Matos: Grace & Faith 4U, http://graceandfaith4u.com/ Two wonderful writers who promote Christian fiction and host guest bloggers on their neat website.

6. Laura Hodges Poole: A Word of Encouragementhttp://laurahodgespoole.blogspot.com/ Laura is a gracious encourager who’s helped me more than she knows.

7. Patty Wysong: Patterings, http://www.pattywysong.com/ The tagline of her super-cool blog is Finding the Extraordinary God in our Ordinary Lives. A definite must read.

8. Sharon Srock: The Women of Valley View, http://womenofvalleyview.blogspot.com/. This is a wonderful blog about Sharon’s characters in the fictional town of Garfield, Oklahoma she created for her Women of Valley View book series.

9. Anne Baxter Campbell: A Pew Perspective, http://pewperspective.blogspot.com/, In her blog, Anne reviews books, posts devotionals and has guest bloggers. An interesting and inspiring blog.

10. Peg Blann Phifer: Whispers in Purple: http://www.whispersinpurple.com/  Peg’s blog is chock full of books and devotions to God. Very good reading!

11. Margaret Daley: Margaret’s Blog: http://www.margaretdaley.com/margarets-blog/ Margaret posts hero and heroine intervews from books in her unique blog. She is an awesome, inspiring, loving mentor to many Christian authors.

12. Diane LaValle McCaslin: My Life in God’s Garden, http://mylifeingodsgarden.com/ Diane’s musings about her life as a child of God, a “mother of many,” and adoption. What a story!

13. Joy Avery Melville: Journeys to Joy, http://www.journeystojoy.net. This is perhaps the most sweet and encouraging lady I’ve ever met. Once she gets a hold of your name, look out–she will PRAY for you, by name, until your reach your goals. Share her journey on her blog,along with book reviews, workshops and critiques.

14. Terri Porta: Supporting Godly Women, http://supportinggodlywomen.wordpress.com. This is a wonderful, relevant blog for Christian women.

15. Nancy Mehl: Nancy’s Notes, http://www.nancymehl.blogspot.com/., a blog about faith, life and writing. This is a sweet author talks in her 9-21-12 post about her friend, a former Old Amish Order lady, whose given her support and inspiration to write her book, Inescapable, and her soon-to-be released Unbreakable.


Where am I Going With This?

January 25, 2012

The blog title, Ramblings of a Crowded Mind, came from a document I’d begun years ago, a journal of sorts, wherein I’d documented things about which I’d often thought. The title was a way to find what I was looking for in my myriad of computer files, about memories that clamored in my head until I finally wrote them down.

They included some of my fondest memories. What my maternal grandmother’s home looked like, felt like, smelled like.  How it felt each night when my mother tucked me in after helping me to memorize “The Lord’s Prayer.” Then, there were some not-so-fond memories we don’t need to go into here.

The blog experts say if you want to have a successful blog, you must have a focus, a theme or subject, by which you interest blog readers and entice them to follow your blog. I thought about reviewing books I’d read. However, most blogs I’ve perused do not usually review books, but rather invite the authors to tell us about their books. That’s good; however, I’m looking for something a bit different. Not only that, I can review books on Amazon.com, from which I purchase most of my reading materials, or other sites.

I’m not an expert on anything. I’ve dabbled in many things to the point the cliché applies: “jack of all trades and master of none.” So for now at least, my blog will simply be ramblings. Not likely I’ll amass a great following, but if you know me and wonder what I’m thinking about, stop by, or “follow” me and you’ll get an email notice when I blog. (Of course if you have a book you’d like reviewed here, I’ll be more than happy, as long as it’s clean and theologically sound.  I do love to read.)


Setting up my Blog – Day One

January 21, 2012

Retirement was a real adjustment, especially because my hubby retired the same day I did. It took months to shed the gnawing feeling every Monday morning that I should be getting ready for work.  I’ve never had a problem finding something to do, so retirement is blissful to me–no longer having the responsibility of a public job, and doing whatever my little heart desires.

Who knew nearly eight months ago that I would be writing today?  I thought I’d be making fashion jewelry, scrapbooking, or remodeling houses. Apparently, God had other plans. And I have to tell you, it didn’t take long for me to find out just how much work writing entails. But I’m enjoying every minute of it. Or was, up to now.

I am as technologically challenged as I am mechanically challenged.  I had to memorize “righty-tighty, lefty-loosey” just to know which way to unscrew a bolt. If the window washer basin on my car didn’t have an icon on it, I can’t imagine where I’d wind up putting the water.

Now here I go, trying to set up a blog by the seat-of-my-pants. But then, isn’t that how I do most things? I’m too cheap to pay someone to teach me, so if I have to do everything twice to get it right, it’s my own fault.

In spite of the fact the WordPress makes this process as simple as possible for techno-dummies like me, I managed to lose my entire first post, as well as the custom header I’d created from a personal photo. Now here I am trying to create my first post.  Since you are reading this, I guess I did something right.


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