August 23, 2012

The Pity Party

Posted in Christianity at 9:48 pm by Staci Hart Mauney

“…give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus…” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

As my birthday approached this month, I became more and more despondent. About a month before the big day, I began feeling a little sad, realizing that I was now halfway to 70, and my life was almost certainly half over. Oh, woe is me! Never mind that all but one of my biological grandparents lived to be almost 90, and therefore, genetically speaking anyway, I should have a good, long life ahead of me. Read the rest of this entry »

August 12, 2012

Emotions

Posted in Christianity at 9:48 pm by Staci Hart Mauney

“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger…” (Psalm 15:1)

A friend called me recently after a long day at work. The conversation started innocently enough as we joked about our opinions on different genres of books. Then, he said something (which I can’t even remember now) that hit a raw nerve, and I very quickly – and not too kindly – responded. Even though the Holy Spirit nudged me oh so gently to quiet down, I continued, until my friend said, “Let’s just drop it.” Immediately, I felt convicted. I had ignored the warning in my heart and continued to speak even as my emotions burst out of me. I apologized to my friend, and he accepted, but my guilt over the incident remained. Read the rest of this entry »

August 4, 2012

Finding My Voice

Posted in Christianity at 1:21 pm by Staci Hart Mauney

I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulness and your saving help. I do not conceal your love and your faithfulness from the great assembly…” (Psalm 40:10)

As a writer, I have struggled to find my voice. In creative writing, voice is generally defined as the author’s unique style and expresses the author’s personality. In a blog, you should feel as if I’m talking to you. In a novel, you should feel as if you know the characters. It takes a lot of practice to find your voice, and the only way to really discover it is by doing the work. It sometimes takes an author years, and many novels, to find her true voice. Often when I write, I find that I am very formal, which is an extension of the serious side of my personality. I have also noticed that I have diffculty conveying my sense of humor, which can be pretty dry and quirky. Read the rest of this entry »