Mary May Larmoyeux

Remember the First Moonwalk: One Small Step for Man

One small step for man. One giant leap for mankind. (Neil Armstrong) On July 20, 1969, the lunar module Eagle landed on the moon. Six hours later, Commander Neil Armstrong stepped onto its surface. Do you remember that day ... that "moment"? I do. My dad and I walked outside our home on that very… Continue reading Remember the First Moonwalk: One Small Step for Man

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Karen Jordan

Four Tips To Improve Your Listening Skills

 “Are you listening to me?”  Has anyone ever asked you that question? Or maybe that thought pierced your heart and mind, as you felt the sting of someone else ignoring or rejecting you? Consider these four ways to improve your listening skills. Resolve to be quick to listen. Many times, people who come to us… Continue reading Four Tips To Improve Your Listening Skills

Karen Jordan

Needing Time Out to Examine My Writing Life

A few weeks ago, I invited our StoryWriting Studio reader to join me in my "40-Day Challenge: Telling the Stories That Matter Most." As part of that challenge, I discovered that I needed to take some time out from my on-going writing projects to examine why I continue to drop the ball on some of my most… Continue reading Needing Time Out to Examine My Writing Life

Karen Jordan

Questions for Reflection

"... time to take chances, make mistakes, get messy!" (Magic School Bus) Do you tend to focus most on your grammar and mechanics when you self-edit? I do. Today, I want to offer you some questions and ideas that will get you out of the "grammar cop" mode and into a more reflective mood. Writing instructor.… Continue reading Questions for Reflection

Karen Jordan

Confessions of a Focused Writer

I shared this thought on my personal blog this past week. But I wanted to shared it with my writing friends here on the StoryWriting Studio. You may relate to my journey, right? If so, I'd love to hear from you! So, don't forget to leave your comment in the space below. Blessings, Karen DISTRACTED… Continue reading Confessions of a Focused Writer

Karen Jordan

Valentine Reflections

"Did you notice the reflection of the moon on the lake?" As I walked out on our front screened-in porch, I admired the reflections of the full moon and rejoiced at the incredible Valentine's gift from God. What a perfect ending to a wonderful Valentine's Day dinner. Dinner. I had planned a romantic dinner that evening… Continue reading Valentine Reflections

Karen Jordan

Writing about the Perfect Song

I remember the first time that I heard the song “Only You” with my husband Dan. Even though we’d only dated a short while, we knew in an instant that this was “our song.” When I hear that song now, no matter who sings it, I think of one special moment after our wedding. Perfect… Continue reading Writing about the Perfect Song

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Sacred Moments

The radiant fog bank settled just above Lake Cortez at dawn, a stark contrast to the winter landscape surrounding my home. I tried to focus on my writing deadline, but I halted my work to observe the breath-taking view. The glowing mist at sunrise brought a familiar Bible verse to mind, encouraging me to embrace… Continue reading Sacred Moments

Karen Jordan

8 Thanksgiving Promises

A few days ago, I read an inspiring article on the FamilyLife blog by Sabrina Beasley McDonald, "Finding My 'Kinsman Redeemer'." As I read Sabrina's touching story, I remembered praying for her a few years ago, as she faced her first Thanksgiving with her young children without her best friend and companion. Today, as I searched through my blog… Continue reading 8 Thanksgiving Promises

Karen Jordan

Five Ways to Handle Stress in Your Writing Process

I first wrote this post for the WordServe Water Cooler in March of 2012, but I thought you might have missed it. Plus, I needed to read it again myself, since I've faced some stress in my own writing life lately. I hope it encourages you. Are you overwhelmed with stress in your writing life? The… Continue reading Five Ways to Handle Stress in Your Writing Process