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Sandra Ardoin @sandraardoin

It feels like every other day I flip the calendar to another month. May? Seriously? Time marches.

Below, you’ll find some blog posts that went down in April.

INSPIRATION

Friendship at Its Best” is an inspiring (in)courage blog post by Karina Allen. While I’m not an “initiator,” yes, friendship should be reciprocal and connection consistent.

If Jesus asked for something of yours—time, money, possessions—would you immediately give it? It’s something to think about from “Sucker Punched on Palm Sunday” on Lori Hatcher’s blog.

In “My Travel Companion” on the Around the Cross-Dubya blog, I loved this sweet reminder that we have a traveling companion who is with us always. And, honestly, who doesn’t want a Bubba?

In January, I had the pleasure of taking part in a Feed the Hunger Packathon at church and wrote about that experience for Jennifer Hallmark’s Small Acts of Kindness blog.

READING

Attention, Readers of Christian Fiction! If you’ve attended any of the Christian Fiction Readers Retreats, or would like to, this announcement from the CFRR blog about upcoming retreats is both a must read and good news. You’ll find my post about the 2019 CFRR here.

I nodded my head through the whole post “Millenial Reading Habits are Surprisingly Traditional” on the Mental Floos blog. If you are, know, or have a millenial, I suspect you’ll do the same. Hint: It’s good news for writers!

Behind the Reads W/Phyllis Helton” on the Mountain Brook Ink blog reveals the story behind an avid reader’s journey into writing reviews that are both honest and kind the author. Are you reviewing the books you read?

WRITING

Do you ever hate your writing so much that you want throw in the towel? I do. That’s why I enjoyed “Why It’s Okay to Hate Your Writing” on the Write Practice blog. Check out the reasons why you can and, sometimes, should hate your writing but still finish the story.

For years, it’s been drummed into our writer’s heads that numbers are key in building a platform that editors want to see. It leads to frustration and, let’s face it, some panic. Now, the tide seems to be turning a bit, and I appreciated “How to Build An Author Platform” on David Gaughran’s blog.

Writing is hard, y’all! I’m not the only one saying it. Editor/author Ramona Richards said it in “The Hard Part of Writing” for the Blue Ridge Conference blog.

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