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What’s Dog-Lit?

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Charlie Bear here. I didn’t know about this so-called dog-lit. Did you?
That’s what Mom Peep calls our CHARLIE BEAR book. And her other stuff she writes, too. Huh. You learn something new every hour.

Northwest Christian Writers Association

B.J. Taylor’s Writing Is Going to the Dogs

Posted on April 8, 2015 by By Diana Savage, director of the Northwest Christian Writers Renewal conference

Award-winning author B.J. Taylor has loved writing most of her life. In grade school, English was her favorite subject, and spelling bees were her specialty. As a teen, she kept a personal journal and hid it under her mattress.

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Now a multi-published author, she’s even written novels in a genre she calls “dog-lit.” She tells people to think of it like chick-lit, except the stories are for dog lovers. This genre is a natural blending of B.J.’s passion for writing and her passion for helping dogs to find forever homes. Her desire is to promote the spirit of keeping one’s canine pets, not only during the good times, but also in challenging circumstances.

“Many times we have to PUT certain things into practice in order to keep our cool under pressure when we rescue a dog or bring home a dog from a shelter,” she says. “They all need the same thing: Patience, Understanding, and Training.”

B.J. also knows a thing or two about patience, understanding, and training as a writer. And she uses those qualities when turning personal experiences into stories that sell. She serves as representative for Guideposts, Angels on Earth, and Mysterious Ways magazines.

On Friday, May 15, at the 2015 Northwest Christian Writers Renewal, B.J. will meet with writers in group appointments. If you would like to show her your work, please follow the guidelines concerning what she would like to see and what she’s not looking at right now.

At the Renewal, B.J. will also present two workshops:

1) Writing for the Guideposts Contest: Learn how to craft a well-constructed Guideposts story, how to properly submit, whom to submit to, what to include, and when to send it in. Two of the twelve writers chosen to attend the 2014 Guideposts Writers Workshop were in B.J.’s class at a writers conference and learned her tips and tricks. The next contest year is 2016, and there will be thousands of entries. Don’t miss out on the knowledge, experience, and secrets B.J. will share as the winner of her own coveted spot in the 2004 Guideposts Writers Workshop.

2) Making $$$ Selling Personal Experience Short Stories: Want to know the formula for writing inspirational stories that sell? B.J. Taylor’s writing has appeared in many publications. Numerous writers have learned B.J.’s secret formula, submitted to Chicken Soup and Guideposts, and are now published authors too. Would you like to make money in your writing career? Then come to this workshop.

B.J. has been published more than forty times in Chicken Soup for the Soul as well as in Guideposts, Angels on Earth, John Gray’s Mars and Venus in Love, Writer’s Digest, Romantic Homes, Victorian Homes, and many other publications. Her latest book is Charlie Bear: What a Headstrong Rescue Dog Taught Me about Life, Love, and Second Chances. B.J. also compiled her own stories, plus the riveting stories of others, into Sunny Side Up: Inspirational Stories for Tough Times/Women/Dog & Cat Lovers. In addition, B.J. has authored a resource for writers, The Complete Guide to Writers Groups That Work.

Whether you want to find out more about writing inspirational stories, dog-lit, winning the Guideposts contest, or any number of other topics, you can learn a lot from B.J. Sign up today for the Northwest Christian Writers Renewal.

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DianaSavageDiana Savage, a graduate of Northwest University and Bakke Graduate University, sold her first article when she was still in college, and she’s been writing ever since. Now the principal at Savage Creative Services, LLC, she is also director of the Northwest Christian Writers Renewal conference. Her latest book is 52 Heart Lifters for Difficult Times.

Charlie Bear here again to say THANK YOU to Diana Savage for her lovely blog post on Mom Peep. Mom Peep has a surprise in store for the people at the conference. Shhh…I don’t want to give it away.

Woofs to you all,
Charlie Bear

http://www.bjtayloronline.com

April 9, 2015 at 8:29 am 4 comments

Ever Learn a Lesson?

Charlie Bear here with Mom Peep who is back to TWO hands! Yes, it was no time at all and her orthopedic doc threw away her splint, told her to use her sling when in crowds to protect that fractured elbow, and to do the things on the sheet he printed for her: Elbow Radial Head Fracture Exercises. She got down on her knees and thanked God that she didn’t have to wear a big ole plaster cast, she could hold a pen, and even type so she could write to you.

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But did she learn some lessons from being one-handed? You bet she did. Like how to let others help you. How to let things be less than perfect. And how much Dad Peep truly loves her. He gave her his all-time favorite sweatshirt to wear when nothing else would fit over her big soft cast. And he hooked and unhooked her bra. (Try doing that with one hand in a sling.)

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Me? I totally loved up on Mom Peep…jumping into her lap and snuggling, and licking her face with kisses. I think that’s what caused her to get so far ahead on her healing, don’t you?

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So Mom is headed off to her writers conference up near San Jose. She is SO thankful that she has mobility, though she was cautioned: no lifting, no pushing off, no pulling with that hand/arm. It is still sore and hurts her like the dickens sometimes so she takes Tylenol when the pain is bad.

She wants me to thank all of you for your well wishes and prayers–they are helping immensely. She is hopeful her arm and elbow will mend completely as time goes on. I’m hopeful too.

So, tell me, have you learned a lesson lately?

Wiggles and Woofs to you,
Charlie Bear

http://www.bjtayloronline.com

March 20, 2013 at 11:50 am 8 comments


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