|Once a month, we will announce the news of note from current Guild members. To add your news to next month’s blog please email us at info (at) sandiegocwg (dot) org with Subject=News of Note by the 5th of the month.|
|Sandra Esch: My novel, Tracks in the Snow, is a finalist in the Christian Historical Fiction category in the Reader’s Favorite Book Reviews and Award contest. The winners will be announced September 1.|
Diana Taylor: My novel, Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate, is a finalist in the Christian Historical Fiction category in the Reader’s Favorite Book Reviews and Award contest. To my delight, my good friend Sandra Esch is also a finalist in that category for Tracks in the Snow. One of us will hopefully hear good news on September 1st! Also, I’m pleased to have signed a contract with Total Recall Publications for my novel, Shadows on the Mountain (formerly A Distant Mountain) about a soldier lost in Northern Vietnam for 25 years and returned home through the underground church. It’s taken a while to place this one. It took an editor who is also a Vietnam vet!
|SDCWG member Arlene Pellicane, author and speaker, will moderate this year’s SDCWG Fall confrerence. Arlene loves to encourage writers and strengthen families through her writing and speaking. Author of 31 Days to a Happy Husband, 31 Days to a Younger You, and 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Wife, she believes that anyone can experience positive life change! You’ll love Arlene’s upbeat personality and authenticity. She has appeared on national television and radio programs such as The 700 Club and Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah.|
|Fall Conference Faculty and Workshops: The faculty and workshops for this year’s Fall conference have been posted on our web site. If you haven’t already registered, do so today and receive the $20 early bird discount. And remember, signups for faculty consultations are done Saturday morning in the order your paid registration is received so sign up today.|
“We Christian writers must paint evil with the blackest of brushes, not to sow fear, but to call out the monsters to be scattered by our light. If Satan cloaks himself as an angel of white, intent on deceiving the world, any attempt on our parts to minimize evil is only complicit with his strategy… Turn to the light; don’t fear the shadows it creates.”
“A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus:
1. What am I trying to say?
2. What words will express it?
3. What image or idiom will make it clearer?
4. Is this image fresh enough to have an effect?”
(George Orwell, “Politics and the English Language”, 1946).