Something New

As a Christian, I always pray about my writing and ask for God’s guidance in what I write and how I write it. God has been faithful and is blessing my writing.

Sometimes God opens a door you weren’t really thinking about and that’s what’s been happening in my life recently. I have been very active in three different critique groups; one I’ve been a part of for four years, and the other two I’ve been a part of for a little over a year. During that time, I have continued to learn more and more about the craft and rules or guidelines of writing, and I have found that I enjoy critiquing.

Recently, at one of my critique groups, several ladies were impressed with my critiques on their work and a couple of them asked if I am an editor. I paused to really think about how to answer that question. Then I responded with, “I believe I am qualified to be an editor, but I don’t have experience as an editor.”

When I returned home that afternoon, I looked up what exactly editors do and found that, yes indeed, I am qualified to be an editor. I have actually been editing instead of critiquing people’s work, and God has given me a heart to help others.

Suddenly, I’ve had quite a few people contact me and ask me to edit their work or help them with something they are writing (which essentially translates to editing), and I have readily agreed. I believe that God has sent these people to me and has opened a door for me to become, not just a writer, but an editor too.

I will soon have enough experience to confidently call myself an editor. So, keep your eye on my blog if you are interested in an editor or know someone who is, because I will be posting more about what I will be doing as an editor by September.


Not So Human by Jeannette DiLouie

Not So Human (Faerietales Book 1) by [DiLouie, Jeannette]

Sabrina is an average young American woman who struggles in the relationship department. However, her life becomes more than average in a matter of seconds when four men in black suits and sunglasses follow her home.

She’s really a faerie princess with a royal family in Scotland, but that doesn’t mean her life is suddenly a real life faerie tale. On the contrary, her life is suddenly in danger and if she isn’t battling the bad guys, she’s running for her life and finding possible romance that might not get the chance to blossom.

This is another book by Jeannette DiLouie, who seems to have a talent for multiple genres. Not So Human puts a new spin on faerie stories with the Human Preservation and Advancement Committee out to get Princess Sabrina and all of faeriedom. The story had me on the edge of my seat when the HPAC followed her home and her best friend, Deanda, tells her they have to pack and leave their apartment. That’s when the run for her life begins. The faerie characters are endearing, the HPAC, not so much.

This story is full of action, suspense, a little bit of humor and a touch of romance. Who could ask for anything more?

Not So Human by Jeannette DiLouie is the first of a four book series of “Faerietales”. I can’t wait to get the rest of the series to find out what happens to Princess Sabrina and a certain male faerie I’ve come to love.


Express for Home (Blitz Poem)

I’ve heard Blitz Poems that were written by young adults. I can’t say they’re a favorite type of poetry to me. Usually, they seem so random. So, I challenged myself to write one because I found the rules/pattern challenging, and because I wanted to see if I could stick with a theme the whole way through the poem.

Therefore, I wrote this Blitz Poem keeping the novel I am writing in mind. Though not all of these things will appear in my novel, they are all from the same time period.

The reason there is no punctuation is because you are supposed to try and read a Blitz Poem all in one breath.

Express for Home

by Kelly F. Barr

Pony rides
Pony Express
Express mail
Express train
Train whistle
Train tracks
Tracks in the snow
Tracks made by horses
Horses galloping
Horses racing
Racing wagons
Racing hearts
Hearts in love
Hearts broken
Broken arrows
Broken promises
Promises in the dark
Promises kept
Kept safe
Kept quiet
Quiet voices
Quiet times
Times of danger
Times of love
Love in bloom
Love in mind
Mind your manners
Mind your own
Own nothing
Own land
Land and sea
Land west
West travel
West prairie
Prairie chickens
Prairie winds
Winds of change
Winds filled with dust
Dust on your boots
Dust in your mouth
Mouth for kissing
Mouth of the river
River crossing
River of no return
Return to sender
Return home
Home to you
Home in my heart

Street Teams Uncovered

I’ve been exploring marketing ideas and strategies so that I can plan ahead for when my book is ready to be published and marketed. I came across this interesting post from J.M. Hackman. If you’re interested in marketing your book(s), click the Source link to read the entire article.

What exactly is a street team? Many people don’t know what they are or what they do. Street teams started back in the 90’s with urban record labels. Super-fans would pass out demo tapes…

Source: Street Teams Uncovered

Cowboy of the Old West (Poem)

Cowboy of the Old West

by Kelly F. Barr

Smoky blue eyes and a dimpled smile.
Cowboy hat and a cowboy swagger.
Ropin’, wranglin’, and ridin’ for miles;
He’s what made the American West matter.

Sitting tall in the saddle through snow, wind, and rain
Nothing could quench his adventurous spirit.
Blazing trails or following those of wagon trains,
Crossing ground in an undetermined circuit.

He was tougher than leather.
From drivin’ cattle to deliverin’ mail;
Ridin’ and workin’ in all kinds of weather;
The cowboy’s life — an old romantic tale.