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Rena Brooks

This is an interview with Rena Brooks, a writer.
1. What inspires you to write?
I am a Christian. Therefore, my inspiration to write comes from God, but the ideas for my post comes from life -dreams, conversations, nature, books articles, and the blog posts of others.  Sometimes ideas just come to me.  I truly believe that I have a call to write,  but I only realized this within the past few years. I knew that I desired to do something to make a difference in the world.
2. How often do you write?
I write something at least once a week. I do not post all of my writing online because I am working on a young adult novel. Also, I am working on a book proposal for a devotional book.  I post on WordPress,  but I am involved with an online training program,  Compel, which is offered through Proverbs 31 Ministries. I’m very busy learning from some of the best Christian writers.
3. Who affects your writing?
I read a lot. I am impacted by so many authors.  Not all of them are Christians, but I enjoy reading book and devotionals by Lysa Terkeurst, Yvonne Capehart, Liz Curtis-Higgs, Sharon Draper, and Julian Fellowes.
4. Is writing your full-time job?
Writing is a hobby, but I hope it will become a ministry. I am a former middle school math and science teacher.
5. How long have you been writing /blogging?
 I have been writing for over 20 years. At first I wrote children’s stories. I have been blogging for over a year now.
6. What are your goals for writing?
Eventually I hope to write Christian nonfiction and fiction for young people. I hope to get a book deal in the futrue.
7. Do you have a special place where you like to sit and write?
Mostly,  I write in my living room.  I like to have some background noise, so the TV is on, but I am focused on my writing.
8. How does writing affect your view on life?
Writing is cathartic.  It helps me make sense of my world.
9. How do your religious beliefs affect your writing?
I believe that I have a calling to encourage others.  Writing is my platform.  My blog posts are usually encouraging and inspiring because I am a Christian.
10. Any tips to an inspiring writer-blogger?
Write what you know.  Be authentic.  Love what you write.  Write invest in your craft.  Show.  Don’t tell.
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You May Have Noticed (plus a poem)

That I have been changing the way this site looks. I think I’m done now, but I may change it in the future, so let’s just hope I manage to leave it this way for a long while!
And now for a poem

The Other Me

There is another me
She lives in a mirror
Who are you,
Other me?
What is your thoughts,
Other me?

You mirror what I do,
You look like me
But you are not me

I know this because,
You talk to me,
In my head

Everyone else,
Just sees me
But I know better,
I see you

Other me,
Why do you stare at me so?
Why do you live in the mirror?
Please tell me,
Other me,
Tell me please

You live in the mirror,
You look like me,
But you are not me

I know this because,
You talk to me,
Other me,
You live in a mirror

I was going to publish this yesterday, but my computer crashed (ugg) and freaked out when I tried to upload a picture 😦 So expect another post today.
So, please contact me and tell me what I should post about! (I really need this!)

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Music

It flows around me,
The sound so sweet
Gently rising,
Gently falling

That song inspires me,
Makes me feel like I could…
FLY… JUMP…
run

It spirals and twirls,
Twists and turns,
Making a joyful noise

But the best of them,
They sound sweet, yes,
They are meledious, yes
They also
Praise the Lord

Make a joyful noise,
Shout out loud
Play a melody,
and
Praise the Lord Almighty

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A Chat With My Little Sis

This is a chat I had with my sister one night. (we share a room)

Me: So what do you think of making a website for the youth group?

Little Sis: I don’t think you should do it.

Me: What? Why not?

Little Sis: Um, ’cause if there is pictures it’ll have you in it.

Me: Uh, What? (at this point i’m confused)

Little Sis: If there are pictures they will have you in it.

Me: So? Who cares?

Little Sis: Then other people will see them.

Me: Uh, only the youth will see the website. (partial truth) And besides, I’d be one face in a sea of faces.

Little Sis: Oh.

*Both sit in silence for a while*

Me: So what do you think?

Little Sis: Uh, sure.

The Macaroons are because I feel like they perfectly describe my sis, sweet and festive.

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Dear Faith

This is for my friend Faith. She was my BFF, and then we moved. If your reading this, Faith, I just want to let you know that you’ll always be my special friend!

Dear Faith,
I miss you a thousand times over! Your one of my best friends, on top of that your a writer. Did you know that the day I left WI I hid under the covers until Mom had called my twice? I didn’t want to leave! I want you to know that no matter how many miles are in between us they can’t separate us. After we moved I kept thinking ‘oh that’s cool, I’ll have to tell Faith about it on Sunday, oh wait, I can’t.’ Sure I made new friends, Grace and Kat to name a few. But you will always be a best friend.
Your Friend,
Loretta

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Just WRITE

If you have a story to tell, what do you do? Some people sing, some dance, some take photos, and some make things that tell their story. There are a million ways, but my favorite is writing. I know I love to write, which probably affects my end decision. If you just start to write (in my case!) then it all comes poring out. It will be a story, maybe a book, maybe an essay, but still a story.