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DOOR

GO…

My heart literally fell to the pit of my stomach when I heard the prompt tonight. There is something about an ending that motivates you to finish well, hang on and do your best and let go for all the possibilities that are next.

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It is the walking out of the door one last time into the unknown.

It is turning back and looking over your shoulder at the reflection of your memories.

It is the walking forward into the future and all that it holds.

It is believing that God matches you step for step as you take that final walk down the school hallway and holds your hand as you let the door close behind you one more time.

It is knowing that you have been given the gift of a sequel – a new chapter in life that God has so graciously planned even before you began.

All the feelings of ending are wrapped up in the excitement of a beginning. It is a play of opposites all vying for my attention right now. A feeling of sadness that my teaching career is ending and at the same time a joy over all that is next. My virtual tug of war is complete the last time I walk out the front doors of my school.

But God… yes always God promises –

See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you.” Isaiah 42:9

STOP

So many emotions are swirling right now as I count down 24 more teaching days until retirement. Bittersweet tops the list and excitement is a close second but through it all the memories fill my mind as I make my way toward the door one last time!

Blessed you are here today to join me on my journey!

Mary

Look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else. Tom Stoppard

Last week Kate announced that Charity Singleton Craig and Ann Kroeker the authors of On Being a Writer would be our special guests at the FMF Retreat via a Skype call on that Saturday. Below please read to learn more about their book and each of them. I am so excited to be able to learn and interact with them. Let’s show them some Twitter love to welcome them.

Charity  @charityscraig

Ann  @annkroeker

On Being aWriter

“A genial marriage of practice and theory. For writers new and seasoned. This book is a winner.” —Philip Gulley, author Front Porch Tales Sage, Surprising, Endlessly Useful! This book essentially asks, “Is your writing life all it can be?” Then it goes on to act as a personal coach, to explore the writing life the reader already has and the writing life the reader wishes for—working wisely and strategicallly to help close the gap between the two. Readers will gain insights through enlightening stories from the authors’ established writing careers. They’ll explore twelve simple (but vital) habits—through journaling, writing prompts, bonus activities, and discussion questions. Honest and witty stories help build the vision for a satisfying, sustainable writing life, while prompts and activities on the twelve vital habits assist in making that life a reality. Also includes extra resources like “tools for the writing life,” “recommended reading,” “Artist Dates,” “resources for writing a book proposal,” and “resources for launching a writers group.” Audience • Writers new and experienced, who value sustainable living and a holistic approach to career and life. Groups or teachers needing material to guide writers into a solid, sane approach to a true “writing life.” RELEASED OCTOBER 2014 ISBN 978-0989854245 TRADE PAPER $14.95 164 PAGES, 5 x 8 NONFICTION RIGHTS: WORLD INGRAM//AMAZON ts T. S. Poetry Press • New York • tspoetry.com

Charity Singleton Craig

Charity Singleton Craig is an editor for The High Calling, a contributing writer for Tweetspeak Poetry, and a staff writer for The Curator. She also serves the communication needs of various corporate clients.

Ann Kroeker

Ann Kroeker is a popular writing coach, speaker, and the author of two books, including Not So Fast. She also serves as an editor for Tweetspeak Poetry and The High Calling.

T. S. Poetry Press is an award-winning publisher that publishes poetry, fiction, and literary non-fiction. The press works to bring beautiful work to light and is proud to have been recognized with a three-time Oprah selection of one of its fiction titles.

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