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A thank you to the lovely ladies at Scotia United Methodist Church! I had the honor of being their speaker at a recent Woman’s Group meeting, sharing my writing journey and introducing my new story in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Tough Times. An enjoyable evening discussing writing and the power of words, both written and spoken. I passed out index cards at the close of the meeting, which they willingly filled out – with names of friends going through tough times. And the commitment to share words of comfort and hope to them this week. This photo only shows a portion of the group, sorry ladies – I forgot my camera that night! We had over 20 women, a wonderful turnout.

What is your story for Awesome Alley? 

Did you have an article accepted this week?

A call back from an agent?

Maybe you finally got up the nerve to actually submit to a magazine or newspaper. Whatever good news you have, please do share it with us. First, the writing news. Then, if you want to share a goal you’ve achieved, go ahead!

AND – if I receive comments from at least 20 individuals, I will compile the names and randomly choose a winner for a free copy of the Chicken Soup Devotional book. So refer your friends to Lovely Lane! (please leave your email in comment so I may contact you if you win) 




  1. I’ll be first. This month my debut novel Thyme for Love released and today is my launch party to celebrate! God is so good.

    Comment by Pamela S. Meyers — November 19, 2011

  2. My first novel, PERIL :Fast Track Thriller # 1released yesterday. It is a suspense novel with a twist of NASCAR. I celebrated last night with cyber friends at a FB release party.
    Suzanne :0)

    Comment by Suzanne Hartmann — November 19, 2011

  3. Nothing new here, but there is much to be thankful for. I have a Bible study published, “Trusting God Through Troubles & Tears.” And I keep busy being a columnist for three newspapers and a biweekly radio program that consists of four minute devotionals. Congrats Cynthia on being published by Chicken Soup!

    Comment by Cindy Rooy — November 20, 2011

  4. Hi Cynthia – congratulations on your newest Chicken Soup story!!!!
    I submitted a query letter to Southern Lady Magazine and received a reply. They are going to consider my article suggestion at their next planning meeting for upcoming issues! This will be a great way to get into a large magazine and I’m on my way!!

    Comment by Connie Clyburn — November 21, 2011

  5. Cynthia
    First and foremost let me wish you and yours a Blessed Thanksgiving Day. We have so much to thank the Lord for.
    I loved looking at the picture of The Scotia Ladies Group. Congratulations. Now for me I have sent in my short story Sisters to Glimmertrain Publications and am waiting for an answer.
    Love and Hugs

    Comment by Donna Lagone — November 21, 2011

  6. My wonderful news is that I’ve signed with an agent, the wonderful Barbara Scott of WordServe Literary! I met her at a conference a couple of years ago when she was the senior acquisitions editor for Abingdon Press. I feel very blessed to have her as my agent, representing my first novel, a historical romance.

    Congratulations, Jacie on 4 books! That’s awesome! Thanks, Cynthia for a chance to share!
    -Rebecca DeMarino

    Comment by admin — November 23, 2011

  7. Many congrats on your Chicken Soup story! I can hardly wait to read it. I suppose writing and speaking go hand in hand. If you speak as well as you write….look out world!

    Have a great Thanksgiving!

    Comment by Kathy Sherling — November 23, 2011

  8. Pam,
    I can’t imagine the excitement of your first novel, congratulations! Love the pics of your launch party. And yes, God is good and faithful to grant the desires of our hearts.

    Comment by admin — November 24, 2011

  9. Suzanne,
    It is so encouraging to hear about first novels. What an incredible accomplishment. Congrats and thanks for sharing!

    Comment by admin — November 24, 2011

  10. Cindy,
    I remember all those struggles at conference and the desire to find the right direction for your book. And now you have the beautiful completed result – I love the cover. You seem to continue to pick up newspaper columns – I still think you need to write your own book of devotions : )

    Comment by admin — November 24, 2011

  11. Woo-hoo, Connie! So glad to hear about the connection to Southern Lady. Praying that your query floats to the top of the pile and jumps out at them and they all fall madly in love with it : )

    Comment by admin — November 24, 2011

  12. Kudos to you, Donna – for continuing to submit and for remaining consistent with your writing. That is truly half the battle. Keep me informed on the Glimmertrain progress! And a wonderful joy-filled Thanksgiving to you and yours.

    Comment by admin — November 24, 2011

  13. Hi Rebecca,
    I resubmitted this under Awesome Alley. Sometimes the comment section on this blog is confusing… Congrats on your awesome news of signing with such a wonderful agent. It’s interesting how you met her a few years ago and made the connection and now look where you are! Best wishes for great success with your historical romance.

    Comment by admin — November 24, 2011

  14. Thanks, Kathy. I totally enjoyed that evening sharing my writing journey. Unexpected surprise. Just love talking about writing and all that God has done in that area of my life. And congrats on your recent article in Pentecostal Herald, can you send me a copy?

    Comment by admin — November 24, 2011

  15. What a great blog for Thanksgiving week, Cynthia. I haven’t shared this tidbit with anyone because it seems like such small potatoes, but I did submit a short article for my company’s newsletter. I heard back from the editor and she has agreed to publish my piece for the December issue. Maybe if I compile enough small potatoes it will be enough to make a side dish. LOL But seriously, I am thankful for even this modest encouragement.
    Wishing every one a blessed Thanksgiving tomorrow!

    Comment by Kathleen L. Maher — November 24, 2011

  16. congratulations :)
    thanks for the chance to read these inspirational stories.

    Comment by karenk — November 24, 2011

  17. Kathleen,
    Three words stood out in your comment: submit, editor and publish. All key words with the hoped for ending – PUBLISH! So it’s not a small thing, it’s great news. And you never know where it will lead to next. Congrats!

    Comment by admin — November 24, 2011

  18. Karen,
    Thanks for stopping by and best wishes for a blessed Thanksgiving!

    Comment by admin — November 24, 2011

  19. On November 12, I learned I won third place in a flash fiction contest sponsored by HIS Writers, the North Denver chapter of ACFW.

    Comment by Bonnie Doran — November 24, 2011

  20. Bonnie,
    Congratulations on placing in an ACFW contest!

    Comment by admin — November 25, 2011

  21. Congratulations on your publication in Chicken Soup. I have a story coming out in the Dec. 25th issue of Live. The format for that issue is beautiful. I’m also having some articles picked up in a weekly on-line newsletter. A comment for Kathleen, there are no small potatoes when it comes to publishing, just jewels readers are looking for. Congratulations! I am excited for you. I know your piece sparkles and shines!

    Comment by Jean Davis — November 27, 2011

  22. Jean D.,
    So glad you stopped by. I had a story in the Dec. 18th issue of LIVE and received the packet. I just went back to find your story in the same packet. You did a great job with “Nelly’s Gift” and I loved the ending. Plus the story is featured on the cover, how cool! And congrats on the articles for the newsletter, sounds like things are really moving along for you.

    Comment by admin — November 27, 2011

  23. What a beautiful group of ladies! I know y’all had a good time! (I’m so proud of you!)

    Comment by Vonda Skelton — December 6, 2011

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