Moldable Moments

October 1, 2015

New Post at TWC – The Art of Two-Dimensional Characters

A master novelist paints his story with dynamic two-dimensional characters. The characters are woven into the story like puzzle pieces. Each is important to the final picture, but standing alone they bring no significant revelation to the final image. Two-dimensional characters are flat. They lack depth, are partially developed, and often are stereotypically inclined. But stories need two-dimensional characters. They bring the story to life, […]
September 29, 2015

Writing Contests – Winning Can’t Be Duplicated

  When it comes to entering writing contests, it’s important to remember that winning can’t be duplicated. Many children’s sports leagues contain participation awards. Writing is very different form children’s sports. Publishers and agents aren’t looking for authors who have received participation awards. They are looking for authors who can write well enough to sell books. Contests often help speed up an agents or publishers […]
September 25, 2015

My New Post at TWC – When Weed Words Creep into Your Writing

Have you ever read through your manuscript only to realize the same words keep popping up like weeds in a garden? If your answer is yes, relax—we all do it. In the flurry of keystrokes, some words just appear. You didn’t want them. You don’t remember thinking them. But nevertheless, they sprout like common weeds. Your mind can often add unintentional words to your writing. […]
July 21, 2015

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July 17, 2015

My New Blog – 5 Ways to Survive the Christian Fiction Downturn

  Check out my new blog, 5 Ways to Survive the Christian Fiction Downturn, at The Write Conversation! http://thewriteconversation.blogspot.com/2015/07/5-ways-to-survive-christian-fiction.html  
July 15, 2015

Barren But Priceless

My new magazine article, Barren But Priceless, released today in Broken But Priceless Magazine. Check it out by subscribing at this link. http://www.erinelizabethaustin.com  
July 11, 2015

Carrot Stick Encouragement

Some people talk about dangling the carrot before the horse. I don’t have carrots, but I do have Cheetos—at least they’re the same color. My family and I climbed Copperhead Summit in Black Mountain, NC. It took twice as long as it should have, because we took along my three-year old son, Carrick. His little legs churned so fast. I’m sure he felt like he […]
July 8, 2015

Guest Post – Spelunking Speculative Fiction: High Fantasy Rules!

My newest post Spelunking Speculative Fiction: High Fantasy Rules! is featured at A Little Red Inc. Please check it out! http://alittleredinc.blogspot.com/2015/07/spelunking-speculative-fiction-high.html
July 1, 2015

New Post Featured at Almost An Author

I posted at my monthly column on Almost An Author today. Please check it out! http://www.almostanauthor.com/2015/07/how-to-write-faster/
June 1, 2015

Cap Gun Evangelism

“I’m playing dead, daddy.” The words of my three-year old still bring a smile to my face. I shot him good—with a toy cap gun—of course. Recently, on a family vacation, I bought four toy cap guns. The kind that make a loud shooting sound when the hammer strikes a firing cap. They’re the “real” toy guns I remember playing with as a child. I’ll […]
June 10, 2014

Disney Disaster

Sometimes God uses us to teach our children, and sometimes God uses our children to teach us. Learn more about my Disney disaster at the just18summers blog Moldable Moments.
June 3, 2014

Mold Love by Modeling It First

Check out my post on how I mold love in the life of my five year old daughter by modeling it in how I relate to her and cherish her. Find out more about these moldable moments, at the just18summers blog.
May 5, 2014

What I learned from 56 holes of Putt Putt

This week I played 56 holes of Putt Putt with my six-year old son. For you OCD people… yes I know we should have played 54, but we had playoffs. I lost by two strokes, I may have manipulated the score a little bit, but isn’t that what dad’s are supposed to do? I learned a few valuable lessons half way up the mountain where […]
December 31, 2013

Ringing in the New Year…4 hours Early!

Do you want to celebrate New Year’s Eve with your children at a reasonable hour and still go to bed early? Let me share you our new tradition… Last year, we celebrated the New Year at 8pm. We didn’t ruin New Year’s Day by making our children stay up till midnight. They woke up refreshed and excited just like any other day. They weren’t tired […]