Deeper Thoughts

by Shannon on January 17, 2011

in Home

With the little free time I’ve had these last months, I felt the need to semi-abandoned my first blog, Wind Scraps as I poured content into this blog. Well, “pour” was a good word for the first month … “trickle” would better describe those weeks when I couldn’t get off the couch or even dressed. šŸ™‚

But I have felt a stirring to write again for Wind Scraps. It’s a keeping-spot for the thoughts that catch at my heart and keep me thinking late at night. So if you tire of homemaking discussions and want something a little chewier, I invite you to visit my other web-home.

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  1. Pam Depoyan says:

    Hi Shannon,
    Well, I have to tell you this is GREAT news to me! šŸ™‚ I’m not sure how I came across your Wind Scraps blog originally, but it has long been my favorite. It’s been sad to find posts so few and far between this last year or so, but I know how hard it is when you are so busy. I look forward to reading more on there. I know you’ve heard it countless times, but God has gifted you with a wondrous way with words. After losing a long time job this past year, I’m focusing more on my own freelance writing, and your style of writing from the heart, sharing slices of life, hopes, memories, etc. is the one that inspires me most! Even now, I sometimes come back just to re-read some of your previous posts… I hope you will stop by my blog (just started this fall) and share comments that come to mind! I’m at I think God shines his heart in each of us in different ways, but I always pray to write movingly, as you do…

    Wanted to tell you too… I tried your scrumptious herby bread and fell in love with it! Baked it for a friend and she then baked it for her elderly parents — she told me her dad said to thank me for the great recipe… So I thank you! šŸ™‚

    1. Shannon says:

      Pam, you’re so thoughtful to tell me all that! I really appreciate what you said. I’m in an interesting stage of my life right now where I have a lot of younger women at church who are interested in learning how to cook/sew/knit/quilt, etc. So my thoughts have turned a great deal toward how to help them learn those things. But I’ve been feeling a tug to go back to Wind Scraps. I’m sure it won’t be long šŸ™‚ Just trying to juggle everything at home and church and still find time to work on another book. Thank you for the nudge! And thanks for telling me about the bread. That’s one of our favorites. šŸ™‚ I’ll be by to check out your blog when I have a free minute!

  2. Pam Depoyan says:

    I’m sure i don’t know how you juggle all you do! šŸ™‚ God seems to be moving a lot of us in new directions though, and I know He must be using you greatly with those younger women. I keep praying for Eph 3:20 in all he leads me to do… šŸ™‚ I’m concentrating so much on trying to build up writing that I don’t check my favorite sites so much anymore (actually had more time for them on breaks at work!)… But I’ll keep checking in on yours…:) I just remembered something I wanted to ask you. I never thought of blogging as publishing my work, but a friend told me that if I post something, I can’t expect to sell it elsewhere because it is considered already published. Do you know if that is true? I’ve seen you blog things I know are in your books…

  3. Shannon says:

    You know, that really depends on the publisher and on how much content you’re talking about. It’s never been an issue for me, nor has it been for my friends who write. One of my friends–Ann Voskamp–just had a book published that came almost entirely from her blog. That’s actually how she attracted the attention of an agent. So it’s kind of an individual thing.

    I’ve published chapters in “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books that I had published on my blog. But I also lost an opportunity to have one in their recent Christmas book because the editor who had initially accepted my chapter found out that when it was first published in HomeLife magazine, they had a readership of 800,000 subscribers. She said they couldn’t take anything that had been seen by that many people. 5000 was their limit. So you just never can tell! šŸ™‚

  4. Pam Depoyan says:

    Thanks, Shannon! I recently sent something to Chicken Soup too, and they said they were okay with the blog (of course I only have about 20 readers right now… šŸ™‚ I guess the best thing is to just let them know it’s been on my blog when I submit. Encouraging news about Ann Voskamp…I’ve been praying God might open doors beyond my imagination like that… šŸ™‚ I’ve read some of her blog, too.

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