Kim Harms

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This is What it’s Like When Home is Your Office

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When your house looks like this and you need to get some writing done, but you are too much of a hermit to pack up and find a different location from which to work, you move a chair in front of a window and pretend that because you can’t see the mess, it doesn’t exist.

This is my writing strategy for the day. 🙂

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Real Ink

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I love writing for online publications. It still blows me away that I have the opportunity to write for TCW. But there is something special about finding my words in a real print magazine with actual paper pages I can turn with my hands.  The enclosed check is pretty nice too 🙂


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Today’s Christian Woman Regular Contributor

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I had to screen shot this. That’s me right there next to Joni Eareckson Tada. What?!?

I know that all Today’s Christian Woman writers are just regular people like me who happen to love Jesus and the printed word.

But bear with me as I have a moment or two of awestruckness. Because every now and then a girl has to let her emotions take her where they may. And I think being asked to become a regular contributor at TCW warrants a few moments of walking in the clouds.


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The Rotten Apple that Helped Me Believe I Could Write

In honor of heading to Chicago for my third Write-to-Publish Conference, I am posting the very first non-newspaper item that I ever had published. It was a children’s devotion called The Rotten Apple, and it was the result of a writing exercise at one of the classes I took at my first Write-to-Publish Conference.

Because Terri Kelly (then editor at Devokids) chose to publish it, I started to believe I could do this writing thing. Now several years and many acceptance letters (and many rejection letters) later, I am looking forward to soaking in as much writing knowledge as I can in my whirlwind two-day Chicago trip.

“Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts.” —Larry L. King, WD

The Rotten Apple

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My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight.

Proverbs 3:21NIV

“Ewww. Gross!” Jeff hollered from the deck. He had just watched his little brother Paul sink his teeth into an apple he found on the ground beneath Grandma’s apple tree. Jeff rushed to Paul’s side just as the five-year-old grimaced and spit the bite of rotten apple into the grass.

With a trickle of apple juice dribbling down his chin, Paul looked from the discarded fruit on the ground up into Jeff’s eyes. “That apple looked yummy, but it was gross.”

Many things look good at first glance. Just like the apple. Paul saw a shiny apple on the ground, but he didn’t look close enough to discover the underside was rotten.

Sometimes we do that too. Bad things can seem attractive simply because we don’t look close enough. Like buying a magazine just because our favorite athlete is on the cover only to find that the advertisements inside are inappropriate. Or watching a television show because the kids at school say it is funny only to find out that the content is not pleasing to God.

It is always wise to take a serious look at opportunities before we make decisions we regret. No one wants to mistakenly sink their teeth into a rotten apple.


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Something’s Gotta Give

If you are a regular around here, I’m sure you’ve noticed I haven’t been posting much lately. Sometimes something’s gotta give and right now for me, that is this blog.

In an effort to focus on my freelancing and 500 Dresses, I’ve decided 26 Letters is going to take a back seat for a while.

Querying and article writing take a considerable amount of time and brain power. I’m super-excited about a couple upcoming magazine articles and some soon-to-be published devotions, but after I spend time working on them it seems I don’t have much left in the tank to put together something interesting for this blog.

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500 Dresses is also growing, and I am confident God wants me (and mom) to keep on accepting each new task he drops in our laps. We’ve got enough formal gowns to fill a box for Haiti, we’ve had a number of lightweight sewing machines donated to ship to Haiti and Uganda, and we’ve got lots of sundresses ready to be boxed up too. Plus I’ve got a brand new ministry opportunity to share soon.

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I will be posting regularly over at 500 Dresses, so if you want to keep up with my words (and lots of photos), head on over there and follow us, or find us on facebook.

In addition to freelancing and 500 Dresses, I have three small(ish) boys and one big boy with whom I want to enjoy summer. Between swimming, camping, popsicle eating, smore making, and grandparent visiting I think we’ll stay pretty busy. And I’m sure I’ll spend less time at the keyboard.

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I will post something new now and then, but I’m guessing you might rather be out enjoying your summer than hanging around here anyway. 🙂

 

 


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Summertime Writing

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My creative juices have evaporated, so instead of words I am blessing you with this sweet sweet photo of my sleeping six-year-old.

I’ve been spending my summer days hanging out with this guy and his brothers, who contrary to what this picture may lead you to believe, have 5 times the energy of their mama.  We’ve been swimming, roller-coastering, creek walking, two-wheel bike riding and driveway basketball playing. (I’ve even beat Carter  at HORSE once or twice…and I don’t think it had anything to do with the fact that he wasn’t wearing his contacts.)

Amidst all of our summer fun (and during electronic device time), I’ve been sneaking in bits and pieces of writing time to work on a story assignment that I’m very excited about, but that zaps all of my brain power. So, though I’ve got nothing of consequence for this blog, hopefully after a few more days of scribbling on my rough draft during swimming lessons, I’ll not only have a boy who has improved his in-the-water skills, but also an article that does the subject matter justice.