Susan Spess Shay

Still playing make believe.


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The Happy Scarecrow

Like my new header? The happy scarecrow was a guest at our church’s Harvest Hoedown one year (Last year, I think. LOL) and I couldn’t keep from snapping his pic.

I had four pics to choose from.

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I love old wagons. The rustier the better!

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And I love, love, love old barns. I thought this was so cool!

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I almost chose this one. Do you like it? I do!

But The Happy Scare Crow won out. Why?

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Because his arms are spread wide in welcome,

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header-threeand he makes me feel good!

That’s what I want for visitors here at STW. Be happy, feel good and know you’re very welcome!

header-threeSo which pic do you like? I’ll use the others later.

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Winner, Winner, But Not a Chicken Dinner

WE HAVE A WINNER!

Congratulations, Beth of E. Lizard Breath Speaks blog won the drawing for my book.

I gave her a choice–

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To School a Cowboy

or

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Blind Sight

Beth chose Blind Sight. 🙂 I’ll be sending it to her today.

For those of you who are terribly disappointed because you didn’t win (That’s what all the wailing I hear is about. Right?) you can order my books (paperback or Kindle form) from The Wild Rose Press or from Amazon.

Okay, commercial over. 😉 More about Beth.

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She from a Small Town World in Virginia, and loves to travel all over. Her blog is full of pictures of places she’s visited. She and her hubby of eight years love to take the scenic route through Small World America.

She and her husband love kayaking. That could makes me a tad jealous. Wouldn’t it be cool to vaca with a kayak and a camera to see how many streams and rivers you could get down?

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She enjoys movies and reading and funny stories and decorating and baking and crafting and making people laugh.

She started blogging in order to “meet new folks, bloggers, people from Virginia. folks that I have something in common with–likes and dislikes.”

Beth writes, “my purpose … I really like folks to lighten up their lives … giggle, be silly & laugh. Not take things so seriously. I like to uplift (lift up) folks & make them smile. Life is so stressful normally I think blogging is meant for fun & entertainment. I do at times take on the serious side of things but I prefer the lighter side.”

I think we might be related. LOL.

Beth, I’ve enjoyed “meeting” you (and everyone who signed up for the contest.) Hope you enjoy Blind Sight!


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Let’s Play a Game

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How about, “Where’s Susan?” 😉

Since it’s Saturday, I must be blogging over at the Smart Women Blog. I’m talking about the rules of writing.

Here’s a snippet–

When I think about the rules in writing, a little voice inside me goes, “Rules? We don’t need no stinkin’ rules!”  And to a degree, that’s true. There are very few hard and fast rules.

I’ll share the ones I’ve gathered along the way with you.

Want to read more? Check it out.

And please, let me know if that link doesn’t work. 🙂


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Another Wowed Wednesday!

Wow! It’s cold outside!!! (19 degrees, according to my computer.) It was so warm and pretty outside on Monday, it felt like springtime. Then Tuesday, we hit a cold wall. Bam!
Now, early Wednesday morning, it’s still cold. I’m sitting here with the furnace blowing, an electric heater at my feet and a heating pad behind me and still thinking, “Brrrr!” I hear it’s supposed to warm back up this weekend. (Talk about a roller coaster weather wise!)

FC3’s Bible study was a real wow! Amazing. Truly a-m-a-z-i-n-g! This study just gets better and better. Honestly, the “gasp!” kind of better.

Last night, Sister Debbie brought her newest granddaughter to our classroom. (Because our birthdays are in April and May, we’re in the same small group.) Little Bit did fine for a few moments, then decided she needed a little snacky.

While her grandmommy was feeding her, I held Grandmommy’s book. Here comes the WOW! It wasn’t Beth Moore who wowed me so much during small group time as the depth of time and study my sister put into preparation for this class. And she’s not even the leader.

For a while I held her book and mine, but it wasn’t long before I put mine down. I learned so much reading her answers. (Shared a few of them, too.) I’m amazed at the way God is working in her life!

(Waving my hand. “My turn next, Lord.”)

Speaking of sisters, Beth Moore’s was introduced in her blog yesterday. I don’t know if you read Beth’s blog or if you enjoy Beth’s ministry or not, but my heart just broke for these women.

I’ve been reading Beth’s book, “So Long, Insecurity.” In it, she shares a lot about their formative years. She doesn’t tell in it how what they lived through affected her sister because she didn’t feel it was hers to tell. Yesterday her sister, Gay, wrote for everyone to read, what her life has been like.

If you’ve ever felt insecurity in your life, I recommend reading Beth’s book. And if you’ve ever wondered if Beth has just lived a charmed life and thought that anyone with blond hair and a pretty face and clothes could do what she’s done, think again. She didn’t just skate up, sparkle and start talking.

She’s been in the Pit, I promise you. So has her sister.

 — it is my great honor to introduce you to my blood sister, with whom I was raised and with whom I shared a room for many years and many secrets. Some crippling. We have known much pain together and much devastation apart and were so close growing up that one of us could hardly be okay if the other were not. Today – and for this moment – we are both okay. And blessed. Redeemed. Forgiven. And, in staggering ways, restored. Only because of Jesus.

If you have a moment, pop over to Beth’s blog. I think you’ll be wowed, too!


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Kreativ Blogger Award

Yesterday I received this:

Isn’t it pretty? It came from another blogger. Her blog is RELYING DAILY ON JESUS.

Thank you, Kim S!

I don’t know Kim, and since I’d never heard of Kreativ Blogger Award, I googled it. (I knew if I didn’t, my sons would so I might as well.)

Here’s what I found– It’s not really an award. It’s more of a pat-on-the-back-chain letter. Each person who receives the nomination is supposed:

  • Thank the nominator. (Thanks again, Kim!)
  • Put the logo on their blog. (It is very pretty, isn’t it?)
  • Link to the person who nominated you.
  • Tell seven things about yourself that others might find interesting. Oy. I’m not sure there are seven things about me I don’t blog about on a regular basis. Hm.
  1. I’m double jointed.
  2. Double jointed isn’t really having two joints. It’s loose ligaments holding the joints together. (I think)
  3. I used to be able to join my hands together, step through my arms, bring them up behind me and over my head to where they started.
  4. I’ve never worked in a freak show at the circus.
  5. I had to have shoulder surgery several years ago. (The reward for being double jointed.)
  6. Being double jointed isn’t as fun as it sounds.
  7. I can whistle through my teeth.
  • Nominate other blogs.
  1. Literally Delicious (fantastic recipes and great stories by one of the best writers I know.)
  2. A Big Story to Tell (she really does.)
  3. Knitting with Olof.

So there you go. 🙂 Go forth and be creative–er–Kreativ.


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Lunch with Friends

I had lunch yesterday with friends, and I have to tell you, I had so much fun! Isn’t it amazing how times flies when you’re chatting about something close to your heart, such as story telling?

Much of our talk revolved around the poor woman who asked a book reviewer to review her book then, when she received a less than stellar review, went on to paint a perfect target on her foot, take aim and shoot it smack in the middle of the bullseye.

The poor thing even went so far as to tell others who posted telling her that she was wrong to “F. O.”

She didn’t use initials.

She spelled it out so the world would know just exactly what she meant. And at least one of the people she offended by answering that way was a New York editor. A person who could (possibly) have taken her from self-published to the big time.

But this isn’t a blog about how to destroy your career. It’s a blog about why, every now and then, we need a day out with friends. Okay, maybe need isn’t the word. Maybe blossom is the word I want.

I was thrilled to get to chat about writing with people who loves it as much as I do. It makes me want to get up even earlier tomorrow so I can get more words on the screen, fix them (I rarely write anything perfectly the first time) pray over them and hope that I can tell Joe and Sara’s love story in a way that will touch someone’s heart. Several someones’ hearts.

After all, God is love. He created us to want to love and be loved. To want to connect with one another the way we do. We meet, fall in love and marry until death do us part.

Of course, it’s the in between–why a man is attracted to a certain woman and why she responds, why they can’t possibly fall in love, and why they do anyway, so they must forge a way, just the two of them together, to make it work–that makes writing romance so much fun.

(Think that sentence was long enough? Ha!)

I can hardly wait until we do it again!

And I get to have lunch with another group of friends today who are as excited and exciting as yesterday’s group. This group doesn’t write, though.

I’ve been invited to a prayer lunch, to thank God for the explosion happening in our church. Not the numbers, although they’re growing, too. We’re thanking Him for giving us a renewed heart. The love, excitement and joy(!) is amazing!

I can hardly wait.    

I’m filing this under Small World Blessings, because girlfriends are blessings from God!