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Traffic and Turnpike Concerns

Posted by on Apr 2, 2016 in Oklahoma, Silly Stuff | 0 comments

Traffic and Turnpike Concerns

  There will be community-wide meeting to discuss the traffic challenges we face as a growing community as well as the routes of the proposed turnpikes. We encourage all citizens available to participate in this discussion as we analyze several ideas to help with the congestion experienced on HWY 152 and Mustang Road during busy hours. Some of the items to be discussed: Reduce overall traffic by encouraging citizens to: – Carpool – Use “side” or neighborhood roads to navigate the city when possible – Walk/Jog/Bike/Hoverboard/Horse/Camel/Donkey – Stay home Increase the speed at which traffic moves by: – Eliminating stop lights (if approved by the Department of Transportation) – Increasing the speed limits (if approved by the Department of Transportation) – Make all roads go downhill both ways Regulate traffic by: – Passing a city ordinance requiring feminine colored cars (red, pink…) to drive in the left lane and masculine colored cars (blue, black…) to drive in the right lane (until reaching destination obviously). The center “turning” lane can double as a “passing lane” when needed. – Encouraging some local businesses to alter operating/opening hours to a less busy time frame (preferably evening/night) to more evenly divide traffic between 24 hours in a day. (Currently we have several hours at night where very few citizens are utilizing our streets). Public Transportation options: – Funds permitting, we would love to implement a subway service to accommodate in-city travel. – Instead of a turnpike, we transport commuters by drone. – Turnpikes will be constructed out of floating concrete, allowing for the preservation of the farmland they are slated to cross. If you have any questions/comments to any of these ideas, please meet with us at 5:30 pm on April 2, 2016 in the Community Center pavilion. If you are unable to attend, and have suggestions, please comment below and your thoughts will be shared with the appropriate...

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Continuity Issues

Posted by on Feb 16, 2016 in Devotions, Writing | 0 comments

Continuity Issues

Let’s say you’re going to make up a story. A grand story. A story that’s going to span centuries with a cast of characters that numbers into the thousands. This story is going to be so big, that it’ll require several authors working with you – dozens in fact. And it’s going to take a long time to write. Generations will pass before it’s done. How are you going to plan for that? I’m currently editing a novella collection about three brothers, but it’s on a much smaller scale. The stories are all set in the same town and share a lot of the same characters, but a different author is writing each individual brother’s story. A project like this takes planning. Before these ladies started writing, they set down names, places, and characters. Together they matched the stories of these brothers so that they made sure that what was said in one story lined up with the next story. They each know what had happened to the youngest brother when he was in high school. They each know how the middle brother got hurt and why the oldest brother had to come home. These women are all Americans living in 2016. They all speak English and have studied writing at the same conferences in the same industry. They’ve collaborated on the project since the beginning. Seems like it’d be pretty easy for them to get their story straight, right? Think again. When the three stories came in, as good as they were, there were inconsistencies throughout. Things that had been decided at the onset had been altered slightly, but minor changes over three stories meant mistakes. And while character names and their histories were agreed on, often the characters were unrecognizable across the different submissions. Someone who was somber and introspective in one story was playful and outgoing in the next. Having taken part in a continuity collection myself, I know these issues aren’t unique to these wonderful authors.  They are merely details that have to be ironed out, which happens with every work. Nothing unusual about mistakes. In fact, it’s expected. Just imagine, however, if the authors hadn’t talked before they wrote their stories, and yet all the stories matched up? That would be unusual. And can you imagine if forty-some authors wrote a collection of books over a span of fifteen-hundred years – authors who had never met, authors who lived under different governments, different nations, and who spoke different languages – and their stories told a consistent story? That would be a miracle. That would be our Bible. I’ve always heard the facts about this holy compilation – about how God inspired men from various backgrounds and various occupations to pen His story. It wasn’t until I collaborated with other authors that I realized how challenging it is to “get our stories straight.” It wasn’t until I edited a collection, that I realized how many different ways there are to get it wrong. The only way the Bible came to be, amid all the obstacles, is that in a greater sense the Book was not really written by men after all.  Indeed, as 2 Peter 1:21 says, “For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they...

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Booked Solid Winner!

Posted by on Dec 30, 2015 in At Love's Bidding | 1 comment

Congratulations to Karen R. of Washington for winning the At Love’s Bidding/Hopegiver’s International Booked Solid contest. Karen will get a new Bethany House book delivered to her mailbox every month for 2016! Thanks Karen for playing and for supporting the ministry of...

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Booked Solid Contest

Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in At Love's Bidding, Books | 4 comments

THE BOOKED SOLID CONTEST to celebrate the release of At Love’s Bidding and Benefitting HOPEGIVERS INTERNATIONAL What am I bidding for? One Year’s Worth of Fantastic Inspirational Books delivered to your mailbox. Where does my bid go? All money raised by this promotion goes to Hopegivers International and their Christmas Hope Chest program to provide every child in their ministry with a new set of clothes, school supplies, toiletries and a Christmas toy. While only the highest bidder is required to donate, you may turn your bid into a donation if you wish. Why Hopegivers? Hopegivers is a ministry that is near and dear to my heart. Through sponsors like you, Hopegivers rescues orphaned, abandoned and at-risk children and raises them to be doctors, nurses and ministers of the Gospel. They take these precious lives that others have discarded and train them to be “arrows for God”. Sounds like fun! How do I place my bid? Go to http://hopegivers.org/booked-solid/ to place your bid. Remember, you can’t see what others have bid, and the highest bid wins. While you’re there, spend some time reading about this great ministry and see if God is calling you to get involved. Just imagine! The latest Bethany House release arriving in your mailbox every month for a year! How fun! The winner will be announced here on December 18th, 2015. Good luck! Love, Regina...

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How I Lost My Sole at the Football Game

Posted by on Nov 6, 2015 in Family, Oklahoma, Silly Stuff | 7 comments

How I Lost My Sole at the Football Game

Even before the punishing Oklahoma heat breaks, we start getting geared up for football season. My sister Becky is no exception. So when she was given two tickets to OU’s opening game, she gave me a call. We could run down to Norman and take a quick, local, sister trip together. No planning required. Sounded great. Always looking to save some money, we decided to park way out at the Lloyd Noble Center and walk to the stadium. We’re both healthy, so what would it hurt, even if it was 100 degrees in the shade? We can take the heat. One thing I couldn’t take though, was walking two miles in uncomfortable shoes. Just a few weeks earlier I’d made that mistake when my friend and author buddy Becky Wade had visited OKC. Someone in the group who is related to me by marriage and should know better, underestimated the distance to the OKC Memorial. It turned into quite a hike…especially for someone wearing an adorable pair of new high wedges. Once we got to the Memorial, I took off my shoes to give my feet a rest before we started walking back to Bricktown. Unfortunately my feet swelled like inflatable rafts. The shoes would not go back on. At all. Poor Becky and Mr. Wade were escorted back through downtown by a barefoot hostess. At one point, crossing a gravel parking lot, I had to catch a piggyback ride to make it across. Just what you want to do in the trendy section of town on a Saturday night. We gave them a visit they’ll never forget. And I hadn’t forgotten either. No cute shoes on this trip. I was going to wear my tried and true flipflops with a lot of cushion. And that worked well for the first mile to the stadium. Becky (my sister) and I chatted, laughed and sweated as we hurried along just behind the crowd. We were a little late. Suddenly something snapped, and with the next step I was standing on bare pavement. What just happened? I looked behind me and there was my flipflop with the strap broken. Now, if you’ve ever had flipflops break, you know that they become the most useless thing in the world. They aren’t sandals. There aren’t other straps to hold them on. Nope, they are just a flat piece of foam with no method of attachment to the bottom of your foot. This was trouble. I could walk a mile barefoot. I’d proved that in Bricktown. But did I want to walk two miles back in the dark when the game was over? And would they let me into the stadium barefoot? Somehow I doubted it. But we would press on. We were resourceful. We could figure out something by the time we reached the game. My first try was to poke my chewing gum into the holes that hold the strap in. Both the side and the hole between my holes had quit on me, so I filled them with green, spearmint gum. Then I carefully pushed the prong into the hole and waited. Did I mention that it was 100 degrees? That gum wasn’t going to set-up and harden for anything. One step and I realized that all I’d accomplished was getting spearmint...

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Alfred Hitchcock fans, this is for you –

Posted by on Sep 7, 2015 in Family, Oklahoma, Silly Stuff | 0 comments

Alfred Hitchcock fans, this is for you –

We’ve been at my parents’ the last three nights enjoying the ending of pool season. Every night we watch a giant flock of birds swarm around their bedroom chimney. There’s been some debate on whether those birds were actually going into the chimney. Mom knew she had a bird, maybe a whole nest of birds in there because they could hear them at night, but she said there was no way all fifty or so birds could be living in there. My sister Becky and I watched and it sure appeared that they were darting into the chimney, but it was hard to tell from that angle. Eventually there were no birds left. Being an inquisitive sort…. Of course I couldn’t just let it go without finding out for sure whether there was a whole flock of birds in my parents’ bedroom chimney. I told them to stay there and watch the chimney. I was going inside to start a fire. I removed the little fireplace screen and tossed a few Kleenexes in the fireplace. I got a match  and then because I would never want to cause any harm to their lovely house by making it smell like smoke, I reached in to open the flue. The noise was akin to standing beneath a helicopter when it takes off. A massive whirling, fluttering noise rose up over my head and immediately birds came pouring out of the fireplace. I smashed the fireplace screen over the opening, but the fireplace tools were in the way, keeping it from falling flush against the brick. Dozens of birds were flapping, their little claws poking my fingers through the screen, their soft bodies squeezing between the screen and the brick where the fireplace tools were leaving space. They were determined to get into the house. I started yelling to see if anyone was in the house. I needed to get the fireplace tools out of the way because one by one, birds were squeezing through the gaps and flying around the bedroom, but I knew if I let go of the screen, dozens of birds would flood in. No one was in the house. Both hands were holding the screen, so I started blowing on the birds, yelling at them, hoping to scare them back up the flue. Surely one of my family members would come inside and check on my experiment… but no. I was on my own. Eventually, more and more of them found their way back up the chimney and I was able to toss the tools aside so the screen fit flat over the hole. All while dodging the darting birds that had made it into the bedroom. Finally there was only one left in the fireplace. I put something heavy against the screen to hold it in place, then went outside to get the swimming pool net and start rounding up the birds inside. There was the family, watching the chimney. “Gina, you wouldn’t believe how many birds were in the chimney!” Yep. I think I would. In fact, y’all didn’t even see them all, because some are still flying around the house. So much for my science experiment. My parents are so proud....

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An Announcement

Posted by on Aug 10, 2015 in A Most Inconvenient Marriage, News | 0 comments

An Announcement

I have some great news! <<<DRUMROLL>>> A Most Inconvenient Marriage was selected by the National Readers’ Choice judges as the Best Inspirational Novel of 2014!   Wo0-hoo! So thanks to those sweet judges, thanks to you readers who bought enough books that I could keep writing ’til I reached this point, and thanks to my family for doing crazy stuff that I can work into my stories! I appreciate y’all! Sincerely, (Award-winning author) Regina Jennings...

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6 Steps to Writing a Letter to a Corporation

Posted by on Jul 23, 2015 in Writing | 2 comments

6 Steps to Writing a Letter to a Corporation

Many times we hear that a corporation we do business with or a public figure that we admire has done something that is disappointing. Many people mean to write to share their disapproval, but don’t know where to start. Others contact the organization, but their accusations don’t open a dialogue. Here are some thoughts on how to write an effect protest letter. 1. Why are you writing? An interview on TV, a product you find offensive, a news item – what was it that prompted you to start writing? Dear Pepsi-Cola, I noticed your company’s name on a list of corporate sponsors who fund Planned Parenthood. 2. Who are you? And what do you want? If you are a customer, tell them, but be honest. Don’t over-inflate your importance. And then tell them what you are hoping to accomplish. As a customer, I’m asking you to reconsider that support. 3. Why should they change their policy? How do they change their policy? This might be as simple as, “In the future, please put clothes on the models in your ads.” Or it might require some investigation on your part. You don’t like when your gym plays explicit music in the weight room? Tell them some comparable stations that would serve their clientele without the profanity. (True story.) There are numerous other health organizations that offer medical aid without profiting from abortion if you are looking for a place to donate. The reason PP is offensive is because, not only do they perform abortions, but they also do late term abortions and, as recent footage has revealed, it appears that sometimes the way they end the life of the fetus has more to do with the price of the organs available than the health of the mother. 4. What is at stake for them? Here’s where people go batty. Please don’t threaten that you will never go into McDonald’s again. They won’t believe you. Unless you are in the position to actually cancel a subscription or membership, those kinds of threats aren’t very credible because boycotts don’t usually last. What is really at stake for the company is bad press, a bad association or a tarnishing of their brand. Believe me, they spend a lot of time worrying about their brand and they don’t want it sullied. Now, once again, use your common sense. There are brands that thrive on shocking advertising, content and products. Keep in mind their corporate identity when deciding how to approach the situation. It’s my opinion that such practices do not represent the refreshing, fun image that your company has so carefully cultivated over the years. I want to associate Pepsi-Cola with a cold, delicious drink, not with shocking videos of doctors bargaining for baby parts. 5. Restate your request. Be clear. What are you hoping they will do? Tell them again. Please discontinue your support of Planned Parenthood. 6. Be civil. Thank them for their time. In order to be effective you must appeal to their sense of decency and responsibility. If you are rude and unreasonable, they are much more likely to discredit your opinion. Besides, being polite is never wrong. And you don’t know but what the customer service rep answering your letter might be as offended by his company as you are....

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Finalist…. but It’s Not Final.

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in A Most Inconvenient Marriage, Books | 4 comments

Finalist…. but It’s Not Final.

I don’t really understand the term Finalist, because it doesn’t mean that anything is over. In fact, it means that you get to go on to the next round. Very confusing. Maybe it should be called a Continuist? Anyway, this has been an exciting spring, that’s for sure! I’m so pleased to get to share that both my novella An Unforeseen Match and my full-length historical romance A Most Inconvenient Marriage have made finalist. In fact they both double finaled in two contests and An Unforeseen Match finaled in a third. The nice people holding these contests sent me logos to share, so just pretend like I’m a grandma showing you pictures of my kids. 🙂 An Unforeseen Match in the novella category:     A Most Inconvenient Marriage in the Inspiration Category:       Isn’t that cool?!  I’m still amazed that writing is what I get to spend my time doing. Thank you for reading my books, telling your friends, posting reviews and all those other things that keep me going! And if you haven’t read one of these stories, what are you waiting for? Jump on board! God Bless!...

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How To Get An Autographed Book For Your Mom

Posted by on Apr 30, 2015 in Holidays | 1 comment

How To Get An Autographed Book For Your Mom

How different my childhood would’ve been if my mother hadn’t loved books! How about your mom? Did you share books? Do you share books now? Or maybe she doesn’t read much now, but you wish she would. Well, I can think of a few books to recommend. <<wink, wink>> And if Mom is going to get a book, it might as well be autographed. How can we make this work? 1. Snap a picture of the receipt showing where you bought your book (Dated April or May 2015) or a screen shot will work, too, if it was purchased online. The book has to be one of mine, because I can’t really sign someone else’s book, can I? 2. Email me at [email protected] with the picture, the name you’d like the bookplate signed to, and your mailing address. 3. I’ll get the bookplate in the mail to you as soon as possible. A few rules, here, please. This offer isn’t good on books that were complimentary copies, only purchased copies. U.S. addresses only, and if you bought the book for yourself, who am I to judge? I’ll sign it to you, too! Thank you for sharing my stories, and Happy Mother’s Day! Love,...

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