Stories of Strength

Wow–sure has been a while! Let’s see if we can’t speed things up-to-date.

First, I want to thank everyone for their love, prayers, and condolences, especially Cortney, Ceci, Mridu, Joanne, Megan, and AGK. *hugs*

We attended Michael’s granddad’s funeral, which, though sad, was quite a lovely time with family. I adore the family I married into. Wonderful people, so incredibly loving, and so much like the family I was born into, as well.

When we returned we spent a somewhat quiet weekend trying to recuperate from the two weeks that were spent driving back and forth between Texas and Oklahoma, 7 hours each way. No sooner was that weekend over when we started to hear warnings of a certain Hurricane Rita. As the week drew closer to a close, we decided it would be best to evacuate, as it was highly recommended. We drove to Dallas throughout a period of 12 hours (should have been 4.5, but the traffic was horrendous! It took us literally 4 HOURS(!!!) to drive 20 miles during the first part of our trip!), and stayed with Michael’s sister and her husband for a few days. We returned during the latter part of the weekend, and I am *still* unpacking and trying to catch up on relaxing and work. Thank God–our area experienced very little damage. Still, we’re grieving with those who have lost so much, which brings me to what I want to share next.

I have happydancenews!

Stories of Strength: An Anthology Benefiting The Red Cross

My personal essay about strength, entitled “A Walk in the Clouds,” has been selected to appear in the upcoming (October/November, 2005) anthology, Stories of Strength. The idea for S.O.S. came from Jenna Glatzer, proclaimed author and Editor-in-Chief of She approached the AbsoluteWrite community, and it became a community effort.

Some well-known names of those who have contributed stories include: science-fiction guru Orson Scott Card, famed actor/author Wil Wheaton, Christian romance novelist Robin Lee Hatcher, and, of course, our beloved Jenna Glatzer, along with many, many others. (Hee hee, Cortney–I think I hear you all the way over here–YES, THE Wil Wheaton! Love you, my Cort-ster.)

All proceeds from the sale of this anthology will go directly to the Red Cross for the hurricane relief effort. We authors and editors are donating our work for this worthy cause; none of us will receive a penny. Please be sure to buy a copy when it is released! You will not only receive a book fill of wonderful stories of strength, but you will be giving to those in need. This is a gift that truly keeps on giving. For more information, please visit: I’ll be adding links to places where you can buy it when it is officially released!

Also, I am starting a website for writers, entitled Writers Remember, to help bring inspiration to those who often feel discouraged, burnt-out, and rundown in their writing goals and careers. It’s not completely set up yet, but it will be, soon. Enjoy!

The only other news I can think of at the moment is that my website has been revamped. I decided to make it my everything-site, so it will include both things about myself as a writer, as well as Temlyn Writing (& Editing) Services.

Edited to add:

Almost forgot–I’m moving my blog to WordPress, but will update when I do. It may not be for a few days.


I'm a wife and mommy first, as well as a social media consultant/manager, editor, and writer. I'm also editor of Musical Reviewer and Houston Theatre Blog.

9 comments on “Stories of Strength
  1. Doppelbock says:

    Hey, I like your website. I’m an aspiring newbie writer, and definitely appreciate the encouragement from your “Writers Remember” page. (I’m feeling somewhat uncertain and timid about the whole writing thing, but that’s what midlife crisis is all about, I guess.)

    my blog: Spring To Mind

  2. AGK says:

    Congrats! And can’t wait to see what you are doing with the new site 🙂

  3. PLH says:

    Just wanted to say hello, Julia. I used to blog at another site, and now I’ve started anew here. Didn’t realize so many of my AW friends were here.

    I’m trying to keep a low profile here, but I bet you can guess who I am. 😉

    Take care.

  4. PLH says:

    Geez, I used the word “here” like three times, well, now four. LOL

  5. Writers Remember sounds like it will be a great site. I look forward to seeing more.

  6. Congrats on Stories of Strength. I’m looking forward to seeing your new site, too!

  7. Ceci says:

    Hey. Just wanted to let you know I am thinking about you and love you sis. Take care!

  8. AGK says:

    Just checking on you. Did you move to WP and forget to tell us??? Hope you’re OK!

  9. Ray Wong says:

    You rock. Stories of Strength rocks.

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