Free to Be Me…Finally!

I’ve wasted way too much time trying to be like everybody else. Even with writing. For a while, I tried to copy my techno-gifted friends and use a computer spreadsheet program.

I couldn’t do it.

Before teaching at a conference one time, I rigged a fancy-dancy PowerPoint presentation hoping to impress people.

I didn’t use it. I was afraid of it.

Little did I know, but novelist Julie L. Cannon had quite a life lesson in store for me this past Saturday.

Mother and I attended Julie’s class at the EMAC writers’ conference. We adored her latest novel, Twang, and couldn’t wait to meet her.

Who could refuse reading the story behind a cover like this? It’s about a wanna-be roaming the streets of Nashville whose dream comes true, but the price tag is hefty.

Mother and I’ve had fun quoting our favorite sentences from Twang. (Abingdon Press, 2012)

“That poor child’s words got all clotted in her throat like spoiled buttermilk.” pg 222

“I knew as the words leapt out of my mouth, they WAS a tad on the mean side.” pg 130

“I played with the sweetener packets while her words rattled in my head like marbles in a cigar box.” pg 182

“You’ve got to make peace with your past so it won’t screw up your present.” pg 264

Julie Cannon’s secret to success isn’t at all what I expected.

You won’t believe her method! She begins by writing scenes in notebooks. By hand Don’t you love that?

And her notebooks aren’t all neat and tidy-looking. Made my day!

Best of all, wonderful Julie Cannon used the quote below written in Magic Marker on a wobbly poster board.

I’m a little pencil in the hand of God, who is sending a love letter to the world.” Mother Teresa

No PowerPoint presentation. Just Julie Cannon holding her poster.

Being her real self. Which was a gracious plenty.

To find out how Jennifer Clodfelter who stars in Twang finally becomes real, you’ll have to read the book. 🙂

I’m not wasting another second trying to be someone I’m not. I’m going to be exactly who God created me to be.

Maybe that’s the only way to become a pencil in His Hands.

For more scoop on Twang and Julie Cannon’s other novels, visit her website book section.


The other Julie  🙂