Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey


Time Flies! #NewRelease

When I was given a release date for my book A Home for Her Daughter, it seemed like it would be forever until I could share Janie and Drew’s story. It’s hard to believe the book will be in stores a month from today.

Time sure flies during a pandemic.

Thank you all for your friendship and support!

Jill ❤

 

 

To give her daughter a brighter future…
she must leave the past behind.

Inheriting a house, money and a camp is the fresh start Janie Edmiston has been praying for. But the will stipulates Janie must work with her childhood friend—and crush—Drew Brenner, to get the camp running…or lose it all. The newly divorced mother and the widower aren’t looking for love, but sometimes it takes a child to show two broken hearts the way forward…together.

 

Available at JillWeatherholt.com


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The Occupation Thesaurus Writing Guide Is Here! #Giveaway

Hi everyone! Today I have something fun to share…a special chance to win some help with your writing bills. Who doesn’t need some extra help with their bills, right?

Some of you may know Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi of Writers Helping Writers. Well, today they are releasing a new book, and I’m part of their street team. Their books are an incredible resource for writers. I’m handing the blog over to them so they can tell you a bit about their Writer’s Showcase event, new book, and a great freebie to check out. Read on!


Certain details can say a lot about who someone is, like a character’s goals, desires, and backstory wound. But did you know there’s another detail that can tie your character’s arc to the plot, provide intense, multi-layered conflict, AND shorten the “get to know the character” curve for readers?

It’s true. Your character’s occupation is a GOLD MINE of storytelling potential.

How much time do you spend on the job? Does it fulfill you or frustrate you? Can you separate work from home? Is it causing you challenges, creating obstacles, or helping you live your truth?

Just like us, most characters will have a job, and the work they do will impact their life. The ups and downs can serve us well in the story.

Maybe you haven’t thought much about jobs in the past and how they act as a window into your character’s personality, interests, and skills. It’s okay, you aren’t alone. The good news is that The Occupation Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Jobs, Vocations, and Careers is going to do all the heavy lifting for you. You’ll be able to pick the perfect job for them and discover how to weave it into the very fabric of the story. (Here’s one of the jobs profiled in this book: FIREFIGHTER.)

GIVEAWAY ALERT: THE WRITER’S SHOWCASE IS WAITING

To celebrate the release of a new book, Becca and Angela are running a giveaway from July 20th & July 23rd. You can win some great prizes, including gift certificates that can be spent on writing services within the Writer’s Showcase. Stop by to enter if you like!

Resource Alert: A List of Additional Jobs Profiles For Your Characters!

Some of the amazing writers in our community have put together additional career profiles for you, based on jobs they have done in the past. What a great way to get accurate information so you can better describe the roles and responsibilities that go with a specific job, right? To access this list, GO HERE.

Happy writing to all!


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Lockdown Lowdown

Hi Everyone!

For nearly four months I’ve spent my time at home, only to venture out for medical appointments, and just recently to visit my parents. Since the medication I take for Crohn’s disease is an immunosuppressive drug, I’ve been playing it safe.  During this time, I’ve made a few discoveries I thought I’d share.

I think we can all agree, ordering online is often convenient. I discovered when everyone in the world is placing online orders, it can come with a few glitches.

                                                                                                                   I did not order these!

                                                                                                                        I did order this! 

 

While cleaning out my spare closet, like so many of us did with this new found extra time, I made a nostalgic discovery. My sweet Cabbage Patch doll, Bartholomew!

                                                                                                                      Meet Bartholomew!

 

I also discovered my hoarding tendencies that go way back, long before COVID-19, paid off. We never went without and still have an abundant supply! I will never again pay attention when Derek asks, “Don’t you think we have enough paper towels and toilet paper?”

 

                                                                                                                   Spills? No problem!

 

 

Can’t find toilet paper in your store? Come on over!

Another discovery was that not everyone is addicted to working jigsaw puzzles like me and Derek. When a call went out on Nextdoor.com for people desperate for puzzles, Derek and I went into action. Again, my hoarding tendencies paid off. We were able to donate at least 25 puzzles to people within our community.

 Did someone say they needed a puzzle?

  MY PUZZLE WAS MISSING A PIECE!

 
AND DEREK’S PUZZLE CAME WITH AN EXTRA PIECE!

This came with an extra piece and a missing piece! What in the world!

 

Another discovery I made during the lockdown…writing isn’t a sissy sport!

 

Thankfully, it’s my left hand!

 

While I continued to clean drawers and closets, I discovered I have even more journals than I had originally thought. I might need to do some giveaways!

I had already confessed these in a previous post.

Discovered these!

 


And these! Yes, I admit, I might have a problem.

Lastly, and most important of all, I discovered that no matter how desperate things appear to be, there’s always beauty in this world. And for that, we should remain thankful.

Seeing my beautiful mother after nearly 4 months apart…priceless! No hugs.

 

I’m curious, is there anything you’ve discovered during the pandemic?