Changes coming ~

To me, reader friends are the best part of writing for a living! I don’t say that lightly. When I began writing, I hadn’t expected reader friends to move into my heart as you have. I’ve come to love, cherish, and honor you and your thoughts.

With you in mind, I’m making a few changes to how this Plain Talk Blog works. We’ll soon be able to have written conversations throughout each week, a little like the interactions on Facebook, only this place will include anyone with access to a computer and the internet. I’ll be able to reply to you directly under your comment, so you won’t need to dig through hundreds of comments or flip pages to find my response to you.

But currently the blog is a tad broken as we aim to make it work as it needs to. Oftentimes when I post, hundreds of people leave a comment and this website blog isn’t (most blogs aren’t) designed for that kind of traffic, and certainly not in a way that allows a conversational-style flow. So, with some wonderful tech-support help, I hope to make the comments stream in a way that this blog becomes a wonderful, social part of my week–hopefully yours too!

In the 2012 blog lineup, I’ll have a new post for you each Monday morning. I’ve been talking with several Plain friends who will also write posts throughout the year.

My friend Sherry Gore will have a post for you on the third Monday of each month. Sherry is an Amish-Mennonite woman who is a caregiver, storyteller, writer, accidental editor of The Pinecraft Pauper, author of Taste of Pinecraft and An Amish Bride’s Kitchen, and the owner of a nonresistant double-barrel shotgun. She’s the editor-in-chief for a wonderful new magazine called Cooking & Such. I enjoy this magazine so much that I want to share it you, so I’ll be giving away subscriptions every so often.

One Monday each month will be devoted to answering your questions about the Plain life, so if you have a question, e-mail it to me by going to Contact Cindy.

One Monday each month will be devoted to sharing a family-favorite recipe from my Amish friends’ Old Order Amish cookbooks.

And one Monday each month will be grab bag style, either written by me or by some of you!

I’ve come to realize over the years that many of you have precious, heartwarming, and humorous stories about your connection with the Plain community. If you have a true event that is centered around the Plain life that you’d like to share–perhaps something about a trip you made to Amish Country or a friendship you have or had, or growing up with Plain relatives etc.–I’d love to receive it. Please contact me by going to Contact Cindy. We can edit it for you to make it grammatically correct, so don’t let that concern stop you from writing your short story (it can be as short as you’d like or as long as approximately 1,500 words).

Also, if you’re more comfortable staying anonymous, I can post it without using your name. If we use your article, I’ll send you an early-release, autographed copy of my next release, which is currently The Scent of Cherry Blossoms.

If you have any suggestions for this blog, please send them to me via e-mail by going to Contact Cindy.

You talk, I’ll listen. 😉

Em Gott Sei Friede (God’s peace) ~



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