If it’s Thursday, I’m off to teach the fiction track at the Mt. Hermon Christian Writer’s Conference. I’m excited about attending because this is the granddaddy of all Christian Writer’s Conferences and it’s my first time to teach (or attend) here. My pal Nancy Rue says she went to the conference as a student a long time ago, and it’s where she really learned how the business works.

In any case, I’ll be flying to San Jose, trying to work on the plane, and looking for the redwoods. The camp is in the middle of a redwood forest, and I’ve never seen the redwood trees. Can’t wait.

And–can you think of any songs about dogs? I have “You Ain’t Nothin’ but a Hound Dog” and “How Much is that Doggie in the Window,” but I keep wondering if I’m missing something obvious.



  1. Dana

    I missed why you’re looking for songs about dogs… Hmmm…. Not many songs about dogs is there? There’s “Black Dog” by Led Zeppelin and “Dog Eat Dog” by AC/DC. But that may not be exactly what you’re looking for… There’s the one everyone knows: “Who Let the Dogs Out”…

    Have a good trip!

    I finished The Elevator tonight. Whoa! Amazing. I don’t know how you do it…

  2. Dana

    Okay, I just saw that you asked how The Elevator is for those of us who won a copy. So here goes…

    I ripped my package open in the car and began reading it immediately (my husband was driving). I kept thinking that at the end of the chapter I’d stop but the chapter would end making it impossible not to start reading the next chapter and on the cycle went. But finally I put the book down and have just finished it. (I was delayed due to moving.)

    Anyway, so the book started off strong and kept me hooked. And you think you know what’s going on and – bam – a twist.

    The funny thing about some of your books, including this one, is that you’re wrapped up in the earthly story and then at some point the spiritual “lessons” begin showing themselves in such wonderful, thought-provoking, yet subtle (and not distracting from the story itself) ways. That’s what I love about your books. There’s always more than meets the eye.

    So the book and characters where great and the thoughts tumbling around in my head after finishing it is something I love. If it’s impossible for me to immediately begin reading another book I know it’s a good one. I’m still digesting and processing The Elevator. Now that I see the end I want to go back and read it again.

    Unchartered did the same thing to me. Ooo, seeing the end makes me want to read it all again.

    Good stuff I tell you!!! I told my husband all about The Elevator since he’s not a reader. He was amazed at it. How do you come up with this stuff? You must have a whole section of brain I don’t have. You have a faithful reader though. I never can wait to see what you put out – no two books are ever alike. Love that.

    So that’s my rambling reply to how The Elevator was. Great, great, great.

  3. Angela

    Bless you heart, Dana. Thanks so much for the play-by-play on your reading adventure. Whew! I’m glad The Elevator worked for you. So glad.

    Now I have to make sure these funeral home books work for you! 🙂

    And I didn’t explain why I need the dog songs. That would sort of give something away. 🙂



  4. Dana

    LOL! You’re funny. 🙂

  5. Accidental Poet

    It really is a lovely lovely part of the world. When we lived in California, we were half an hour north of San Jose.


  6. Accidental Poet

    Also I haven’t read The Elevator yet because I haven’t gotten it yet. I’m reading Ted Dekker’s Blink.

  7. Kay

    I was telling my hubby about all the writer’s conferences I will have to attend and I told him about Mt. Hermon. I said I thought it was in New Hampshire. That or North Carolina.
    Oh well. Have a great time! I would love to see the Redwoods, too. Hug one for me.

  8. Nat

    OK, it’s not really about dogs, but everyone knows the line from the Beatles song “It’s been a hard day’s night and I’ve been workin’ like a dog…”

  9. Linda G

    Dog songs: “I’m gonna buy me a dog”
    sung by the Monkees
    “Hound Dog Man”
    Theme from “Old Yeller”

    We were at Mt Hermon about 20 years ago for a Jews for Jesus conference.
    Beautiful setting. If you have time in San Jose go to the Winchester Mystery House.


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