My friend and show host Jason Suel interviewed me on his local Fox TV Show, Later with Jason Suel, last Saturday!

Thank you for having me, Jason! Delightful!

Catch full episodes at LaterWithJasonSuel.com or at 9pm CST on Saturday nights on the NWA local Fox Station.



 

Hi Friends,

The day you've been long waiting for has arrived.

It's available. The Lost Lineage, The Mod Code Series Book #3.
 

Buy now:

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xxheidi



If you know me very well, you know I'm not one for small talk. 

Nope, no small talk here. Can we please get straight to the heart of our lives? Can we talk about what matters?

I long for this in my relationships with other human beings. I think we all do, if we let ourselves be vulnerable enough to recognize it. 

And this fact about myself is probably why I fell in LOVE with one of the songs on Andy Grammer's new album. (He's an amazing artist and I resonate with so much of his work.) 

You must go and listen to his song, The Good Parts. 

Here are the lyrics: 

I'm sorry if I seem impatient
I'm not a fan of pleasantries
I get bored with the weather and what's in the news
The topics we all hide beneath
I could not care less about your day job
The gossip or ordinary stress
See, every relationship I've ever loved
It starts when someone says:
Show me where it hurts. Give me something real.
Lead me to the part of you that never really heals.
Say the words that burn when they leave your mouth
Tell me your story ... but don't leave the good parts out.


Tell me all about your failures
The little things that make you cry
Tell me the acts that you preach but cannot seem to practice
That leave you compromised.
Show me where it hurts. Give me something real
Lead me to the part of you that never really heals
Say the words that burn when they leave your mouth
Tell me your story ... but don't leave the good parts out.

The song goes on from there, and it's fantastic. Please go listen to it right now. When I heard it for the first time, it felt like Andy Grammer had gone into my headspace and read my mind.

(He also has another great song on his new album called Civil War ... and I loved 85 as well ...)

I hope the end of January is unfolding beautifully for you!

all my love,

xxheidi



This little grammar book is entertaining me again. How is it possible?

The writing nuggets draw me in, every time. 

Last night, I sat fireside (during an unusually cold, three degree Fahrenheit evening in Arkansas) and read a most helpful reminder, found on page twenty-one: 

"If those who have studied the art of writing are in accord on any one point, it is this: the surest way to arouse and hold the reader's attention is by being specific, definite, and concrete. The greatest writers—Homer, Dante, Shakespeare—are effective largely because they deal in particulars and report the details that matter. Their words call up pictures."

Yes.

When I write, please help me to do this.

Now ... back at it! (Back to my writing, that is...)

Hugs to all, 

xxheidi

P.S. The Mod Code book #3, The Lost Lineage, releases in less than one month! (Feb. 14th, 2018!)

Get ready!!!!



Hello Readers and Friends,

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas, a blessed December, and a Happy 2018.

Keep doing whatever awesome things you're doing, and I'll keep doing the same.

I'm excited to share more delicious stories with you in the coming year.

In the meantime, savor your family and friends, and soak up the precious memories made over the next few weeks.

Life's a gift!

love and hugs to all,

xxheidi



My dad loves buffalo. He loves the Kansas plains where he grew up, and he has a sacred respect for the flatlands. And boy, does he love those bison. 

His office is covered in buffalo paraphernalia. Some that's pretty cool stuff, actually.

Dad went so far as to register the license plate "BUFFALO" with the Kansas State Department of Motor Vehicles and drove around in his pickup truck for at least a decade with the license plate "BUFFALO" proudly displayed.

So, the other day, I found a buffalo sweater: 

It's geeky. And warm. And I bought it in tribute of my dad. It's officially become my "writing" sweater. Meaning, it hangs on the back of my writing chair, and when I get cold while typing, I wear it. 

And somehow, I feel more "at home" in the buffalo sweater, because, well, I think that's just what heritage does.

My dad loves Kansas, and I love Kansas because he taught me how.

The Kansas plains—and buffalo—will always have a special place in my heart. 

Do you have a "buffalo sweater"? Something that makes you warm and cozy and think of good people that came to this earth before you?

Hope you're having a Happy Thursday everybody!

xxheidi 

p.s. Mod Code Book #3 COMING SOON (Feb. 2018)!! 



My husband sent me a text on Saturday while I was at a conference:

 



A tragedy struck our family friends this week.

This morning, I woke up with these words in my head:

"Sometimes, the bravest thing that we can do is get up, and face another day, with love in our hearts."

-Heidi Tankersley



When I’m done with my writing day (which is every day), I do other things.

Like help my daughter study multiplication tables.

Or drive my son to football practice.

Or run to the post office for my husband.

Or take walks.

Or make delicious concoctions for dinner—last night we had sautéed onion and broccoli, mixed with deer meat and chunks of avocado. It sounds … strange. And tastes … really good.

I also read lots of books.

Because when I study the way authors write their fiction books, or read books on the craft of writing, or dive into non-fiction books on personal growth and development, or pour over scripture that will feed my soul, I become a better person, and a better writer.

So, that’s pretty much my life in seven short paragraphs.

And I don’t have time to write much more write now, because I’m WRITING A BOOK FOR YOU, for pete’s sake.

Book 3 in The Mod Code Series will come out February 2018 … so it’s back to my manuscript.

Sending you big virtual hugs on the coldest day of our Arkansas autumn so far … 51 degrees Fahrenheit. (I pulled out my space heater today and set it up by my computer. The ushering in of the cold has officially begun. Excessively hot showers will be part of my life for a handful of months.)

Hope you are well, and happy, and enjoying this beautiful life.

xxheidi

p.s.

About the picture.

I think this is what I look like when I'm deep in thought. But I wouldn't really know, because when I'm deep in thought, I'm not really thinking about what I look like. I'm thinking about deeper things. Like "Why did God really put us here on this planet?" And "Where do we actually go when we die?" Don't worry. I'll add these in my books somewhere. And if you think about these things too, then we should hang out more. Seriously. 



Hey friends!

Here's a list of some of the books I've read this summer. It's been a good time. Lots of good non-fiction in these recent months. Which always does my heart good. And a few fiction books. 

Hope your own reading lately has been refreshing, fulfilling, and fun!

Here they are:

Twelve Tests of Character by Harry Emerson Fosdick (Yes. Preach it Mr. Fosdick)

Mission: Success! by Og Mandino (awww! Just, awww!)

Writing Tools by Roy Peter Clark (Thank you, Roy.)

Positive Imaging by Norman Vincent Peale (changed the way I pray for my kids and spouse and friends and well ... everyone.)

The Greatest Salesman In The World Part II: The End of the Story by Og Mandino (great little tip for reviewing your day in here)

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (a surprisingly highly satisfying read)

The One Thing by Gary Keller (changed the entire structure of my writing day. amazing.)

The Road Back to You by Ian Cron (LOVE the Enneagram) 

What We Talk About When We Talk About God by Rob Bell (This guy, and his insights, and the way he writes books. Brilliant.)

Experiencing God Through Prayer by Madame Guyon (from the 1600's people!!!)

Preparing for Adolescence by Dr. James Dobson (b/c I have a kiddo starting MIDDLE SCHOOL you guys! unbelievable)

Acres of Diamond by Russell H. Conwell (succinct and to the point: hone your talents)

The Tough-Minded Optimist by Norman Vincent Peale (nobody's writing brings me up like N.V.P. Love this guy.)

Crafting Dynamic Dialog by The Editors of Writer's Digest (good stuff. I LOVE writing dialog, btw.)

Words Fail Me by Patricia T. O'Conner (basic grammer and writing advice, delivered with humor)

Perfect by Cecelia Ahern (My only fiction book on the list! It's the second in a series... So far, so good...)

Hugs to all of you,

xxheidi

p.s. For a deeper look at a lot of the books I've read up to this point, you can visit the "Bookfest Friday" category on my blog.