Diana Delacruz

The Word Warrior’s Report

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Writers are word warriors, so today’s post is my updated report from the frontlines. For some time now, I’ve struggled, scraped, and strained my mental muscles to finish my main WIP (Work-in-Progress), a fiction book with the working title Anchor at Alcázar Reef. Celebrate with me the completion of the first draft on May 31—the …

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Embracing Who We Are

Embracing who we are as God's daughters, A little girl in back ground playing with several Disney princess action figures in foreground, validity of the Princess Syndrome, 100 Droplet Gifts #10, Bucket List Reimagined

Embracing who we are means recognizing God’s unique calling for our lives and living in the light of that high position. A few weeks ago, we talked about remembering the past. Today, we’ll discuss how to honor God’s present gift of grace in the world. We are both the servants and daughters of the King …

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5 Romantic Misconceptions – Part 2

Yellow ribbon superimposed over clasped hands and railroad tracks, romantic misconceptions, from happily to usefully ever after

Today I’m sharing the second of a miniseries on romantic misconceptions—our misunderstandings in the realm of romance and romantic fiction. Who wants romance? Uh…almost everybody, if the dozens of twists on the romance genre offer any indication. A romance sub-genre pops up under practically every fiction category in existence. For example, take romantic suspense (admittedly, …

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Remembering Who We Were

white brick lighthouse on a tiny islet, tree line and cloudy sky in background, remembering the past, remember who we were Memorial Day

Remembering who we were—the good, the bad, and even the ugly of our past—is a key to facing the future with holy confidence and joy. Keeping in mind the depths—and heights—I’ve come from keeps me focused in the right direction. Doesn’t every family have their legends? Their black sheep and closet skeletons, their crazy ancestors …

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15 Favorite First Lines

woman in blue sweater with open book and gourmet coffee, the transforming power of stories, masterpieces in the making, what are your favorite first lines

While I’m certainly no professional critic, I read dozens of books—both fiction and nonfiction—each year, so I’ve piled up plenty of reading experience. This week let’s take a break from some of the more spiritual themes and have some bookworm fun. What are your favorite first lines of fiction, any genre? After a quick perusal …

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Beach Glass–A Metaphor for Life

A stack of aqua-colored sea glass on a pebbly beach, beach glass a metaphor for life, sea glass undersea transformation

While there may be nothing new under the sun, everything changes “under the sea.” (Cue the theme song from The Little Mermaid…) I grew up near the rocky coast of Maine, on the amazing Bay of Fundy which boasts the world’s highest tides. And while it’s not especially appealing for sunbathing, surfing, or swimming (unless …

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How to Spend the Bonus Ten

Burlap bag of yellow potatoes

Our lives add up to threescore and ten—seventy years to invest—plus yapa, with good health and strength (Psalm 90:10). The extra decade of life that some are blessed with beyond the average is like the few extra grams of produce they occasionally give you at the Chilean open-air markets. When weighing out potatoes, it’s hard …

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