The Ministry of Words | Sheri Yutzy

The Ministry of Words | Sheri Yutzy

Writers are the word-shapers of the world. We are quirky, creative, and sometimes solitary, but above all, we use words to invite the light of Christ. As a writer, I can minister to the hurting, confused, and downcast of the world through stories and articles. Including myself. When we as writers put words on the

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Why people are worth your time

Why people are worth your time

This blog post is late. Here’s why: I’m writing to you from a messy place in my life. The dishes aren’t done, the floor could use a vacuum, and there’s an ever-present email list I need to tackle. Today — read, this week — didn’t go as planned. I had goals to divide and conquer.

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What to do with a rejection letter

What to do with a rejection letter

We’re coming up to the end of August, which for lots of people means the start of a new school year – and for everyone, it’s the beginning of autumn (bring on the pumpkin-spiced everything!). But for us at Crosshair Press, it’s the end. The end of novel edits (this is where those of you

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Realm Makers 2016: A New Trope

Realm Makers 2016: A New Trope

Note: This was supposed to be about 700 words. There is no way, my friends. No way that’s happening. In fact, this will probably my closest attempt to publishing a full-length novel. I hope you enjoy. (Feat. photo credit: Gretchen Kuykendall Engel) When I mention Realm Makers to folks, they always ask me what it

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Writing from Real Life

Writing from Real Life

If you’re a writer, and even if you’re not, odds are you’ve heard the adage, “Write what you know.” And if you’re a writer, it’s probable you’ve sat and thought, “I know about grocery shopping, my work, and living in the suburbs. There’s nothing exciting about what I know.” And so we sit and we

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When good people make bad decisions

When good people make bad decisions

We’ve seen it happen over and over, and each time we just shake our heads. Good people make a bad decision or series of decisions and their lives (and usually those they love) change forever. How do you respond when you’re negatively affected by someone else’s bad decision? What if that person is you? Life

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When Life’s Up in the Air

When Life’s Up in the Air

Have you ever just felt like your life’s completely up in the air? This decision depends on this outcome which is dependent on this other unknown factor. So many uncertainties and unknowns and factors far outside of your control that you feel like you’re treading air and getting nowhere and yet falling at a tremendous

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When your story hurts

When your story hurts

On Friday morning, four days ago,  my beloved aunt tried to take her own life. She shot herself in the stomach after a months-long struggle with anxiety and depression. At 11:00 a.m. my phone rang and Lauren, at 22 the oldest of their seven children and more my little sister than cousin, came on the

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Favorite Female Characters Tea Party Recap

Favorite Female Characters Tea Party Recap

We were so pleased to host another Crosshair Press Tea Party last Thursday. If you were able to make it, thank you for hanging out with us! And if you weren’t, well, that’s what this special recap post is all about. The Crosshair team is not unfamiliar with the struggle of scheduling meetings across crazy time zone

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Coffeeshop Talk: New Paths

Coffeeshop Talk: New Paths

The New Year is considered a time for a fresh start. We’re constantly being urged to create new goals. Lose more weight. Eat more kale. Be better. Be kinder. Be motivated to do all the things — but still try to take more time for ourselves. It’s not exactly the most relaxing thing to work on.

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2015: The Year in Review

2015: The Year in Review

The trouble with driven, forward-thinking people is that they rarely take the time to look back. The past is the past, and it’s better left behind. In some cases, that’s true, but if we neglect to look back on what we’ve learned, we are destined to repeat mistakes. Not only that, but if we don’t take

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In the Crosshairs: Overcomers

In the Crosshairs: Overcomers

Have you ever been blessed to be a part of something that impacts the lives of others? If you’ve been on this Crosshair Press journey with us for the past year or so, you’ve probably heard about our friend, Mallorie. When she was 11 (exactly two years ago today!), she was diagnosed with cancer. She

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