A cup of coffee,
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Davenport, WA 99122
Have you ever dreamed of writing your own novel, but found the task too daunting? Lynn Hernas once did. "All I lacked, really, was a deadline to become motivated," Lynn says. "So when I stumbled across the NaNoWriMo website (National Novel Writing Month), I found my deadline."
Writers across America use the month of November to produce thousands of novels through the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) website, with a challenge to write 50,000 words before the end of the month. Lynn said she planned out her story, did research and wrote an outline before November so she could just sit down and get her story written out on her computer. "Once you've written 50,000 words, you've learned to master the writer's block to a very large extent," says Lynn.
Over the course of four years Lynn produced four novels (Even Hippos Can Drown, The Pounding, Spy*hopping, and Forbidden Mountain) by participating in NaNoWriMo. During these last two years she concentrated on learning the art of revision, revision, revision.
Three decades ago Lynn was on top of her game, a feminist and she had recently resolved to remain single rather than marry 'a clod.' Knute Hernas then entered the scene, introduced her to Jesus Christ (who transformed her into a new creation.) She married that young man God brought into her life. Her faithful husband has been a persistent supporter of all her efforts. Busy with his dental practice, Knute nevertheless finds time to help Lynn direct musicals for the local high school and community theater groups, as well as reading her novels and contributing to their editing. "I couldn't do it without him!" Lynn says.
As a stay-at-home mom of two brilliant children, Lynn found homeschooling to be the ideal solution to maintain a close family bond as well as ensure their Christ-centered education. It also facilitated the family's move to Africa as missionaries where Lynn extended her expertise to include children from another missionary family in her vicinity. The photo above depicts Lynn's homeschool class on field trip in the Congo where Dr. Katanga, the local ophthalmologist, provided an up-close anatomy session… in a pig's eye!
Though her children are adults now Lynn continues to offer her teaching services through the local Christian school, and recently taught a class on How to Prepare for SAT Testing to a group of homeschoolers. And the advent of two grandsons brings with it a renewed vigor and interest in homeschooling. Lynn can often be found dusting off old skills while working up new crafts and stories for "her boys."
Living in Africa was never part of the original bargain when she married, but Lynn says it has been one of the most rewarding experiences in her life. "Imagine selling most of your belongings, storing away what's left, bundling up your 5 and 6-year olds and moving to a completely alien and very remote part of Africa," Lynn says. "It's an experience one cannot easily forget." She captured the photo of this priceless pair of young pineapple sellers only after agreeing first to the fruit's purchase: 2 million zaires. (That's about 12 cents). Sound interesting? Follow this and other fascinating stories in her serial blog: The African Chronicles.
Lynn is available for online book discussions, and will attend Book Clubs within 100 miles of Spokane.
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