There are a number of metaphors people use to describe life with God. Many of them utilize movement: walking with God, running the race, being on a journey. For me? Sometimes it’s rollerskating. I’ll talk about that more in a future post. Sometimes it’s like the Hoobastank song Crawling in the Dark. One of my best friends said, “You should be running toward Jesus on the beach with your arms open wide in slow motion and then trip in the sand before you get there.” That’s what it feels like sometimes.

But the point is that there is always movement. Even in stumbling. I am a stumbler. Just ask my family. I’ve learned that the best thing, even if it isn’t the easiest thing, is to stop crying about the fact that I’ve stumbled yet again and just get on with it.

Since this is the about page, I should tell you more about me than the simple fact that I’m clumsy. I’m a writer and eventually I hope you read some of the things I’m working on here. I write novels primarily, some that reflect my life, some that will scandalize people (which makes me say, “Ooooh yeah, let’s write more of that!”). All reflect movement. Life is movement.

Vocationally, I am a writer, editor, graphic and web designer, which is an incredibly fun mix of skills to have. I love words and playing around with them, but my greatest skill may be in knowing all the ins and outs of comma usage (they call me the Comma Queen; special dispensation to misuse the comma is rarely given). I also by some weird quirk retain in my brain  the differences in style manuals regarding said commas. It may not look all that impressive on a tombstone (“Here lies the Comma Queen”), but someone needs to preserve knowledge of the little curve of punctuation. After all, in many instances, it helps the movement of the sentence.

I’m Cher Smith, stumbler extraordinaire. Visit me on facebook. Or check out my books at www.deadkeypublishing.com. Let’s keep the conversation going.


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  1. Cher,
    The more I read about you the more I see we have in comma. I am a stumbler from way back. I was stumbling before stumbling was even cool. Grammatically speaking I prefer the semicolon, simply because of it’s beauty and its functionality. Like a comma with a hat on. It is, or course, more rare than the comma, therefore, in my humble opinion, a delightful diversion from the humdrum of the common comma. It is fascinating that you can recall, and distinguish, comma usage rules in various style manuals. I’m sure we can have some interesting grammar chats with our common affinity for words and the language. Years ago, when I thought being an intellectual would be cool, I subscribed to the New York Times and read William Safire’s column on language every Sunday. He wrote a funny piece called Rules for Better Writing. I’ve posted it several times over the past few years. You may be familiar with it, but if not here’s a link to it on my blog. You might get a chuckle or two out of it. http://bit.ly/14yY7Kz Okay, enough of this stumbling about. I look forward to chatting with you more and reading more of Stumbling Towards Grace. God bless.

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