Guess what? In case you couldn’t tell from the prompt, I have a few secrets to share with you this week. 🙂

Before we start writing, here’s the first one:

Remember the hope*writers community I told you about recently? The one that only opens its membership every once in a great while?

Well, they’re about to open their doors next week, and now you’re among the first to know!

While you wait, take this fun quiz they created to help you Find Your Writing Stage.

Then go ahead and grab this free e-book called the Newbie’s Pocket Rulebook of Book Publishing — it’s a brief guide of the basic essential terms and steps of book publishing.


Sound interesting? Get your free copy here.


Join the wait list here so you don’t miss your limited opportunity to become part of the hope*writers community as soon as the doors open on Monday, May 21!

Join the waitlist at:


** This post contains various affiliate links . . . Thank you in advance for your support! **



If you’re new to the Five Minute Friday community, learn more about our weekly link-up here.

We gather every week around a one-word writing prompt, and free write for five minutes flat until we can’t feel our fingers anymore, then we share our beautiful, messy offerings. Sounds like fun, right? Right? 


This week’s Five Minute Friday writing prompt is: SECRET




[Tweet “What comes to mind when you think of the word, SECRET? Share with us in five minutes or less!”]


Setting my timer for five minutes, and . . . GO. 

I’ve been wanting to tell you guys this for a while now:


We leave in exactly three weeks (on June 8th), and Lord willing we’ll be there until August 13th.

It’s our first time back in five and a half years, and if you’ve read my memoir, you’ll know that South Africa is home to my husband, a second home to me, and the birthplace of all three of our kids.

I can hardly contain my excitement.

We have so many things we want to cram into those nine weeks, but mostly we’re just going to sit on the stoep at my mother-in-law’s house and catch up on the past half a decade while flipping boerewors on the braai and drinking Appletiser and Schweppe’s Granadilla.

Related Post: 5 Years in America: A Reflection on Missing (and Not Missing) South Africa

Oh yeah, and I’ll be speaking four or five times around the country, so if you happen to be in South Africa, hit me up to see if we can connect in person while we’re there!

For those who are wondering about the future of Five Minute Friday during these next few months, have no fear: I’m planning to continue the regular link-ups by scheduling them in advance.

I just won’t be able to participate in the weekly Twitter parties in person while I’m gone — BUT . . . the lovely Anita Ojeda and Jeanne Takenaka have agreed to keep #fmfparty alive during June through August. Hooray!

Be sure to follow Anita Ojeda (@blestbutstrest) and Jeanne Takenaka (@JeanneTakenaka) on Twitter if you want to be part of the weekly Twitter parties at #fmfparty! A bunch of us gather on Thursdays from about 8:45-9:45pm EST.

Follow along while we’re in South Africa! I’m hoping and planning to post to my Instagram account as long as I have Wi-Fi access, but you can also find me on Facebook — I’m excited to share photos of our time there!



Related Post: I Have a Secret

Recommended Reading: 

Secrets of a Charmed Life

Read my review of Secrets of a Charmed Life here


Join the link-up with your own five minute free write by clicking the blue button below!

 Loading InLinkz ...

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This