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We’re playing along with the Write 28 Days Challenge hosted by Anita de Ojeda, so the FMF prompts for the month of February will correspond with her list.

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This week’s FMF writing prompt is: SUNRISE




These days it’s not often that I leave the house before the sun comes up, since I work from home, it’s currently the middle of winter, and, well, pandemic.

But I had a rare reason to go out this past week, and on my way home I couldn’t help but pull off the road to snap a picture of the sunrise:



After I got home I looked at the photo again and posted it on Instagram with the following caption:

Pulled over to snap this shot on my way home this morning. When I looked at it on my phone after I got home, I realized it fits well with the blog post I just published. I’m sharing four books about racial justice that I read and highly recommend. You can find the list at katemotaung.com if you’re interested. I told my husband that I’m expecting a number of unsubscribers after the email went out this morning. Racial justice is not a topic that everyone wants to hear about or read about. Sometimes the conversations remind me of this scene — a bleak, cold, barren landscape of seemingly endless gray . . . but every once in a while, a shock of light and hope emerges from the horizon.

Sometimes life can feel barren and monochrome. But whether we can see the actual sunrise each day or not, His mercies are new every morning, and a day is coming when the bright morning star will return, the Light of the world, who gives light to all.

He is coming soon, and the darkness will not overcome it.




Join us on Monday, February 8th at 2pm EST for a free, live Zoom call with authors Shawn Smucker and Maile Silva! We’ll be talking all things writing, so come along and bring your questions!


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Shawn and Maile are hosting a brand new course called The Nine Month Novel:

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