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EVOCATIONS - Squirrels & Interviews & Books, Oh My!

EVOCATIONS - Squirrels & Interviews & Books, Oh My!
By Elizabeth Sumner Wafler • Issue #25 • View online
I’m excited about changing Evocations to a monthly format. Welcome to your November issue!
Because you have each been so loyal, sticking with me for twenty-five issues, I’m giving away a $15 Amazon gift card each month. Why fifteen dollars? Because it’s the price of the average paperback book! There are so many great reads out there, including one I highlight below.

Ahh, the splendor of fall!
Ahh, the splendor of fall!
For Readers
If you are in a book club, why not suggest IN ROBIN’S NEST or GEORGIE GIRL to your group? I love talking with people about my work, and there are pithy book club questions/ topics for discussion for both books on my website!
Though it was published in 2015, I only just discovered A MAN CALLED OVE by Fredrik Backman. Set in Sweden, it’s about a curmudgeonly–“old man” the cover proclaims–who tries multiple times to end his life, but instead ends up restoring the lives of others. I had my LAUGH AT MYSELF OF THE DAY, because in the first chapter we’re told he’s 59.
In the same vein, THE AUTHENTICITY PROJECT by Clare Pooley is about an unlikely cast of loveable “misfits” brought together by a special journal. The hopes and dreams penned in the notebook bring each character hope and perfectly imperfect fulfillment. I LOVED this book just bursting with heart.
For Writers
I think one of the elements we as writers struggle with most is backstory. Where to start the story? What is too much? Not enough?Here’s a great article by my dynamic, big-deal, friend Tiffany Yates Martin.
Starting Your Story in the Right Place to Hook Readers – FoxPrint Editorial
Writerly News
I had the unexpected honor of being contacted by lovely YA author Emily Searle, who asked to interview me on the writing of GEORGIE GIRL.
The Interview:
Check out Emily's vibrant website at!
Check out Emily's vibrant website at!
Emily’s Review of GEORGIE GIRL
“Georgie Girl is a lovely glimpse into the twists and turns of just a couple of years in a young girl’s life. This simple love story creates a powerful impact, showcasing dream versus reality and the little things that make or break us.
­Trigger warnings: some sexual references, drug use, and profanity
­­Review by Emily Searle
If a story could be a soulmate, Georgie Girl would be mine! Set in the late sixties and into the early seventies, Georgie Girl carried me directly into my element. I already had an affinity for stories taking place during this time period, so I was excited about the book before I even started it. What swept me up even further was the way in which the author painted a gorgeous story without giving too many details. I love this. When I read, I want to use my own imagination without feeling commandeered by descriptions. It was artfully told.
When Georgie first appears in the book, she is a bright-eyed thirteen-year-old full of romantic inclinations and determined to live a proper life. Her mother and father encourage her to concentrate on education, but as she enters middle school, it becomes increasingly difficult to keep level-headed. Along with all of that, she battles with the increasing reality that being a girl means facing underestimation and selfish desires.
As a sucker for romance, I was completely invested in Georgie’s love interests and how they would pan out. Every thought and feeling she had were so extremely relatable that I actually found myself empathically riding her emotional roller coasters even after I’d put the book down.
This book attached itself to my soul. This is the type of story that I will turn to when I need to revive my heart and cry a little. This is my rainy day book.”
Holiday shopping for the readers on your list? Purchase GEORGIE GIRL now:
GEORGIE GIRL: Wafler, Elizabeth Sumner: 9798574783214: Books
Life News
It hasn't come to this yet, but some days it sure feels like it!
It hasn't come to this yet, but some days it sure feels like it!
If you’re one of the forty billion people buying houses right now, beware the “as is” clause. This can mean the home is suffering the malaise of years of underlying neglect. Run. Flee!
OR hang in there and fight. We got a good deal on the place, the sellers paying us cash for the major repairs.
Cleaning this property on the heels of two moves in three months–Virginia to a Greenville apartment to a Greenville house–our aging hands swell and ache at night. Ice.
We were uplifted when a neighbor told us that our house was one of the first SOUTHERN LIVING idea houses!
We would restore it to its former luster! But in addition to appointments like custom cabinetry and built-ins, we learned that some features are test models and therefore obsolete after twenty-something years. Parts ordered aplenty.
The front door in bad shape, we just got ‘round to ordering another. Twelve weeks until it comes in.
Each repair, each freshly painted room is a victory.
Brick by brick.
Inch by inch. I’m learning to love our new home despite its idiosyn-crazies.
Jorge and Angelo have replaced the squirrels.
Our neighbors are wonderful. We found the right church for us only five-minutes away. I’m attending Women’s Bible Study on Thursday mornings and am enjoying getting to know new friends. We believe the Lord has a plan for us to be in this house and in this neighborhood. It will all come together.
One fine day.
The winner!
of the $15 Amazon Gift Card is subscriber Meg Curry! Congratulations, Meg! I will send the card to you via email.
To all my lovely subscribers, Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours! 
Light and Love,
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Elizabeth Sumner Wafler

Writer. Quotidian reader. Editor. Christian. Podcaster. Past Director of Craft Education for the Women's Fiction Writers Association. Repped by the @KnightAgency.

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