Hot Springs Village Community Fair

Village Writers' Club Publishing Panel

I’m always amazed at how many clubs and organizations are in Hot Springs Village. Yesterday, I attended the eighth annual Community Fair, hosted by the Hot Springs Village Property Owners Association.

“Approximately 50 clubs, organizations, churches and leagues have signed up to participate in the 2011 community fair” (Hot Springs Village Voice).

Of course, I’ve already joined the Village Writers’ Club, but I picked up brochures for the Carousel Theater, the HSV Camera Club, the Computer Club, the Friends of the Coronado Center Library, the Village Branch of the American Association of University Women, and several others.

Obviously, there is a club for any and every interest you might have here in Hot Springs Village.

Photo/KarenJordan (Janet Holt, Dr. Larry Enders, Linda Black, and Elizabeth Foster)

Have you ever visited Hot Springs Village? What sites or facts did you discover?


Welcome to My World!

I thought I’d post this recent online conversation that I had with my older brother, Tommy. I received this message early this morning, as I began my writing day. I realized by my bro’s comments, that most people don’t really understand the life of a freelance writer in this information age. So, maybe my answer will give you a glimpse into my writing life. 

Hey, can’t you sleep? I notice that most of your postings are either very early or “twittered” while your one the road. LOL Ya’ gotta’ relax and enjoy the ministry… it’s not “go go go, fight fight fight, win win win”… It’s 1 Thess 5:16-23. love ya’

Hi Bro,

Hmmm … Do I justify my work as a writer or ignore your comment? [Btw, you are kinda cranky with your broken ankle! What’s with that?]

Anyway, to tell you the truth, most of my blog posts are scheduled posts for my blog, BLESSED Legacy Stories. I can publish them immediately after I write them. Or I can write several of them, and schedule a time for them to be published. This saves me from having to think about blogging every day. For instance, the ones for this week are all “guest posts” that I received from my publicist, Kathy Carlton Willis. They are part of  KCW Comm’s “blog tours” that promote other Christian authors, their newest releases, writing conference, or writing/speaking/ministry organizations. I use these “guest posts” so I won’t HAVE to write a post every day. I also hope that they will encourage or help other writers.

As for the “tweets,” the scripture you see posted, some are “tweeted” from a daily Bible verse e-mail that I receive from KLOVE radio station daily devotionals. And sometimes, yes–I do read my daily devotionals early in the morning or late at night. That’s my “quiet time”–when no one else is calling me, texting me, or asking me to justify my internet or writing activities.

As for the posts “on the road,” I use severals apps on my phone for that—like Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, or LinkedIn. And I can also post photos that I take or places I visit with the different apps on my phone. In fact, I just recently downloaded a new app that enables me to write a blog post from my phone to my newest blog—Karen’s WAVE (Writer and Village Explorer)—where I plan to write about writing and exploring the Village. So, even when I’m exercising—like walking a trail in the Village—or attending a church service, I can write a quick post that includes a picture.

So, you see, Bro, what you see online is simply evidence of me exploring and utilizing some of the new technology that is available to writers (and non-writers) in this information age.

Welcome to my world!


P. S. I think I’ll post your question (and my answer) on my new blog!

Village Writers Club


I attended the first meeting for the 2011-12 season at the Hot Springs Village Writers’ Club. The meeting began with several members sharing their prize-winners or works-in-progress. Then, we enjoyed a great lunch from Home Plate Cafe. Before the business meeting, published authors–Janet Holt, Dr. Larry Enders. Linda Black, and Elizabeth Carroll Foster–discussed “Publishing:  The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.”

Our next meeting in Monday, October 24. Dr. Lourene Thaxton, adjunct writing instructor at National Park Community College in Hot Springs, Arkansas, will present “Entertain the Interview.”

Writer and Village Explorer


Exploring Nonnie's Backyard

Welcome to Karen’s WAVE! I called this blog Karen’s WAVE (Writer and Village Explorer), because I think that might best describe me at this point in my life. I’m a writer, and I just moved to Hot Springs Village, Arkansas. So, I’m still exploring the Village right now.

New blog. I’ve wanted to start a new blog on where I could start fresh, writing on any subject that happened to be on my mind. I think this will be a good way to tear down the writer’s block that seems to get in my way at times. But I haven’t figured out all the features of So, bear with me on that. By the way, if you have any WordPress suggestions, I’d LOVE to hear from you!

Random thoughts. On this new blog, I can write about the things that are on my mind–whether that’s faith, family, writing, photography, exercise, diet, or nothing at all. In fact, this post might seem like my endless rambling. But if you knew me at all, you would know that I tend to get distracted at times. And sometimes I don’t even finish my sentences or thoughts. Like now ….

Bad language. So, if you want to come along for the ride, I’d love to chat with you. Just leave a comment. But please, be sure your comments are not crude, rude, or obscene. I’ve got children and grandchildren, you know.

Online links. By the way, you can find my website at and my other blog at But I’m warning you, I’m revising all my online sites at all times–so beware! That’s just part of being a writer, I guess (constant revisions).

Fav quote. I’ll end this post with a great quote that one of my favorite writing teachers, Dr. Sally Crisp, at UALR (University of Arkansas at Little Rock) shared with me: ‎”Take chances, make mistakes, get messy!” (Ms. Frizzle, Magic School Bus).

WAVE!!! [I’ve gotta find some clip art for my closing! Any suggestions?]

Do you have any suggestions for a new WordPress blogger?