Lyndie Blevins, Author

The digital home of Lyndie Blevins, Guiding Wind and the town of Sage, Texas
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Writing About Life In Community

I'm glad you stopped by today and I hope you will explore Guiding Wind the digital home of Sage, Tx. Sage is at the heart of my work. People who yearn for wide open spaces want to live or spend time in Sage. Many have passed through as teachers or students at A.R. Johnson College. Stop by the Sage Library to see the books and authors I am recommending.

New Book Recommendations

Stop by the sage Literary Society for reviews on new books to read.

Authors You Should Know

Visit the Sage Public Library to meet authors I recommend - Once a month an author will be featured.

Information on Writing

Check out conferences, books and other resources I have found useful.

My Books

I have work included in three anthologies of stories, poems and devotionals. Click here to find out more about the books and how to order them.

My Speaking

I’m would love to speak at your church or writing groups. Click to view a list of my topics or contact me to develop a program unique for your event.

Affirmed By Grace

The Brandenburg Project is a biography of Mrs. Grace Brandenburg, an iconic English teacher in the Duncanville Public Schools for over 30 years.

About Guiding Wind

Sage, Texas where you can expect greater things to happen Greater things come from a source outside of ourselves. There is a guiding wind available for all us if we look for it. This season of my life, I want to be led by that Guiding Wind and so I named my business Guiding Wind. My characters either or looking for that guidance or they stumble willingly into it’s leading.

I long for wide open spaces in all areas of my life. If you are looking for those spaces, Sage, Texas is the perfect place to find them.

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Drop by The Greene in Sage, Texas to discover wide, open spaces for yourself.

Sage, Texas was developed between the ranches of Samuel Randle and Thomas Barry, the Founding Friends, not long after they returned to Texas from fighting in the Civil War. They founded Sage to be a seat of wisdom and education rather than industry and politics. Instead of a square in the middle of town there is a large oval park known as The Greene.

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Lyndie Blevins, Author - The digital home of Lyndie Blevins, Guiding Wind and the town of Sage, Texas

Lyndie Blevins, Author

I'm glad you stopped by today and I hope you will explore Guiding Wind the digital home of Sage, Tx. Sage is at the heart of my work. People who yearn for wide open spaces want to live or spend time in Sage. Many have passed through as teachers or students at A.R. Johnson College. Stop by the Sage Library to see the books and authors I am recommending.

Breaking News from the Sage Record

Check out the latest news from Lyndie Blevins and Sage, Texas with The Sage Record

What's Happening Next?

My current work in progress is The Sage Manifesto. I'm up to about 56 pages and 8 chapters. It tells the story of how the founders of Sage, Texas created the guiding principles for Sage, or The Sage Manifesto. The time period is 1867. Three civil war veterans have been on different adventures since the end of the war. They are ready to come home and build a different world. They are returning to the US and Texas after a Grand Tour of Europe. They want to get back to the wide-open spaces of Texas and watching longhorns graze. Just before the ships leaves Le Harve, France, two of the group gets into a lot of trouble. Instead of enjoying their stateroom cabins, they are going to make the voyage in steerage with goats. One of them has pretty bad wound. I'm pulling for these guys, because I have a lot invested in Sage, but I don't know. Things are looking good for them at the moment.   

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”
Ernest Hemingway
“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”
Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums
“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”
Anton Chekhov
“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”
Louis L’Amour


“The scariest moment is always just before you start.”
Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”
W. Somerset Maugham
“A word after a word after a word is power.”
Margaret Atwood
“If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood. I'd type a little faster.”
Isaac Asimov
He stood me up on a wide-open field; I stood there saved—surprised to be loved!
Psalm 18:19
You can develop a healthy, robust community that lives right with God and enjoy its results only if you do the hard work of getting along with each other, treating each other with dignity and honor.
James 3:18
And that’s not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand
—out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.
Romans 5:2
When I get really afraid I come to you in trust.
Psalm 56:3 Scripture quotations from THE MESSAGE. Copyright © by Eugene H. Peterson 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

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Lyndie Blevins

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