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  2. Unfortunately, it is hard to have your baby criticized, especially the parts you have sweated over the most.
  3. LOLOL Oh, that was my dad's favorite! He would almost fall out of his chair laughing at that! Thanks so much for the video. I get two words cross-dressed all the time. Some dyslexia! Can't remember any though. We'll see what today brings! LOL 🧡
  4. Agreed. I'm in both kinds of groups, and they are on polar opposite sides of the skill spectrum. The writer's group I'm in is for neophyte writers and we don't crit - it's pretty much a support and vision-casting group to help brand new writers to get their feet on the ground. We meet monthly and it's pretty fun. A guy asked me what I got out of it. I said I'd gone initially to see what I could get out of a local writer's group, but kept going back for what I could give. The other group is the editor's group I mentioned earlier, a Story Grid-specific group where we are all working at a very high level, and are working on novels we intend to sell. That one meets every other week, which is perfect for my schedule.
  5. Oh, my! Such long distance separation. Praying for the Lord to tie up all the ends and bring together the special answers you need.
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  7. I’m sure it’s no surprise to anyone who’s read my novel that I’m not a big fan of much of the Middle East. What I haven’t posted before is that I’ve been alone here for years while my wife and daughter, who wasn’t allowed to go here with me for medical reasons, have been in the USA. I was in the USA with them until two years ago (this has been going on for years), but was pressured to go back overseas again, without them (my job requires a lot of travel, to put it mildly). My daughter was recently approved to go with me to a few select countries and I successfully applied to change my assignment this year. Hopefully, all goes well and we will be reunited this summer in Western Europe. We are still waiting for our daughter’s final acceptance in a school there, but are hoping and praying it’s coming soon.
  8. Also, just so I'm clear. I don't think writing groups are a waste of time. They can be a great resource for advice on writing techniques, tips, encouragement, accountability, etc. I just don't like to get into the weeds of critiquing anyone's work. That's when writers have a tough time holding back their own bias toward ideas, plots, and writing style.
  9. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23, NIV). It can be difficult at times to faithfully practice the spiritual disciplines. Tasks like reading the Bible and prayer can all too easily take a back seat to the trivial pursuit of binge watching one’s favorite shows on television. At the end of the day, we can find ourselves frustrated and a bit drained spiritually. We’ve accomplished little, and our souls hurt greatly. The Apostle Paul addresses faithfulness in his list of the fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians. These fruit are the spiritual traits of the Christian believer. These spiritual fruit are woven together in a web of faith. Therefore, love leads to joy, and joy leads to greater love. Likewise, patience leads to goodness and vice-versa. While each of these fruit is a gift from God, bestowed upon us by the Spirit of God, we can cultivate the spiritual fruit in our lives, creating an increase in their volume and vitality. As we demonstrate faithfulness in our practice of the spiritual disciplines, our fruitfulness increases. As we read and listen to God’s word, pray, and study, the spiritual fruit of love, joy, peace, and all the others yield a more bountiful harvest. Faithfulness leads to fruitfulness, and fruitfulness leads to faithfulness. May we ever be faithful in the disciplines of our faith!
  10. Well put. On the one hand I want to refine my work but realise part of that process is having someone it in isolation.ie a beta reader. Yikes🤔
  11. Reading is a solitary experience. Unless you're part of a reading group (which most aren't), you don't have other people sitting with you constantly sharing their feelings about what's being read. I wonder how many times writers privately change their critique opinion because they didn't want to challenge, or are swayed by the "group think" of their writer's group. This is why Beta-readers are such an important part part of my writing/editing process. It's going directly to a reader for their input, because duh, they are the actual customer. They get a chance to read something with no outside influences, and can share their critique without being affected by group think. You know, like most people do when they read something? I think writers can sometimes get so focused on refining their story with other writers, they can lose focus on who their customers really are.
  12. It has been done before but that does not mean you shouldn't. My advice would be to 1st be clear about who and what your non-believe is. Are they an agonist or atheist? Were they brought up in a religious home (and if so which religion - it does not necessarily have to be a christian household - even if it was - which denomination or church tradition?) or not. There are plenty of books written that challenge the existence of God as well as one by people who were non-believers who came to faith. If they are to convince or try to convince their christian partner then you as the writer will need to be clear about what their argument is against Christianity and how they make their choice attractive enough for the christian character to potential be swayed by it. If you have not read it I recommend The Shack - which does this very well using several religions including Christianity to create a kind of Nirvana. Research is going to be key to this story. Good luck with it.
  13. So, a writer friend of mine on Facebook and I are discussing this. We might write it together. Co-authors of a Christian romance. The two of us. Wow.
  14. When I was a young teenager I got involved with a gang that was called the nation of gods and earths. There other name is the five percenters. They were a very rough group of teenagers. The gang I was in had an influence on all the teenagers that guided them either to jail or prison and in most cases both. The gang had a propaganda that taught hatred against the white race so it was a racist group. The reason why it was a racist group was because the man who started it was a racist man. The man who started it was called Clearance 13x Smith. He was a criminal and that is why there was a great influence from the gang to influence the teenagers who got involved in the gang to go either to jail or prison or both. Jail and prison was the place that all of us ended up some time in our lives when we were in the gang. Jail and prison was the only destiny for all the teenagers who were in the gang and jail was were I ended up, but not prison. All of the teenagers that were in the five percenters the same time I was; they all ended up in prison, except me. The only lockup I been in was the city and county jail. Jesus was the complete reason why I didn't end up in prison. Many of the teenagers I hung with back then committed some very serious crimes. These are some stories so you can see the kind of teenagers I ran with. There were two teenagers I ran with who were called Shabazz and El-Seek. By the way, when a teenager got into the gang, the teenager who put them in it would change their names. Changing your name was mandatory. My full name when I was in it was Lord Creative King Jahmeek and the last name was the name of the god the Moslems worship which I refuse to say, but you should know what it is. Back to the story: There were two teenagers I ran with who raped an old white lady in 1984. Both of them got 18 years a piece. When they got out, one of them when back to prison for another rape and the other went back to prison for stabbing his mother to death. Another teenager I ran with killed a college student at a bar one night for no reason at all. He did it because he had a desire to kill someone. He has been released and is doing very good. Another teenager I was extremely close to grabbed a police officers gun and shoot both police officers. He will never get out. I remember one time we went to one of his girlfriends house unannounced and she had another guy there. We stayed a brief moment then we left. As we were out in the hallway he said to me, yo Jahmeek I am going to kill that guy, so I said, yo, lets go it aint worth it, so we left. If I hadn't stopped him from killing that guy he would have been in prison for that instead of shooting those cops. Jesus always gave me a sense of awareness that other people don't have. I remember when I was 18 I was involved with this drug kingpin. He had the best cocaine than anyone else so we were making a lot of money. I said to him one day that the police is watching us. Now he was a grown man. I got connected to him because I was dating his daughter. I said to him, the police is watching us. He said to me, you are just paranoid the police don't even know about us. So I left him alone along with his daughter. One day his daughter called me crying on the phone and she said, you were right, the police was watching my father. 50 people went to jail and than prison. One time when I was living in Birmingham, Alabama I was living in this apartment complex. Everyone who lived there got their apartment broken into excepted me, so for the reason, everyone thought it was me who was doing the break ins, but it wasn't me. One time I brought this very nice Buick Park Ave and after I brought it, I brought it to a friends house so he could see it. The first thing he said to me is, John you better get a club for that car because that car is a target. Well, sure enough someone tried to steal the car, but they didn't get it. They broke the steering wheel column, but they didn't get the car. We don't know what scared them off, but some thing did. I can go on and on with testimonies. Some you wouldn't believe. Those testimonies aren't testimonies compared to other testimonies I have. When I was a teenager I ran with some very, extremely, rough teenagers. I wasa drug addict and an alcoholic when I was a teenager.
  15. A new idea came to mind. It's not something "normal" for a lot of people today. But IMO it's fairly open to any and all who wish to participate. Marriage between a Christian and a non-believer. Except in this story, the Christian resists. What do you think?
  16. Huh. I wonder why it looks different when I click on it this time. Weird. Thanks for giving me this info. As a "thank you", I'll use your name in one of my stories.
  17. Well, my wife uses it, and I use Bing. I guess from the advice I'm hearing here, I'll have to switch!
  18. Yeah, you're right Johne and so is Shawn.
  19. 😮 This link didn't really work for me. It just took me to a page where there was a list and the name in larger print--all on the left side.
  20. @lynnmosher, do you mean Johne's first post? That link?
  21. I hadn't thought of sharing the article. Good thinking!
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