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    While I am a virtual encyclopedia of information (most of it useless ) I'm particularly well versed in: Military life Speak a little Hungarian which sounds strange and exotic to almost everyone since it's only spoken by 15 million or so people world wide. Southern culture/civil war history IT related topics Music - I play piano, guitar, bass, and violin Psychology - going back to school with the aim of becoming a Christian counselor Theology - once again in school, but a long practiced hobby as well Wood working, lamp work, forging ... random hobbies! If anyone could benefit from any of my vast random knowledge let me know !
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    Thanks to Bekka for asking me! It is a great honor and I join some smart, dedicated people. One question I get often is "How do you say your name?" I used to say something ambiguous but, honestly, I now say "it's Johne with a silent vanity 'e.'" (My family and some of my oldest friends still refer to me as 'Johnny.' - you can go home again but you can't outgrow your nickname.)
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    Woo-hoo! Sooooo glad to have you join us, Johne! Thank you for saying YES!
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    Please join me in welcoming @Johne (formerly known as Phy) as the newest moderator of our ChristianWriters.com team! Johne is from Southern Wisconsin, husband to Linda, father to two grown children, grandfather to three. He's been a Technical Writer for 18 years, has run his own Space Opera e-zine, and writes SF/F fiction in his free time. He's sold a dozen short stories to zines which are no longer in publication and has written three unpublished novels. Johne is working on his debut novel right now, a Fantasy Noir which will be out sometime in 2019. He likes God, Film Noir, Space Opera, and the Green Bay Packers. Johne has been at ChristianWriters.com since 2005 and considers these forums his favorite writing site on the internet.
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    As you've probably noticed, we're in the process of upgrading the ChristianWriters.com site. One of the new additions is this forum for news & announcements, where we plan to keep our community updated on, well, news and announcements. I encourage you to watch this forum for updates. As new features or revisions are announced I'll keep you posted here. If you encounter any issues caused by the updates, please let us know by starting a topic in the Support & Suggestions forum. We also welcome your suggestions for features or improvements in the same forum.
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    Ahhh, thanks, Bekka! I didn't know you could do that.
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    Here is how I would open a story with a dream: I wouldn't show the dream. The protagonist would wake but have forgotten the dream. They would meditate, concentrate, strive to remember it, use the last dream feeling from the time when they awoke like a fishing line to reel it in, but fail. I would make them so desperate to remember the dream that the reader is primed to believe that a monumental revelation is out there, but lost. I would work to make the dream important before revealing it. Then I would give the detail that a coctail of medicine in the water supply plus subsonic waves, secretly administered to the whole population to prevent people from remembering their dreams, is being used to prevent visionaries from overturning the social order. Then I would have the protagonist embark on an adventure to try to shake off the secret controls, dream and change the world. The system, of course, has a remedy: if you succeed in remembering a dream, they administer a medicine that turns all dreams into nightmares to bring the person back under control, because no one wants to remember those dreams. Yeah, that's what I'd do. If I start with a dream, it must be so earth-shattering that revealing it is punishable by solitary confinement. By the time I am done, the dream will be so central to the story, I might not even have to reveal what was in the dream at all. Until the sequel. The sequel would begin with the actual dream. Paul
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    Yes, this! Glad she set this up for you. If the attacks are coming from a specific area (Russia or China, for example) that would bring little or no legitimate users to your blog, you might also consider blocking by geography. I find many of these type attacks come from areas overseas and this helps to restrict their access. Another option is to change the URL of your login URL so bots can't find it in the first place.
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    KF, the system is set so that you need 10 comments before you are able to use messaging. Keeps the spammers at bay.
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    The option to be in KDP Select is for a 90 day period,...if it's not working for you an author can always opt out and try a wider market. For new authors with a zero marketing budget the free books or sale count down can be invaluable to get exposure for your book. Each author has different needs and different resources - go with what works best for you, and don't be discouraged if results aren't instant,...it takes time to build a readership,...give your readers and yourself plenty of leeway,...book marketing is a marathon not a sprint, unless you are super famous! 😉
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    Great news to have you officially on board Johne,...😀
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    Thank you all for your feedback and encouragement! We've started a new forum for News & Announcements where I posted about the site changes and the promotion of @Johne (formerly Phy) to a moderator position. I encourage you to check it out and watch the new forum, as I'll announce any new features and updates there.
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    Welcome Johne! I can tell my oldest friends because they're the ones that still call me Kenny
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    Going off on a tangent, but this is so true! They'll even leave reviews up which are clearly put there in error. Yesterday I was looking at "The War of Art" by Steven Pressfield. It has a number of one-star reviews, most of which are actually intended for "The Art of War" by Sun Tzu. People are grumbling about "poor translation," and how this is not the book they expected, when they're the ones who have made the mistake and clicked on the wrong book. Thankfully for Steven Pressfield, the book is already a huge best-seller with lots of word-of-mouth endorsement, so the one stars don't hurt it.
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    Following you on several different platforms, so the change of handle no shock here. Congratulations! May the oddities be always in your flavor!
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    Congrats! We are happy to have you here as a moderator! Not sure I'll ever remember the name change. Now please let's all celebrate with a happy dance!
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    Hi Johne, it is great to have you in the moderator team! I am not sure about being a Green Bay fan, but it could be worse. Could be Dallas I am a Patriots fan myself. 😄 Its all good!
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    It's pretty easy to use. They have a lot of videos that teach you how to do it. Just watch the ones that show how to write tweets, etc. I have mine set to autoschedule. Not as flexible as I'd like as I had european followers on Buffer but lost most of them when Buffer changed their free plan and I had to go to Hootsuite. Easier than specifying when you want it to go live - but you now can go to a calendar view and drag the tweets and posts around. You'll see what I mean when you try it.
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    I added more words to it. Goodness, can't we ever STOP writing?
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    It is indeed looking wonderful! Good job! I'd give you a cookie, but all I have are the rasins 😝
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    It is very insightful. Thank you!
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    How well have you learned to hear your Father’s voice? God really does have a voice and currently speaks to anyone who can hear Him: Jer 7:23 (God)…Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be My people… that it may be well with you. Joh 10:27 (Jesus) My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. Heb 3:7-8 Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you will hear His (God’s) voice, do not harden your hearts…” Who is your real Daddy, the Father of your spirit – Do you always recognize His voice? Heb 12:9 Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits (and the Father of my spirit) and live? Jam 1:17 …The Father of lights…(are you one of the Father’s lights?) John 8:12 (Jesus) "I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life." (how does His light get into us?) 2 Pet 1:19 …The prophetic word…which you do well to heed (hear) as a light that shines in a dark place…(Jesus, the word of God, in our hearts is our light) Mat 5:14-16 You are the light of the world…Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Matt 23:9 And don't address anyone here on earth as 'Father', for only God in NLT heaven is your spiritual Father. (Don’t you know your own Father’s voice? What kind of a child doesn’t know his Father’s voice? Only a prodigal child) Perhaps you have a major (or minor) decision to take, perhaps you are facing a crisis, or perhaps you are troubled by some habit or a relentless pattern of thought – the first question will always be: What does God say? What does your own Father have to say? Matt 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God (in your heart) and His righteousness (His word is righteousness) and all these things shall be added to you. Every Christian has personally heard God’s voice at least once. Otherwise they couldn’t have been born again as a Christian: Rev 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door (of a person’s heart) and knock. If anyone hears My voice (My word) and opens the door (by believing Me), I will come in to him and fellowship with him…That’s how we’re born again 1 Pet 1:23 Being born again…by (hearing the voice of) the word of God… KJV Some Christians can recall the very first time God spoke directly to their hearts through a scripture and they were born again – others may not have such a recollection but virtually every Christian has experienced, even if just very occasionally, a scripture seeming to come alive to them, to jump off the page and resonate deep within them. And the words of that particular scripture became to them extremely precious and different from the rest of scripture. That was the voice of God speaking personally to them. Sadly, this hearing God speak, which should happen every day, is for many Christians only a very rare occurrence. With what part of me can I hear my Father’s voice? Matt 11:15 He who has ears to hear, let him hear! (and they all had natural ears) Jesus repeats this statement about 14 times in the New Testament, more than any other statement. It must be important. What type of hearing was He talking about? What kind of ears was He referring to? Four times in scripture this answer is given: Heb 3:7-8 …Today, if you will hear His (God’s) voice, Do not harden your hearts So, we can only hear God’s voice with our hearts, meaning we can only hear God, who is a spirit, with our own spirits – which is the part of us that He is the Father of. 1 Pet 3:4 But let it be the hidden person of the heart…the beauty of a meek (hearing) and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. Prov 20:27 The spirit (God uses spirit and heart interchangeably in scripture) of man (or woman) is the lamp (place of illumination, the entrance of His words spoken by His voice brings light) of the LORD... Jer 24:7 (your Father speaking) I will give them (you) a heart to know Me… But even then, we will only hear Him with our hearts if they remain tender and we haven’t allowed them to become hardened. When our hearts become hardened we become dull of hearing or spiritually deaf – we cannot hear God: Heb 5:11 Concerning this we have much to say which is hard to explain, since you have become dull in your spiritual hearing… AMP And what is it that we do that makes us dull of hearing and unable to hear the voice of our Father? Only one thing, which is why our Father wants to keep us from it – sin. Heb 3:13 Speak to each other about these things every day… so that none of you will become hardened against God, being blinded by …sin. TLB Is My Father’s voice audible to my natural ear? We hear God’s voice only with our hearts. The Holy Spirit is the living voice of God. He may speak through the word of God, through another person or directly to me. When He speaks through the word of God, I may be at the time reading it with my natural eyes or hearing it audibly with my natural ears, but the only important question is; are these words silently speaking to my heart? God will always speak to a heart that is tender and meek toward Him, that therefore can hear His voice. All Christian growth, and all Christian ministry, depends on hearing, believing and obeying the voice of God. Ps 89:15-16 Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound (of God’s voice) They walk, O LORD, in the light of Your countenance (the light of the words you speak). In Your name (your word) they rejoice all day long… You and I will also face many critical moments in life, the outcome of which will depend entirely on whether we heard and then held fast to what God said to us. These pivotal moments can alter the course of our or other people’s lives. Our loving Father wants us always to hear the wisdom of His words. He even invites us to ask Him in prayer: Ps 143:8 Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness (Your loving words) in the morning, For (because) in You do I trust; Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, For (because) I lift up my soul (my will) to You. If I can’t hear God speaking to me, am I listening to other voices, completely unaware? John 10:5 (Jesus) Yet they (My sheep) will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers. If my heart is hard because of sin it is likely that I will not hear the voice of my invisible Father – recognizing it doesn’t have to stay that way one moment longer, for receiving God’s forgiveness will immediately soften my heart. But while it stays hard, there will be other voices from equally invisible beings, called strangers, speaking to me through thoughts. Thoughts, contrary to God, suggesting what I should do and say. I will likely assume that these thoughts are my own, but they are not, they are from evil spirits. Hearing and knowing God’s voice is something a son or daughter must constantly learn. It takes time to learn to hear our Father’s voice. But if we yield ourselves to the Holy Spirit, who is the voice of God, He will teach us. His “still small voice” is not burdensome and driven. He teaches us with a comforting gentleness, feeding us our daily bread through the words He speaks to our hearts. Initially it will be only at live meetings (where the Holy Spirit is leading) of the Church, then through inspired writings and audios that all teach me how to hear My Father’s voice, both from the Bible, by His Spirit, and directly from the Holy Spirit, all through the day. John 8:47 (Jesus) He who is of God hears God's words; … John 18:37 (Jesus) …Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice Rom 8:14 For as many as are led (because they hear His voice) by the Spirit of God, these are the sons (and daughters) of God. Are you getting to know the voice of your Father? Do you hear Him, through scripture and in direct conversation, better and more clearly this year than last year? Are you, by faith and under His teaching, constantly allowing Him to improve your daily communication with Him? Praise the Father of our spirits, we have ever increasing faith in Him as we hear His voice speak to our heart through His words! Amen
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    Ok, thanks for letting me know (and especially for the screenshot)! I'll disable the floating header.
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