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    Everything that we see, God’s fingerprint is there. It seems inconspicuous in such a big world! Take a moment, please, to stop and stare. Look at the sunset in the night Exploding with rose, orange, and violet. If you look closely, it resembles a painting With the paints accenting the twilight. Notice the strokes of the paintbrush As it glides it to and fro. Who handled this brush? It was God, of course! He overlapped each crevice high and low. Now take a look at the closest tree- Run your fingers down the bark. Feel the grooves spindle past; From up above, hear the singing of the lark. Pluck a leaf from a branch And gaze at it well; Note the veins curving symmetrically. Its rich color the season will tell. Watch the systematic squirrel Gathering acorns for his stash. If another takes just one of his, At that thief he will lash. Now gaze at yourself in the mirror Or in a pool of water, crystal clear. Look at the features God made you with! For He loves you very dear. Your sparkling eyes, your smiling lips, The hair upon your head- God’s fingerprints are marked right there! It is you He has clothed, healed, and fed. His fingerprints are invisible, Yet visible to those who stop and stare. Appreciate His gentle touch Because, my friend, He is there.
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    They just caught the hacker!
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    We discussed backups for websites quite sometime ago. So I thought we ought to do it again. Especially since @suspensewriter has encountered the daunting task of redoing all his site as they were infected. And so were his backups. Carolina asked if backing up to the cloud was safe. I believe it is. And I believe some servers use the cloud. But I could be wrong. So I'm hoping Rebecca will jump in on this conversation. Now, SW's server handles his backups. (SW, jump in if I'm wrong.) When you have a dedicated server for your own domain, they handle backups and a host of other things. If you have your site on something like Wordpress.com, which is the freebie side, you can now do backups. If you didn't know you could do this, you need to read this article. You should always have a backup and should be done frequently. Especially if you make any changes to your site. Okay. Now. Anyone with more knowledge on this, please jump in.
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    I've stood here watching For so many long years now; Watching as the world has changed, Watching to keep myself changeless for you. I've stood here watching, Wondering when the day might come That I could take your hand And dance with you to life's gentle love song. The thought leaves me breathless. I've stood here watching, Guarding the way to you heart, Watching as each day passes on, Watching so you'll know you're treasured. I've stood here watching, Wondering as the days have passed At the legacy of love that we Will leave to those who come behind us. The thought leaves me breathless. I'll stand here watching, Standing strong as life's storms rage, Watching for the troubles that life may bring; Watching to keep you safe from harm. I'll stand here watching, Wondering, as the days roll on, At how very blessed I've been Walking through life with you beside me. The thought leaves me breathless. I'll stand here watching As life carries us through the years, Watching our legacy grow wise and strong, Watching to keep our family anchored true. I'll stand here watching, Wondering, after the years have passed And I'm left all alone, At how much I've loved you with all my life. The thought leaves me breathless.
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    The sun sets low on a pink horizon, Its hues cascading o'er drowsy hills and plains. The earth swallows this glorious fire, Welcoming darkness as the daylight wains. Cooling under evening's purple cover, Slumber eases the day's many pains. Our bright star sinks low each twilight, Burning flames now shadows o'er the fading earth. Evening's hush brings rejuvenation, Calming the earth in silent dearth. Welcomed sleep covers the waiting ground, Rest arriving in the day's rebirth.
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    This is nice, first time hearing this one!
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    Probably hackers stuck at home with nothing else to do!!!
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    I suspect they were hacked a long time ago, because I never sell any books there. 🤪
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    So lovely, Sarah. Thank you!
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    That's beautiful, @Sarah Daffy. Thanks for sharing
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    Ky, So well written and your passions and realizations of what this world with it's overseeing God means to you. The blessing you have given us in this one poem will help sustain among us both those that need help in their 'unbelief' and the strong. I too love writing about these grand and powerful subjects because they exalt the I in me. Beauty= that which exalts. Well done. Very well done.
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    Man, thanks everyone for your prayers. I've been busy all day restoring them and I'm not even a tenth of the way done! By the way, Rebecca, I had backups, but those were infected, too. Thanks for the offer of help, though!
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    This is for employees/employers, but it's something to consider when we're writing dialogue for our characters. https://getpocket.com/explore/item/six-verbs-that-make-you-sound-weak-no-matter-your-job-title?utm_source=pocket-newtab
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    I suppose if I want to be a better writer, I guess I need to hope I use better words - I think...
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    I've held off commenting because...well, I wanted to see what others thought. I rather disagree with some of that article. And I agree with Accord. In the business world, what Accord has said is true. I can't see that the suggested alternatives would work. Now, that said, writing dialogue would be a different matter.
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    Interesting, but ultimately subjective. I think it depends on the situation and how any of these words are used. (And yes, I intentionally used think, because it's my opinion.) For instance, under the word need, the proposed weak use is “I need this report as soon as possible.” I worked in the business world for over 30 years, and this was a clear, common way to express a request. I would never consider it weak. The only thing I'd change is to state a more defined time that the report is needed. "As soon as possible" should be more clear, like "by the end of the day." However, I find the alternate way proposed, “Please have this report to me by next Friday,” the weaker of the two. Why? Because the use of please in this example is pleading with someone, while the first example was clear that I needed the report, which coveys my authority in the request.
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    This is a monumental task! I pray you turn it into a blessing, with a new and sparkling brand!
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    Great question, @RockyMtn Gal. I'd recommend the Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn series by Tad Williams. One warning, though: it's not Christian. But I really enjoyed it and am about to re-read it. I've only read the first of Brandon Sandersons' Mistborn series. It was good, and worth a read. Patrick Rothfuss' The Name of the Wind. Beautiful. Engaging story. A magic system that maintains the mystery but is also grounded in logic. Only downside: it's the first in a trilogy and he still hasn't published the last book. Bummer. Other than that (and ignoring all the classics, LOTR, Hobbit, Narnia etc.), I'd agree with @Thomas Davidsmeier: you need to try and find books that match the genre you're trying to write in. If you can find fantasy books in the same genre, then read those.
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    The Neverending Story by Michael Ende is a fantastic fantasy. It is a Christian refutation of Buddhism, and is brilliantly done overall. Highly recommend. Phantastes by George MacDonald is a classic every fantasy author should read. So far, I have never found a contemporary book that I've really liked. (Maybe I should check out the Mistborn series!) Perhaps if you like thrillers or dark fantasy (think Hunger Games), Map of Shadows by J.F. Penn could be interesting. It is definitely a page turner, but too dark and suspenseful for my taste. I also am suspicious of it nearly supporting paganism, if not positively. Brandon Mull seems to be an author worth checking out, but I haven't read his works. Of course, The Chronicles of Narnia is one of the top fantasy series. I also love J.R.R. Tolkien's Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, mainly because I had an excellent literature teacher, and it's about a character who upholds a moral standard rather than falls by default. Contemporary books don't use this storyline these days. Other books I've been recommended but I haven't read yet are: Fairest The Books of Pellinor by Alison Croggon Hope this helps!
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    It depends on your purpose. If you want to sell books, you should look at books that sold very well. One that I would suggest looking at that most folks don't think of is Green Ember. It is about bunnies. With swords and magic. Not kidding. These books will, by and large, be what authors often think of as "poorly written" because we focus so much on the little picture of line edits and prose style. But, these books that succeed all have engaging, page-turning stories that keep readers guessing about what will happen to characters that fulfill well known tropes and roles with the genre the book is written for. By the way, I think "Fantasy" is way more of a setting than it is a genre. Many traditional fantasies are Hero's Journey for genre, but certainly not all or even most anymore. Game of Thrones is an example of a fantasy that is not a Hero's Journey. If you're looking for what you should read to tell you how to tailor the book you're currently writing, you should look at fantasy set books that match your genre, AND not fantasy set books that are still in your genre. If you want to sell books, you should pick a genre. People what to know what they're getting into when they decide to buy and spend lots of their precious free time reading your book. For example, let's say that you decide to write a fantasy book where the main plot involves characters falling in love but has no sinful filth in it. That's a "Clean Romance." You should read some clean romances to see what people are expecting in them. If instead the plot centers around facing down life and death challenges and goes from one fight or flight crazy situation to the next, that's and "Action/Adventure" plot. Or, maybe it is all about a mystery that needs to be solved using magic, etc. Right? So, Fantasy can actually be all sorts of kinds of plots, and that's what you've got to be careful of. You've got to do a good job with your setting and your plot and weave the two together. I think plot comes first to be honest. Great stories can be set in many different places and times. A great story can carry people past details and window dressing that would normally distract them or pull them out of the flow of the book. Ack! Look at the time...
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    I've tried so many modern Fantasy books in my time, I read maybe a few chapters and put them down. It's part of the reason why I started writing my own. I've tried the first book in the Mistborn series. The writing is OK. But I quickly got bored with the story. I'm a big believer that when it comes to magic, some things are best left unsaid, and left to the arcane. I've heard reviews of The Savior's Champion. It sounds to me like chick-lit with gore and magic added. That's not my cup of tea. The best modern Fantasy book that I've read, and finished, was George R. R, Martin's A Game of Thrones (the first book in the series). First: his prolog is probably the best I've ever read (of course, I'm not a reader, so your mileage may vary). Second, he maintains the mystery to magic, as well as creating tension with every chapter. I also like his writing style. I'll be honest: I couldn't care less for all of the political machinations that go on, which is the bulk of he book. Eragon was just OK. They way the author told the story, the sentences started to form a cadence, page after page. I found that - above all things in that book - annoying. Secondly, I'm done with dragons. Everybody has to have a dragon. Everybody's got to ride a dragon. It's like many authors can't think past a dragon. Hence, one of the reasons why there are no dragons front-and-center in my books. In the series I'm working on, there are dragons, but they are pretty much kept off stage. Likewise, in the other stories I've penned - no dragons. I like to think of Dragons in the traditional sense. An untamed force of nature that ruins and rampages wherever it goes. Something awe-inspiring and terrifying. Not your own bat-winged Gulfstream. I tried some R. A. Salvadore - one book, and I was done. He is a big Dungeons and Dragons writer. While I liked his style, the one book I read started way too predictable. By chapter 3, I was done. Not interested. I still refer to the classics like Robert E. Howard. Conan, and all of the people who wrote it, is both entertaining and evocative. What modern Fantasy misses, in my opinion, is purpose. The reason we still love classic Science Fiction and Fantasy is because these stories were about much grander things. Now, they are retellings of Beauty and the Beast with sex and magic. Thanks, but no. Or maybe I'm just out of step with 90% of the readers out there? I dunno.
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    Barnes & Noble got hacked. Article has customer questions and answers.
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    I got attacked by vicious Malware, and my service provider--whom I've been with for 10 years--had to take down on my websites. So now I've got to rebuild them all. So, please pray for me while I do this!
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