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  1. Am I cheating if I say, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." Okay here is a first line from a book I enjoyed reading “Far Out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun.”
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  2. It was a dark and stormy night... Kidding KIDDING KIDDING!!!! Actually, though I've never read the book, I am always intrigued by: Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
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  3. Well, it's Saturday, and you know what that means... Time for another guessing game! (If I hadn't repeatedly told myself yesterday that it was Friday and not Saturday, you would've gotten it a bit earlier. ) I didn't any requests for me to guess on anyone in particular; so I'm going to pick four that I haven't really been around much or have been around but haven't really paid a good deal of attention to. The hardness level has increased.. The candidates are @Alley, @RockyMtn Gal, @Sophie, and @paulchernoch! Alley--Hmm...You have young kids, so I'm going to
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  4. Hum, been through this too many times, so I'm about to apply what I've learned: My 2021 goal is to write one entirely new sentence in my WIP. Not a rewrite, or an edit - entirely new material. I'm sure to crush that goal...
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  5. Not pleased with the outcome of the stolen election. I have decided to change what I can in my state and local governments. I am running for governor in my state in 2022 with the No More Career Politicians platform, along with a few other things that will attempt to bring back what is good in the Constitution of my state. I realize I may be censored or even picked up by the Gestapo but I will nonetheless continue to fight for what God gave us and laid our for our Founding Fathers to give birth to. Censorship is real. I've been shut down many times by social media. I have pray
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  6. I'm gonna suspect that, since it's so easy for most of us to read, we presume somehow that writing can't be that much harder. Yet we never see the struggles that the writer of our favorite books may have gone through to get things just right. An old-time carpenter would have first chopped down a tree, then sawed it into boards, then cured them, then planed them smooth, then cut them to shape, then fitted them together and added carvings. Then he'd sand and apply finish, and only then would there be a fine piece of furniture. We may get impatient. We chop down a tree and
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  7. At the moment, my biggest writing struggle is .... writing. I have the story in my head; I want to write, but I don't. I'm not sure what is holding me back. Maybe it is motivation, maybe something else, I'm not sure, but it's just not happening. The thing is, I know I can write and that I can write a compelling story, so I don't think it's that. But it might be the writing process itself, which is what I find hard because of my visual disabilities. Whatever it is, I guess it is something I'll have to continue pushing through in order to write my book.
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  8. Isn't that what bad guys do? That and kick puppies?
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  9. A lot of you enjoyed the first guessing game that I did and encouraged me to do more; so here we are with round two! I'm not doing four people this time--just two for now. But let's see if I get it right or not! @Wes B My guess for you is that you're mostly quiet, more of a listener than a talker. You're very cautious and detailed, which is why you give lengthy explanations to certain questions. (It helps though!) You're also half Polish, as I recall from my question about my story on Ravensbruck. I'd say animal lover as well. Maybe a dog? @Sarah Daffy You are quite prompt whe
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  10. Actually finish a book!
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  11. At this point, 1) to clean up my blog and have it acceptable to my mentor 2) to see the end of this virus and move beyond it 3) to get my penguin stories into print (magazines will do) 4) to keep those pounds ... oh, you meant writing 5) to finish at least one of my book projects 2021 is going to have to be pretty long, I think.
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  13. That I still have hope that those who love the Constitution will continue to restore what has been stolen from us. I am also thankful that God has carried me for so long.
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  14. Here we are at week five of this! I got two people who wanted me to do theirs ( @JosiAtara and @AJCat29), and I'm going to do two more by random since I said I'd do four ( @Zee and @Shamrock). So here we go! JosiAtara--So I'm guessing that you like to bake based off of the whisk on your profile pic? You also like being outdoors whenever possible and like hiking (I'm guessing here lol). You don't really have a green thumb too. You're crafty as well. (Crafty as in smart and creative.) AJCat29--You like photography or the other one that starts with cinema and e
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  15. Wow, I can hardly believe that four weeks have passed! Time flies by fast... But anyhoo, I'm going to do a couple of our newbies-- @Grey_Skies and @SouthTx! I haven't been around them too much, but let's see how this goes! Grey_Skies: I'd say bubbly and joyful, loves spending time relaxing and hanging out with friends, an artist of some sort (painting?), laughs a lot, sensitive to some things. And maybe you have a cat/like cats? SouthTx: I'd say calm yet pleasing to be around and polite, likes to laugh as well, happy, likes to spend time alone to recharge but isn't a tota
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  16. I read this from a Reedsy webliner post. It stresses the need to set up your stall early on and to create solid characters. Pacing How to write an addictive page turner
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  17. Vintage Typerwriters
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  18. For some reason, this reminded me of the first year I participated in NaNoWriMo. I'd heard about it several years earlier and had considered doing it, but waiting gave me the chance to train myself to be able to write a minimum of 1,500 words each writing session. When I reached that, I signed up for NaNoWriMo and succeeded. Don't rush yourself along your writing journey or make the mistake of comparing yourself to others, especially if they are further along than you. It is true that writing is a muscle that gets trained. The more you work it, the stronger it becomes. But, like a
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  19. May this year be a better year for all of us!
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  20. Happy new year, everyone! As the clock strikes midnight, don't forget to stand and lift your left foot. That way, you can be sure of starting 2021 off on the right foot...
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  21. Lol my question was more along the lines of if we'll be tested on them My goals involve completing the first draft of a trilogy and setting up a website.
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  22. I have some different ones this year! I usually write three novels and that is always the main goal, but this year I'm going to try to take a break and focus mainly on things I've neglected--editing, beta readers who keep waiting for a book, evaluating where I currently am writing-wise, and looking into paid critiques.
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  23. Ahhh... Ky_G, you're at it again... It was fun reading what you had to say about others; it's even more so when you've taken aim at me. You scored nicely, having chosen your words carefully and well. Lessee what I mean... "you're mostly quiet, more of a listener than a talker." Pretty close, in some cases. In a group of friends, where everyone wants to sneak their words in, I find it too draining to jockey for "air time." I'll often wait for a lull, when I have plenty to say. So I will spend a lot more time listening than talking. In one-on-one conversation,
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  24. 5 commonly used phrases and 13 common clunky sentence structures that weaken your writing.
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  25. You are forbidden to look up this riddle, or else I shall come in your sleep and tickle you with feathers. Not sure if I'd need to find a bird to do that or not... Anyway! The riddle is, "What is the one question that you can't answer yes to?" (And no, it's not "Do I look fat in this dress?")
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  26. What happens next? Does the hippo see them? Is the mute Cebu successful in communicating the imminent danger to the other passengers? Is the boy injured? Why is the sad cebu sad? Is the canoe wooden or aluminum? Ohhhhhh, where is my hairbrush? Where's the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked? To be, or not to be? When your mother, father, or wife asks, "Did you just sass me?"
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  27. How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? Do you think my sister is prettier than me? Did Larry the cucumber really lick the spark plug?
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  28. Do you like green eggs and ham? I love riddles...but I'm not any good at them. Edit: I asked my husband, who is way smarter than I am. Interesting answer...and no, I won't share out of fairness.
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  29. This is by no means at the top of my list of gratitude but as just one thing...I'm grateful for a Christmas tree, which is still up, that makes my son and his fiancee (both living with us) very happy. It's a long story and I know it will have to come down soon but not while they're still enjoying it. Make that two things. I'm extremely grateful that they are here!
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  30. I'm truly grateful, and thank the Lord for everything I have to eat. This morning for breakfast I had a bowl of cold Fiber One Cereal, with Equal 0%, calorie sweetener, and milk; a bowl of California Pitted Prunes, along with a mug of Folger's Coffee, also containing Equal 0% calorie sweetener, and milk. I also had a Monterey breakfast burrito, with mild salsa and salt. I thank the Lord for for that truly good tasting and healthy breakfast I had this morning; and the good breakfasts I have every morning. In Jesus Name. Amen.
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  31. I started a gratitude journal at the beginning of the year. I think it was someone's idea here. Today I am grateful that my mentor helped me work on my blog. It's in much better shape now. And I'm grateful for chocolate ice cream.
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  32. One thing: my relationship with God. Detailed: a text from a friend that was encouraging even though I didn't need it-- until I felt down two days later. A Bible verse sent by another friend (a year or so ago) that fit 100% while that friend had no idea-and because of that, that verse still helps me when I feel down. Blessings of feeling at peace the day after I feel down and short-tempered for unknown reasons.
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  33. David Farland sent this around today:
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  34. Update! She was found around midnight today, but that's all I have. I'm guessing she's back at home.
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  35. LOL--I believe you mean grammar!
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  36. Researching things that are pretty hidden and finding that my resources disappear from the net all the time. Thankfully my copy of Working With Sex Offenders is a book and can't disappear. I have to admit, I'm surprised by some of the things that are hard to find. Like the stuff about pedophilia, yeah, people are going to be uncomfortable about talking about that online but the stuff on Christianity I often find odd just how hard it is to find answers. I can find the answers to simple questions easily enough but the second it gets more complex than 'who is Jesus' then suddenly the answers g
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  37. Hello, so nice to be here! I'm a young Christian and aspiring writer. I love poetry and short story writing the most, but I have tried my hand several times at writing a novel; so far I have yet to succeed. I'm still in high school and was wondering if this is a good place for me. I'm also a member of the Young Writers' Program on NaNoWriMo, but due to their recent new restrictions and political/religious biases, I'm thinking of leaving that site and I started looking for a writing forum that was more Christian-oriented. Also, are there any other teens on this site? Just wondering.
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  38. Make sure they are dressed as Star Trek Red Shirts.
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  39. I've loved reading all your thoughts. In my case, I've never made New Year's resolutions or planned goals. They just don't work for me. I leave it all open to the Lord's leading. But then again, I write nonfiction and devotionals! The last year was a year of resting, laying back. Right now, I have no clue where I'll be led to take my writing. But wherever it is, I'll be attempting to be obedient to follow the Lord's leading. When I do that, someone else always benefits from something I write. Not horn-blowing. Just stating what occurs. Because the Lord knows of at least one person
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  40. You want a real challenge as a writer? Try explaining a typewriter to a young kid. When my daughters were young, they found an old bottle of white-out in the back of a desk and asked what it was. Remember white-out? It was that white paint'y stuff we used to correct over our typing mistakes. Before having any chance of explaining what the stuff was, i had to explain the typewriter that they'd never seen. Little children are wonderfully expressive, and they hide none of it. To kids who took for granted the idea that they could type words and edit on a screen, a concept l
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  41. According to national averages, yes.
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  42. I have more than the average 2.5 and less than ten. Not too helpful, but as close as I am ok with on the open internet. It was a dark and terrible day in the history of kindergarten! But they dared not hold me back and risk a repeat. The funny part is I never thought of that before.
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  43. That's OK. I was convinced Friday that it was Sunday! This being retired can be confusing.
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  44. Only to the extent where it affects, or is part of the story. There are authors who love to flesh out detailed histories of their main characters. If it helps them to write their story, fine. But I personally consider it overkill, and often a distraction to the story I'm trying to tell.
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  45. May the disappointments of the old year encourage us to do better in the new one. Happy New Year, everyone.
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  46. My goal for this year is to finish one long novel! (not three, like this year)
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  47. My goal for 2021 is to publish one book in ebook and print form.
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  48. Lord willing, I'd like to finish my Adelaide story and get it published. That's probably my main goal as of right now. What about you?
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  49. @Wes B Now it's time for me to evaluate your guess for me. Optimistic? Ehhh...I do my best to be. It's not a word that I'd use for myself exactly. I guess to others it would. But there are plenty of things to be optimistic about, if that helps any. I don't really get sad often anyway; so you're right on the "try to be happy as much as you can" part. Playful? If it comes to little kids or dogs, definitely! Like people? For the most part. I'm fine with talking to new people once I push myself out of my comfort zone. I've been going crazy over not being able to socialize
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