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    I use a tarp, 10x20, everybody holds it above their head as they're walking away from the sun/light. 😆
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    I wasn't going to respond because it's something I don't really like to think about. As QS, I was close to losing my hubby last February, pneumonia and congestive heart failure. He has had some other rough health issues as well, like diabetes, two heart attacks, shingles, prostate cancer, gall bladder removal, both shoulders need replacing, arthritis, etc., etc., etc. Yet, he is relatively well. And then there's me and my issues. However, what is truly scary (which I try not to think about and leave it to the Lord to deal with) is the fact that we have no life insurance. And we're on SS and now supporting two more adults. Extremely hard. Hubby always prays that I would go first just because of no insurance and he doesn't want my life turned upside down if he went first. Just praying the rapture comes before either one of us!!!
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    Ahhh! Remember it well!
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    I wrote a time-travel story. The way I see it, there are four schools of thought on this: 1. Time/history is fixed. If you are able to time travel, anything you do to change the past will either fail, or become part of history as we all know. 2. Time/History is fluid. You can go back in time and change anything, and it will change the future. The "Back to the Future" movies made this one popular. 3. Time/history is layered into infinite possibilities (multiverses). If you go back in time, make a change, it will only create another alternate reality. Your original reality/history still exists, but on different plain of existence. This can get very complicated. 4. History is fixed, and there is only one plain of reality in the universe that God created. Period. End of story. Time travel by scientific means is impossible (breaks all rules of physics, etc.), mainly because God prohibits it. Allowing someone to go back in time to change things undermines the very sovereignty of God. However, on rare occasions, a miracle occurs that can take someone back (or forward). But this occurs only by the will of God for a very specific purpose, and it won't change anything in history. For example: you're allowed to go back to witness David defeat Goliath. You can't change the outcome, or anything surrounding it. But perhaps, before the encounter, you're allowed to place the stones that David used in his sling? I chose #4 for my story. A grown man miraculously wakes up in his high school past, and has to figure out why he was put there. What he does only ends up becoming what already happened, but a brief encounter ends up changing a life that he would connect with after he got back to the present.
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    Last November, our pastor, who was relatively new to us, gave us an assignment. He aske each of us to take time to answer questions for him and for those who would survive us. I did the exercise. it was very beneficial for me. I find that now, less than a year later, I need to update the instructions to my family. It's okay that I have to update it. Circumstances in our lives do change. I heard the story at my stepfather's mother's funeral. She was of advanced age and everytime they got a new pastor, she took in a document telling what she wanted done at her funeral. Her pastor told it as a part of his message to those who were left.
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    I thought I'd share an update on how things are going so far, in case anyone's interested: On May 1, 2020, I self-published my first book "Wrong Place, Right Time," using Draft2Digital, which is an excellent, free self-publishing service. Since then, I've sold 24 copies of the book, most of which sold after I lowered the price from 1.99 to just .99 cents. I've promoted the book on quite a few free book promotion sites, but really have no way of knowing if any purchases are related to those promos or not. I also gave away free copies to quite a few people who agreed to review it. Of the people I contacted asking for a read/review, only about one in ten responded at all, and of those who agreed to review, only a handful actually have. Still, the reviews have all been positive, so that's great! Mid-June, I released a short story. Initially I priced it at .99 cents, so I could offer it on Amazon, but since I got no bites at all I withdrew it from Amazon so I could offer it for free. It's still on Kobo, B&N, Apple Books, and a few other places. Surprisingly, it's been downloaded only four times, even though it's free. (Maybe because short stories aren't super-popular?) On July 4, 2020, I released "Final Chance" the second book in my series. I initially priced it at 2.99, but then quickly dropped it to .99 cents as well, since I realized probably no one was going to buy it at the original price. I've sold a grand total of four copies so far, but it's only been out a little over a month, so that's not terrible. However, it's been promoted on nearly all the same sites I promoted Wrong Place, Right Time on, and has almost as many reviews, at least if you count Amazon UK and Goodreads...so I suppose it's just one of those things. And the latest thing I've done is to update both my book covers. I thought a softer cover might help Final Chance along a bit, (plus making it look more like the Wrong Place, Right Time cover, since they are a series, after all.) I've also added subtitles to both books for the same reason. I'm planning to have Book Three ready to publish before the end of this year, but I'm slowing down and stretching out the process a bit, because now that I have two books out, I don't feel as rushed about producing a third. And that's all for now, if anybody is still with me!
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    Hi, Josie! Welcome!
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    I'd like to know if any other authors struggle with this, because I always am. I have a difficult time knowing how to brand myself. On the one hand, I believe a lot of my books would be appealing to secular readers who enjoy books like Artemis Fowl, and some of my other books would appeal to readers of secular books like Name of the Wind, and so forth. However, my books are obviously Christian, and I make no apology about it. But one of the reasons I write Christian Fantasy is because I want to share the gospel through story. I'd love nothing more than to reach secular readers and have them come to know Christ. So would me being so blatantly Christian in my marketing turn them off? Yet I have no shame in my beliefs, and I'm not afraid to tell anyone that I'm a believer. On top of that, I also think many Christian readers may enjoy my books as well. I can't decide if I want to market myself as a Christian author, or just as a fantasy author. I also don't want to market myself as a regular fantasy author, but then have secular readers feel "tricked" when there's blatant Christian themes in my books. I don't want to be dishonest. Any advice is helpful here!
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    Wow, I didn't know about the Amish murder mysteries. That's definitely something I'd never expect to exist. I thought it was all just romance when it came to Amish stories. It's also interesting how many of those readers idealize the Amish life yet probably would never live it themselves.
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    Think of facets on a gem. Foreshadowing means to show seeminlgy unrelated facets that only cohere near the end. The key is to make the clues of a very different sort. One clue can relate to number, another to color. Throw in time, a scent, a newspaper clipping... Use focus. When a character finds something important, so will the reader. Use misdirection. The heroine is taken by the brooch, but the hidden message is in the panel under the jewelry box. Focus on thde wrong thing that is next to the right thing. Use repetition. When the same item or place or thing is introduced into multiple scenes, its importance is elevated. Use loss. Just as the importance of an item becomes clear, it is lost or stolen, prolonging the suspense. Use metaphor. The clue and the reality are only connected when a word puzzle is solved. Use unexpected literalism. Someone is taunting the hero with a commonplace phrase that will give it all away if they see through the metaphor. The villain tells the cop, "You'll make Detective someday. Then you'll be Snug as a bug in a rug." The dead body is in the trunk of a VW bug, wrapped in a rug.
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    I either build things into my novels by design on a first pass (as when I wrote a Steampunk series and depicted a shadow of a great winged bird passing by overhead in the first paragraph and revealed much later that the flying thing wasn't a robot flying overhead and not an albatross).
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    Like Shamrock, I have take several passes at it in a draft. What's the point of foreshadowing? What do we, as writers, try to achieve by using it? The entire aim is to have the climax set up so that when it happens, when the antagonist reveals their plot or the main character reveals their strength, the readers can look back and see how everything pointed to that ending. I find that for myself, I have to complete a draft in order to know what elements I need to set up for that climax. Do I need to establish why burning something down is important, or a character's dislike of another? Do I need to set up the fighting skills of someone, or that their dog will growl at anyone who doesn't like it? I think the Sherlock Holmes stories are brilliant examples of this. As the readers, we see everything that Sherlock sees but, like Watson, are left in the dark as to what all those things mean. Yet, when Sherlock explains everything, we look back and go, "ah yes, I see". More examples are Agatha Christie's works, her characters Miss Marple and Hercule Peroit. Also the TV series Columbo. Actually, any mystery story will be an excellent study in foreshadowing.
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    Good start zee. Keep going.
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    Haven't heard that in years. It was on CBN, SW. The website is still there for kids with Bible stories. Good stories.
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    It takes a while, Zee! Hangeth thou in there! Are you promoting it on social media?
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    I'm still with you, Zee!
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    I will keep you in my prayers, too, Jared.
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    I had a little route through my writing books and guess what - not one of them mention foreshadowing. Yet it is a technique used by writers of all mediums. It is the gun in an early scene that reappears as the murder weapon towards the end in a movie or novel. It is the season or landscape that the camera sweeps over which the m/c returns to. OK, just some obvious ones. It is difficult. I have needed to do it a couple of times. The difficulty I see is how not to make it too obvious or too well hidden that your reader miss it. Anyone else.
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    When I was a child I used to enjoy watching Superbook, that animated series about children who would go back to Bible times and witness events that are recorded in Scripture. I don't have a theological view about it, but I found it entertaining.
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    There do seem to be a few examples of time travel/manipulation in the Bible...the one where the sun stands still for an unspecified period of time (long enough for Joshua and the people of Israel to win a battle) and the other during the life of the prophet Isaiah, where the sun goes back fifteen degrees on the king’s sundial. And then there are also the intriguing accounts of Enoch and Elijah, the men who never really died...and in the case of Elijah, apparently returned as John the Baptist. Not strictly time-travel, perhaps, but interesting all the same.
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    If I ever had the ability to time travel, I'd go back to the Resurrection to witness it for myself. Faith is one thing, but to see the Hand of God in action for your self - the terror and the grandeur - is beyond any experience a human being can have. Everything in our world changed in a matter of 3 days. The Resurrection led to Christianity. Christianity led to the rise of the West. The rise of the West led to the Enlightenment. The Enlightenment led to the establishment of the United States of America. It had a hand in the Magna Carta, English Common Law, the Gutenberg press.
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    I'm not to sure about time travel. Too many things can happen just being where you weren't. Unless you can only travel within the time you have lived, no more. @Accord64 scenarios just touch the tip of the ice berg of possibilities. A headache is coming 😫 just thinking about it.
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    Yeah, I like #4. Not changing what happens in the past, but affecting what happens in the present/future.
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    Seriously though, that's one I need to work on.
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    Excellent question. I'll be watching to see.
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    Wow, @quietspirit! Those are incredible answers!
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    Welcome and I am glad that you are here!
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    Welcome! It's great to meet you
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    Hi SunnyFlorida, welcome to Christianwriters! It is great to meet you!
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    Welcome to our writing family. Glad you found your way here. You'll find plenty of help, support, and encouragement around here, so roam around and make yourself at home. Blessings on your writing!
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    Welcome, it's nice to meet you!
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    Welcome aboard! 🙂 It's great to have you here!
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    Welcome to the flock. You will find helpful, encouraging people here.
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    Praying for you and your medical team.
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    Oh, my! I'm so sorry, Jared. I hope you're feeling better. Praying for all you need.
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    another update. went in to get the second infusion of remicaid, the new medicine (the last one I can try to help keep the UC in remission before seriously looking at surgery) - and although the first infusion went okay, I had a severe reaction to this one. The nurse said she'd never seen anyone react to it the way I had. Unfortunately, the doctor was out of town and will be till next week, so he wants to see me asap, which won't be until the 27th. but i may not be able to take remicaid, which means surgery might be the only option left. please keep me in your prayers, and I am so grateful for all the prayer so far. Thank you so much.
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    Let's brainstorm. I bet there are a lot of different hooks we have each seen in use. Here are a few I remember. The Cutaway. Lord of the Rings: A Door slams in Sam's face right after Frodo is captured by orcs, cutting him off from pursuit. Then Tolkien cuts away to Aragorn, Gandalf and company hundreds of miles away. We don't find out what happened to Sam and Frodo for several chapters. The Cliffhanger. While the term originates with author Thiomas Hardy, it goes back much further. In the story of Scheherezade (Arabian Nights), she tells the Sultan stories each night and leaves off with a cliffhanger, so he won't kill her in the morning like the last princess. Each night she finishes the previous night's story, but starts a new one. This technique is a real life saver. The Stack Push. Scheherezade used this one as well. In the middle of the story, one character tells another character a story. In the middle of that story, the character's character tells a story. You can go three or four levels deep with this, just like in Inception, the movie. Make sure you unwind them i reverse order, like popping the stack. Sudden Death. The unexpected death of an important character. Sudden Arrival. The sudden arrival of an unexpected person: the son or sister you didn't know you had. Like The Rock's movie, "Game Plan". Unexpected Winfall. The protagonist gets a message about an inheritance, possibly unspecified with instructions to follow. Think about all the stories where someone inherits a haunted mansion, a magical item, an arcane book of secrets... Traitor revealed. The heroine learns that her cat has been colluding with the Russians. Or was it the sidekick who discovered his rat really is a rat? (Poor Ron Weasley...) Summons. The hero receives a summons to go on a journey for work to meet a new client. (That's how Dracula begins! Aren't you glad you're not his lawyer?) Bad Planning. Good old scene versus sequel. The action is at a lull, and the heroine makes plans for how to best her rival. The hook is that you know her plan is doomed because the narrator let slip some details. Unexplained Plans. Every action movie used to have the scene where the hero gathers his sidekicks around and says, "I have a plan..." Then they don't tell you the plan. You only get to see it unfold. Waking up somewhere weird. In someone else's clothes. Maybe in someone else's body. (To Your Scattered Bodies Go is my favorite. Dreams. This is a cliche. If you are a writer, you just can't resist the urge to start a scene with a dream, no matter how many agents draw their knives. New Affection. I ended one scene with the wrong woman (not the heroine) being escorted by the hero on horseback. He has never been attracted to her, but she is his sister's best friend so he tolerates her. The other woman drifts off to sleep while the horse is walking and begins to talk in her sleep, revealing things that she never says when awake. Being nosy and seeing an opportunity to learn embarrassing things about her, he whispers to her to divulge something she has resisted taking about. She falls for it. The secret is a lament she once wrote and never shared. She begins to sing it in her sleep and the song begins to captivate his heart, as it reveals a depth to her soul that he never saw before. That's my list. Anybody else want to chime in?
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