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  1. 6 points
    I don't want to get into details, but my daughter and son-in-law are being bombarded from seemingly all directions. it has been a horrible and tragic year and they really need a break. also, my daughter is in desperate need of medical attention, but they are too poor to afford it. I've been helping as best I can, but I don't have the money to get her medical needs. this state is trying to expand soonercare ( a state program helping children get their medical needs) to cover more poor folks. it would help so many people--hopefully including my daughter. i'm also really concerned about their faith in God. they've gone through so much all their lives that neither have any confidence in God taking care of them. they are Christians, but have no hope that anything good will ever happen. their lives would put soap operas to shame. also, my other daughter is in desperate need of full time job. she is a sub, but because of certain state rules and her math dyslexia she lost her teaching certificate. she worked so hard to get it and taught for a few years before moving to another state where her dream was smashed. and last, a relative of mine is having heart surgery. could you please pray in that direction, too. thank you
  2. 6 points
    David Safford cautions that heroes shouldn't come too strong out of the gate. https://thewritepractice.com/call-to-adventure/
  3. 6 points
    I don't worry if I lose an argument with "Dr. Harker." He's a champion debater! (Which means he says all the things I only think of after the arguments are over.)
  4. 5 points
    I like this one, Alley: "For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh." Or, for brevity's sake: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." Or: "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son..."
  5. 4 points
    This is from an article called WRITING UNSTUCK: How to produce novels more quickly by my friend Grace Bridges. http://jenelleschmidt.com/writing-unstuck/
  6. 4 points
    Becky, we've been where your daughter and SIL are. We ran out of money at the same time hubby was diagnosed with Hep C. (Hep C treatment costs over $3500 a month, back then, so there's the problem.) Because of that, I suddenly was gifted with the ability to find government programs that do help when flat-broke. Soonercare tells me they're Okies. Do they have children under 18? Because if they do, there is no need to wait for Soonercare to expand. They should qualify already. If they don't, then here's something we did that I never thought to do until living-in-our-car started looking very real -- Welfare! I know. "Welfare." The program so many people think is full of ne'er-do-wells, but, hey! It saved our life. When we joined, they paid the insurance that included the $3500-a-month chemotherapy that did help hubby get better. "Cured." That much better. Truthfully Medicaid, (Soonercare's name outside of Oklahoma), was the best healthcare plan we've ever had. (I'm on Medicare now. It's bad enough that I pay for medigap insurance.) It covers everything needed, and at the right price -- free. I do get the stigma for going on Welfare, however, flat-broke ended for us 9 months later. Your daughter and SIL need to know this is a tunnel, not a cave. And there is light at the end of it, but for now, there is help. If they don't qualify for Welfare right now, let me know and I'll snoop more into what Oklahoma does have that will help. And if not at state level, let me know which town/city, and I'll snoop at that level too. If need be, I can snoop at local, state, or national levels for help. I feared we'd end up living in our car. God is very good. Not only was hubby cured of Hep C, (which was unheard of when he started treatment), we also kept our house. (A federal program took over our mortgage, until we could take it back.) As for other daughter? Dyslexia with numbers is called dyscalculia. (I have a brother with both problems.) Since she's subbing, she's working for the state. The state has to work within the framework of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Dyscalculia is a disability. True, she shouldn't be subbing for math classes, but that doesn't mean she shouldn't be subbing. (There are work-arounds for dates and other numbers.) One law the education system truly cares about is the Americans with Disabilities Act. I suspect the school systems changes their mind, if she just tells them. If not, I suspect the NEA will set them straight.
  7. 4 points
    Thanks, @Ragamuffin_John! I am currently caring for family members with dementia, and this is something to think about for later on. As for your situation, my advice is to have an open conversation with your family member about what you both want when you pass away. I have helped to plan a few funerals with people who knew they did not have much longer left, and while it can be uncomfortable for some at first, it is easier as you go along. For many, it is a great relief to know that their wishes will be carried out. And don't make my mistake! Eulogies were something I never thought about for the first funeral I planned, and then everyone wanted to get up and talk. That can be a problem if you have a lot of people.
  8. 4 points
    Thank you! You all have been so helpful. I can't wait to write now!
  9. 4 points
    I know You don't enjoy seeing Your children in pain To You it's not all the same You love us far beyond any fire or flame We face in this war against the one who is to blame That's why Job's suffering wasn't in vain It brought about a savior we can now call by name In the midst of any suffering that the evil one has dispensed I know, Your love endures far beyond whatever I am set up against Your plan has always been for what's for my best Only You know the story of what comes next So, it's You I'll trust until my days come to rest
  10. 4 points
    I can also finish a book in an hour ... Oh wait, those are the "Magic Tree House" books ...
  11. 4 points
    I saw this the other day, and your picture made me think of it! 🙂
  12. 4 points
    Hello, I am brand new to placing my writing out there. I do not know what the rules are from this site. How can you actually enter any of your poetry, essays or short-stories for critical analysis. I am 68 years old and have been encouraged by a famous author and medical doctor to publish. I believe my work is only very satisfactory, but I welcome everyones thoughts and criticisms. I am retired from a teaching career in teaching. I have two degrees and have within my family group two published educational writers. Please tell me how to get involved without breaking any rules. Thanks, MaryKaithe
  13. 4 points
    I like these two Romans 8:1 "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." Hebrews 7:25 "Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them."
  14. 4 points
    Hello, everyone! I thought that since it's been five weeks since I've been dilated, I'd give you the whole story. On Monday, June 17th, I went to the eye doctor for a routine glasses/contacts exam and they dilated me with a drop called Cyclogyl. Within five or ten minutes of being dilated I was weak and dizzy, the lights bothered me, I had a severe headache, unsteadiness, my arms and legs felt like they had dead weights tied to them, and severe nausea. I also felt lightheaded, like I might pass out, and couldn't get out of the chair or walk. I had some water and sat in the dark for a while. The eye doctor finished the exam and soon I felt well enough to leave. Apparently I am part of the rare 1# that reacts to this eye drop. With no warning whatsoever, not asking if I wanted to take the eye drop on account of the risks included with taking it, they went ahead and dilated me with me not knowing the possible outcome. A week later I developed shortness of breath. I went to ER several times, and while I was on my trip, went to several doctors and had some tests done. The tests were normal. Today I went to a heart doctor. My heart is normal but he said it could be something called POTTS, some kind of disease or something that includes the symptoms I have. He said I should drink a lot and rest for a month or two and see how I am. Your continued prayers would be appreciated. Thanks!
  15. 4 points
    I have missed a few, but don;t stop. I learn a lot and this one makes perfect sense to me. Just FYI; I'm NOT going to ask for his real ID, he's already proven it for me.
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    Not necessarily; how about ladybugs? They're cute!! Roaches are not.
  18. 4 points
    Awww! Why not? Bugs are cute!
  19. 4 points
    Interesting. You could turn this into a story. Why would someone put that message in a bottle? Unless something else is in the bottle, something that will come out?
  20. 4 points
    Kendra, I fixed it for you. Leaving it here for now. Hope it stirs up some fun.
  21. 4 points
    As someone who has published five novels, sorry, but I would have to disagree. First of all, let's clear something up. Self-publishing is free. Yes, free! It costs nothing to open an Amazon (Kindle Direct Publishing) account and upload eBooks for sale. It also costs nothing to upload and produce a POD print book (through KDP). You can even arrange a profit share agreement through ACX and create an audio book for no cost. The real question is how much does it cost to produce a quality book? Can it cost a lot? Sure. You can easily spend thousands per book. Vanity publishers make that far too easy. But even if you managed it all yourself, you could hire editors, cover designers, marketing expertise, and enroll in a multitude of how-to courses, and it could end up costing as much (or more) as a vanity publisher. Or you could educate yourself, learn what aspects you should hire out (and what it should cost), what you can handle yourself, and save major dollars while producing quality material. There's no shortage of people offering their "expertise" for a price. The self-publishing industry has exploded with such offerings. But it doesn't have to cost you major dollars. Spend the time and educate yourself.
  22. 4 points
    Sigh! Thumb twiddle. Sigh. Thumb twiddle. Oh, wait! I could use the time to work on my WIP!
  23. 4 points
    Thank you, Sophie. It is overwhelming, in a good way:) I am blessed to be in this writing community. The lows I hit don't nag at me quite the same way now since I hear that my struggles are common among writers. The doubts that find a voice in me still pop up but I question them now I still put my foot in my mouth in trying to put feelings about into words - but it's getting easier to remove it. Posts like yours are a blast of fresh air. I guess that means I'm a list person! So on we go! Thanks again!
  24. 4 points
    It's going ok. Tell you what, I'll start a new topic and tell you there.
  25. 4 points
    Thank you for the warm welcome. I will try to visit your sites as time allows and read your material.
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  27. 3 points
    MaryKaithe, I was looking for the wrong thread. I found it and made it visible again.
  28. 3 points
    Hi Teresa! Its great to meet you and to have you join us
  29. 3 points
    That's certainly a lot to bear. You'll be in my prayers and your whole family.
  30. 3 points
    Mine was Ephesians 1:13-14!
  31. 3 points
    I've got another type of writers block, and its called aphasia. I frequently sit down at the computer and nothing at all comes out- nothing. But if I sit long enough, I get an inkling of what to write. Like yesterday, in order to crank out 1,000 words, it took me 12 hours. By the way, this is a vast improvement! At least I can write! This is amazing to me because before my stroke (1 year ago!) I could type out 1,000 words in no time at all. So sometimes, though, it's only four hours per 1,000 words for me to complete. I seem to have a blockage that is hard to explain, in other words, that is related to my aphasia, but I'm getting better!
  32. 3 points
    You seem to have a great plot right there. Grief recovery for the parents and the loss and uncertainty that comes with losing everything. It would be an amazing opportunity to show how we can rely on and trust God! 😊
  33. 3 points
    Now that is beautiful!
  34. 3 points
    I just tell people what I'm thinking. Makes it easier to understand.
  35. 3 points
    I believe Paul wrote something to the effect of neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female. And I think that's in the scriptures.
  36. 3 points
    I've heard scary reports of Goodreads as well. But does anyone know whether the same negativity is apparent for Christian fiction? In any case, I'm very hesitant to be active on there, but I do think it's important at the minimum to create an author page in order to stake out that little bit of Internet real estate. That's on my to-do list for next month. Here's a Goodreads author guide from Dave Chesson. He addresses the trollery, but says that despite that, it's still important to have a presence. I'll be creating an author page there for my pen name sometime next month and I completely understand your trepidation, @PenName!
  37. 3 points
    I've noticed that some members have been in this community for several years and have gotten to know each other a bit more than newbies such as myself have. I was wondering whether any of the old ChristianWriters members ("old" as in founding members, not age-wise) have thought about collaborating and co-authoring novels, short story / poetry anthologies etc. and self-publish them. If so, I'd love to know where I can find them. If not, why haven't you? You're all talented writers, so what's stopping you from collaborating? 🙂
  38. 3 points
    I don't think it is a matter of word length (presuming everything is tight), but of quality, Nicholas and I think you've got that covered!
  39. 3 points
    I used to do this when I was in school. It's bomb-diggity, often hilarious fun! I unfortunately don't have time to commit right now, but I can speak to how much of a blast it is! P.S. @E. Millennium, I like your profile pic. 😉
  40. 3 points
    There have been story chains before. This sounds like a fun twist on it.
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    I actually came up with one this time- and had the courage to post it! Thanks, Sarah!
  43. 3 points
    Mmm. That would be a good name for a punctuation website--punctuation pragmatist.
  44. 3 points
    Welcome to our writing family, KMK. Glad you joined us. You'll find plenty of help, support, and encouragement around here, so roam around and make yourself at home. Blessings on your writing!
  45. 3 points
    I tried a blog once. Same problem lol!
  46. 3 points
    LOL You're right, QS!
  47. 3 points
    Doesn't it cost a lot to publish three books?
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    Hi James, welcome to Christianwriters! It is great to meet you, and have you here!
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