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    Happy Thanksgiving. May your Thanksgiving forecast be as favorable:
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    I can't decide if these are really funny or just plain sad...or both!
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    Evening all, I've finally done it. I've finally stopped running from the Lord and recognized that I need to be obedient in writing the stories he created my mind to tell. I am currently working on a few novels, some children's books, a number of essays and a screen play. I have a horrible habit of adding projects to the docket and not completing the older ones. Whether out of fear or laziness, I am not sure. I am hoping to learn as much as possible from the folks on this site and some day pass on some useful information. I look forward to sharing!
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    Thank you all so much for praying. I was notified what was to be the hour before and have been on standby since- The past 48 hours have not been the greatest. I'm just thanking God I didn't get called in to testify after all. Now just trying to recover!
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    My understanding is what happens in The Incredibles. The family of superheroes faces down their arch enemy Syndrome and the Omnidroid. The Omnidroid knocks Syndrome out, and the Incredibles and Frozone battle and finally defeat the Omnidroid. Everyone's relieved and celebrating their victory, so it seems like this is the end. But this is actually a false ending. The family gets back home to find Syndrome is not only still alive, but he's kidnapped baby Jack Jack. Stuff happens, and Syndrome comes to a final and very sticky end. Another example is Fatal Attraction. I don't remember their names in the movie, but Michael Douglas drowns Glenn Close in the bath, and it looks like it's all over. This is a false ending. Glenn Close comes screaming back to life, going for him with the knife until the wife stops her with a bullet. The false ending leaves you feeling relieved after the huge climactic confrontation. You think the bad guys are beaten. But then the villain pops back, surprising both audience and the good guys, and there's immense drama and danger before the bad guy is finally defeated.
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    I always ask the Lord what He wants me to write, to share. Then again, I write devotionals and inspirational stories/parables. If I don't ask what the Lord wants me to share, then someone is not getting the message He knows they need to read.
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    Early yesterday afternoon, our plans changed. We were trying to go to the grocery store but had to leave the store to get my husband to the ER, Once there, they did a chest x-ray. The ER doctor came back quickly and told us his symptoms and the x-ray showed a serious progressive disease, The things they did for him actually got him to feel better. They admitted him. I called our son and told him what was going on. He immediately said he'd try to take some time off work to come home. He called his dad at the hospital and I believe my husband talked him out of coming up. I don't think my husband realized that this condition is a progressive disease. He just recently started going back to church with me. Our new pastor and my best friend both came to the ER to check on us. Again, I ask. Please pray for him and our family.
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    Great minds and all that, haha. It's excellent to meet you, thank you!
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    Angela Brown talks about how to do creative worldbuilding. https://mailchi.mp/xmission/5-ways-to-improve-worldbuilding-in-speculative-fiction
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    This has been a horrible year for me. Things went bad at work, things went bad in my life, God's doing something with me, and I tend to get really cranky lately. Can everyone pray that God helps me through this and returns me to the calm, happy person I try to be instead of the absolutely mean person I run the risk of being?
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    Most of you know I care for family with dementia. If you have ever wondered what the difference between forgetfulness and Alzheimers is, here is a great example! Warning: A small amount of cursing.
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    This has been done to death on this board, but my request for those who're having trouble writing has yielded some responses that lead me to think, it's time we did this again! I recommend "Beginnings, Middles and Ends" by Nancy Kress, and Save the Cat by Blake Snyder.
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    My responses won't be argumentative - I'm going to ask simple questions and offer advice, and see if I can help one - just one - writer (or maybe everyone who wants to start getting high word counts) learn how to do it - or maybe just settle it within myself that I'm some kind of abnormal writing person. Kind of like the "Bob Ross" of writers, I guess - his painting advice is incomprehensible to everyone. "You just look at the canvas, and a mountain wants to be there." I look at the canvas and think - I have no idea what to paint.
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    NaNo day 5: I didn't get to start writing until later than I would have liked, but I have got the part where one of the bad guys gets exactly what he deserves! Which is one of my favorite things to write! So of course I will stop right in the middle. It will give me great momentum when I start back up tomorrow! Today's word count: 1,529 Total so far: 4,655
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    It's been a while since I did a mega Bible reading plan. My normal reading plan is New Testament twice, Old Testament once per year. Pretty easy. A few years back, I did a three times in one year reading plan, so this year I'm planning on a four times through the year reading plan, to get my brain SATURATED in Scripture. I'm still in the middle of reading through Calvin's Institutes also. Something else I can do is to read through ONE TIME - but also read through a commentary at the same time. I could complete Matthew Henry all the way through. Not sure which method will give me the best payoff for 2020.
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    Welcome, it's nice to meet you!
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    I've never heard of Jane and I've only watched four movies that Tom played in. Toy story, Toy story 2, Toy story 3 and Toy story 4. Lol.
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    Wait for it my friend, wait for it. Someday you will.
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    I thought I'd share with you a very special story that has become my annual post. It was read on a Christian radio program. May it bless you. Oh, and bring tissues! ***** The dark, gray skies overhead threatened an early snow. Rushing shoppers, all bundled up to ward off the cold, crowded the sidewalks, lost in their to-do list for Thanksgiving. Oblivious to their surroundings, no one noticed a small, shivering boy standing in front of the shoe store, his nose pressed against the window, barely dressed and only flip-flops on his dirty feet. However, one man did see him and stopped, dead still in his tracks, causing others to bump into him. He didn’t notice the bumps and grumblings, but he did notice the small boy because he had a son about the same age. Thinking how he would feel if this were his son standing there, barely clothed, the man quietly slid next to the boy, the man stood there for a moment, and then said, “They have some nice shoes here, don’t they?” “Yeah,” came the soft reply. “Which ones do you like?” “That pair over there…the cool running ones.” “Oh, I’ll bet you could run fast in those.” “Yes, sir. I sure could. Like the wind!” “You know, I have a little boy just about your age.” “Oh, yeah? I’ll bet he has shoes like that.” “Yes, as a matter of fact, he does. But I have an idea.” “Yeah? What’s that?” “How ’bout I take you into the store and buy you that pair of shoes?” The boy stood there motionless. After a few moments, with tears in his eyes, he looked up at the man. “You want…to…buy…me…shoes?” “I sure do. Your feet must be freezing and I’d love to buy them for you.” The boy couldn’t speak another word. The man took the boy by the hand and walked into the store. Finding the manager, the man described the pair of shoes and asked the manager to please get a pair in the boy’s size, along with some socks. Then, he said he and the boy would be in the restroom and would he please bring the shoes and socks in there. The manager gathered the shoes and socks and, upon entering the men’s restroom, found the man on his knees washing the young boy’s feet. “Can’t stick dirty feet into clean, new socks and shoes, now can we?” The young boy just stared at the man as he lovingly washed away all the accumulated street-dirt and gently dried his feet. Feeling he was intruding on a very special moment, the manager quietly placed the shoes and socks on the floor without saying a word and backed out of the restroom. After placing the socks and shoes on the boy’s feet, the man stood up, and with hands on his hips, said, “Okay. Let’s see how they look. Walk around.” The little boy couldn’t move. He just stared down at his feet that felt glued to the floor. He looked up, tears now streaming down his little face, and said, “Mister, are you Jesus?” The boy’s words took the man’s breath away. So overcome with emotion, the man could barely speak. Finally, he muttered, “No, son, I’m not. But I know Him very well. And this is a gift from Him.” “This is the greatest Thanksgiving ever. Would you tell Jesus thank you for me?” “Well, let’s go for a walk and I’ll tell you how you can do that yourself.” ***** May your thanks-giving be one for which others may give thanks! Thanksgiving blessings to you...Lynn
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    Thank you so much! 😀😊👐🏻❤️
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    So the lady who pouted because I couldn't make her paint and the guy who hugged me because I had twenty-foot jumper cables happened on different days? And that was a four-hour shift! I was coached last Monday for not getting my departments straightened out, but I was high wide and handsome a half-hour before my shift ended tonight. And they're already committed to paying me for not working! A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich is one of the best stories ever written. I might just start working on a story about a short shift at the superstore!
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    God bless you Sophie. May you all have a blessed sleep tonight
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    Those poor trees! Someone teach that guy that laptops and Word processors are a thing.
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    You might be right - the speaker I knew spoke some Welsh, was rabidly pro-welsh, and named his son Davith Llewellyn - how much more Welsh can ya get? And it's also nearly impossible for an American to write English with a Welsh accent! I do wonders with Sco'ish and Irish accents in dialog, but nae can ge' the Welsh accent! (slippping back into the Scottish Brogue) Man, writing this novel makes me want ta put on a Kilt and paint my face wi' Woad!
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    From link one: "fear must be embraced" Fear must be understood and it's not the same for everyone. Why am I afraid? Why am I feeling fear or even dread? What's causing that? Be honest with yourself. Fear for writers often involves working alone on a very atypical project. Some people are casual writers - no rush. Others want to do it for a living. Planning helps to reduce fear. Setting reasonable goals helps you avoid the fear you can't get it done. As opposed to setting up really complicated goals which can cause fear and frustration. My 2 cents.
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    Thanks for sharing this and all your comments. I think (and hope) I have the constant “ what would Jesus do and how does God want me to show His love in everything I do ? “ thoughts in my mind - if not always at the front of it ! The Faith and humility of this artist and the simple act of praying over everything she does is truly inspiring. I see it as a privilege in my work ,to be able to help those who cannot communicate , swallow, hear etc and through my voluntary Pastoral Care be a good listener , comfort and possibly cheer those in despair , grieving, depressed , anxious or just need in need of a shoulder to cry on Looking back over my life ( 67 years ) I can see so many instances when God was guiding me and I didn’t realise . So many times I have chosen not to take the right path and yet He is still beside me and is patiently letting me know He hasn’t given up on me and never will . I m starting to waffle now so I’ll shut up !!
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    Life happens. I took a nasty fall in 2015. I spent almost three months in a local rehab center. Translation: three months away from my computer. There were even days I didn't feel like even reading. I was able to review most of a book for an author friend of mine. I finished it after I was released. If we have children or husbands, they might need out attention, especially when they are sick.
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    I'll expand on that. If a derivative work is published for Star Wars, the concern among fans is, is the new material canon? Will it become official or not? If it does become official then fans will remember it. If not, likely not.
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    Yes, amen, Nicola! And thank you, Bob!
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    LOL Just add ha at the end of your sentences!
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    Welcome, Micaiah! It's good to have you here.
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    I've given it a lot of thought, trying to discern if I'm a planner or a pantser; after looking into the full definition of the word, I realize I must be a "plantser"--in between. (And I thought when you wrote "plantser" it was a typo, Johne, you sly dog! 😂) I do love to plan, and very intricately. But my organized mind clashes with my rather impatient nature and tendency to itch to just get it done.
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    Happy Birthday!!! Hope you had a great day and wishing you a year filled with blessings
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    Hi, Vicki! It's great to meet you
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    LOL!! This is so true! It seems that whenever I pass through a rural area, no matter where I am, they've stuck a Dollar General around there somewhere.
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    Let's all let Nicholas not like pie. I already forbore with him not liking U2 and all the contemporary Christian musicians who try to reproduce their distinctive sound. I'm from Maine and I don't like lobster. And I used to scrape the good stuff off the crust, because my beloved mother couldn't make decent pie crust. I like my mashed potatoes lumpy and gravy silky smooth
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    Oh, yummy! Times three!
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    Rugelach and Babka are the two rare Jewish delicacies. There's not a whole lot we have to offer in terms of fine dining, but those two really are it. That and hummus.
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    Is it bad that the whole song was playing in my head?
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