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  1. 10 points
    I have an HDMI connection to a BG (Beta/Gamma) Wave Reader. I simply place a wire lead over each temple and relax into a meditative state. The congestive interpretation software then extracts the story in my mind, and converts it into a MS Word file. The entire process takes less than an hour! I end up with a 85,000 word manuscript that's perfectly edited and ready for publication. Then I wake up from my dream, look at my laptop, and yell: **Sigh** I simply peck away at a keyboard and hope it forms coherent sentences.
  2. 9 points
    Hi everyone, I am Paula from Jamaica. I am new to this website and I'm also a new author. I'm happy to locate this community because there is so much to learn and I'm ready to experience this new knowledge. I am a Christian for many years. I'm currently working on my second book which I'm hoping will not go thru the mistakes I have made with the first.
  3. 8 points
    Happy Thanksgiving. May your Thanksgiving forecast be as favorable:
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    Some advice for you given in the spirit of well-wishing: Let go of all your negative feelings and just write, or hang on to all your negative feelings and still just write to burn off all your negative feelings. It doesn't matter what fuels you- just write and write and write til you get better at it.
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    I had a really good day. I joined an editor's group and we reviewed each other's first chapters. They said the first chapter of THE BLUE GOLEM was really polished and a lot of fun. They wanted to read more! And then after that call I jumped on a call with SG Editor Danielle Kiowski - she wants to work with me on my novel to prepare it for submission to Story Grid Publishing! I asked her about yesterday's panic attack about the Middle Build - she said it sounds like what I'm doing makes sense and flows well going into the Ending Payoff. Whew. I didn't want to rewrite yet again. So I'm working through polishing up my fourth draft and then I'll send the manuscript to her for a deep scrub before opening it up to Beta readers. I have a busy winter ahead of me but hopefully the manuscript will be ship-shape in time for publication by Spring! After that, it's just a question of when they can slot it in.
  9. 7 points
    I was once a little girl So very long ago Skating on the lakes thin ice Dancing in the snow Provoked to play on Crystal Ponds By friends I held so dear Oh the memories I now cherish As the end of life grows near Oh that I was young again What angels I'd create Laying in whitened mounds of snow Back in my childhood days
  10. 7 points
    I can't decide if these are really funny or just plain sad...or both!
  11. 7 points
    The hardest one for me is the sundial. Can't afford to move the house.
  12. 7 points
    Thought this was an interesting word for those of you who are world builders. Refugium: an area where special environmental circumstances have enabled a species or a community of species to survive after extinction in surrounding areas.
  13. 7 points
    Just wanted to share that today is hubs and my 53rd anniversary! Thought it was worth sharing!
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    Here's one I made specifically for the occasion:
  15. 6 points
    Hmmm. This is odd for me as I have not done this before. Greetings to one and all dear sirs and madams, I bid thee a most "welcome". I am Charles Beanland, age 58, living in Alaska on the island of Kodiak for now. I am reaching out to whomever that might respond so I might find an iron to sharpen myself on without getting metal splinters. I am ex navy, an ex husband and an ex southern boy from Florida. I cannot stop the stories from going through my head, but I have problems getting anyone to give me a good argument - improvement - encouragement - or just a good pat on the head saying "now there's a good boy ." and to be honest I fear the quick kick in the pants if I messed up. I have many stories as I have had time to write them and very few that are complete. Sadly. Thus my reason for asking for help. I write fiction in the line of "what if", in my thinking, and like to try and make the reader think. I was in Colorado Springs years back and a publisher told me that I need a good English course to build or rebuild what is missing in my life. In 2013 -2015 I took a few English 101 course and creative writing classes. I enjoyed them very much but the liberal views of the Collage was something that was a big disappointment to encounter. Silly me for not looking before I leaped. I also write my thought experiments or essays of my ponderings to work things out as I go through them. I would like either a good argument and why you feel that way so I may understand you thinking on the matter. I prefer a "two thumbs up" instead but that is wishful thinking on my part. I have attached one of many essays with this ( I think) If I have attached it right. To start things off and see with whom I am going to be dealing with. Please be gentle as I do not want to spend my time alone on the corner crying and wishing for someone to give me a hug to make it all better. In my time alone out in the wilds of Alaska, (A remote caretaker of lodges), I have had time to research, think, and play with the idea of things. So, now I think on the deep side. And as I like to say, -{If you are trying to think outside of the box, why not just get rid of the box to begin with?}- YES! My humor is good sounding to me as I write this, but it may not come across as I wish it to be in paper/computer. And if you can find it in your heart . . ."Please to forgive If I offend thee" as Puck woulds say in Shakespeare.
  16. 6 points
    Hello community of fellow Christian writers! How I've longed for fellowship with other people who identify themselves as Christians first, and writers second. Although my vocation requires that I am consistent in pushing others toward achieving their goals, I am a huge procrastinator when it comes to my own creative goals, which is why I chose the name, 180Turtle, because as someone who has moved much to slow, I'm working toward turning things around, and utilizing the talent God has given me that I've allowed to lay dormant for far too long. I look forward to both giving and receiving feedback and fellowship, and I hope all of you have a blessed rest of your week! Take great care! 180Turtle
  17. 6 points
    Hi, I'm Rebecca, a Christian and I write Inspirational Romance. I am currently working on a manuscript and I'm in desperate need of a critique partner. I found this writer's group by a Google search. I'm currently a member of RWA (Romance Writer's of America); not sure if anyone is familiar with the fiasco going on right now; however, I do not want to be a part of it. I'm looking forward to meeting everyone and learning. Thanks. ~Rebecca
  18. 6 points
    My wife is my first reader, kind of. She cares nothing for genre books / movies and doesn't read at all, but she will listen as I read from my WIP and has become invested in the story over the last couple of years. She's awesome because she doesn't have time to pretend - if she's bored, I know it, and if she hates something, she reacts violently. But if she laughs, I know it's working, and if she cries... well, that's pure gold. But there is one even better reaction. When I read to her the very ending of my golem novel over the holidays and her jaw dropped open for five full seconds, it was the very best Christmas she could have given me. That, my friends, was the best moment of my writing life.
  19. 6 points
    It's a balmy 15 degrees outside and I'm staying toasty-warm while watching an episode of The Expanse (an enthralling Sci-Fi series). The phone rings and the screen ID says it's ReadersMagnet. Nomorobo fails to kill the call after the first ring, so I let it go voicemail - because Nomorobo sometimes misses spam calls. But that name, ReadersMagnet, made me curious enough to pause the episode and listen to the message. What luck! After an awkward pause that left me listening to a busy telemarketing background, a ReadersMagnet operator explained (read) how one of my books was recommended to them by a "book scout." This caused them great joy to contact me in order to line up a coveted spot at the upcoming Tucson book fair. He sounded so excited over the opportunity that he could hardly complete a sentence without tripping over his broken English. So now I'm floating on high hopes as I reach for my phone to call them back. Somebody important noticed me! They think my book is good! I've finally arrived as a best-selling author because I'm going sell millions of copies! Okay, that was a wee bit sarcasm, in case you couldn't tell. 😉 But beware, these types of scams are all over the place. Some are easier to identify than others. Typically, if someone contacts you out of the blue, it's usually too good to be true.
  20. 6 points
    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!
  23. 6 points
    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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    Would you all please pray for our family? We have a rather desperate situation that needs to be resolved quickly. Thank you all so much for your precious prayers. 🧡
  27. 6 points
    Sorry if I'm repeating what I posted in the other topic, and not trying to brag , but yes, someone left this in a review for one of my novels: I was on cloud nine for a while after reading that.
  28. 6 points
    So should I be asking my car for forgiveness? I backed into a high curb last week and poked a hole in the muffler, I bumped a fence and put scratches on the bumper. I need forgiveness. LOL
  29. 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
  30. 6 points
    David Safford cautions that heroes shouldn't come too strong out of the gate. https://thewritepractice.com/call-to-adventure/
  31. 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.)
  32. 6 points
    Sorry about taking so long to introduce myself. I live in Los Angeles CA USA and we just went through a few thousand earthquakes and the emotional toll on my friends was necessary. When I signed up, I read something about the number of words and I thought I was close to being done with my book (Burning Baby) but I am only half way. Which was GREAT! I got a renewed passion for my book and writing again (I am only so so now but each book I get better!) I have a few books on Amazon and one my pastor is reading. For this book (Burning Baby) I will be looking for an agent and I have received a lot of great info here and links to more info. Which will bring me to a question that I have added to the forum - 'Followers, how do I track them'
  33. 6 points
    Great quotes! I like to keep it simple:
  34. 6 points
    Maybe a bit irreverent, but funny none the less:
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    I guess that a phere of God is the beginning of all literary wisdom.?
  36. 5 points
    Writers Write has a great cheat sheet list for writing body language.
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    Well, considering the fact that a year ago, I couldn't speak or write, I'd say I'm doing pretty good!
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    Horses, cats, sheep all want to be fed. They don't care that I had to change the clock this morning. The chickens aren't so picky. They'll eat whenever I feed them. And then there is my stomach! Sorry, it says, but I'm hungry NOW!
  41. 5 points
    Yep, that's funny, Z. And that was brilliant PenName!
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    I would say get a brief outline as to what you want to write and then write it. Don't worry about spelling or grammatical errors, just get the first draft down and then go back and edit.
  44. 5 points
    This is basically show, don't tell. Took me a little longer, ten seconds.
  45. 5 points
    Oy. As @Nicholas Reicher said, leaf them alone - they're bushed, for pete's sake!
  46. 5 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.
  47. 5 points
    You know you're a writer when you get writers block for all your books.
  48. 5 points
    My dad took off the beginning of July for our annual vacation, and, sure enough, we'd go to a lake in Ontario to fish. No one celebrates the 4th in Canada. They celebrate the first. So, our traditional Independence Day celebration was an emergency road flare thrown into the lake. (It still burns under water like a sparkler, so worked great for kids. lol) If you have a road flare and a lake... (Oh, come on. Tell me I didn't get you to smile at least. Better yet, a little chuckle.) And, if you just want a little sense of American patriotism in Canada, see if this video doesn't make you proud to be an American.
  49. 5 points
    Found out I was dehydrated so am going to have some electrolytes before seeing if going to the doctors is necessary. Thanks again for your prayers!!
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