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Joshua Benefiel

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  1. Tolkien used Rohan, which is (or was) a region of France, and CS Lewis used Narnia, which was a town in Italy (they've since changed their name to Narni). Is it a fictional story based in a fictional world? If so, there's no reason why your world can't have a Paris, London or Washington. Who are we to tell some other world what to name their cities?
  2. Zee, I spent a couple of years in Mexico, mostly working at orphanages.
  3. Welcome, SG! This is a good group in which to find encouragement and assistance.
  4. Welcome, Andy, both to CW and to fatherhood! I loved to read about your missionary journeys; I used to be a missionary myself.
  5. I find it very hard to sit down and type creatively. My creative juices get flowing when I put pen to paper. When I sit down and type out what I've written is when I edit. My brain really just struggles to cross that boundary.
  6. I blog for the same reasons that I write: to get my thoughts written down and to strive to bring glory to God. If blogging is a prerequisite for being a successful author, then that is likely never going to happen. It's just not my focus or passion.
  7. I read this as "The Art of War" and was waiting for a quote on war strategy turned into analogy on overcoming writer's block.
  8. I recently made a change with my main project: I swapped the title and the sub-title, which made it more succinct and helped make a needed shift in the book's perspective. With other works, I simply give things a temporary title until I know what direction the project is actually going to go. I might have an idea what I think it should be called before I start, but I don't make anything official until later.
  9. In my main project, I have invested parts of myself in a secondary character, while my main is a reflection of my son.
  10. "We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, concerning those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve like the rest, who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose† again, in the same way, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. For we say this to you by a word from the Lord: We who are still alive at the Lord’s coming will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep." 1 Thess. 4:13-15 It also mentions it several times in 1 Cor. 15. I'm a literal interpretationalist when it comes to Scripture. So when it comes out and directly says that those who pass before the Lord returns are asleep, then I believe it literally means they are asleep.
  11. You should write about some other couple that found themselves in the ocean after the ship sank with nothing but a large door to float on and how they quickly realized how both of them could have stayed on it and survived. #Jackdidn'thavetodie
  12. Welcome, Ash! This is a good group in which to find encouragement!
  13. From a Christian perspective, there is the idea that God and angels are outside of the bounds of time, as well as earthly physics, including the mind-bending concept that supernatural beings can "step into" time at any point on the timeline.
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