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Darrel Bird

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  1. I find reader reviews most helpful. The positive ones let me know I am telling a story well. the negative one? It really depends on how many reviews I'm getting on the story. If four of five reviews are positive, and one is negative?Who am I too believe? You said one of your stories was Military Sci-fi. Being a veteran of the Vietnam war years I can tell you that acronyms are so common in the military that about half the language spoken is in acronyms. Without them we would have been a bunch of jabberwockys. Example: Hand me that m2a3/4 type one each butter knife. My buddy wou
  2. I plotted to write a story And then I worried about a plot The story got weird And then I got speared Turns out a plotter I'm not
  3. One of the stories that I wrote involved the tribulation. I decided in the outset to write the story without including any particular theology interwoven into the story. I think the purpose of the story was just to get people to think. The title of the story is 'The Day Time Ran Out' and as you can tell from the title, there is a day when we have no more time. Turned out to be my most downloaded book. I've been saved over 40 years, and its part of me so it shows through. To some people who have read my stories it is in your face, thats their problem. Funny though o
  4. I wrote one story in the first person just to see if I could. Turned out I could.
  5. 1. “Am I really called to be a writer?” 2. “Is writing worth my time when most writers fail?” 3 “How can I write when work, family, and other responsibilities fill my schedule?” 4. “Can I achieve excellence and stand above the crowd?” 1. If you mean did the Lord call me to be a writer, I wrote because it was for me more than others. So in a way yes. I think the Lord was giving me the help I needed. 2. Yes, I wasn't writing to succeed in some field of endeavor. 3. I tried to make it all fit and somehow it did. 4. Never was my goal in the first place.
  6. Word Perfect. Now that's a name I haven't heard in a while. Been using Open Office for some years now.
  7. I'm reading the Lonesome Dove 4 book series. Took time off from that to make a study of Revelation. I suppose I'll hit The series again for a while. Happy reading yall.
  8. If it's your book, and you think it's lame...it probably is. If you don't think it's lame, and one person says it's lame...its probably not lame...if five out of five reviewers says it's lame.......
  9. I suppose one could write it was a dark and stormy night and include LSD, but the scenery might be a little off kilter. If you wrote about LDS a fundamentalist like me may think you were on LSD.
  10. I most generally start out with an action scene. Or something like "John Sten was 42 years old and single again as he stared out at the traffic, then down at his runny eggs."
  11. Oh yeah, I have come to hate the 'F' bomb with a purple passion. They think they have to fill movies with it now. But I think its the world gradually sinking into the abyss.
  12. I'm guessing I write because I had some kind of deep seated need to do so. I do know that I have felt more fulfilled within myself since I did it. A better question might be "Why did I publish it?" Again, I'm guessing that I wanted to share it with others. Certainly not for the money, but it brought joy to me when others read my stories and enjoyed them.
  13. I've toying with the idea of writing one more post apocalyptic. This one would be with the rapture theme. Of course every time I say I'm going to write something, I never do. Maybe I should say I'm not going to write something, then maybe I'll write it.
  14. I would have liked to go to DC for the prayer march, but too old, too far, and too broke, but I was here in prayer that day. I saw on youtube where some were rejoicing that the church was shut down. Ha!
  15. I would imagine it affected their imagination Meaning they might hallucinate or go crazy? Those too, """" Sometimes while I'm writing I feel like some old Doc has loaded me up on opium.
  16. In that time period doctors could practice whether they knew anything or not. Most meds of the time could kill as quickly as help. If a patient was given medicine, I would imagine it affected their imagination more that it cured. Lots of room there for uncertainty to build up in the story. Even now it's awful to be shot. Back then the chances for infection was five fold. Hope that helps.
  17. My wife would agree with that. When I get tired, I can get a little cranky,but its usually not the time to crank. Oh, you were talking about writing!
  18. I wrote one story, not exactly time travel, but concerning the speed of light. The idea was that if we travel out into space at above the speed of light, what would the earth be like when we got back? Really I was just exploring the idea of writing just a little science fiction. You can look it up, the story is free to read. Ok, I'm not supposed to do this but its called One Drop In Time.
  19. As a short story writer of course I come at everything like a race horse just out the gate, and in that situation there is no room for much telling. That said, I like to read 1000 page books, and I can trot along if they get a little long winded, might even go along at a slow walk,but never ever try to make up for bad story telling with flowery prose.
  20. A tale of injustice in the early south.
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