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William D'Andrea

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About William D'Andrea

  • Birthday 08/03/1945

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    Medford, New York
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  1. While I do have two Bibles on a shelf, lately I've only been reading the Gateway Bible. It's on-line, featuring about 150 different versions. Most of them are translations into different languages; but the majority are in English. So whatever Biblical translation you want to read, all you have to do is click on https://www.biblegateway.com/ An on-line Pentecost! Praise the Lord. Amen.
  2. Looking at all the words that are now banned, I can't imagine any book about anything, that wouldn't be banned. This means that no writer will waste his or her time posting any of his or her writings on Amazonbooks or Kindle, which will be putting itself out of business.
  3. How about Moses? The greatest of all Prophets. He never wanted the job, and asked that it be given to somebody else. He was also constantly asking the Lord, "Why did you give me these people?"
  4. The way I see it, is that when I'm writing suspense thriller fiction, or other works that people like my sister find disturbing, I'm like an actor who portrays villains. He may make an entire career of portraying very dangerous people, and be very believable. However, when he's not on stage or on screen, he might actually be a law abiding, responsible citizen, and a good neighbor. He might even be a guy who people like having around. Beyond that, he might be a born again, committed Christian, who's an active member of his Church, and attends Sunday morning Bible Studies. That's the way I am. Also, during the Bible Studies, I'm the one who keeps the Pastor on his toes; but in a pleasant, friendly and respectful way.
  5. Thank you Erin. The only thing I want to do with my beautiful and charming grand-nieces, is give them gift cards, that are not too expensive, for holiday presents. Another thing. Why would anyone who's thinking of doing violent and illegal activities, post something that might be incriminating, on the Internet, where who knows how many people might read it; including Law Enforcement Officers?
  6. On other writers websites I use the pen name MrBillyD, or MrBillyDA, or Yesmrbill, or other variations. Most of the people I know, outside the internet, have no idea that I'm a writer. What's happening with my sister, shows that maybe keeping it a secret, has been the right thing for me to do.
  7. My suspense/thriller fiction is not based on my real life. I have written many suspense thrillers, containing violence. They are all fiction. They are not based on anything which has ever happened, and I don’t expect to ever happen, in my real life. The problem is that my sister has read some them, and she thinks that I want to engage in the criminal activities that I’ve written about. She doesn’t believe me when I say that I don’t. In some of my stories, girls who are in their teens, are violently attacked. My sister actually believes this means that I might attack my grand nieces, who are in their teens; so she is keeping them away from me. That just isn’t necessary. My feelings toward my grand nieces are warm and affectionate. I’d never want to harm them in any way; or anybody else I know in the real world. Not even those to who I have feelings of hostility. They’re people who I want to avoid, and hopefully not speak to. That is all. There is a major gap between my fiction and the real world. I have no trouble knowing the difference. My stories are exciting. My actual life is not. I’d like to keep things that way. I am a law abiding, responsible citizen, who has no desire to be otherwise. My sister wants to arrange for a meeting between the two of us, and the Pastor of my Church. I think that’s a good idea. I've known the Pastor for years. I consider him a friend. Before he was ordained as a pastor, he had a career as a Federal Law Enforcement Agent, working for the Post Office, as a "Postal Inspector". That means he knows what to look for, to see if anyone is or isn't dangerous. He could also ask members of the Congregation, where I've been a member for more than 50 years, if they've ever heard of me harming anyone, or thought that I was in any way dangerous. I hope I won’t have to wait too long before we have that meeting. I want to work things out with my sister and get things back to normal with everyone in my family. Especially my grand nieces. I ask everyone to pray that we will work things out. In Jesus Name. Thank you.
  8. I was incorrect about that last quote. Shakespeare's play MacBeth actually begins with a different scene in which the witches appear. The actual opening line is: "When shall we three meet again In thunder, lightning or in rain?" The scene ends with the words: "Fair is foul, and foul is fair: Hover through the fog and filthy air." I think that's a real grabber.
  9. This isn't from a novel. It's a drama. The first line from Shakespeare's Macbeth. "Double, double toil and trouble. Fire burn and cauldron bubble." xxxxxxxxxxxx I remember reading that in my 12th Grade English Class literature textbook.
  10. An uncompleted novel of mine begins with the words: He wrote on the back of a postcard. "I'm in Oaxaca (Pronounced "Wah-Hah-Kah") Mexico, on the first Tuesday in February. I'm enjoying very warm days, very hot food and good cold beer. Wish you were here. Frank." 23 year old Frank Sandrell was glad he'd made his airline and hotel reservations back in October. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Many years before I started the writing, I actually did write those words on the back of an actual postcard.
  11. Isn't that what we're doing here in the General Discussion Forums?
  12. Congratulations on your smash performance as Juliet! The teaching motto that you quoted is appropriate for lectures, speeches, and sermons, but not for works of fiction, in which the writer wants to keep the reader wondering what will happen next, without telling him or her before hand. The introduction to a work of fiction should give enough information to explain what the story is about, but no more than that. I have written a vampire tale, which is posted on a different website, titled "Sangreville". I think that title is entertainingly sinister. The plot summary states, "A high school girl reluctantly moves with her desperate mother to a 'vampire town' where the living and un-dead have agreed to a truce. After the girl enrolls in her new school, she's told that she '...can get away with anything you want.' The new girl tries to fit in." I hope that's enough information, which doesn't give away the plot or the ending, to interest at least one, and hopefully more readers.
  13. I'm now looking at this from a writer's viewpoint. In the eloquent prologue that's quoted here, Shakespeare was actually giving away the entire plot? Just before the two hour's traffic on the stage of the Globe Theater, actually began?
  14. I wouldn't be at all surprised if you sat there singing "I Feel Pretty", along with Natalie Wood.
  15. Like I said, it's a great movie. I'm sure you'll enjoy the show!
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