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  1. Wes B

    General Discussion I'm sorry!

    If you're MIA because you're actually doing so much writing, then that's kinda' a Good Thing... (Most of us will moan that we're not doing enough... :)) When you do get back you'll be welcome (and we hope you'll share a few tips about staying motivated... :):D:D:)
  2. Wes B

    Adjectives.

    I'm not gonna try to read your mind, but is it possible that 'adjectives" may be a symptom, rather than the actual matter you're looking at? Is it possible that the really interesting question is: What information doesn't the reader actually need? So, if you're describing a writer's work area...
  3. Wes B

    General Discussion Dear Friends:

    Hey, GS... I'm sure a lot of us will be praying; I know I will... I don't think anyone has set some minimum requirements for being on this site (a lot of us would be gone if they did...) so don't feel that you're somehow not a writer because you've taken a little break... and believe me... a...
  4. Wes B

    Other ipodcasts

    I think that our own @Nicola has done some interviews that she's posted on YouTube.
  5. Wes B

    Litopin Submissions

    I wouldn't miss it. It's Big News when one of our own gets this kind of exposure. Great stuff... I suspect that, as a vicar, you are comfortable speaking to a group and can recognize that some are not comfortable in front of a group at all. A lot of folks are even uncomfortable when just in...
  6. Wes B

    Litopin Submissions

    I don't think that the session went all that badly... They gave some good, useful feedback, though it was marred by a somewhat immature presentation, on some of their parts. Looking at the tea leaves, we can see it's a fairly small, new YouTube channel, probably just recently monetized, and...
  7. Wes B

    Marketing to Christians

    This is the perfect time to be thinking about it, then. Look especially at what new/unusual/interesting things that you can add to what you're doing that not everyone else can do: things that differentiate you. As I recall, your background should give you a lot of fairly uncommon skills & angles...
  8. Wes B

    Poetry The Hairs Called Gray

    Gray hair is a privilege that's denied to many...
  9. Wes B

    General Discussion I Had an Interesting Meal...

    There's this very nice Swedish cookie recipe that uses an old-fashioned leavening agent called baker's ammonia. (Not to worry; it's nothing like the household cleanser of a similar name.) It's a white powder that's used similar to baking soda, except that while baking soda leaves sodium and...
  10. Wes B

    General Discussion I Had an Interesting Meal...

    My mother liked the more traditional pickled herring, but this sounds... positively alien! Looks like something that Hallowe'en pranksters might find handy... 😬😬😬😬
  11. Wes B

    General Discussion I Had an Interesting Meal...

    Food grade lye does get used (carefully) in various recipes. If you've ever eaten a pretzel, know that before baking, it got dipped in lye (gives that nice glossy brown finish...) 😝
  12. Wes B

    General Discussion I Had an Interesting Meal...

    My mother's side of the family is Swedish, and I might say that I've tried lutefisk both once and twice; that is, it was my first and last time...
  13. Wes B

    Opinions on a question posed

    I think that almost everywhere in life, we are tempted to do things that advance ourselves, rather than The Lord, and that will include our writing. I can't tell what was in that writer's mind, so I can't speak to what she specifically meant by it, but the idea is sound, everywhere in life...
  14. Wes B

    "Writing Rural With Alley" Podcast Trailer

    It's a skill that most have forgotten in modern times, yet when we find someone still skilled in it, they fascinate us. It's like we have wired within us, an appreciation for this kind of sharing. I suppose I don't find it surprising that the native American peoples still practice it, though...
  15. Wes B

    "Writing Rural With Alley" Podcast Trailer

    Publishing was definitely the right decision. Yet if we always look for ways to improve, we will always improve. Very few achieve such mastery at any craft that there's nothing left to learn. I suspect that some such folk exist, but they'd move in such rarified circles that I've certainly never...
  16. Wes B

    Getting a Book Cover

    The circular clouds, spouting lightning are likely to suggest that some spectacular celestial event is going on, all aimed at the little spot where the lightning ends. If this is not what's happening in the story, it's likely to annoy some readers, unless something equally spectacular is really...
  17. Wes B

    "Writing Rural With Alley" Podcast Trailer

    Alley, this is wonderful. It's well put together, and you speak clearly and in a very friendly and positive manner (not everyone can manage this). A couple of (very very minor) things... the opening music is a nice touch. It would sound even better if you faded it slightly sooner and had your...
  18. Wes B

    Marketing to Christians

    Hey Lynn... I see that you are conscientious as always in inviting our New Friends to hop on over to Meet and Greet. You are an unsung hero. From what you're sayin' , it looks like the move to the new web software has made it increasingly hard to find it (and your job proportionally greater in...
  19. Wes B

    Marketing to Christians

    Some harsh considerations mixed with some hopeful ones: There are likely tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of Christians also looking to promote a book. Most of us have a hard time comprehending numbers beyond mere dozens. These numbers are huge, and if we do what everyone else...
  20. Wes B

    Getting a Book Cover

    It's interesting that you can use previous images as one of the inputs for creating a new one. Is it possible to begin with a sketch of your own, to establish the basic layout and image elements that you want to have? That might give a huge start in getting what you want. This would seem doubly...
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