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  1. Celebrianne

    What Is The Best Web Hosting Site?

    Just wanted to add my two cents on website hosting and domains. I did the wp.com to .org switch and used a service that transferred things for free in exchange for using their affiliate code to bluehost. I did keep my email list (and then ended up accidentally spaming them while learning how not to use plugins!). I would have been happy to stay with Bluehost until the sticker shock of the renewal prices. It was like 3-fold what I'd paid for the first two years. So, I did research on places that allow free https upgrade (something Google rewards) and ran into a Christian host in CA who will host a church's site for free and they had very competitive prices. As far as I can tell, https://flockhosting.com/ is a one man operation, at least on the support side, but he was quick, kind, and helped me get my website transferred when trying to do it myself reduced me to tears. I do have an affiliate code on my website sidebar because I think what he's doing is amazing https://creationscience4kids.com . As for domain names, I've gone straight with Google. No hidden costs, no fee to add privacy, and they *are* the search engine. It's half what Bluehost was charging me and the same every year. Oh, yes, don't search for a domain name until you are prepared to buy it instantly. There are people actively watching searches and will kidnap domains they think you want so you have to pay them a ransom if you are desperate to have that specific name. I told a podcast teacher I know about having three snatched away from me and he said it happens all the time. There is a way to search invisibly, but it's rather techy, so I am now just sure to buy it the moment I see what I want is available.
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    A Common Problem With Story Openings

    I would point out that description should be the kind of thing the protagonist is focusing on. Whether my eyes are "fine" isn't going to occur to me until someone notices them. Elizabeth's family didn't seem to find them remarkable. Mr. Darcy's notice of that feature shows his growing positive interest. As for Sam having brown eyes, Frodo kind of takes him for granted; he hasn't thought about his appearance in years- if ever. Aragorn has the full outward notice of the main character; Frodo's forming his opinion of him by looks. And for Tolkien he is standing in for his whole race. I tend to see the principle like this: give me enough to form a general stereotype right away, but it's fine to sharpen the unique image of the character as the story progresses. Just make sure if something is going to be important later that you nonchalantly mention it much earlier.
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    Editing As Income?

    Thanks, Jeff! I'd not heard about this platform before but it was easy to connect with and I love the feel. Don't know if my specialties will find much traction there, but being widely accessible can't hurt. 🙂
  4. Hey, SR, did I miss you at the editor's conference today? I thought Robert Hudson, chief editor at Zondervan, was you! :oops:

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    Find Us All On Social Media Sites

    That's a great idea for getting online, Chris. As a mom, I like videos for how they engage my kids, but prefer them short. The kids lose interest quickly and I don't want them staring at screens for too long. But, my kids are more likely to pay quiet attention to a video than anything else, so it works. Oh, yes, facebook loves videos. If you go live they really favor you and if you upload directly to them (it can be the same file, just not linked to YouTube) they give you a free boost. If I didn't have a noisy house full of kids I would do lots of videos. Let me know when you get your channel up and running!
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    Find Us All On Social Media Sites

    That's what my podcast and website is all about! I like studying science, but it can make for terribly dry reading/watching (scientists don't tend to make fascinating authors/speakers). I love connecting families with the most fun resources and filling the gaps as needed to make God's world and worldview fun.
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    Find Us All On Social Media Sites

    https://www.facebook.com/CreationScience4Kids https://www.linkedin.com/in/cherifieldscs4k/ https://creationscience4kids.com I'd give you my Twitter, but I don't like it over there and just have the account because others like it.
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    How To Use Foreshadowing

    Suspencewriter scared me this would be a big issue, but it wasn't that daunting! I've started listening to a Harry Potter review podcast series and they are all the time mentioning how some little detail is going to end up being important later- often books later. They even call the hints "bread crumbs". Now I know why. This seems like something to add in after I've nailed the main story to both quickly pull people in to the larger world of the protagonist as well as something that will make a reread lots more fun. Jargon. None of us would use it except such words (like foreshadowing) make important ideas easier to remember once you master the encapsulating terms.
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    My Dream: Write Fiction Books For Young Girls

    Love that! It's what I would love to give my daughters (and sons). Stories help us picture what it's like to set our life on various courses.
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    My Dream: Write Fiction Books For Young Girls

    Yes. Our kids are faced with issues at younger ages than we used to need to deal with them. Having stories that help them think through issues but still in an innocent way is something to consider. Yes! We see movies, magazines, videos all the time where the protagonist is the most beautiful, talented, amazing person on the planet and then we are ashamed to not be able to match her! I'm with the advice to get around girls and see what they resonate with. Odds are, God will have you run into a setting and genre that will be a good fit for you and his darlings if you ask him to! Some of us will always love fantasy, others may long to read about a simpler way of life, while more may find an edgy setting draws them in. It's always fun to learn about an unusual lifestyle (gymnast, missionary kid, politician's daughter) from someone who's going through the same journey we are. For my own development, I've taken out some of the American Girls books from the library to see what conventions they use for my genre. They cover all demographics, eras, and genres, so you're sure to find a style that resonates with you.
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    Honestly, What Music?

    Well, yeah. All of us get worn out eventually and need some alone time. I bet moms of little kids either rate as major I or E because they are dying for some peace and adult conversation and which one wins depends on the time of day!
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    Honestly, What Music?

    Nope, an INTJ. Like* C.S. Lewis, Mr. Darcy, and... Doof. *As stated by various personality books and charts
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    Imagination Be Like...

    LOL! So true. This reminds me of when I was in Germany learning their language. It felt like all words were like that lower drawing. How we communicate as deeply as we do with such puny tools is near miraculous.
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    Honestly, What Music?

    My kids were watching it on Netflix for a few months before I happened to have a minute and got sucked in. It is clever, clean, and way more fun than anything I've run into for years. My two and four year olds like it all the way up to my teen. That's an unusual show! BTW I just ran into a Myers-Brigg chart with the characters from the show representing the 16 types. I'm a Doofenshmirtz! I don't know whether to be honored or cry.
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    Have Any Floating Body Parts?

    Yeah. I'm trying to watch myself on this, but stating the truth straight up is even more likely to cause others to react. It doesn't really make me sweeter, just more obvious.
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