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  1. The Offical Word Count For Nano 2017

    Book Title A Hero Just Where You Are 1. 2. 3. 4.(late start) 970 5. 6. 7. 1310 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. Total:
  2. This is my first NNWM - I did the camp over the summer and decided to try the November project despite it being a busy month. I underestimated just how busy I would be and how little time I would have to write! I only have about 2200 words after 8 days. No matter. I knew going in there was no way I would make my goal, but I also knew it would push me to make some real progress. My book is a middle grade "historical fantasy" taking place during the conversion era of Finland - about 1150 AD. It involves a 13 year old gardener's boy rescuing the 8 year old runaway daughter of the manor from the Dark Lord. In the process he rejects his pagan upbringing and takes on the Christian faith, learning that one can be a hero regardless of your position in life.
  3. Greetings From Central Pennsylvania

  4. I'm not sure who posted the initial survey question, but II recently wrote such a journal and would be happy to share it with anyone who would like to review it for me.
  5. Preaching In Fiction Or No?

    I read a lot of Christian fiction. The better stories may include snippets of a pastor's sermon - a phrase or two - that capture's the protagonists attention. They may shut out the rest of the sermon as they reflect on that particular point. The worst stories - ones I have even done the dastardly deed of putting them down without finishing - are ones where the protagonist is not a pastor, but proceeds to give sermons from a "holier than thou" position to someone at rock bottom. Characters are flat and are pretty much black and white as far as moral character. The in-between books, if the sermons are long and obnoxious, I will simply skim through those parts. this is especially true if they are preaching their denomination over Christianity. I hope this reader's insight helps you decide what you need to do.
  6. Me, Ruby, and God

    Me, Ruby, and God begins with a plea for God to strengthen the author’s faith. Not long afterwards, Linda breaks up an early morning dog fight in the kennel but in the process gets bitten on the ankle by her young sled dog, Ruby. While preparing to undergo surgery, Linda recognizes that Ruby doesn’t show gratitude for being saved and then questions how much she has shown gratitude for her own salvation. In the short anecdotes that follow, Ruby teaches Linda many things about what it means to be a Christian, and how to more truly live her faith every day. The author responds with original prayers that reflect the changes God has wrought through the humble sled dog, culminating with her recognition that she has a role in living the Body and Blood of Christ. Take the journey with Linda and Ruby, and explore your own Christian commitment.
  7. My Book Is Out!

    Sorry about the website. My son promised me he would have the link working ...last week. I'm still waiting.
  8. My Book Is Out!

    I was thrilled to see my self-published book "Me, Ruby, and God, A Journal of Spiritual Growth" is available on both Amazon and Barnes and Noble. AS soon as New York State gives me permission, I'll also have it available at my (soon to be coming) web site http://GoldenRubyPublishing.com where I will be able to offer heavy discounts for quantity purchases for groups who want to sell it as a fundraiser.
  9. Looks like it cuts my story from 18,000 to 15,300. Not good. Oh, well, it's being printed anyway.
  10. Good thought - but what are the other two questions?
  11. There definitely comes a time to do less reading and more writing. Sadly, I'm not sure how much I want to reach that point - I enjoy the reading to much! What I have found is that putting in some time on writing a particular project with Camp NaNoWriMo set me up to get a lot more out of reading "how to's" and researching the right setting before writing more and revising.
  12. Head Muscles And Tig

    I'm in the process of building a "studio" for writing a short distance fro the distractions of the house. While it may not represent a lot of TIG, it does speak of a certain amount of dedication, I hope.
  13. Free Writing Classes Online

    I've done several of their classes. While not an in-depth treatment, they are short and very easy to fit into my over-worked schedule, and I definitely learned something with each class.
  14. This May Seem Like A Really Dumb Question, But...

    Is it possibly the difference between fiction and non-fiction?
  15. Publishing predators

    You may not pay real publishers, but that doesn't mean it's all free. If you self publish you need to pay an editor, a cover designer, maybe a formatter, and an artist if you have artwork included. If you are doing a print book, you'll have to pay to have it printed. And don't forget that marketing isn't free, either. All told, my print book will cost me about $3000 including the free copies I'll get to enhance my marketing efforts.

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