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Darrel Bird

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  1. Darrel Bird

    Fun Town Names In The South

    I noticed no one mentioned Ink, Arkansas. Legend has it that when folk were going to vote on a town name they were instructed to write the town name they selected in ink, and Ink Arkansas was born.
  2. 'Btw' is short for "I'm a dorkfish, and they caught me on a corn dog."
  3. Darrel Bird

    Telling The End At The Beginning

    You mean grumpy old man,
  4. Darrel Bird

    Bad Writing Advice

    I just pray everyone else realizes how good at writing I am, and offers to send me money even though I give away everything I write for free.! :)
  5. Telling the ending at the beginning is an interesting start for a story. Movies do it, such as Saving Private Ryan. Just a little harder to do in print. I did it in one of my stories. The reader doesn't know that he is reading the ending word for word. Anyone else ever used the technique?
  6. In my lifetime I have climbed mountains (not spiritual mountains, real mountains, although I've climbed both) Scuba dived, rode motorcyles, until last year when I got too old to ride, sailed the ocean and wrote fiction. Fiction doesn't seem to break bones or kill you outright, so at least its safer than say clinging to a rock wall with your finger tips and a wart for a toe hold. We are explorers by nature, so does God frown on it? I don't know. Does all the things we do glorify him? Probably not, but one thing does glorify him, and thats too acknowledge him, and love him in life. Does my writing make me love him less? Heck no, its made me wonder at his love for such as me. Too allow me to do that!! Just wow! So evil temptation? Probably not.
  7. I tend to believe the charts are right. I imagine traditional publishers would like us to believe SF has gone by the wayside because, actually, I believe traditional publishers are the ones going by the wayside. The charts indicating short stories though are so small I could barely see them. Not good for my bailiwick. However, I am in the happy 'I don't write for money group' so if I write, it'll probably be another short story. I did write one short story, and I was surprised at how many readers downloaded the book. Got good reviews on B&N too.
  8. Darrel Bird

    Memorial Day: A Time To Remember

    Thank you Lynn. I am a veteran myself. I exited the service in October 1964. Today, maybe I'll take down the 'Full Metal Jacket video, and watch it again. I like to watch R. Lee in the boot camp segment, because that is exactly what boot was like back in my day. My wife can't stand the language, but well..it was what it was. Those drill sergeants really messed with your head those days. I don't want to remember the years after basic. I don't know why that is, but as they say, it is what it is.
  9. Darrel Bird

    I Need Prayer For What Might Be Overwhelming Financial Concerns.

    I clicked on the websites you listed, and my security software saw it as a threat and eliminated the threat.
  10. Darrel Bird

    Writing A Novel Plan

    Now we know who the left brained, and the right brained people are on this forum. If you mention organization to right brained people they say, 'Whut?
  11. Darrel Bird

    Writing A Novel Plan

    If I had to worry about all that stuff I'd shoot myself.
  12. Darrel Bird

    Touchy Topic

    My question is: Exactly what is said here? He follows up with: Corinthians I 14:34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. Corinthians I 14:35 And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church. Corinthians I 14:36 What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only? Seems to me that the speaker is rebuking them for having these rules. Also, my question is: If :34 and :35 is the case, then why has God used so many women in such a mighty way to teach, to preach, and also nurse new born Christians. I think men prefer to stop at verse 35, but again I have to ask, What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only? '
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    How Should I Publish My Book?

    Book publishers are suffering from that assumption too.
  14. Darrel Bird

    How To Use Brand Names In Fiction

    One of my editors put the coke trademark sign in one of my stories. I didn't think it was necessary because the guy was enjoying the drink, but I left the change she made. Good article. We should be careful of that.
  15. And I'm adding, 'Or from you.'
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