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  1. Checked out your site, couldn't plow through your first post here though. The site seems well structured, you seem to have the menu tree designed well, now you need to compose, at a minimum, an About Us and a What We Believe, In fact, before you send out an all-clear for people to come visit your site, you'll want to replace all the text that's 'lorum ipsum' with actual content. Bit of a tall task, that. As far as composing articles for apologetics blog posts, if you are looking for ideas for topics, I can list a few below, but the resources you identified a few posts ago in this thread should give you better ideas. However, let me caution, whatever you decide to do, make sure everything you post is either in your own words, or give attribution to any quotes of any other websites or literature, and links to the actual posts if online. No sense souring a good work with accusations of plagiarism. Some ideas for blog posts are: What is Apologetics? How do you make an apology for your faith without apologizing for it? When to Walk Away - when a discussion becomes an argument Sharing your faith without words What is the Gospel, Really? Who Does the Work of Salvation? Hard Sayings of the Bible Defending the Faith What is a Doubtful Disputation? Just a handful to get you started. You might want two or more blog posts up before you spread the word, just so visitors have a bit of material to read, it leads them to follow the site. Oh, and create a rigid schedule of posts - will you post articles once a week? Twice a week? Every other week? Too often, and you drain yourself. Too infrequent, and your stagnant site will lose visitors rapidly. Articles should be brief. Not even as long as this post. Base rule is around 500 words. A quick read with good info makes for a returning visitor and a satisfied follower.
  2. Another Johnny Story

    So, I wrote a book on my kids called Life in HyperSpace, a non-fiction chronicle of our life as two ADD parents with four ADD/ADHD kids and all our neurotic pets. It's chock full of advice for parents of ADD kids, from those who have Been There, Done That. Many of the stories involve our youngest, John, or Johnny, as we call him.And two days ago Johnny pulled another one, one of those things that make you pray more as a parent. Thought I'd record it here, as I've told him I'm not writing a sequel, no matter what he does, I don't want him to have any motivation. John's at the age where he's gotten a taste of kids' horror. On the level of Goosebumps, I guess, as he comes through his various phobias and learns to deal with fear. One of the things he latched onto was Five Nights at Freddy's. Another is Bendy. Back at Halloween, Johnny had been enamored of a popular kids horror video game called Five Nights at Freddy's, Because of it we got him a costume of one of the animatronic characters in it, a purple rabbit named Bonnie. https://www.walmart.com/ip/Five-Nights-at-Freddys-Bonnie-Child-Costume-Kit-with-Free-Gift/372535029?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=0&adid=22222222227104111694&wmlspartner=wmtlabs&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=219734739825&wl4=pla-354508802380&wl5=9010276&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla&wl10=8175035&wl11=online&wl12=372535029&wl13=&veh=sem Scary looking smiley face. It was right around the time I was reviewing a horror book that involved a possessed mannequin. Johnny stuffed his costume with bubble wrap after Halloween, and put it in our walk-in closet. Scared the bejeebies out of me. I told him about the story with the evil mannequin, and I don't know where Bonnie is now. But i have my suspicions I'll run into him again when I least expect it. But he also, using paper sheets, made a life-sized poster of Bendy, a demon character that is a cartoon combination of Felix the Cat and Mickey Mouse, but is a recurring respawning enemy in Bendy and the InkWell. He put Bendy's cutout on his bedroom wall. http://bendy-and-the-ink-machine.wikia.com/wiki/Bendy?file=Remastered-Bendy.png The video game, however, has Bendy jump-scaring you, and Johnny eventually spooked over it, While I was in the bathroom surfing Facebook, I heard the vacuum cleaner going full tilt. I wondered what my wife was sucking up. Eventually, Johnny knocked on the bathroom door, and asked me to come out, he had a confession to make. So, he confessed that Bendy had been scaring him, and he decided to destroy him. He pulled him down off the wall, took him into the living room, crumpled him into a ball, and set fire to him. On the Pergo floor. Didn't take him long to figure out that Pergo burns, too. He ran back and forth to the kitchen, silently, getting glasses of water and throwing them on the fire. Only took a few trips before he had it out. Then he got out the canister vac (note, NOT the SHOP vac) and sucked up all the water, until the vacuum quit sucking. It doesn't like drinking water, he discovered. So, I unplugged the shock hazard, verified the fire hazard was gone, got a towel and eliminated the slip hazard (the water), and then surveyed the damage. All while the canister vac was peeing on the floor. Bendy, the demon, was relegated back to the hell he deserved, and there wasn't anything left of him but ash. The floor has a semi-permanent black hole in it, one that would take an act of congress to fix, one I will require Johnny to help with this weekend, involving pulling all the trim and floor boards up. A killer task I'm not looking forward to, and one he has no clue what's involved. Bendy won't make a reappearance in our house, matches are now completely outlawed in our home, and if I ever find Bonnie, he's going the Way of the Dinosaur, before Johnny discovers gasoline...
  3. Thanks for your interest! I have three published books so far. The first one is A Prince of Lynvia One - Of Secrets and Sorcery: Middle School is the least of Kyne Goodrum's problems. That is, it would be if he could take his dragon along. When Kyne moves to a sleepy little town in Tennessee, he has no idea the house his family is moving into is 'haunted'. He begins having dreams of a world where dragons live, where magic really works, and for some inexplicable reason, everyone he meets is trying to kill him! He spends each day dealing with bullies and burned-out teachers, and each night running for his life. When's a guy gonna get some sleep? His only friend is a sarcastic dragon who seems to know much more than he's saying. https://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Sorcery-Prince-Lynvia-Book-ebook/dp/B00O98R38Q Book #2 is POL2 - Of Mobsters and Magic: When Jason Fentris, Kyne Goodrum's double, finds out his dad is still alive, he and his friends head out to rescue him from the Mob, confident in their newfound superpowers. But the Mob isn't going to let Jason's dad go quite so easily. After all, there's a contract out on him - and they have a rep to protect. In Lynvia, angry dragons are demanding assistance in hunting down a band of thieves - thieves dressed in the green uniforms of the royal Lynvian guard! These imposters have entered the forbidden dragon graveyard and made off with various dragon body parts... But what could anyone want with old dragon bones? https://www.amazon.com/Mobsters-Magic-Prince-Lynvia-Book-ebook/dp/B010NYE1VG/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 Book#3 is a non-fiction account of our life with two ADHD parents and four ADHD kids: Life in HyperSpace: Spraypainting the cat? What was he thinking?? With four year college degrees under our belts and a dab of training in Child Psychology, my wife and I thought we were ready for anything when it came to this parenting gig. We had no idea we would be outnumbered and outgunned. From diet to riot, meds to charts, we've tried it all, to train up our ADHD kids in the way they should grow. From the Home School of Hard Knocks, our four ADD and ADHD kids have taught us more about coping and planning ahead than any four year college degree could have, especially when it comes to understanding what goes on in the mind of a five year old in a Buzz Lightyear costume flying on a treadmill. To Infinity, and Beyond. This is the chronicle of two adult ADD parents and their four ADD/ADHD kids living in a loving madhouse with four neurotic cats and a snow white bi-eyed monster dog that eats trees.Inside you will find more laughs and maybe some help and advice for what to do with the ADD kids in your own home, from someone who's Been There, Done That. https://www.amazon.com/Life-Hyperspace-Chris-Solaas-ebook/dp/B01N9KXVAR/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
  4. So, the History Channel says there are more writers than mosquitoes in the Amazon. Wonder how they counted that. Is that like counting kids in daycare while they scatter in every direction? Brad appears to be bitter. And yes, tis the season for snowflakes. Why whine, without cheese? One thing that wasn't mentioned on this thread is the pervasive idea that information should be free. As in, your books, free for the taking. And, now that writers far worse than I would be, writers that will self-pub their nanowrimo without even an edit, are slushing up the Amazon marketplace, it's difficult to even give your books away. Free for the taking, and nobody even wants them. This happened with the music industry. The few, the known, continued to do 'ok', as their albums continued to sell. But the garage band, the individual producing quality work, just got buried in the noise. And everywhere, the music was being pirated by people chanting the mantra that information should be FREE, whether digital art, music, books, recipes, programs, games, whatever could be digitized, including, if possible (watch TRON) YOU. I spent six years writing, rewriting, editing, rewriting, marketing, editing, killing my darlings, removing the word 'said', looking for the word 'that' in my novels. Attribution by action. remove anything that doesn't carry the story. destroy your dialogs, nobody has time to read it. Remove any dangling participles, don't use adverbs at ALL, don't use -ing. Beware the m-dash vs. the n-dash. Don't head hop. One POV, they can't or wouldn't describe themselves, so drop the main character's description. literally killing my writing style to fit other writers' and publishers' and agents' ideas of what a book should be like. It practically destroyed my 'voice'. Finally self-published, and before my book was even on Amazon's shelf, in Kindle, I discovered that I could download it for free, from a pirate site. Wow, I felt almost famous, until I realized that bots were doing that to all kinds of books. So, if you don't give it away, it might just be stolen. If you don't believe me, google your book title, your name, in quotes, and the word 'Download'. Hmmm... BTW, I do what Phy was talking about. I post on FB, on G+, on Twitter, even Pinterest, thought-provoking devotionals, just daily reflections from my morning devotionals. And I work on projects that, I know, if I ever complete them, will be giveaways without any real means of supporting me. And if they make anyone's day, if they touch a life, that's the payoff I look for, anymore. Because in the current market, I don't see making money at this.
  5. The Villain Drives The Story

    First, a theological answer - He stated that Adam and Eve dared to steal a share of God's divine nature. Ok, fine. But he goes on to name, Free Will, the Knowledge of good and evil, the capacity to create. I submit that he's batting .300. Adam and Eve already had the free will to choose to do good, or to disobey the One Rule. They also had the capacity, since they were 'made in His image', to create. I don't believe that our creative bent is a result of the Fall at all, and see no biblical justification for that view. Also, i take some umbrage at the idea that the Fall was a great thing for us as humans, though I can see his point as writers. More on that later. I'll give him cred that we love God more, for we have been forgiven more. If there were nothing to forgive, if we were sinless, I suspect we would love God because it's how we are wired, but seeing the wreckage behind us, we love Him 'more', for we are rescued, redeemed, in spite of ourselves. Okay, diatribe over, off the soap box. From a writer perspective, a story without conflict, without stakes, is not a story. If there is no risk, if there is no resistance, if there is no antagonist, there is no plot. Might as well pack up the typewriter and play Frisbee Golf. On my novels, the villains: Lynvia: Kever, regent sitting on the throne of Lynvia. A plotting, several moves ahead chess player who has been making hidden moves to permanently place himself on the throne since long before the story began. The reason for the death of the old king in a 'hunting accident'. A frustrated duke of a border region, who has been responsible for keeping invading armies at bay, with little to no thanks or appreciation, no recognition. A man who murdered his own father in ruthless ambition to move upwards. There should be better redeeming qualities in him, an internal struggle, some good involved. But his heart is black with ambition and past sin, and he charges forward to his own distruction. Bubba, a hopeless town drunk, running out of his inheritance and one foot ahead of the law, learns accidentally about a possible gold mine opportunity, a genie in the bottle, if you wish, that could make his wishes come true. He begins almost one-dimensional, hopeless and hapless drunken comedy relief, a bumbling villain. But through the course of a wake-up call, he becomes through the series a born-again, contributing member of society, a redeemed ornament of God's grace. Tark, king of the Western mountains, a ruthless black dragon, and the reason the dragon lands are split into two kingdoms. A human hater, a rage-filled ambitious Conan, this dragon forges ahead based on his own strength and ability to elicit fear in dragon and human alike. Overconfident and pride-filled, headed for a fall of epic proportions. Dimension Doors of Destiny: Garivan; plotter, devious, a baron who rules through fear and intimidation, subterfuge and assassination. Fatal flaw is overconfidence. Betraying your own henchmen on a whim, his instability will be his undoing. Professor Pilfer: an intellectual, a thief, his driving force is revenge for being exposed as the charlatan he is. His destiny is joined inextricably to Dr. Shaklford, a brilliant physicist. This relationship seems born from too many viewings of the Fantastic 4. Lyra: an animated, intelligent vine, with the ability to rapidly grow and cover everything with sour grapes. Dangerous, vengeful, distrusting, plotting. Her redeeming feature is that all along, distrusted and shunned, she just wanted to lead her people to a better future. Charles Walther: tycoon turned regional governor, aimed to become world dictator in a post-apocalyptic society. An immeasurable wealth, still the promise of additional wealth draws him. A user, a manipulator, greed is his fatal flaw, His redeeming feature is that, in private, he is tormented by guilt at the many who 'have not' for the few that 'have'. Sorry, that covers about 8 books total, TMI I am sure.
  6. Audiobook Advice

    So, this Christmas season, I'm reading my first novel to a computer. Using a good microphone, As an audiobook gift to a relative who mentioned he would not read my book, but would listen to an audiobook of it. For that application, a raw edit is probably sufficient. But, I'm looking for advice on taking this to a professional level, and possibly publishing to Amazon's Audiobook inlet, ACX So, multiple questions, and shameless requests for advice: 1. As I'm reading the book, I'm running across discontinuity issues, plot holes, contradictions, and the like. Pacing issues. etc. What's your thoughts on, before creating a audiobook for publication, revising a novel? New ISBN and different cover but same title? 2. When creating an audiobook, I've seen feedback from readers that they'd rather just have the novel read to them, no voice actors. No music. Has anyone who has published an audiobook gone through the trouble to get voice actors, sound effects, mood music, etc.? What's the benefit, is it mostly a distraction? 3. To indicate INTERNAL VOICE (Thoughts, generally italicized in my novel), I'm considering adding a noticeable reverb/echo, to indicate it's thoughts. What are your 'thoughts' on this technique? 4. ACX has a significant list of pointers that make creating a quality recording for an audiobook difficult. Is it your experience, if you've published an audiobook, that a reasonable recording via a laptop and decent mic (no hiss) is sufficient? 5. I find that while recording, airlines take that time to fly over. With my mic levels set low, I still get a slight rumble while reading. I know of no way to record without getting background noise in. My bedroom is reasonably soundproofed from the rest of the house, but external noises can be a problem. Is there an inexpensive relatively soundproof place where such recordings can take place? Do you take advantage of them when recording your own books? thanks in advance for any feedback, encouragement, criticism, or flames. :-)
  7. I need help. Im looking for a way to sell my book

    As an aside, living in the Memphis Area has given me some exposure to John Grisham's story. When he began his writing career, his first book was A Time To Kill, not The Firm, as generally believed. The article in this link mentions the fact that he started out selling that book wherever he could, including out of the trunk of his car. http://writersweekly.com/this-weeks-article/publishing-your-book-is-not-enough-by-jim-gilliam I'll admit that once an author has name recognition, they can sell books simply because of notoriety and name recognition, but it probably wasn't an easy road getting to that point. As I understand it, even J K Rowling met with a long list of rejection letters before getting a big publisher to back Harry Potter. I've heard that we should just write, publish, and trust God with the increase, and while there is truth to trusting God, He often required some sweat equity out of Israel, and the same is true for us. There's a lot of good ideas put in this thread on marketing your self-pub work. and if you Google that subject, you will find many more ideas. I would recommend using Amazon Kindle for an eBook version, as Amazon gets more exposure than SW and does marketing very well, but you can actually publish through both for free. (Unless you use KDP select).
  8. Writing Goals For 2016

    I'm baaack... (after a long Sabbatical doing parent and work things...) But, I've been busy writing and such. For example, last July 4th weekend I released my second book in my Prince of Lynvia series (Of Mobsters and Magic) and had a giveaway of Book 1 (Of Secrets and Sorcery). Had quite a few takers on that giveaway on Amazon, but no reviews as of yet, except I have heard verbal ones from a handful of family and friends who have read and enjoyed it... In 2016 my writing goals are rather odd: 1. Complete an RPG video game based on my series using RPG GameMaker VX Ace (and hopefully MV version when it is complete). This is a HUGE task and will take much of my spare time this year, the game will bridge 6 worlds and cover about 100 hours of gameplay. The game will carry the plot of my series forward to answer some major questions left hanging when the 4-book series is complete. I now have about 20 minutes gameplay created. But most of that has been laying groundwork, plot, and artwork. 2. Read Book 3 (Of Pretty Plots and Princesses) to my kids and get my daughter to complete the cover art for it!!! 3. Complete a final edit on Book 3 and get it published by EOY 2016. 4. (If I have any time at all) Complete the rewrite of Book 4, Of Dragons and Dopplegangers. It is currently a bit of a train wreck at present, and I'm wrestling with God on how it will end. I think He wants me to continue along the path of a showdown Question and Answer session with God Himself, (sort of a Face to Face over coffee and Fairy Dust) but I am quaking in my sneaks about how to handle that...
  9. Copyright - what to include

    Think it's $45 or so per work.
  10. Copyright - what to include

    When you file for Copyright online, submitting materials digitally, the Copyright is instantaneous and dates back to when you submit, but you really can't claim infringement without being able to log into their site and seeing your work there. (Did this for my music but never did for my novels.) It was fun getting the official documents in the mail, and I have them in a lockbox. But unless you (or others) make a significant amount of money from your work, the copyright doesn't matter from your perspective. It's more to protect you in case someone steals your work, files for copyright, then claims you stole their work. In a legal battle like that, CreateSpace records (I believe) can stand in court that you submitted the work as stands before the copyright was filed by another.
  11. Write A Story In 6 Words

    The victim hid his own body. The tomb empty; Jesus is alive! Snake was quick, gun was quicker.
  12. Why Readers Stop Reading a Book

    Could not agree more, especially now that I am reviewing. I've found that some books violate one or more of these, and it's only because I'm reviewing that I continue on. I will admit, that often by the time I get to chapter 10 or so, where the story really picks up the pace, that I get hooked there. Don't know how many times I have had that happen.
  13. How Many Non-fictionists Do We Have?

    I am voting here as well because although I mainly have written fiction, I have several projects waiting in the wings and one active work that may well be my next published work Children/memoir(active) Life in Hyperspace A humorous account of my kids and pets in our ADHD home (four kids and two parents dealing with ADD, ADHD and multiple neurotic pets - You can read some of it on my blog ADHDFamilyFun.blogspot.com 12 Questions Of Pilate A devotional exposition on Pilates questioning of Jesus 12 Unlikely Apostles A devotional
  14. Human Like Aliens.

    The Kree look human, but blue, at least on Agents of Shield. And Thor's race seemed more human than the Kree. When I've seen this explained at all in literature, it's been either set far in the future, with humans having spread through the galaxy, as in Aasimov's Foundation series, or humans are plants here, the result of a crash landing by an 'alien race' (Heinlein's Have Space Suit, Will Travel) or James P Hogan's Inherit The Stars. Or cross-breeding from abducted humans. Better to ask God how far you can cross the line than me. While traditional Christian publishing houses may balk at a scifi book about aliens, other traditional publishing houses certainly would not, and God's the one you finally answer to, not them, not us. Bryan Davis seemed to handle the alien postulate well in his Starlighter series, while being Christian and published that way. As I said earlier, I would not sweat it, if you have a story to tell, tell it. If it closes some doors in the traditional Christian market, it opens doors elsewhere. And if it's His story, it's His problem to see how it is marketed and sold.
  15. Human Like Aliens.

    Bet Phy could answer this better. I wouldn't sweat it. An intelligent designer might Not make aliens different from humans The bible does not mention people's on other planets. So they could be there, but if so, they would either need to be sinless or have provision for salvation, or be damned. They could even be demons.

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