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Grace Roman

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About Grace Roman

  • Birthday 09/24/1976
  1. Hmm. The frustration regarding trying to live out one's passion and society not giving her an out, comparison of the weaknesses of both Capitalism and Communism, and even the struggle to figure out why God would give her a passion and not promote that passion are all challenges my Heroine face in What Is Love? She wants to be an artist and has no passion for anything else. She struggles against what the world wants from her but also what God wants from her. Who will win? I would love opinions not just on my writing style but also my commentary on politics today and how they are going to affect people 200 years in the future if the Lord doesn't come back first. I predict that "beauty" will turn it's head again, turning back to a Victorian appreciation for "a little meat on the bones". Government, after a nuclear war with the communists, will dissolve the USA in exchange for something more dictatorial only for the purpose of protection. The scales of economics will tip over completely, causing mass homelessness, but the rich will soon learn that without people to work in the economy, their position will also disappear, and we all go down.
  2. Heroes And Villains

    (Why does this thing make me quote myself every time I reply? And I can't erase my emoji. Anyway...) Yes, I have excerpts on here, and I would be delighted to have more opinions and criticism. (Thanks for your loyalty, Nicola!) My writing is about getting people saved or closer to God if they are saved already, not about me feeling good. They are all labelled "What Is Love", sometimes with numbers so you can tell in which order to read them. The VR is kind of a subplot, actually. The whole thing is set a few hundred years in the future, and VR is at the time, an addiction like drugs. (Thanks for paving the way with Tek, William Shatner!) My main characters are actually struggling with reality while some minor characters are the ones using VR. My main character is a young woman trying to find a way to survive in an economic system that I feel will be the result of the system we have now if Jesus doesn't come back by that point. She is a Christian, but is concerned with surviving in the physical world, much like many of us today. She has a selfless mentor who tries to show her the way, but then the world sends counselors, bosses, and "friends" to pull her back to "reality". Once I've made the point that this world is not the real reality, I will use VR as an object lesson to show that nothing this world has to offer really matters. I am trying to keep elements of sci-fi for fans of things like Blade Runner, Tek, etc.; political philosophies I feel will be a result if Christians don't get involved; romantic intrigue for Nicholas Sparks fans; personal issues we struggle with today like not having skills for things we're passionate about and/or not having passion about jobs that seem to be the only ones available; and, of course, spiritual issues like witnessin and struggling to advance our relationships with Christ when the world threatens to keep money from us if we stand our ground. So, gentlemen, please don't think of it as a romance novel. There will be plenty of other good stuff in there too. I look forward to your comments.
  3. Heroes And Villains

    Rather than an artificial intelligence programmed to imitate humans, I explore the concept of VR, programmed to imitate life, which feels better and is therefore more addicting but which eats at the soul because of its emptiness. On the flip side of the coin, real life seems to torture my characters to the point at which they do what they can to escape the torture and create a shard of joy out of the dungheap. In the end, the reader learns a modernized Ecclesiastical message - all is vanity, and it's going to be destroyed soon anyway. Hey, wow. I just wrote a synopsis!
  4. Preaching In Fiction Or No?

    I've read some articles (most of my writing education has been obtained from Pinterest now) about including sermons in fiction, how to get a point across without preaching... but we're Christians; at my age I've heard at least 2,132 sermons, and I'm a preacher's kid, so it's been more. Trust me. Sermons, love them or hate them, are a part of our lives. What do you think? As long as we "animate" our pastor-character, can we include sermons as long as they are a reasonable length?
  5. How To Successfully Manage What Annoys You

    The fact that my children will not listen.
  6. Conflict - Christian Style

    *my dream. I hate auto-correct.
  7. Conflict - Christian Style

    I just read an article which explained that conflict comes more easily when you "avoid black-and-white morality". But when we do that, we get Fifty Shades of Gray (is that why the author used that title? I haven't seen it nor will I) and other garbage. We're Christians here; how do we offer good conflict (perhaps the conflict is that characters argue over morality, but in our stories, good has to triumph over evil) to a world that is addicted to soap operas and subconsciously turn their lives into one and still make it interesting to them? I'm not thinking money here, Brothers and Sisters; myself dream is to make my stories "hooks" as I fish for people, as Jesus said.
  8. I was about to read Leoshine Part 2, but I would like to read Part 1 first. Is there a way to see a list of all of member's writings?

  9. How To Change Negatives Into Big Positives

    I absolutely love this! And at such a time in my life as now. I was born to fearful, negative-thinkers. My one set of grandparents lived through the Depression and became obsessed with earning money. My father almost went insane when the competition in his field became nearly impossible. My other grandfather believed that worrying was was the only way to keep bad things from happening (and sometimes I see his point). If only we could "wake up" from this bad dream of sorts for a few minutes and see the glory that can't be compared to the level of awfulness down here... but if things weren't as hard as they were, we wouldn't mature as well. It's funny how we want things to be challenging for eustress, but we see everything as distress.
  10. Is The Omnipotent Narrator Dead?

    Physical and suspensewriter, please consider reading my entry "What is Love?", which is part of the first chapter of what I hope to turn into a novel or literary work.
  11. Is The Omnipotent Narrator Dead?

    I have written scenes that have only the male protagonist, scenes with only the female protagonist and scenes with both. How would I do this without an omniscient (oh yes, I meant "is the omniscient narrator dead?")
  12. Please tell me I don't have to rewrite everything in first person!
  13. I was going to return the favor and read some of your writing, but I guess I'm lost. How do I find a specific person's writing?

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