Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Maybe it was. Probably it was. But as a Christian, what do I care? The more we celebrate Jesus, the happier I get.
Besides, I like red and green together. I love twinkling lights, golden garlands, angels, and guiding stars, too. And I especially love hearing all those songs about a God who’d be willing to be born as a destitute child in a third-world country if that’s what it took to rescue me.
And he did--rescue me, I mean. He rescued me from hopelessness, depression, loneliness, sickness, lack, and so much more. He turned my emptiness into fulfillment, my purposeless into mission. He transformed the water of my existence into wine.
‘Cause face it. We live in a secular society these days. The only time most people hear about Gods’ love is during these last magical weeks of the year. So let’s go for it. Sing the songs. Light the lights. Let’s have early Christmas every year.
David Stearman is a singer-songwriter/missionary/author who resides in Louisville, KY with his wife Diane, two Bichons Latte and Lilli, and Kermit, the Great Green Parrot.
You can purchase his novels, short stories, and devotionals here: http://www.amazon.com/David-Stearman/e/B008EKIOZG, or connect with him on Facebook as “David Stearman”, or on twitter as DavidJStearman.
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Tricia Goyer, author of "The One Year Book of Amish Peace", made a return visit to The G-ZONE Monday!
The show was fun and informative. Here is the link for the show and more on Tricia:
Tricia Goyer is a busy mom of six, grandmother of one, and wife to John. Somewhere around the hustle and bustle of family life, she manages to find the time to write fictional tales delighting and entertaining readers and non-fiction titles offering encouragement and hope. A bestselling author, Tricia has published thirty-three books to date and has written more than 500 articles. She is a two time Carol Award winner, as well as a Christy and ECPA Award Nominee. In 2010, she was selected as one of the Top 20 Moms to Follow on Twitter by SheKnows.com. Tricia is also on the blogging team at MomLifeToday.com, TheBetterMom.com and other homeschooling and Christian sites.
In addition to her roles as mom, wife and author, Tricia volunteers around her community and mentors teen moms. She is the founder of Hope Pregnancy Ministries in Northwestern Montana, and she currently leads a Teen MOPS Group in Little Rock, AR. Tricia, along with a group of friends, recently launched www.NotQuiteAmishLiving.com, sharing ideas about simplifying life. She also hosts the weekly radio podcast, Living Inspired. Learn more about Tricia at www.triciagoyer.com.
In this instantly connected world, it’s surprisingly easy to lose our connection to God.
What’s admirable about the Amish lifestyle is that it intentionally slows the pace of life so there’s an opportunity to see the everyday grandeur of our great God.
Not everyone can—or should—adopt an Amish lifestyle. But the Amish can inspire all of us to slow down and simplify our lives. We need to learn to let go of our glittering gadgets in order to grab hold of something of infinitely greater value—the Divine.
The One Year Book of Amish Peace will inspire you to set a sustainable pace of life so that you, too, can take the time to enjoy God’s gifts each and every day.
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Tuesday, December 3, 2013
I also happen to be a father of six who is also an Army Reserve officer who has served in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Africa, so you really would think I'd write more military stuff than I do, though a bit of my military knowledge is reflected in my portrayal of the Defense Controllers in "No Revolution Too Small"...
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Ruth L. Snyder,author of the soon to be released "Cecile's Christmas Miracle",recently visited The G-ZONE!
Today I am posting on Ruth, tomorrow I will have a little something up about Tricia.
The show was a lot of fun and very informative.
Listen in when you get some spare time, and enjoy:
Ruth L. Snyder was privileged to spend the first ten years of her life in southern Africa where her parents were missionaries. She now lives near Glendon, the pyrogy capital of Alberta, Canada with her husband Kendall and their five young children. Ruth enjoys reading, writing, teaching piano, photography, crafts, and travel. She is a member of The Christian PEN, The Word Guild, and InScribe Christian Writers' Fellowship. Learn more about Ruth and her writing at www.ruthlsnyder.com.
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6 shows, 7 authors, and they are all female, go figure.
Here is this week’s guest list with days and times:
Tuesday – 12/3 – Jen Cudmore -10.30AM EST
Weds. – 12/4 – Elizabeth Lindsay – 7 PM EST
Thursday – 12/5 – Carol Howell – 10 AM EST
Friday – 12/6 – Sharon Spiegel – 11AM EST
Saturday – 12/7 – Amber Schamel – 4 PM EST
Monday’s show has already aired; we had Tricia Goyer & Ruth L. Snyder on. Please catch it on the archives it was a great show.
Here is the main link for The G-ZONE blogtalk radio show:
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Monday, December 2, 2013
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1. Edie Melson, at The Write Conversation, gives suggestions on how to keep your writing on track during the holidays.
2. I stuck around Edie's blog, The Write Conversation, and found an article on how to add a custom tab to Facebook pages.
3. Michelle Griep guest posts at Working Writers and Bloggers. She tackles the subject of why writers should use Pinterest.
Writers and Readers: Are you on Pinterest? What are some of your favorite boards or pins?
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WHEN YOU WRITE ANY TYPE OF HISTORICAL FICTION YOU NEED TO DO YOUR RESEARCH WELL
Clay More (Keith Souter)
When you set out to write a historical novel, whether that is set in prehistory, medieval England or the American Old West the first thing you have to do is immerse yourself in that time period. One thing you can be sure of is that if you get the historical details wrong then some of your readers will probably stop reading at that point in the story without enjoying the rest of the adventure. You have to pass the test of time.
We are talking about anachronisms. The word comes from the Greek ana, meaning 'against' and chronos, meaning 'time'. Effectively it refers to an inconsistency in time. An obvious example would be having a telephone back in the days of King Henry VIII, or having a character in the 19th century using a slang term from the 21st century. It is acceptable to have these things occur in a Sci Fi time story, or even in an alternate universe or Steampunk novel, wherein you have created an alternative time and technology, but it is not acceptable in historical novels.
Yet it is easy to slip them in by accident if you just assume that certain things had been invented 'round about' a particular time. The only way to guard against it is to be meticulous in your research, getting things pinned down to exact dates.
As a doctor I introduce medical details into most of my novels and stories. I make sure, however, that I have researched the minutia about the medical and surgical instruments that I have my characters use and I make sure that they are practising exactly as an actual doctor of the time would practice. That means I go back to primary sources. I consult medical textbooks of the time to ensure that particular illnesses were known about then, that surgical operations or techniques had been developed and that a treatment outcome would be plausible. While books and films often have someone half-dead or in the advanced stages of septicaemia brought to a town doctor in the 1870s who almost miraculously cures them because he is so skilled, the reality would probably be quite different. Don't get me wrong, my characters do perform cutting edge (for the time) operations but I make sure that what they do would be feasible, using the techniques and facilities of the time.
Let me give you an example. Don't have a doctor in the Old West taking somebody's blood pressure. It was not understood. Indeed it was not until 1896 that Scipione Riva-Rocci invented the sphygmomanometer. This was done using a mercury manometer. It was subsequently refined by Von Recklinghausen in 1906, which used a moving needle to measure the pressure. In neither of these was a stethoscope used. Indeed, the stethoscope was still a relatively new instrument and it did not occur to anyone that there were useful sounds that could tell one about blood pressure.
A Russian doctor, Nicolai Korotkoff (1874-1918) wrote a thesis about his use of the stethoscope to measure blood pressure in 1910. It was entitled Experiments for determining the strength of the arterial collaterals. In this book he outlined the method of taking the blood pressure that has been used right up until the present day. But it wasn't used in the 19th century; that would be an anachronism.
So too it is with my character of Doc Marcus Quigley, itinerant dentist, gambler and bounty hunter, whose adventures I write for High Noon Press. He practices with the dental equipment of the time, using the techniques then known.
Dental toothkeys were going out of fashion in the late 19th century, but some dentists still used them
It is actually great fun doing the historical research when you write a western or any other type of historical novel. Steep yourself in the time period and get a feel for it. Makes copious notes and find out when certain things were invented and when they drifted into common usage. Make sure you pass the test of time
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Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Do you ever use writing prompts?
I haven't lately, but I'm thinking I should make more time to do so.
Because even though I stretch my writing muscles in one direction most every day, others could benefit from cross training.
Exposure to and the practice of different types of writing are good ways to grow as a writer. Besides, you never know what ideas might spring from a little writing exercise.
One of my favorite prompts is Hemingway's Challenge. If you aren't familiar with this, here are the details:
Someone once challenged Hemingway to write a story in six words. He wrote the following:
For sale, baby shoes. Never used.
Does it tell the whole story? Perhaps only Hemingway knows for sure. In any case, it’s a great imagination stretching exercise, and it fosters efficient use of words.
Another favorite source of inspiration is The Writer's Idea Book by Jack Heffron. It's packed full of great writing prompts and valuable info.
How do you stretch your writing muscles? Have any prompts to share?
Karen Lange is the author of Homeschool Co-ops 101. She and her family were active in co-ops during their sixteen-year homeschool journey. Her three children have since graduated, and she is now a freelance writer and online writing instructor for adults and homeschooled teens. Connect on Karen’s Blog, on Twitter, and Facebook.
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