The story of Job (Stop blaming God for everything)


I intended to post a new short story this week, but after reading this post and watching the video I felt it would be more fitting. Please share your thoughts.

Originally posted on Chris Martin Writes:

A while back, I wrote a post entitled God on Trial. As Christians, we’ve been taught such a damaging view of God. That He allows bad things to happen. That He makes people sick in order to teach them something. It’s so nothow God is. Satan comes to steal, kill, and destroy. He is the enemy. God love us. He came to give us life more abundant.

People always bring up the story of Job in the Bible. Here is Todd White talking about that. If you truly open your heart to these words, it will rock your entire view of God. Don’t let Satan make you believe doctrines that aren’t true. Trust the Word of God.

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How Long Should Your Chapters Be?


This is a good guide on chapter length. Some authors that I have read will have 30+ chapters, but they are short. Others maybe 12-14, but many pages. I admit that with the latter, there have been some booksI’be read that should have broken up some chapters. I found myself feeling like I’d never get to the end or the point of the chapter. Not a good thing an author wants to hear from a reader.

Originally posted on ronovanwrites:

How Long Should Your Chapters Be?

by: Ronovan

Pick up any two books you have and you’ll likely find they vary in chapter length. Each author has their own style and preference.

To be honest this article isn’t about telling you which length is best. The story itself tells you where the cut off points are for a chapter. Don’t listen to a teacher or whoever about that. Sure an editor can help but when you are writing, get out of the way of the story.

I’ve written chapters 19 pages long and there wasn’t a place to break it up because everything needed to continue in order to flow properly. But then I’ve written chapters three pages long . . . maybe even less.

How do you pick a length? I mean there has to be some idea, right, some method?

As I’ve been writing for over 20 years…

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Creative Time


Seems like my most creative times are sitting in the park on a nice sunny day or bedtime. I don’t know how many times I scared my husband because I quickly jumped out of bed to write down the thoughts in my head. I guess if a fire ever breaks out and I jump up, he’ll just roll over til he smells smoke. Lol.

Originally posted on This Writer In Me:

As important as it is to have a Creative Space that can be utilized for inspiration and artistic expression, it is also important to have Creative Time.

As writers and artists, I’m sure we all know that most of our inspiring ideas come through dreams, or at times when we aren’t planning to have ideas. This is good and exciting, but it is also a good idea to make some time when you are purposefully creative and expressive.

I find though, that if I set an hour or so aside every day, obviously it varies for each person, their available time, when they have available time, and how much free time they have on any given day, but I set at least an hour aside for “being creative.” What I mean by that, is maybe I write for an hour, draw, sew, play my cello, anything that qualifies as art…

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Scalp Psoriasis – Ding dong the “witch” is dead….well, at least at bay

The interesting thing about looking at stats and likes is that it often tells us what kinds of things our readers and visitors like or find useful. One of the posts that have stuck out is the post I wrote in January about scalp psoriasis. Granted, the main purpose of me creating this blog was to hone writing skills and share information about the craft, but I’m not too proud or picky to exclude discussing other things. With that said, I’m happy to pass on information that may help someone else. And without further ado, I’ll share another update on my progress.

After the last post about scalp psoriasis, I had a couple of pea-sized patches to form. This was around the first part of March. One was in the back left side of my scalp, and the other on the left side about 2 inches above my ear. They didn’t itch. It was just annoying. I found them when I went to comb my hair. Low and behold, there was the infamous crust (gross, I know). So I did an inspection of my scalp and found that that was it. I grabbed my ointment and rubbed some on both spots. I only did it that one day. Since then, the patches have been gone, and nothing else has formed anywhere on my scalp.

Previously, I mentioned that foods or sodas could be the aggressor. Now I’m not so sure. I still drink mostly soda (I know, a bad habit), but it hasn’t caused any new flair ups. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still a believer that the things we’re exposed to (internally and externally) can have effects on our well-being. The only thing different since March, is that I increased my Vitamin D, since my doctor said it was low. Maybe that helped with keep the problem at bay. Time will tell.

I would suggest anyone suffering with scalp psoriasis to consult with a doctor or dermatologist to rule out things that can create flair ups. While there is no cure for psoriasis, maybe sharing this type of information with doctors can help to narrow down culprits and hopefully make steps towards a cure.

XOXO, Melanie Dawnn

Photo: HobbyTalk

Disclaimer: The above post is the opinion and experience of Melanie Dawnn, and should not be taken as medical advice.  Please consult with your physician or medical provider for health concerns.

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The Editoral Process


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Originally posted on kelly sumner:

The editorial process in publishing is a lot of hard work. This article discusses the ins and outs of this stage of publishing.

As a writer, you care deeply about your words and you’ve tried to get them just right. Hence your first encounter with an editor might be a little daunting. When they send you pages and pages of notes for revisions, you might be overwhelmed, depressed, and demoralized. Take heart… this is normal!

I recommend you enter the editorial process with a humble and teachable spirit. The editing process is a terrific opportunity to learn how to improve your writing. Click here to learn more.


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The bones of a book


After reading various blogs about how writers write, it still amazes me at the differing processes or lack thereof used. Goes to show that different doesn’t mean ineffective.

Originally posted on Live to Write - Write to Live:

So what do you do when you’ve finished one big project, pushed it out the door, and are just waiting, waiting, (waiting) to hear about it?

You turn around and focus on the next piece.

3935841083_5ec5b0cc3c_zOh sure, I have my articles to keep me busy (at last count, I have 19 due in the next 2 months) and I have my blogs, but I also have another book-length manuscript in me (maybe even more.) And while it feels a little like I’m abandoning my first-born, there is nothing to do until I hear what to do. (I know, it sounds rather Zen doesn’t it?)

I’m going back and starting from the beginning with this next project (even though I have a 300 page rough draft.) I’m going to plot the organization and the action and then see what I have and see where it fits. It’s been sitting, patiently waiting…

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Wake-up Call


“Hello?”, Felicia greeted in a nervous, quizzical tone.

“Hello! Where the heck are you, Felicia? I’ve been worried sick” Ted bombarded her.

It was now or never for Felicia to stand her ground. No longer should she present herself as the little doe too scared of her shadow to speak up for herself.

“Is that any way to talk to your wife?” Felicia fired back.

“Well, if I’d known that my wife would pull a disappearing act, maybe I would have been more prepared for a gentler response.”

“Look Ted! I just called to let you know I was ok and to make sure the kids were fine. Well….” Felicia trailed off, “and to get some things off my chest”.

“Off your chest? What in the world could you possibly have on your chest that you have to get off?””

Ted’s tone was ruffling Felicia’s feathers to the point where she wanted to just hang up. Instead, she chose to ignore Ted’s blustering and move into her true reason for the call.

“I’m 43 years old and have nothing to show for my life….MY LIFE. I feel like a doormat; just living at the mercy of other people. It’s Felicia do this or do that without ever asking me what I want. I’ve always second guess myself so I thought that everyone else knew better. But now, when I think of it, how can anyone else dictate what makes me happy.   I have to do that. “

After a short pause, Felicia continues, “I spent my life trying to please my parents and you. The dreams that I had were tucked away in the recesses of my mind. I guess….it took the reunion to show me that time was not standing still.   I’m sorry for going about things this way, but I felt overwhelmed and resentful. I had to get away.”

With a softer tone Ted remarks, “Felicia, why didn’t you say something?  All these years I thought we were working on our family and goals together. Now, I feel like I’ve been living with a stranger. I really don’t know how to deal with this. And what about the kids?”

“I know this is all new to everyone. I wish I had the answers, but right now, I’m trying to figure things out myself.”

“Well, I hope it’s soon. Your parents are a nightmare.”

And in that moment, Felicia’s parents rang the doorbell.

“Speak of the devil.” Ted muttered.

“I have to go. I don’t want to talk to them. Please! Don’t let them know I’ve called.”

“Felicia, I’m not going to lie to them. I can at least tell them you’re alive and kicking.”

“You could, but I know my parents well. They will pay good money to have someone trace the call to determine my whereabouts. Right now, I just need some space and time.”

“So, when will I hear from you again?” Ted asked.

Unsure on how to answer, Felicia answered, “I won’t make any promises, but I’ll try to call in a couple days.”

After a moment of silence, and without a closing salutation, they both hung up.


XOXO, Melanie Dawnn

 Photo:  Notagrouch

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