Response to Quantum Leap Challenge

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Unfortunately, I did not receive a single entry for the Quantum Leap Challenge. I did however, get a lot of likes and favorites here and on Twitter. That’s a good thing. At least it got people to thinking and considering.  But alas, the show must go on.  Below is my spin on Quantum Leap Challenge. Enjoy!

If I had to choose a moment in history to revise, it would be when Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden. I wouldn’t change that God made them or gave her to him. What I would change is the curiosity in human nature to go towards something forbidden. Obviously God knew why they shouldn’t eat from the tree and what would happen if they did. I believe He didn’t share the information to see if they trusted His wisdom and ability to care for them. Even during that time, free will was granted. It’s evident through Eve’s ability to walk away from what she knew to what was curious or tingling to the ears and eyes. And the same goes for Adam.

Anywho, if I could change that moment, it would be that Eve would remember what God said and turn away. She’d tell Adam about the experience as a way of warning and emphasize that God knows best. This other creature (i.e. snake, satan) was unfamiliar and had not proven himself, so until he did, why ruin a good thing, right?

What I think would have come from this change is that we would never die, childbirth may not be painful or as bloody, and we’d experience the good things that God has to offer. My imagination believes that this would be none of the illnesses that could have taken loved ones past or present, violence would be an idea and not necessarily an action. Better yet, would we even know anything other than love?

As I ponder the prior question, I think about how slick satan tries to be. If he didn’t get to Adam and Eve, he would have tried to get someone in the history of mankind. But would the impact have been the same? Or worse? Either way, when a slip-up happened, Jesus would still be necessary. And aren’t we thankful for that?

 XOXO, Melanie Dawnn

 

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How To Write A One-Page Synopsis

melaniedawnn:

This is quite helpful.

Originally posted on Writers Write:

We know how much writers dislike writing a book synopsis. When we saw this brilliant article by Susan Dennard we knew we had to share it with you. Here is a shortened version.

Three Rules of Thumb

Rule of thumb:You should only name three characters in a short synopsis – usually, the protagonist, antagonist, and possible love interest/side-kick. All other characters should be referred to by their roles, e.g., the waitress, the mother.

Rule of thumb: You must tell the ending! The purpose of a synopsis is to show an editor/agent you can tell a story from beginning to end. You will not entice them into reading your whole MS if you don’t share the ending.

Rule of thumb: Do not include sub-plots unless you have extra space at the end. Stick to the main plot events.

11 Synopsis Points

1. Opening image

An image/setting/concept that sets the…

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*** Quantum Leap Challenge ***

wpid-wp-1413421170094.jpegOver the last few weeks, I’ve been in writing prompt heaven.  And now that Musings by Melanie Dawnn is about to turn 1, I wanted to commemorate the occasion with something creative and interesting – a writing challenge!

The goal of the challenge is to encourage subscribers and visitors of the blog to put their thinking caps on, and write about a specific topic from a different perspective.  So, without further adieu, here are the challenge details….

1. Pick a person from any era, and relive/rewrite history (similar to Sam Beckett’s character on Quantum Leap).  Describe what you’d change and why.  Include what impact you think this would make on history.

OR

2. Choose a point in your own life you’d like to go back and rewrite. Give insight on what you’d do differently.  How do you think this would change the outcome of your life?  What affect would this change have on the world and/or those you care about?

Have fun with this challenge!  Think outside the box.  Be as creative and descriptive as you want.   Submit a link to your post in the comments section below by November 14th.  If selected, your post (and blog/website) will be showcased on Musings by Melanie Dawnn on November 17th.

Looking forward to reading your posts.  Good luck and Happy Leaping!!! :-)

 XOXO, Melanie Dawnn

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Editors for Every Budget

melaniedawnn:

Great info!

Originally posted on Winter Bayne:

And yes, I do indeed mean every budget. Even the ramen noodle budget.

Authors trying to get into publishing houses or writers wanting to self publish grapple with the editor dilemma. I personally think they are well worth the investment. One of the biggest investments when it comes to publishing right along with book covers (if you happen to be self publishing).

Editors are demi-gods, just don’t tell them that before they review your work. ;)

This week alone I’ve been asked by three different writers about editors they could possibly use. It’s happening more and more now for some reason. Here is my generic response and you’ll probably find something here to assist you.

The editor I’ve used is James of Story Medic. I can’t promise he’s cheap, but I do enjoy working with him. I got accepted twice by publishing houses didn’t I? I didn’t do it alone…

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Writing Prompt: Travel

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This week’s writing prompt was prompted (pun intended) by Damyanti at Daily (w)rite. Her question to the masses was “What was the last city you traveled to and how did it make you feel?

My most recent travels were to Montego Bay, Jamaica.

As you can see from the above image, the view was very picturesque.  I’m a huge fan of the colors in nature.  Not just because they are so beautiful, but because I’m always in awe at how splendid God makes things around us.

In addition, this trip was relaxing and enlightening.  It was a good chance for me to take a moment and just breathe and enjoy the sights and people around me.  It also allowed me to see how natives of the island lived.  On one hand, I felt sorry for them because looking at the conditions of living quarters was a complete contrast of the villa I stayed in.

On the other hand, as the manager of the villa explained, the attitude of locals can often be so laid back that they do not try to better themselves or their native land.  Instead, others from countries near and far have a hand in what will be though they may not even live there.  Once again, it saddens me mostly because it’s like giving up or just accepting whatever without giving a voice or input.

All in all, I love to travel.  I have a life’s  goal to see the rest of the U.S. (26 down, 24 to go) and various parts of the globe.  I’m interested in not only seeing the tourist-y side, but also learn about the different cultures and see how others live.  On most of my travels so far, I have found that there are just as many similarities as there are differences.

Where have you traveled?  What has been your experience?

 

XOXO, Melanie Dawnn

 

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Writing Prompt: Love

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butterflies, wishful dreams, hopes, sweaty palms, anticipation, infatuation

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joy, happiness, memories, romance, intimacy, quality

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ups, downs, better, worse, commitment

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patience, understanding, communication

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faith, loyalty, unconditional, everlasting

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Alpha, Omega, I am, God

XOXO, Melanie Dawnn

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