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  • #72900
    Michelle
    @mlbolangerauthor

    **Skids in sideways**

    **Smooths hair and tshirt**

    Ahem.

    Yikes! I am REALLY late.

    I actually accomplished my goals this week:
    1) Finish outlining my next novella
    2) Survive my first week at my new job

    I’ll go ahead and post my goals for the week of Jan 21:

    1) Write the first chapter of the novella (1500 – 2500 words)
    2) Prepare to lead worship 1/27 (practice, practice, practice)
    3) Survive week 2 as a new supervisor. =)

     

    Clumsy but cute. Apologizes a lot. Doesn't shed. Much.

    #72897
    Michelle
    @mlbolangerauthor

    @daeus-lamb

    I am WAAAY late to this conversation, and I both agree and disagree with the statement “you shouldn’t worry too much about how to write a story that glorifies God because if you’re a Christian you can’t help but express your love for the God you know.”

    Here’s why:

    I DISAGREE because you can’t ‘drift’  or ‘coast’ into a God glorifying anything. If you are drifting or coasting as a Christian, your life as well as your writing will contain sketchy or incorrect theology at best, and at worst will be directly opposed to the Gospel.

    However, I also AGREE because a Christian author who is already living an intentionally God-glorifying life in every other area will find that their faith and beliefs filter into everything they do, including what they write.

    I am probably splitting hairs and fussing with semantics, but my main disagreement here, I think, is with the implication that only truly committed Christians can write God honoring stories. There are musicians, artists, preachers, and teachers who write, sing, and teach things that are theologically and Biblically correct, but their lives are far from connected to Christ. People are drawn into true worship, learn Biblical truths, and genuinely commit their lives to Christ through the voice or pen of a person who is completely lost.

    And – conversely – there are committed Christians who do and write things that are far from God honoring things. They turn people away from Christ with words and or actions that might or might not be intentional.

    My point is – If you judge the work or the person simply based on whether or not the work is Biblically sound or clearly presents the gospel, you could come to the wrong conclusion.

    In my humble opinion, God is much less concerned (but not at all unconcerned!) with the work being created than He is with the heart and motive of the one creating it. Now – Before you label me a complete heretic, let me remind you of what I said when I disagreed with the original post.

    “I DISAGREE because you can’t ‘drift’  or ‘coast’ into a God glorifying anything.”

    If you are already living a life that is intentional about glorifying God in not just your writing, but also in every other area of your life – your motive will be to bring glory to God in everything you do, which means your worldview, your beliefs, and Biblical truths will bleed into your writing, because that is the theme of your life – not just your writing. Making sure those truths are solid and accurate may take a bit more intentionality and research, but in general the premise and content will be in line with a life lived for Christ. The rewards for such motives are eternal!

    Those who are not living a God fearing, God honoring life can still produce God honoring things, but they will receive no eternal reward for them. Their reward will be the money, fame, and applause they gain here, though in the end, they will be the ones to whom Jesus says, “I never knew you.”

    I tried to read through most of the thread, and may have missed the entire point of the discussion…it does happen often enough. If so, please disregard my wandering off topic.

     

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    #69165
    Michelle
    @mlbolangerauthor

    **blinks**

    **sees 2019 on the calendar**

    Wow. 2018 disappeared quickly, and left a lot of lessons in its wake. All of which I am very grateful for, and the holidays are always a bit chaotic for us since “no” doesn’t seem to be a word we know how to use in this house…

    **Makes note to get better at that**

    Anyway….Because I started December knowing I was going to be changing jobs and going back into management, I read and listened to lots of productivity and goal setting gurus. One thing that stuck out to me the most in all of the ‘advice’ was this from Brendon Buschard:

    “Don’t set goals with the intent to solve a problem.” He advises making your goals SKILL goals so that you learn something you do not know that will get you closer to where you want to be.

    That being said, my goals for 2019 are:

    1) To run 3 full miles by the end of summer without dying or breaking something. @emgc A THOUSAND MILES?! You are my new hero. =)

    2) To write, edit, and publish the final book in my series by November.

    3) To add value to every person I meet online or in person every day.

    4) Research agents and learn to write a proposal to an agent that includes: a cover letter that can’t be overlooked, long, short, and extended synopsis, and a ‘One Sheet’ that can be given to perspective agents at events.

    There are many smaller goals inside each of those. Under number 3 (adding value) one of the goals is to be active in this community at LEAST twice a week.

    ***sits back a takes a thoughtful sip of coffee***

    Yep. I think that looks like a good list. =)


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    #69163
    Michelle
    @mlbolangerauthor

    I feel almost too new to offer any suggestions, and it seems the moment after I joined the mighty Erekdale, life took a wildly unexpected turn, and I wasn’t able to participate as much as I wanted to.

    **sad trombone**

    However, I do agree that the forum threads themselves are confusing, and I get lost…but I do that IRL so take that for what it is. =)

    I have read all the messages I’ve been tagged in, and I’m sure I will enjoy being part of them IF I take the time to participate.

     

    Clumsy but cute. Apologizes a lot. Doesn't shed. Much.

    #64173
    Michelle
    @mlbolangerauthor

    Hi, @allison-grace

    Sorry that I popped into your critique thread. If I missed an etiquette, please excuse my newness.

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    #64153
    Michelle
    @mlbolangerauthor

    @allison-grace

    I am sure you’ve already updated the document with all the previously mentioned suggestions, but I wanted to add my two cents. (And that’s about all my comments are worth. =))

    I like the story and the premise. I made notes inline and agree with what has already been suggested. Great job.

    Clumsy but cute. Apologizes a lot. Doesn't shed. Much.

    #64150
    Michelle
    @mlbolangerauthor

    I LOVED this story! It is right up my alley.

    1. Characters. What do you think? Though there is quite the cast with the family and Aeldń, but you did a great job of giving them all a place in the scene without overwhelming the reader with descriptions and bouncing dialog. I like Ashtwyn’s character and her journey in this scene, and I REALLY want to know more about Aeldn!

    2. Pacing. Do things take too long? Is there too much introspection and melodrama? There is A LOT of internal dialog that feels a bit over dramatic. If that is what you are going for with her character, or in this story in general, it is well done, just a bit OVER done for me. Not sure I can give specific parts to change or dial back, because the whole piece reads smoothly. The portion with her and the initial meeting with the dragon read long, perhaps because there was no action to balance out the descriptions? I was also unsure about some of the internal dialog. Why is some of it in italics and some not? Perhaps you have established the reason for this in previous sections, but I was very confused and it threw me out. Again, it was A LOT of internal dialog. Perhaps altering it to be more clearly introspective rather than direct statements to someone they may or may not be speaking to?

    3. Setting. Should I describe things more, or is the setting clear? The setting was perfect. Perhaps add some scents and sounds when they are climbing the stairs?

    4. How mad are you because of the plot twist? I can explain, if you’ve got a bunch of questions. Not sure what the plot twist was…I fully expected her to be enchanted by the dragon’s ‘abilities’ after Aeldn explained what he could do. And that she would believe him (the dragon) to be the prince come to save her. But – I read a ton of similar fantasy romance tropes, so…yeah. They’re my jam. =)

    There is more to this, right? RIGHT?!

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    #64121
    Michelle
    @mlbolangerauthor

    Okay – I added my two cents to the Document of Ideas. =)

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    #62234
    Michelle
    @mlbolangerauthor

    Hi!

    I can’t wait to get to know everyone. I already know I’m going to learn a lot.

    I’M SO EXCITED!

    **covers mouth**

    Sorry. I’ll eventually learn to use my inside voice. I get loud when I get excited.

    **shrugs apologetically**


    @catwing
    – I’ve been hanging out on the general boards for a month or so and finally got accepted into this amazing Guild.

     

    Clumsy but cute. Apologizes a lot. Doesn't shed. Much.

    #62232
    Michelle
    @mlbolangerauthor

    @Karthmin

    I MADE IT!

    **slaps hand over her mouth and waits wide eyed for the echo to die off**

    **whispers**

    Sorry. I get loud when I’m excited. I hope I didn’t frighten anyone.

    So. I’ve read the thread…

    **folds hands behind back and drags her toe in the dirt**

    I’ve never participated in full role play before. Like, at all.

    BUT – I am excited to give it a go. =) Hooray for an old dog willing to learn a new trick, right?!

    I opened the world building document and nosed around. Is that still and active document?

    If so, is that where I should add my newly born and still developing character information?

    Any advice for a new character developer?

     

    Clumsy but cute. Apologizes a lot. Doesn't shed. Much.

    #62197
    Michelle
    @mlbolangerauthor

    @karthmin

    I’ve been super busy and haven’t had time to respond or even read all the responses. **insert joy for having a wonderfully full life** I plan to get caught up this weekend.

    However, I do have to take a moment to say I agree with @hope-ann. You put into words the convictions I have come to live by yet hadn’t been able to fully articulate. I also have never heard it worded as clearly as you did. THANK YOU!

    I also salute you, sir, and put forth a motion to formally affirm your informal nickname as “Professor Karthim” henceforth. Is there a second?

     

    Clumsy but cute. Apologizes a lot. Doesn't shed. Much.

    #60797
    Michelle
    @mlbolangerauthor

    Great…… Just great…. You’re a new face. Then again, a lot of folks ’round here are gonna be.

    I am new. =) I’ll stumble around and trip over a few unspoken lines before I get this all figured out. I’m a bit of a rebel that way.

    Clumsy but cute. Apologizes a lot. Doesn't shed. Much.

    #60796
    Michelle
    @mlbolangerauthor

    @thewirelessblade – @karthmin is correct. It is pretty standard now to include the “QA” which stand for Queer and Asexual. I associate with many in that community, and try my best to be respectful of the way they ask to be addressed, but it is not universal.

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    #60529
    Michelle
    @mlbolangerauthor

    @pursuewisdom I have recently found K.M. Weiland’s resources to be extremely helpful. Most of them are free on her website. =) Check the links down the left side of the page for all the goodies.

    https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/

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    #60528
    Michelle
    @mlbolangerauthor

    @dakota – Beautiful!

     

    I am not a cold weather person, but your poem puts me in the mood for all the great things of fall.

    =) I love your style.

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