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Added by Jay Dubya on November 14, 2014 at 5:46am —
Being a writer means experiencing dizzying highs and terrifying lows as a novel transforms from mere idea bubbling in the brain into reality on the page. There are times when you believe that everything you’ve written is total crap and there are times when a character reveals something or does something that you hadn’t expected and you find yourself on this emotional high.
Emotions can swing greatly from one day to the next (sometimes hourly). Today is a good day… Continue
Added by Neil Ostroff on November 12, 2014 at 11:30pm —
My husband was a big Tolkien fan and it was really he who insisted that I should write a book connecting the Christian aspects of The Lord of the Rings to people’s every day lives. I’m glad I followed my husband’s advice at the time he gave it, because he is no longer here it offer it.… Continue
Added by Ann Frailey on November 12, 2014 at 5:44am —
Say What? It is a lucky thing that everyone speaks at least one language in common in our household – or we’d be in serious trouble. Case in point, my six year old daughter was looking at a notepad the other day with “Hello Kitty” written on the top. I said, in that teacher voice I sometimes use, “Hey, do you know what this says?” My little one looked at me smugly and said, “Yep, that’s Heloikio Kitty.” Short pause as I digested this bit of information. “Say again.”… Continue
Added by Ann Frailey on November 10, 2014 at 5:35am —
Added by Catherine Rose Putsche on November 9, 2014 at 1:53am —
Since I started this blog nearly four years ago, I never in my dreams thought that it would receive several hundred thousand views. My base of followers has grown steadily and my page views per day are increasing nearly every week. I would like to thank all of my followers and interested readers for that.
Looking back years ago at my first few posts, I can clearly see an old-soul writer trying to understand a twenty-first century technological world. Many of those first… Continue
Added by Neil Ostroff on November 8, 2014 at 10:30am —
1) Workmen have been replacing the roof on my house this week and I have found it an extraordinary encounter for two reasons. First, it offers me a sense of security I have not known the last few winters as I watched shingles pile themselves up in the yard. But more importantly, I discovered once again the gentle kindness in virtual strangers. One very windy day, the workmen realized it would be an act of near suicide to attempt to work up high, so they were going to quit early. I agreed… Continue
Added by Ann Frailey on November 7, 2014 at 6:05am —
Addictions are those habits and behaviors which are not good for us, in part, because they crowd out something much better. Sadly, when addicted we accept a lie for the truth.
Sex makes people feel good. But it is not just the act itself that obsesses our society, it is the whole fantasy of passionate… Continue
Added by Ann Frailey on November 5, 2014 at 5:58am —
Voyeurism is my term for living life through passive distractions. It is one of the greatest dangers I see facing our young people today. Instead of actually living their lives, some people experience the thrills and excitement of real life adventure through completely artificial means such as computer games,… Continue
Added by Ann Frailey on November 3, 2014 at 5:53am —
This is the third post on the topic:Isms, Addictions & Culture…
Commercialism, like capitalism, puts profit and acquisition as the highest good. Profit can be defined in terms of wealth, ownership, and power to influence your environment. The obsession here is to define oneself through the… Continue
Added by Ann Frailey on October 31, 2014 at 10:00am —
In a continuation of my post on Monday, Isms, Addictions and Culture, I am reflecting on the dangers facing our culture today. Last time I considered the concept of Humanism. Today I am considering the dangers of Secularism…
Secularism tries to separate government operations from religious influences. While this makes a great deal of sense to some degree, there are aspects of… Continue
Added by Ann Frailey on October 29, 2014 at 5:55am —
I started to write this blog and realized that it was waaaay too long. There is a lot to cover so I have broken it up into parts. I post every Monday, Wednesday and Friday so if you are interested, you can follow along and see where this particular adventure takes you…
I once heard someone justify a particularly blatant case of infidelity with the words: “Well, I believe God wants me to be happy.” I remember thinking, “At any cost?” I suppose the response would have run something… Continue
Added by Ann Frailey on October 27, 2014 at 6:04am —
Nice new review for DROP OUT. The book is really affecting lives!
Read what Kindle Nation Daily called "the sleeper hit of the year" what Kindle Fire Department called, "riveting, touching, and deeply heartwarming, a book that will stay with you forever"; an Indie Book of the Day winner in 2012.
5.0 out of 5 stars An extraordinary, moving story of… Continue
Added by Neil Ostroff on October 26, 2014 at 11:30am —
1) Lots of literary endeavors this week. First of all, I am continuing my Monday, Wednesday, Friday blogs with new pieces on The Isms and Addictions that Effect our Lives and I have joined CatholicMom.com and Catholic365.com. Stop in and visit some time. They are wonderful sites chalk full of interesting posts about family, faith, world events, and reflections on life and culture.…
Added by Ann Frailey on October 24, 2014 at 5:57am —
Food is big business in our society. But there are some things I have to keep reminding myself about food… 1) Something had to die so that I would live. With all the disconnect between people and their food – there are kids growing up today who actually believe that food comes from a store as if it materialized… Continue
Added by Ann Frailey on October 22, 2014 at 6:52am —
A few days have passed since my Kindle Books and Tips promotion for DROP OUT http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005FX0K7U has finished and I must say the results weren’t that bad. Though I have said in the past that I don’t believe paid promotion on websites has a return on investment and are good for exposure purposes only, this one seems to have paid out.
DROP OUT sold several dozen more copies on that day than it usually does so I… Continue
Added by Neil Ostroff on October 20, 2014 at 12:41pm —
It used to be that Christians who wanted to share their faith would go out into the larger world to tell the good news and share scripture, teachings, and traditions of their church. But now the very term Christian seems to turn some people off and the minute you mention faith, beliefs, church, or God you… Continue
Added by Ann Frailey on October 20, 2014 at 6:18am —
Writing is an opportunity for me to think about my life, the larger world, and the issues of our times. Reflecting is akin to pondering and one of the women I admire most in the world was know for doing just that. Mary, the Mother of God, must have pondered many things in her heart. Her fiat was a… Continue
Added by Ann Frailey on October 17, 2014 at 5:30am —
Wanted to announce that DROP OUT is being featured today on Kindle Books and Tips! What would you do if you knew your life was ending? http://wp.me/p2b82w-69U Please check it out. Much appreciated.
Added by Neil Ostroff on October 16, 2014 at 11:39am —
There are a lot of ways to have fun, but I have found our most exciting, fun times happen when we are working together. Last week we had a chance to help pick apples at a neighbor’s farm and then, since we were such good workers, we got to go pick some pumpkins and squash. It…
Added by Ann Frailey on October 15, 2014 at 6:10am —