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Predictions for 2015

No one can predict the future. Only God knows the future. Still, every year, people make all sorts of predictions about the coming year. I don’t make predictions. I don’t feel qualified to do so. Besides, usually only about half of the predictions made come true, meaning anyone has a 50-50 chance of making a true prediction.

2015

Here are a few predictions I have seen for…

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Added by Sarah Bolme on December 30, 2014 at 7:16pm — No Comments

Merry Christmas!

This year has been a bit of a roller coaster trying to discover how to mother my eight children while we all learn to accept my husband’s and their father’s death.  It has been a time of trial and error, a time of experimentation, a time of wonderful successes and a few wobbly failures.  But through it all, we have learned to care for each other more deeply and with greater sensitivity.

I have learned that I cannot do everything I want to do.  In fact, I can’t go to the store, teach…

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Added by Ann Frailey on December 24, 2014 at 11:20am — No Comments

Birth of a Book

Finishing a new book is like giving birth to a child (yeah, I know this analogy has been done to death). And as I finish my latest, I’m feeling especially proud of my newest child. Not only for the accomplishment of finishing my twelfth book but because it is exactly the book (and baby) that I wanted to write.

 

What do I mean by this? Since I indie published my first book in 2011, I’m been slowly catering my plots and stories to what I want to write and not the stories I think…

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Added by Neil Ostroff on December 15, 2014 at 12:16pm — No Comments

"On the Twelfth Day of Christmas" Day Twelve of Christmas Discount Tour

Today's Slideshare Presentation is as follows:…

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Added by Marilynn Dawson on December 12, 2014 at 3:00am — No Comments

The Final Read

Sitting down for the final full read of my latest book AS IT IS IN HEAVEN, I am reminded of the events leading to this point. Although the book is not as long as I envisioned (only @ 20,000 words) the novella has communicated the story I wished to express. It is complete.

 

I wrote the first sentence to this novella on April 12th 2014. I wrote what I consider to be the last completed scene on December 1st 2014. This is an usually long time for me to write…

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Added by Neil Ostroff on December 2, 2014 at 12:13pm — No Comments

State of Writing Today!

As I’m putting the finishing touches on my latest novella, AS IT IS IN HEAVEN, I am also getting ready to spend the winter months holed up and marketing my other twelve books. I do this intensive marketing every year around this time because the cold weather keeps me inside and guilt free.

 

I’ve been reading a lot of writer’s forums lately and there seems to be a bit of pessimism in the air regarding the state of indie publishing and publishing in general. Mark Coker CEO of…

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Added by Neil Ostroff on November 25, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments

WOI SPECIAL CYBER MONDAY - Blog Talk Radio Show

Cyber Monday is the Monday after thanksgiving.It is an internet buying spree. Since NO ONE works on Thanksgiving week, we are holding this show--the week before.…

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Added by World of Ink Network on November 22, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

Winter Reads!

Is it cold where you are? Is air carrying a bit of a chill? How about getting a little chillier with a good book? FROSTPROOF is available free for one more day on Amazon.

 

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0083WSXL0

 

In the mood for a little more chill. DEGENERATES is also free until tomorrow on Amazon.

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Added by Neil Ostroff on November 20, 2014 at 9:58am — No Comments

Georgios - Hidden Heritage

For those who have been following the progress of Georgios I, I am happy to announce that it is finally published as a paperback on Amazon.  The e-book will be available soon.  We are also working on Georgios II and it should be available in the spring of 2015.  There is an excerpt of Georgios II in the back of Georgios I so you get a taste of what is coming.  Enjoy and happy reading!

Georgios…

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Added by Ann Frailey on November 15, 2014 at 10:37am — No Comments

Read 1st Parts of 50 Jay Dubya Books at Amazon.com or at Barnes & Noble.com

The 1st parts of Jay Dubya's 50 hardcover/paperback/e-books can be read for free at Amazon.com, at Barnes and Noble.com or at Smashwords.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_st_popularity-rank?keywords=Jay+Dubya&qid=1415968822&rh=n%3A283155%2Ck%3AJay+Dubya&sort=popularity-rank

Added by Jay Dubya on November 14, 2014 at 5:46am — No Comments

Emotion, emotion!

          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…

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Added by Neil Ostroff on November 12, 2014 at 11:30pm — No Comments

The Hobbit or Not?

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.…

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Added by Ann Frailey on November 12, 2014 at 5:44am — No Comments

Say What? & Free Books

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.”…

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Added by Ann Frailey on November 10, 2014 at 5:35am — No Comments

Retrospective

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…

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Added by Neil Ostroff on November 8, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

The Extraordinary Ordinary

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…

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Added by Ann Frailey on November 7, 2014 at 6:05am — No Comments

Addictions

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…

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Added by Ann Frailey on November 5, 2014 at 5:58am — No Comments

Voyeurism

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,…

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Added by Ann Frailey on November 3, 2014 at 5:53am — No Comments

Commercialism

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…

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Added by Ann Frailey on October 31, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Secularism

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…

covered cross 2 Secularism tries to separate government operations from religious influences.  While this makes a great deal of sense to some degree, there are aspects of…

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Added by Ann Frailey on October 29, 2014 at 5:55am — No Comments

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