Saturday, December 26, 2009
- Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr.
- 100 Ways to Improve Your Writing by Gary Provost
- Make Your Words Work by Gary Provost
- On Writing Well by William Zinsser
- The 29 Most Common Writing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them by Judy Delton
- Writer to Writer by Bodie & Brock Thoene
- Writing for the Soul by Jerry B. Jenkins
- Word Painting by Rebecca McClanahan
- Handbook for Magazine Article Writing by Writer's Digest
- Creative NonFiction by Philip Gerard
- Sell & Resell Your Magazine Articles by Gordon Burgett
- The 38 Most Common Fiction Writing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them by Jack M. Bickham
- Fiction Writing Demystified by Thomas B. Sawyer
- Don't Murder Your Mystery by Chris Roerden
- You Can Write a Mystery by Gillian Roberts
- Writing Mysteries edited by Sue Grafton
- Writing the Modern Mystery by Barbara Norville
- The Way to Write for Children by Joan Aiken
- The Writer's Guide for Crafting Stories for Children by Nancy Lamb
- Guerrilla Marketing for Writers by Jay Conrad Levinson
- Telling True Stories by Mark Kramer
- Writing for Story: Craft Secrets of Dramatic Nonfiction by Jon Franklin
- Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne
- Creating Fiction by Julie Checkoway
- Stein on Writing by Sol Stein
- Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass
- Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight V. Swain
- The Portable MFA in Creative Writing published by New York Writer's Workshop
- Gotham Writers' Workshop: Writing Fiction by Gotham Writers' Workshop
- Fiction Writer's Workshop by Josip Novakovich
- Make a Scene: Crafting a Powerful Story by Jordan E. Rosenfeld
- The Fire in Fiction: Passion, Purpose and Technique by Donald Maass
- The Power of Point of View by Alicia Rasley
- Creating Character Emotions by Ann Hood
- Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint by Nancy Kress
- Write Great Fiction - Dialogue by Gloria Kempton
- Description & Setting: Techniques and Exercises by Ron Rozelle
- The Writers Journey: Mythic Structure by Christopher E. Vogler
- Plot & Structure: Techniques and Exercises by James Scott Bell
- Elements of Writing Fiction - Characters & Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card
- Elements of Fiction Writing - Plot by Ansen Dibell
- Picture Writing by Anastasia Suen
- Creating Characters Kids Will Love by Elaine Marie Alphin
Friday, December 25, 2009
Next, I'll continue to write educational products and magazine articles, as well as reviews of books, educational products and iPhone apps.
Eventually, I want to write a mystery. I'm looking into taking a fiction writing course to help me with this, as I have no idea how to write fiction. I'm sure I'll need a traditional publisher for this type of work. In preparation, I'm looking into online classes such as Christian Writer's Guild, Writer's Online Workshops, or Gotham. Anyone out there have any experience with any of these? I'd love to hear your experiences. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I'm also going to try to get involved in a writer's group. I'm a member of several, but haven't had time to really get involved. I'm looking forward to that.
In the meantime, I'm reading lots of books on writing. I'll add reviews here as I can.
Whatever is in store for me, I look forward to learning more about the writing profession and sharing what I learn.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
How many times have we asked questions like, “Why did God allow that innocent child to be abused?” “How can I deal with this failure?” or “How can I live without my spouse?”
Meier deals with these questions and more in his latest book, Finding Purpose Beyond Our Pain. As Meier says, everyone deals with struggles of some kind, whether it’s injustice, rejection, loneliness, loss, discipline, failure or death. Meier uses this book to explain not only how to get through these struggles, but how to grow through them.
As someone who has experienced pain and who came out of a church where “struggles happen only to those whose faith is weak or who are out of God’s will,” I was interested in reading how Meier would explain these struggles and what his suggestions would be to overcome them.
I was not disappointed. Using interesting stories, he quickly identified with pain and demonstrated how it feels to experience pain. He then explained how pain could affect us emotionally, physically and mentally; and what happens if we are unable to move through it. Finally, he provides sound advice and solid Biblical teaching to help us not only overcome the pain, but also to use our pain for the good of others.
In short, Meier’s book gave me hope; and as Romans 5:5 says, hope does not disappoint. I recommend this book for anyone going through the struggles of life.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
- How to format type
- How to create style sheets
- How to add and manipulate graphics
- How to design and edit a table
- How to use and manage colors
- How to create special effects such as drop shadows, feathering, emboss, and blend
- How to create a book, an index, and Table of Contents
- How to share documents in various formats
- How to use XML with InDesign
- How to create interactive documents using flash
Friday, June 26, 2009
You can find Toastmaster Clubs around the country. Try one out!
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Saturday, January 17, 2009
For everyone out there with iPhones, here are some super tricks from ismashphone for the iPhone. I tried the ringtone maker and it works great!
Friday, January 9, 2009
RBC Ministries offers free Bible studies, devotion booklets, and Christian courses. I use Our Daily Bread everyday. I like it better than other devotionals because of the amount of scripture in each lesson. Rather than one verse and the rest commentary, it includes one page of a portion of scripture and one page of commentary. Sometimes I don't even read the commentary. It's like reading the Bible in chunks!
Monday, January 5, 2009
- 3 lbs. boneless chuck roast
- 1 garlic clove (minced) in 1 Tbs. oil.
- 2-3 onions, sliced
- 2-3 sweet green and red peppers sliced (I used stir fry green peppers)
- 16 oz. salsa
- 1 can Mexican style tomatoes
- 1/4 flour
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1 med. onion, sliced
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 2 Tbs. hoisin sauce (mine had plum in it)
- 2 Tbs. ketchup
- 1 Tbs. honey
- 1/2 lb snow peas (I used frozen)
- 1 can sliced water chestnuts
Thursday, January 1, 2009
As a Vine Reviewer for Amazon, I get to review books as they come out. This week, I read the book, "The Motley Fool Million Dollar Portfolio: How to Build and Grow a Panic-Proof Investment Portfolio." I sent my review to Amazon today.