1. Research can present some tricky problems. ShannonVannatter guest posts at Seriously Write, on the subject. What happens when all your normal research avenues fail?
2. I read a fascinating article by Michael Hyatt on why the place you live can determine your success. Since I moved from an area where Christian writers were rare to a Pennsylvania location that provided support and training, I can testify to the validity of his findings.
3. The recent Supreme Court decision on same-sex "marriage" will have far-reaching effects on both freedom of religion and freedom of speech. We're already seeing newspapers saying they won't print op-ed pieces against this. Check out the Family Research Council's full article. It's sobering.
One of the items mentioned was how an outcry would result from Americans. But will that materialize or will we sit back the way we did when prayer and the Ten Commandments were ripped from public schools? The heat is turning up on the proverbial frog in the frying pan. If we wait any longer to both act and pray, it will be too late for freedom.
Writers: How do you get the information you need for your writing when your normal channels dry up?
Readers: Do you need super intense details when you're reading a book that includes something like technology or careers? I once read a book that had so many techy elements that it resembled a textbook. I finally skipped over all those parts because I couldn't make sense out of them.
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I don't like heavy details. I also tend to skip over! They have to be necessary for the plot otherwise I believe they are guns over mantles never used; items drawing attention to the reader for no reason! It is changing times for sure. We are called to love the sinner, but not the sin. It's unfortunate that perception when sharing an 'opinion' can be seen as judgement just due to one being a Christian.
Susan: I am not in agreement with Michael Hyatt. I am unable to move to a place that might be more conducive for my writing. We are on a fixed income. In spite of the differences I have about Michael's thoughts, I will continue to write, as the LORD leads.
Mike Hyatt may be using good research on his findings, but God's favor trumps it all! We have no writers groups in our area and the one conference that was nearby turned into more of an egghead teaching weekend, but God continues to open doors.
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