Here’s Proof That Money Is NOT The Root Of All Evil

So where does the saying, "money is the root of all evil" come from? It is quoted from the Bible: For the love of money is the root of all evil:...1 Timothy 6:10 (KJV) Granted, the Bible states that it is the "love" of money that is the root of all evil, but how can …

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The One Thing You Need To Give Yourself Right Now For Unlimited Happiness

Happiness is abundant. It's like the Force in Star Wars: an energy field created by all living things, it surrounds us, penetrates us and binds the galaxy (Universe) together... and yet so many find it elusive and fleeting. Why? I find in my life that there is one thing required to know unadulterated happiness, one …

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The Way We Think About Our Comfort Zone Is Broken

Have you ever wondered why we are always being told to step out of our comfort zone? Why is our comfort zone such a bad place? (Because, seriously? My comfort zone is super awesome!) When I started to research the "comfort zone" in earnest, it was incredibly difficult to find anyone saying anything positive about our …

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Coffee Shop Art and Inspiration For Your Home

Any kitchen or dining area can be your own personal coffee shop.  Just add comfy chairs, pillows, lots of tabletop space and some coffee-inspired artwork!  (Oh, and don't forget the coffee - lots and lots of freshly brewed coffee!) Coffee art is huge right now: coffee posters, coffee-inspired chalk prints, etc.  You can transform any …

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A Loyal Fan’s Response To The Josh Lanyon Debacle: aka, Dear Ms. Killian, It Aint’ Pretty!

Just to qualify everything I'm about to say, here's something you need to know:   I'm a woman; I have sisters and daughters so I really like women. I have approximately 450 books on my Kindle Paperwhite and at least 90% of them are M/M fiction and most of those are written BY WOMEN! So …

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Hypocricy and the Nones

What a great article with interesting, thought-provoking information! I especially like this:
I think more clergy should follow what Episcopal Bishop Robert Wright said in a statement on the Supreme Court decision:

“Today the nation’s highest court has concluded that the Constitution guarantees a nationwide right to same-sex marriage.

In the days ahead, whatever your position, I ask you to keep close to your heart and lips the words of scripture, that “God is love.” Christ’s church is trans-political, above all earthly partisanship.

Therefore, if love has won even a small victory today, then let us rejoice.”

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If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
James 1:26-27

By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.
1 John 3:10

“But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. For you neither enter yourselves nor allow those who would enter to go in.
Matthew 23:13

Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.
Ephesians 5:11

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Why Flashbacks Ruin Fiction

Today Kristin Lamb blogs about the annoying Flashback in fiction writing. I have to admit, I am NOT a fan of the flashback and I’m happy to say that most of my favorite, auto-buy authors never use them.

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We have been discussing Deep POV, and yesterday I mentioned hating flashbacks with the power of a thousand suns and promised to explain why next post.

Yay! Here we are.

So you want to be a writer. Okay. I’ll be blunt because that’s my superpower. Check your conscience at the door keyboard. Writers are not civilized humans. In fact, we are the opposite. We are the reptilian brain to the power of a million. We probe and prod and poke the weak places.

Great storytellers are nothing short of sadists. We take a perfectly empathetic/likable person, toss their life in a Vita-Mix and blend, churning that mixture from Level 1-1000.

That is called conflict.

Stories are about people with problems to be solved. Everything else is a travel brochure.

One of the reasons I LOVE teaching craft is I get…

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