In which I discuss being a Child of God, a Christ follower who fights depression,

who writes Spec Fic, makes photographic images, and is studying art and illustration,

who is a STEAM lover, math and computer tutor, and a 2A supporter.


My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the King;
my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer. - Psalm 45:1 King James Version

And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us,
And establish the work of our hands for us;
Yes, establish the work of our hands. -Psalm 90:17

And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom,
and in understanding,
and in knowledge,
and in all manner of workmanship,
To devise cunning works, …
to work in all manner of workmanship.
… and in the hearts of all that are wise hearted I have put wisdom,
that they may make all that I have commanded ... - Ex 31:3 King James Version

The heavens declare the glory of God;
and the firmament sheweth his handywork. - Psalm 19:1 King James Version

By the word of the Lord were the heavens made;
and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. - Psalm 33:6 King James Version

Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.
Before the mountains were brought forth,
Or ever You had formed the earth and the world,
Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God. - Psalm 90:1-2

Thou, even thou, art Lord alone;
thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens,
with all their host, the earth,
and all things that are therein,
the seas, and all that is therein,
and thou preservest them all;
and the host of heaven worshippeth thee. - Nehemiah 9:6 King James Version

For, lo, he that formeth the mountains,
and createth the wind,
and declareth unto man what is his thought,
that maketh the morning darkness,
and treadeth upon the high places of the earth,
The LORD, The God of hosts, is his name. - Amos 4:13 King James Version

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Gathering and uniting the Forces of STEAM with the Warriors of Spe C'f Iic.
Bringing understanding. Lighting the darkness. Defending mankind from ancient evil.


My heart is sore pained within me:
and the terrors of death are fallen upon me.
Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me,
and horror hath overwhelmed me.
I will call upon God;
and the Lord shall save me.
Evening, and morning, and at noon,
will I pray, and cry aloud:
and he shall hear my voice.




Sometimes, way too often, I fail God, but He picks me up, cleans me off, and helps me to continue on the journey of living life and writing for Him.

My childhood home was Alaska, where I had a fair share of adventures, and misadventures, including surviving the largest recorded earthquake to hit the North American continent.

I attended college in Oregon, and currently reside in the Seattle area. Many of my Works in Progress take place in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

In 2nd grade I became an avid reader, and in 7th grade I began the struggle with myself, and God, of whether or not I wanted to accept the title "Writer."

Since JAN 2016 I've been taking Prozac and I use this blog as a way for me to get myself to work on self-assigned writing projects,

a way to encourage myself to get on with the adventure of being a Spec Fic writer.

10 June 2013

2013 NCWA Writer’s Renewal Conference Jesse Florea, Editor Clubhouse, Clubhouse Jr. -- Begin and End with a Bang

The opening notes of your story need to grab your audience’s attention and hold it long enough to get them to the end when the final notes are heard.

“So where should I begin?” you might be asking yourself.  Your opening must grab the heart instantly.  If your story has too much of an introduction and doesn't start in the middle of the action, the editor will probably never get to “the good part.”

Start where the action is, and work backwards.   Sometimes the lead is the first thing you write; sometimes it is the last thing you write.  Find your opening and get it out front where the reader will see it in the first 20-30 seconds, that’s 4-5 average length sentences.  If you are writing for children you have about half that time to get a child’s attention.  Do whatever you can to hook your reader as soon as possible.

First impressions are inevitably the strongest.  The first two or three paragraphs act as bait, enticing your audience into reading the entire story.  They should guide the reader smoothly into the rest of the story, conducting them to the finale.  You want to stop your story before it actually ends. Indeed, the story may end before it gets started if you allow yourself to engage in a lethargic beginning and assume the reader is automatically interested in what you write.

Make your lead creative and compelling.  Study and practice making openings attractive, so that your editor, and the rest of your readers, will reach the end of your story, where the tone leaves the reader listening to a satisfying symphony tinged with some dissatisfaction.  Be conclusive, but not completely.  Let your reader hear the echoes of the final notes fading away.


My NCWA Blog Article is Here

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