Rewriting my life

In the last few months, I have been desperately seeking a new life. I have been at Wal-mart for two years.  I have still have not gotten a promotion inside the store.  So, I have decided to  try substitute teaching in my local area.

Another way, I’m rewriting my life is to work on my writing. I revising my historical novel that takes place in the 1960s during the 16th Street Baptist Bombing. I’m making sure to relearn how to use an outline for my book.  So, I will start posting on what I have been working on.

My Reflections on “Wired for Story” by Lisa Cron

This is a must read for aspiring and novice writers, The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very Sentence “Wired for Story”  by Lisa Cron

I believe my stories are usually character driven instead of hook driven.  My action usually happens in chapter 5.  This would frustrate a literary agents and readers. I find myself getting stuck explaining how the weather was in Peters, Alabama or whatever town I create.   Anyway, Lisa Cron explains the brain science of readers becoming hooked to your book, by the first sentence.  What makes any reader stay hooked to your movie or your book ….is you guessed it is dopamine.  This explains why people are addicted to pornography or the latest hook Fifty Shades of Grey.  It could be related to dopamine (or maybe the pleasure neuron).  This book has opened my mind in learning how to keep my readers engaged.

Hey, writers what do you do to hook your readers with the first line of your novel? Would love to have your suggestions.

Five reasons I like to write!!!

  1. I wrote my first book report for “Tulsa World” on October 14, 1990.

    I wrote this at 11 years old!!!

    I wrote this at 11 years old!!!

  2. I wanted to write Christian romance.
  3. The writers that gave me the desire to write are Lucy Maud Montgomery, Janette Oke, Phyllis Whitney, and Grace Livingston Hill.

    I love Grace Livingston Hill!!

    I love Grace Livingston Hill!!

  4. One of my mom’s friends asked me “Why don’t you write a novel?” I wrote my first novel at 18 years old.
  5. Writing allows me to express my ideas.

I just turned 36 years old! What advice would you like to give me ?

  1. Working in retail has become a love and hate relationship. I’m in search of a job, that will allow my creativity to flourish. I’m thinking of pursuing real estate.
  2. In terms, of comparison with my mother;  my mom had  her second child—my stylist sister—reread her  article on fashion “Fearless Fashion”. It is so easy for me to stay in the stall of comparison.

    Read Fearless Fashion post again.

    Read Fearless Fashion post again.

  3. Just maybe—this is the time to learn more about me. My goal is not be narcissistic –it is about growing.
  4. This is the time to discover what life should be without a spouse.  Continue to seek the Lord during this journey.  According to Matthew 6:33 “Seek ye, first the kingdom of God!!
  5. In the end, I’ve learned that God will continue to provide great friends along the journey of my life. What advice would you like to give me?

    God is on this journey with me!!

    God is on this journey with me!!

Coffee and jesus, Part Two

Karuhba:   Explain how the Old Testament tells me about his ministry on the earth?  Mean was he really that special?

Mandy:  That is told in Deuteronomy 18: 15

Karhuba:  That is so interesting.  Okay, you have almost answered the questions of I have, but how was he God and man?

Mandy: You are talking about the incarnation of Christ, In Psalms 40:6-8   explains how he was fully God and fully man.

Karhuba: Okay, what’s up with Jesus having this thirst problem on the cross? I have been to your Easter plays. It seems that the Messiah should have been able to sustain his thirst.

Mandy:  I can understand your perspective, but let’s look in Psalms 22: 15

( Well, it looks like I need to add more to this!!)

 

The  light are dim lights the Narthex Coffee house, with the soft voice of Ella Fitzgerald singing in the background.  Mandy Kine is waiting to meet a new acquaintance, who does not believe in the  Old Testament  foretelling coming of Jesus Christ.  Mandy waits in the corner booth of the coffee house for Karhuba Linden to come in,  

(The bells on the door signal, that someone has come in. Mandy looks up to see Karhuba coming in.)

Mandy: (nervously clears her throat) I’m glad that you are here. I know we wanted to continue the conversation and not while we are at work. I don’t believe they would allow us to have this discussion, when we should be working on recruiting new employees.

Karhuba: I appreciate you taking your time out of your busy schedule to see me. I have had so many questions about this Messiah. Being raised as a Jew, I have begun to question Christianity. It seems Christianity has such a claim on this Jesus Christ, and many of my people are still waiting for this Messiah. How could the Old Testament actually predict his coming?

Mandy: I ‘m glad you asked.

Karhuba:  Was it really a virgin conception of Christ. Wasn’t he fully human, I mean I heard from my so called Christian friends said he came from the House of David?

Mandy:  Well, let’s start with the virgin conception of Christ.   In Isaiah 7: 14                             explains where he came from.   That is interesting that you would ask about him coming from the King David.    There are several verses in the Old Testament that specifically address his descent. Especially in your Jewish National Hymn the Psalms 89

Karhuba:  That is amazing that he actually came from King David. I mean the Psalms actually could foretell that.  Okay, you have me almost convinced.  But how is this Jesus Christ is actually divine?

Mandy: I am glad you asked that. Once again let’s go back to the Psalms. In Psalms 2:7 it says

Karhuba: Wow, the Psalms that I have been actually listening to as child foretold his sonship as you have pointed out.   Explain why did all of those children have to die before this Messiah had arrived?

Mandy:  Okay, I see your point.  Now this King Herod was foretolled of killing at least twenty-two children.  In Jeremiah 31: 15

Now, this sound familiar to what happen before in Exodus.

Karhuba: Oh, you mean Moses, don’t you?  I guess I can see the similarities. That is so amazing. You have me almost convinced.  So, is it really true that Jesus was born in Bethlehem?

Mandy:   There are several verses that predict the birth of Christ in Jerusalem Micah 5:2

Karhuba:  In all my life, you have been most convincing of me that the Old Testament tells of the coming of the Messiah.  You did that without shoving the New Testament down my throat.

Mandy: Well, the New Testament is helpful, but the Old Testament is best  in showing how the prophecies were fulfilled.

Karhuba: Christians during Christmas always say that this Mary and Joseph had to leave Egypt, but was it really told how they would leave? One of my friends, who is a Christian couldn’t even find it. I hope you can find it? My parents can quote verses from the Holy Scriptures, but they would always telling me this Mary and Joseph hadn’t met yet.

Mandy: There are verses that confirm their flight to Egypt in Hosea 11: 1

Karhuba:  Was there any who would predict that the Messiah was coming? Was it really necessary from him to have that?

Mandy: Yes, that was John the Baptist, and he was foretold in several places in Malachi 3:1 and also in Isaiah 40:3-5.

  How do you feel about the relationship between other religions?  Do you feel this dialogue is respectful to this Jewish young woman?  Your comments are welcome.  Part Two come is coming soon!!!

 

Angels of Death

It was an ordinary day

Plotting to kill on our minds

We threw a dice to see

Who would be next to die

For us it was not a mystery

Tools in hand-duct tape-and knife

We were angels of death

Our hearts raced

With murder in our hearts

Stealthily we approached

The screech of our tape

Across the alabaster skin

The bonds of the rope

Sliced our victim’s skin

Death to our victim

Ah the victory

Death has won

 

LJN © 2011

Terrific Tuesday: Featuring Fearless Fashion

Sorry, I have been gone so long!! The world of Walmart took over. I will have more posts coming soon. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a great New Year. Today, I would like to feature my sister Eli Nichols. I hope you will enjoy it.

What made you come up with the name Fearless Fashion?
 I was brainstorming for a name and slogan for a while. I discarded
“Trophy Fashion, for the thrill of the hunt,” and “Lace and Leopard,”
because I wanted it to sound like what it is–a resource for normal
people who aren’t diehard, fashion-obsessed and just want to look a
little cooler.
 “High Fashion” out of context will make you look like you escaped
from jail, or you’ve been living in a cardboard box. A sparkly
cardboard box, but still.
 I want Fearless Fashion to be for people like my friends, or the
ladies at your church who just need not to be scared of style. I’m the
friend you need in the dressing room who’s like, “Yeah, you can pull
that off, do it. But you need a higher heel!” My tagline is “Don’t be
afraid to look good,” because people pull back from what they want to
try out of fear. Wear the dress you can’t stop looking at or thinking
about. You like it for a reason, do it.

What is your experience with fashion—would you consider yourself a
stylist? I have the same experience everyone who loves fashion has, of
choosing my own signature style, collecting hundreds (I am SO
ashamed) of magazines and catalogs and favorite blogs, of looking with
my style-eyes on at new things on the market and deciding how they’ll
work in my closet.  I’ve been an unofficial stylist for friends and
family since I could talk. I think people don’t need as much guidance
as they think they do–they’re scared to decide on their own because
they’ve been taught fashion is this big, above-their-head form of
rocket science. Naw. Fashion is what looks good on you and makes you
feel good. I can help people accept what makes them feel/look good and
try what they secretly like.

 What are the fashion trends for the fall/spring/ summer/ winter/?
 The best thing about millennial fashion is that seasons and trends
don’t really matter. Silhouettes change more, for example, in high
school my leather pants were boot cut and now they’re more like
leggings or skinny pants. As long as you stay warm in winter and cool
in summer, don’t worry about rules. Fashion people have been wearing
white after Labor Day and leather dresses in summer for about 10
years. I’m going to say it again–just wear what you want and don’t be
scared. Personally, I always start thinking more about jewel tones and
tweed in fall and winter, then brighter colors and chiffon or silk in
spring and summer.I’m crazy about jewel tone faux fur right now.
 What are your favorite places to shop in the Oklahoma City area?
I do 95 percent of my shopping online. Amazon has a huge selection of
stuff and you can get crazy-specific with search terms. I am in love
with Dorothyperkins.com in Britain for retro-ish pieces. All my pencil
skirts are from there, and the tops are great. I like Target and
Forever 21 for impulse buys, Ann Taylor and Nordstrom Rack for good
quality, gorgeous designer-y things for big events.  Target has the
best shoes ever. They’re comfortable and more fashion-forward than
you’d expect to find at the $30 range, but they don’t look cheap.
Thrift stores have good things too! Try thrifting in Edmond for more
designer pieces. I found pieces at my neighborhood Goodwill that look
sharp and stylish, and I know nobody else will have them.

What would you consider the fashion dos and don’ts  women commit? And men also?
Y’all. I don’t know who told men skinny jeans were cute on them, but they lied.
I love men in suits or suit pieces, like a blazer or vest with
(trouser, please lord) jeans.
My pet peeve with women is when they wear pants that eat their feet. I
know you paid a lot for your shoes, why can’t I see them? Also,
jumpsuits. Jumpsuits need to die in a fire. Ooh, and formal overalls.
And suits with shorts. I’m 80 on the inside and Nana does not approve.
Most everything else that can look bad can also look good, if you do
it with bravery and attention to your figure.
If someone needed your expertise in the world of fashion, how would
they find you? Email me at
eli.e.nichols@gmail.com or post on my
Fearless Fashion facebook page. I post outfit pictures and styling
tips there. I also post when I find cool blogs or online stores to
follow.

Anything else you would like to tell my readers?
 Fashion is not something to be afraid of! If you’ve got a big event
or life change like a new job coming up, get in touch and talk about
it on my facebook page. I’ll help you find what outfit or pieces will
make you feel fearless. The first step to finding your style is just
to get a few fashion magazines and rip out the pages with outfits or
pieces you like, then look through the pages all at once to see what
elements you keep picking. Then go look in your closet and think about
how to make the Vogue picture happen from what you already have.  And
ask for help when you need it, at the mall (what do you think they get
paid for, anyway?) or from a stylish friend. You got this.

 

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

You hold the past

Will I ever go to Conde’ Nast

My body shows every year gone by

Mirror on the wall

Who is the fairest of them all

Nor am I tall or lovely

 

I ‘m no tease

My hair does as it pleases

Mirror, Mirror

 I look nothing like Rita Ora or J. Lo

My body is the shape of a deflated ball

I find it harder to keep up till noon.

My energy is gone –

Mirror Mirror on the wall—

Where’s my inner Marilyn Monroe

Blonde and able to have many eyes roam

Doctors only speak doom

Mirror Mirror on the wall—who should I be?

Be myself!? Are you kidding me?

Me: I will break your glass.

Mirror: Well, you just brought on twenty pounds