A Columbus Day Retreat

ThreeSpringsDuring the Columbus Day weekend, I’ll be heading to Three Springs for a needed vacation. Did you ever have one of those days? I have been in need of one, for quite some time.

Three Springs is located in the mountains, past Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The mountain scenery is gorgeous; especially during the autumn season. My church regularly goes there, every year. I’ve been there, a few times and I love it. You can find out more, by visiting their web site at http://www.threespringsministries.org/

My only regrets is that I can’t go horseback riding. Then again, I’m 50 years old and I haven’t ridden a horse, since ’92. Don’t you think it’s time that I rethink that idea? However, there are activities that I can do and enjoy. If you have a mobility problem, then I’d not recommend this place.

I should be back in town, on Columbus Day. That’s a Monday. It’s unlikely that I’ll sit and write an article, the following day. Plus, I have another writing project in the wing. On June 2014, I wrote an article called “The Builder” and I’d like to use a retooled version of it in a chapter in a book or e-book.

Before I can use it; a model will have to be created. Why? I have trouble in painting a picture of something I’ve not seen. Hence, I need to create a visual reference. My only tool is Minecraft. Minecraft is a sandbox game and you can build some beautiful structures in it.

If you have any alternative ideas that I can use on my PC, then I’d like to hear it. Of course, I can also use my large tablet and it’s more powerful than my desktop.  I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas.


Dealing With Changes

A week ago, Shore Vineyard held a discussion called “How to Thrive in the Upcoming Financial Crisis”. The discussion centers on a book called “The Mystery of the Shemitah It’s a book written by Jonathan Cahn. I saw the video based on this book and it’s pretty good.

If you took the time and listened to the audio, then you will discover that we did more than talk about the book. We talked about solutions and a willingness to listen to God’s Word. I’ll give you, a hint. We did not talk about owning gold; as not everyone can afford it.

I am one of those people, who can’t afford to buy gold. What about me? How should I prepare for something, that may or may not happen? A wise man sees the upcoming trouble and takes prudent steps; so that he is not reacting to fear. 

As the discussion continues, I quietly asked Jesus and myself, “What should I do? How do I prepare for potential changes?” One thing certain, our country is definitely in a financial mess. You simply need to turn on Fox News or CNN. What’s next? Continue reading “Dealing With Changes”

Don’t Forget the OIIL: Imagination and Inspiration

If you read my last article, “Don’t Forget the OIIL: Observation“; then you will know that I’m writing a series called “Don’t Forget the OIIL”. What do I mean by OIIL? No, it’s not a typo; rather, it’s an acronym: Observation, Imagination / Inspiration and Language.

Each of these components is essential to creating good content for a blog or a YouTube video. In this article, we’ll take a look at “Imagination” and “Inspiration” and their role in creating content. Continue reading “Don’t Forget the OIIL: Imagination and Inspiration”

Don’t Forget The OIIL: Observation

Did you know there is a special ingredient, for good writing? Years ago, I was introduced to this special ingredient, by my writing teacher, Ryan. If you read the title, then you already know.

Oil? What does that have to do with writing, content creation or faith? First, the title says “OIIL” and not oil. No, OOIL is not a typo; rather, it is an acronym. It stands for Observe, Imagination, Inspiration and Language.

As a Christian writer, I have found this special ingredient to be very helpful in many of my writing endeavors. How so? Is it some kind of magical ingredient? No, there is nothing magical about OIIL; rather, it is a set of practical tools to help in creating content for blogs, YouTube or books.

Would you like to learn more? Please continue reading about this OIIL. Continue reading “Don’t Forget The OIIL: Observation”

Can We Talk? Are You Really Interested in…?

http://www.blanchardinternational.co.in/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/can-we-talk.-150x150.jpg Can we talk? Are you really interested in a loudmouth YouTuber named BDoubleO100? Are you really interested in YouTube related stories? How I would love for BDoubleO to show his face and read this blog.

The man would likely ask the same question. Is your audience seriously interested in a loudmouth named BdoubleO? I could write such blog posts and it would annoy the heck out of the poor guy.

Can we talk? Continue reading “Can We Talk? Are You Really Interested in…?”

What Are My Writing Tips?

writingtipsIt pays to read through your spam filter, sometimes. You will be amazed by what you may find. Along with the usual spams, you could either find a legit comment or a piece of inspiration. I have found such comments.

The other day, I found a curious message, in my spam filter. An apparent new blogger asked a question. “What tips or advice do you have for an aspiring writer?” “What tools or platform do you use?” I am honestly surprised by this set of questions.

If there is one thing that I have learned, from my friends on YouTube; people are hungry for such advice. As such, I should not be too surprised. As I have written a blog post called “Let’s Support Christian YouTubers“; it makes sense to write something for writers.

I can only follow the examples of some good friends and offer the following tips, in humility. I don’t claim perfection and I hardly arrived, per se. Please note, I can only share tips, from the perspective of my niche.  Are you game? Continue reading “What Are My Writing Tips?”

Would You Like To Help With A Book?

http://www.how-to-write-a-book-now.com/images/Softwareforwriters.jpgWould you like to help, with a book that I’m writing? Some time ago, I talked about writing an anthology of stories and it was to be my first book. Guess what? I am not talking about it; rather, I am doing it. :)

I am working on the first draft for a chapter based on a story that I wrote, for this blog.  What’s the name of the story? On January 2014, I wrote a blog post called “A Lesser Human? Really?”  You will have to read the old blog story and find out what it is about.

As a typical chapter is a lot bigger than your average blog post; you can guess the amount of details that I need to add. Here is where you can help! What should I put in that chapter? What details would be better suited for chapter two?

If you read that blog story, then you’re going to discover a second blog story and it’s called “A Summer of Hell“. This blog story is definitely an emotionally rough story; as it deals with dramatic emotional and physical abuse.  Should this be a second chapter?

My overall theme is overcoming depression and a low self-worth. I am asking for comments on what I could add. I am tentatively considering two other chapters and they have to deal with a healthy self-image.

One chapter is based on a story that I wrote called “The Builder“. It’s about how God, the Father sees us; as opposed to Man. The other one is tentatively called “Come Out of Your Hidey Hole” and it’s about building confidence.

Any ideas? I’d love to hear from you.