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by Symphonic
Mon Mar 16, 2009 10:18 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's Master Class--SUSPENSE
Replies: 57
Views: 46988

Carol, you should feel free to ramble at any time--you're one of my most valued contributors! I love the epilog, and it really makes me want to read the book. Is it available? Thanks so much, Jan, for the license to ramble! It's great to be able to discuss these topics! I've never tried to publish ...
by Symphonic
Mon Mar 16, 2009 1:36 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's Master Class--SUSPENSE
Replies: 57
Views: 46988

Ah, suspense... another subject I could discuss at length! I hope to keep this short, but will I? Can I? Stay tuned! Great Expectations is not my favorite Dickens novel--but it’s probably his best-known, and it’s virtually a textbook on suspense. Central to the novel is the question, Who is Pip’s be...
by Symphonic
Thu Mar 12, 2009 11:26 am
Forum: Results and Highest Rankings
Topic: Winning Entries for ASIA
Replies: 17
Views: 8686

Wow... that was a very nice surprise at the start of a busy day! :D Thanks so much for all the encouraging feedback!

Congratulations, everyone!!

Carol S.
by Symphonic
Thu Mar 05, 2009 12:20 pm
Forum: Results and Highest Rankings
Topic: Winning Entries for Europe
Replies: 18
Views: 9453

:D Congratulations, everyone!!! :D

Carol S.
by Symphonic
Mon Mar 02, 2009 2:01 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's Master Class--SURPRISE
Replies: 41
Views: 34407

Thanks, Jan. I feel better about "Lost Gold" now! I would love to come to the conference, and I really hope I can find a way to be there. We're trying to save our pennies right now to go on a family vacation... and if I ever got back to Michigan, I'd want to go visit some old friends over in the sou...
by Symphonic
Mon Mar 02, 2009 12:57 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's Master Class--SURPRISE
Replies: 41
Views: 34407

Jan, could you hear me clapping and cheering as I read your lesson? What a great summary of one of my favorite writing topics! And I loved reading everyone else’s stories. Gerald, your “Heartburn” story is hilarious! I love mysteries, so I like surprises–unexpected twists, startling revelations–but ...
by Symphonic
Thu Feb 26, 2009 1:51 pm
Forum: Results and Highest Rankings
Topic: Winning Entries for "India"
Replies: 21
Views: 9744

Wow! Amazing... :o

Thanks so much to everyone for all the wonderful feedback, with special thanks to Lisa, to my good buddy Cleo, and to Seema, for reading and commenting on all the entries! :D

Congratulations, everybody!!!

Carol S.
by Symphonic
Mon Feb 23, 2009 2:16 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's Master Class--STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS
Replies: 33
Views: 31813

I really hope someone takes this and runs with it in a future Challenge. Okay, now the stream-of-consciousness version of the Abraham/Isaac story is starting to sound intriguing to me for a future Challenge entry. But I suppose I have only myself to blame if someone else tries it first! :) Carol S.
by Symphonic
Mon Feb 23, 2009 12:41 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's Master Class--STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS
Replies: 33
Views: 31813

Okay, here goes: Stream of consciousness... reminds me of Chicago... Larry and Susan’s apartment, their two big fluffy cats... (They called one of them “Phydeaux”--pronounced it “Fido”--)... and Larry saying, “I’ll loan you Ulysses , you’ve got to read it...” And I had to take it, because I was, aft...
by Symphonic
Sat Feb 21, 2009 1:24 am
Forum: Page Turner Writing Contest
Topic: Page Turner 2009 Roll Call
Replies: 99
Views: 53141

I'm hoping to enter the contest, so I'd welcome any advice. I've written quite a few novels for my own enjoyment, but most of them wouldn't work for this, for one reason or another. Some of the best of them are part of a rather lengthy, interconnected series. Others aren't strictly "Christian," in t...
by Symphonic
Thu Feb 19, 2009 12:41 pm
Forum: Results and Highest Rankings
Topic: Winning Entries for SOUTH AMERICA
Replies: 21
Views: 10536

Congratulations, Jan, Lisa, Verna, Cleo/Eliza, and everyone else!! Great job!

Best of all, I made Joanne's "WOOO" list for the second week in a row!! :D Now I really feel like one of the tribe!

Carol S.
by Symphonic
Tue Feb 17, 2009 1:05 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's Master Class--SLICE OF LIFE
Replies: 35
Views: 30705

“I’ll have one slice of life, with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkling of cocoa, please...” Seriously, this is one lesson I need to take to heart. My “slices” tend to be heavily weighted with too much plot filling and topping. I wrote a story for the “Home for Christmas” week last quarter, bu...
by Symphonic
Thu Feb 12, 2009 12:02 pm
Forum: Results and Highest Rankings
Topic: Winning Entries for "Canada"
Replies: 23
Views: 11580

Wow. I'm speechless. Amazed, humbled, grateful... but mainly just speechless. :o

Thank you so much for all your wonderful, encouraging comments... and congratulations, everyone!

Carol S.
by Symphonic
Tue Feb 10, 2009 1:27 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's Master Class--SLANT RHYME
Replies: 54
Views: 46408

This is what came to mind when I read the first line of your couplet. I realize it’s a little archaic. Avoiding my Savior, I’d dithered all day Over trivial things, neither merry nor grave... I was thinking of a passage in C. S. Lewis's Screwtape Letters , in which one of the doomed says upon arriva...
by Symphonic
Thu Feb 05, 2009 12:09 pm
Forum: Results and Highest Rankings
Topic: Winning Entries for "United Kingdom"
Replies: 24
Views: 11733

Congratulations Jan, Cleo, Steve, and all the rest!

I'm deeply grateful (and more than a little amazed) to find my name on one of the lists this week!

Carol S.

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