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by OldManRivers
Thu Dec 23, 2010 12:06 pm
Forum: Results and Highest Rankings
Topic: Winners for FOREIGN LANGUAGE
Replies: 19
Views: 8650

As we rejoice with the coming of Christ, may some of that rejoicing be for all who took the time to write in the spirit of Christ.
by OldManRivers
Thu Dec 16, 2010 5:51 pm
Forum: Results and Highest Rankings
Topic: Winners for BILLBOARD/POSTER/SIGN
Replies: 15
Views: 8331

Thank you to all who penned a few lines of thought as a gift to us all.

What a divine blessing to be able to bring thoughts and feelings to the written page. As we write and read we become libraries of blessings.

Congrats who placed this week. For all the rest, next week just might be your turn.
by OldManRivers
Mon Dec 13, 2010 7:11 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Having a point or message #2--6th judging criterion
Replies: 25
Views: 30021

My l;ast post was totally unedited, as will probably be this one.

jim
by OldManRivers
Mon Dec 13, 2010 7:10 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Having a point or message #2--6th judging criterion
Replies: 25
Views: 30021

Steve, you are so on target about the key is editing. But as to my own writing, I HATE editing. I believe I need to marry an editor.

jim
by OldManRivers
Sun Dec 05, 2010 6:38 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Conclusion #1--the 5th judging conclusion
Replies: 23
Views: 20217

a starlight lullaby and heaven is hushed, a new life is given, a new life is embraced, mother and child, who have been one, now begin their journey further and further apart. the bond is strong, the love immense, these tears of joy will become tears of pain, stable straw and woven flax, humility, si...
by OldManRivers
Thu Dec 02, 2010 10:42 pm
Forum: Results and Highest Rankings
Topic: Highest Rankings for ON THE TELEPHONE
Replies: 6
Views: 3307

Thanks be to God for all the blessed writing!

Praise to the winners but remember that thee must maintain thine humility.

As for me ... sooooooo close.
by OldManRivers
Tue Nov 30, 2010 1:19 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Lesson 19--A Great Conclusion
Replies: 30
Views: 20141

As to endings -- I believe that they ought to elicit an "Amen" in the mind of the reader - a satisfying experience of completion. They should leave the reader with a few moments of reflective recollection.
by OldManRivers
Mon Nov 29, 2010 7:01 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Lesson 19--A Great Conclusion
Replies: 30
Views: 20141

An Ending for a Detective Mystery

Jan, I have written a series of detective novels involving a character, Lt. Ian MacKenzie. This is the ending of one of those novels, Miss Yellow Roses (each novel involves a color and flowers in the title). This is the only novel that I used this summation technique. The following week, we got wor...
by OldManRivers
Sun Nov 07, 2010 5:01 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Beginnings #2--the 4th judging criterion
Replies: 52
Views: 54243

Homework - Beginnings

The streets of Chicago are cold and mean in December. I should know. For you see my name is Sargeant Paddy O’Neill of the Chicago Police Department and I have walked this downtown beat for some twenty years. And through the course of that time, my bones have become old friends with that freezing win...
by OldManRivers
Thu Jun 24, 2010 7:50 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Beginnings (#1)--the 4th judging criterion
Replies: 104
Views: 103866

Favorite title: I Heard the Owl Call My Name by Margaret Craven

Question: What about the notion that a story flows out of its first line?

A first sentence:

Beneath the gaze of neon dragons, I found the horror of my soul.
by OldManRivers
Mon Jun 07, 2010 1:21 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: #14--THE WELL-CONSTRUCTED POEM
Replies: 37
Views: 35791

We are but candles, melting in the fire of time, relentlessly, most assuredly, some say in crying tones, "'Tis so sad," but as for me, I cherish this burning of my mortal hours, for I become, Light in darkness, Warmth in cold, the Divine in human form. I thought I would try internal "rhyme" with the...
by OldManRivers
Mon Jun 07, 2010 9:58 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: #14--THE WELL-CONSTRUCTED POEM
Replies: 37
Views: 35791

As Melting Wax

We are but candles, melting in the fire of time, relentlessly, most assuredly, some say in crying tones, "'Tis so sad," but as for me, I cherish this burning of my mortal hours, for I become, Light in darkness, Warmth in cold, the Divine in human form. I thought I would try internal "rhyme" with the...
by OldManRivers
Thu Apr 15, 2010 10:25 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: Jan's Writing Basics #8--Developing Interesting Characters
Replies: 69
Views: 76485

Wild-eyed John

I had named him, Wild-Eyed John. To be honest, this grizzly, grey-bearded man of the streets never would tell me his name. Wild-eyed John was too busy preaching his hell-singed sermons to be answering the inane questions of folks like me. “Are ya rightch with Jeeez-sus, young feller?” John would fir...
by OldManRivers
Mon Mar 15, 2010 9:01 am
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: #8--Writing Out of the Box
Replies: 94
Views: 66538

I can't believe I didn't think of that one.
by OldManRivers
Mon Mar 08, 2010 5:57 pm
Forum: Jan's Writing Basics
Topic: #8--Writing Out of the Box
Replies: 94
Views: 66538

An Observation

I am finding it quite interesting how each of us uses the prompt word "fire" in different modalities. Some use the word itself, some use the attributes of the noun, some use manifestations of the phenomena, etc.

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