Blurred Lines is the title for chapter 9 of Fine Line, the sequel to Woodcutter’s Revival. The books, written by Jerry Slauter are historical fiction. Fine Line is set at the beginning of the final phase of the Industrial Revolution. The projected release is in the late 2014.
A major consideration of writing historical fiction is more than to determine the actual events that occurred in the time frame of the setting. The writer must portray events of which the characters might have been aware and acted upon so the story is believable.
For instance, in Blurred Lines the characters discuss some of the major conspiracies now known to have occurred in time frame of the setting of the story. The task of the writer is to convey the conspiracies in a manner that is believable and credible. How would the characters have known about events or beliefs that affected their lives? What evidence exists to validate concerns and beliefs from that era? Could the characters have read the information in books of newspapers that were in circulation at the time?
What were some of the speculations of conspiracies at the turn of the Twentieth Century? What were the motives behind the initiation and maintenance of wars? Was the banking industry conspiring to gain world dominance and a one world financial system? Were the founding fathers of the United States Christians attempting to establish a theocracy?
Michael mentions an interesting verse regarding conspiracy, “Do not call conspiracy everything this people calls a conspiracy; do not fear what they fear, and do not dread what they dread.” (Isaiah 8:12 ESV)
The emphasis moves toward the nation and individuals maintaining morality on their own strength through “traditional conservative values” or by relying on the guidance and empowering of God. The following is an excerpt regarding moral values:
“When somebody tells me they believe in strong morals, they usually mean, ‘Sure I want a moral wife. She's more likely to remain loyal and faithful. I hope my employees or employer are moral people. They're less likely to cheat me. My neighbor should be moral so he doesn’t covet my wife or my possessions and kill me for them. My banker and other business associates should be moral so they don’t embezzle me and cheat me out of my life savings. My children should be moral so they don’t embarrass me or cause me to bail them out of jail. As for me, I’m happy with the way I am. I’m good enough.”
The final thought of the chapter is, “Jesus died to save humanity. He lives to upset the world order. Would you die to help establish His kingdom or would you kill to preserve and conserve your notion of empire on earth? ”
Watch for the release of Fine Line in 2014. Woodcutter’s Revival is available now.
Jerry Slauter is a retired school teacher. He loves to spend time with his family and travel. He also enjoys working in his metal, leather and wood shops. Woodcutter’s Revival was published in 2012. Jerry also published Revived: Story of Publishing a Christian Novel.