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Review copies of my book #TheThirdHeaven

In Uncategorized on November 29, 2013 at 7:55 am

Review copies of my book #TheThirdHeaven available for fans of speculative christian fiction. http://donovanmneal.wix.com/donovanmneal

It’s inspiration Tuesday!: Presenting Audiomachine’s: Creation

In Uncategorized on November 26, 2013 at 8:00 am

Because music makes your braver and has the ability to uplift and take one to places.  Let this piece by Audiomachine, move you.  Entitled Creation .  It is an appropriate title, as it makes one to reflect on the work and assembly of God as he majestically brings about the worlds into existence.  Filled with a choral music its gives off an epic feel, its ending leaves the hearer ready to enter Sabbath.  It’s a great piece.

Regards,

Donovan

Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Great info!

Don't Sweat the Technique

So, I stumbled upon these rules, written by one of Pixar’s storyboard artists, here. Tell me what you think. (I’m a big fan of #3, #6-#8)

#1: You admire a character for trying more than for their successes.

#2: You gotta keep in mind what’s interesting to you as an audience, not what’s fun to do as a writer. They can be v. different.

#3: Trying for theme is important, but you won’t see what the story is actually about til you’re at the end of it. Now rewrite.

#4: Once upon a time there was ___. Every day, ___. One day ___. Because of that, ___. Because of that, ___. Until finally ___.

#5: Simplify. Focus. Combine characters. Hop over detours. You’ll feel like you’re losing valuable stuff but it sets you free.

#6: What is your character good at, comfortable with? Throw the polar opposite at them…

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Up writing scenes to the sequel of my novel

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2013 at 2:51 am

Up writing scenes to the sequel of my novel. Outlining more of the story. I’m going to be tired tomorrow. But it will be worth it. Got some great ideas to incorporate in the second book. 🙂

It’s Inspiration Tuesday

In It's Inspiration Tuesday! on November 19, 2013 at 8:00 am

Because music makes your braver and has the ability to uplift and take one to places.  Let this piece by Two Steps from Hell, move you.  Entitled Winterspell on their album Skyworld.  It is an appropriate title, as it makes one to reflect on snow covered lands or airy cityscapes.  Filled with a choral music its gives off an epic feel.

Regards,

Donovan

Resource Monday: How to format your ebook for Smashwords to pass AutoVetter for $5

In Its resource Monday! on November 18, 2013 at 12:30 pm
Photo by tribehut

Photo by tribehut

Formatting you book for publishing is one of self publishing’s little known dirty secrets.  The reality is that no matter how good of a writer you are.  You will need to layout or rather format your work into one of several approved formats before it can be published.  It does not matter if it’s for kindle, epub or for some other format for you book.

When I tried to format my book to make it available for epub. I had a a difficult time doing it.  Barnes and Noble allows you to edit your book within their site if you are publishing.  But even then it was still unwieldy.  When I tried to upload my book to Smashwords, the “auto meat-grinder” gave me several errors, and it was a mess.  So much so that after hours I just called it quits.  Since then I’ve learned the best course of action is to simply have someone format the book for you so you can take the guess work and labor out of it.  To this end I have discovered a wonderful resource on http://fiverr.com/.

Ladies and gentlemen please meet my new friend Bookaholic.  Per his website…

“For only $5 I will format your Word document to pass Smashwords AutoVetter on the first run and be submitted to Premium Catalog (guaranteed!).

I follow Smashwords’ strict rules and my formatting always passes!

This offer is for documents under 50,000 words. For other options see my gig extras below, or order multiple gigs.

3 day duration is for longer queues, normally I format in a day or two.”

Now I don;t know about you, but to have someone take my document which in my case was $15 dollars for his services as I had over a 100k document was a wonderful thing.  He successfully converted my MS word document to a epub format that can get past the gatekeeper that is the meat grinder of Smashwords.  Because he converted it, it means it will work on ALL epub readers.  I can use the files he gave me to upload to any other publishing service (again think Barnes and Noble).  I have also used this file he gave me to update my kindle book on Amazon.  Needless to say.  Everything was perfect.

It was the best 15 dollars spent on my book.  And I have to highly recommend his services if you want your book laid out properly.

You can thank me later!  🙂

Donovan

Check out my interview about my novel on

In Uncategorized on November 11, 2013 at 8:00 am

Check out my interview about my novel on the Christians Author show!
http://www.wnbnetworkwest.com/WnbAuthorsShowChristian.html

Inspiration Tuesday: But on a Wednesday!

In It's Inspiration Tuesday! on November 6, 2013 at 2:29 pm

Music is a powerful medium that can evoke emotions within us. It can make us cry, or inspire us to achieve more than we ever dreamed possible. Today’s selection is from Immediate Music, the album is Trailerhead. The song…Serenata Immortale. Listen and let its spirit lift you to go forth and conquer.

The enemy thought you defeated, but little did he know that there yet remained life hidden within your bosom. Arise, and unleash that which God has stored within you. Smite him with a ferocity he never knew was coming.

Today is your day.

Listen to my radio interview about my new novel! Nov 11th!

In Uncategorized on November 6, 2013 at 2:26 pm

Listen to my radio interview about my new novel the Third Heaven: The Rise of Fallen Stars on November 11th on the http://www.wnbnetworkwest.com/WnbAuthorsShowChristian.html

Why I can wear a cotton shirt and still be a Christian.

In Controversy is Christian on November 4, 2013 at 10:31 am

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Photo courtesy of Flickr All rights reserved by Twelve Bar It’s All Love

I find it frustrating when I read or hear columnists, pundits, or journalists dismiss Christians as inconsistent because “they pick and choose which of the rules in the Bible to obey.”  What I hear most often is “Christians ignore lots of Old Testament texts—about not eating raw meat or pork or shellfish, not executing people for breaking the Sabbath, not wearing garments woven with two kinds of material and so on. Then they condemn homosexuality. Aren’t you just picking and choosing what they want to believe from the Bible?”

The short answer is no.

And honestly if I did, I could think of much meatier things to selectively not follow than those.  For example, I mean let us be real here.  Wouldn’t it be easier to get rid of the scriptures that deal with covetousness and fornication and adultery?  Let’s just throw out the scriptures on sex.  Wouldn’t that be more realistic and pleasurable?  I think you would agree that there are many more scriptures we would love to selectively follow then weather I can wear a cotton shirt or grow a beard a certain length.  Then I’d be free to just enjoy my lustful cravings and conspicuous consumption at will, and still be a Christian!

But the reality is that such objections are red herrings to distract from the moral questions often raised by Christians or to ridicule a Christian’s faith.  The objection also fails to understand or perhaps chooses not too understand the difference between the moral laws of God versus those societal laws given to Israel.

The truth of the matter is that the Bible makes it clear that the Christian is no longer bound by those Old testament standards.  We are under a “new covenant”.  A new set of standards that supersede and are higher than those given in the Old Testament.  We are instead bound by a higher code.  The love of Christ.

The fact of the matter is that the Old Testament law with all its sacrifices and ceremony was never designed to be permanent in the first place.

Lk 16:16, The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.

Rom 10:4.  For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

In Christ, we find the ultimate fulfillment of the law.  Hebrews 10:1-18 does an excellent job of explaining the Law and its intent to make us aware of our moral/spiritual inadequacy and its design to lead us to Christ.  The law is designed to simply make us aware of our sin, but was never intended to solve the sin issue.

And let’s face it.  It’s the issue of sin that gets everyone up into a tizzy.  The idea that something is in error with my behavior, thoughts, etc.; is not exactly the most politically acceptable message to communicate in this day and age.  Do not get me wrong.  I am not saying that Christians are perfect.

But a recovering alcoholic can recognize another alcoholic.  The recovering individual is not condemning the person who has a current problem.  He is trying to help the person out to see that his behavior is destructive.  And despite his desire to want another drink, and even his freedom to do so, his behavior has destructive consequences on his relationships, and society at large.  The Christian merely says the same thing, weather the topic is abortion, marriage, etc.  The issue is our perspective.  How many times have you attempted to “intervene” with someone who needed help?  Did they always appreciate it?  Did they project that you are better than they were?  Often Christians are accused of judging others.

The Christian is someone who knows that if it were not for the transformative power of Christ they too would be hitting the bottle, and commit to acts of self-destruction or hurt to others.

What shall we then say to these things?  If you disagree with an idea, instead of attacking the person, instead of the argument…instead of responding to objections by straying into subject matters that are not related to the topic at hand; why don’t we simply reason together?

It is amazing what you might learn from a Christian who wears cotton shirts.