Writing Historical: How to choose a year?

 photo HRM_01_zps7a79319d.jpgWhen starting a new story, you always have to put time into setting. One of my favorite Eras happens to be the Medieval Era. You know; knights in shining armor and all that. I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s because of the belief that men held themselves to a strict code of conduct. Not that they really did. Perhaps I know they didn’t, but I prefer to look at it through rose-colored glasses anyway.

Discover: Medieval Era lasted about 10 centuries!

It wasn’t actually that hard to find the time of castles and knights. It was deciding on how much history needed to be included into the story to make it accurate.

Learn: Famine, Plagues, and War diminished European population.

For the heroine to find herself in the predicament she is in I had to have a reason. Humm . . . which one should I use?

Write: To find out you’ll have to read my first chapter.

So, this will be something new and dangerous for me. I’m going to put my work up one chapter at a time. I’ll have someone check for misspelled words first, but it will be up to you to tell me if its good or if it stinks.

I’ll need ground rules though. Any suggestions?

How To Become A Christian

I‘m not a very good public speaker. I suppose, as a writer, I will eventually have to speak in front of people. With time I’m sure I’ll get better at it. But for now, you will have to put up with my poor speaking abilities. I’m sorry.

As an inspirational author, I want one or more of my character’s faith to grow. For that to happen there must be a mature Christian demonstrating what being a Christian is all about. In my opinion, that includes telling another character how to become a Christian. Now, I know you don’t want to be preached to and believe me, I’m not a preacher. I have plenty of writer friends and beta-readers who will tell me if my writing is to preacher. If they do, I’ll make the necessary changes.

Well, I can’t have my characters telling others how to become Christians if I’m not trying to do the same thing. So, I made a video of me trying to explain how to become a Christian. I hope it helps you.

In the above video, I mentioned things the Bible talks about, but didn’t give you the references to find them. Here is the list of references:

Thanks to YouVersion for an awesome website that makes it easy to look up verses.

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What A Weekend! Inspiration Galore

20111213-171602.jpgIf your December is as busy as mine you probable feel like your flying by the seat of your pants. Two Sundays ago, my kids and I flew to Florida for my brother’s wedding. It was beautiful but unusual for me and my family.

Unusual because my brother married someone who’s family is from India. So the wedding was a Hindu wedding which is full of traditional ceremonies. Some ceremonies are in relation to there Hindu god and some are just ways for the 20111212-200905.jpggroom and bride to get to know each other. In our culture the bride and groom know each other, but in their’s the a marriage is often arranged. No, my brother’s marriage was not arranged, but they still had fun playing the games meant to help them get to know each other.

It was beautiful because of the saris that almost every one wore including myself. The women wear lots of glittery jewelry. Bling if you will. The wedding itself lasted three hour. It was the longest wedding I had ever been to and/or participated in, but I really had fun. From the time we flew to Florida to the time I returned home, my brain was flooded with so much inspiration that I’m sure if I needed to I could sit down and mull over several plots.

What about you? Are you letting yourself fly through this season or are you taking it all in for future inspiration? Leave a comment. Tell me what is inspiring you this Christmas season.