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Tradition, Truth and the Literary Epic
Were Homer's epics inspired by ancient tales of Gilgamesh? Yesterday, by a piece of serendipity, I discovered that there's a revised edition of Charles Rowan Beye’s Ancient Epic Poetry: Homer, Apollonius, Virgil , which now contains a chapter on Gilgamesh. ...
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Tradition, Truth and the Literary Epic
Homer's epics held such authority that they became almost sacred texts for the Greeks. Yesterday, by a piece of serendipity, I discovered that there's a revised edition of Charles Rowan Beye’s Ancient Epic Poetry: Homer, Apollonius, Virgil , which now conta...
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Connie Rossini originally shared to Catholic books:
 
My new #book on  the choleric child is now available at Amazon as an #ebook and a paperback. Please help spread the word to Catholic parents!
A Spiritual Growth Plan for Your Choleric Child (A Spiritual Growth Plan for Your Children Book 2) - Kindle edition by Connie Rossini. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading A Spiritual Growth Plan for Your Choleric Child (A Spiritual Growth Plan for Your Children Book 2).
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Dallas area writers -- join us tomorrow at the next meeting of the DFW Catholic Writers group!
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Scrivener newbies, here's one of my favorite tricks -- useful for getting started on a new project, and good for those who are allergic to "outlining." Create a blank document, then rite a barebones summary of the argument you wish to present or the story you want to tell. No elaboration, just the basic ideas that you want to cover.

Now, at the beginning of each sentence, create a new section by putting your cursor and then hitting Ctrl+K (If you wish, select some text at the beginning of the sentence, and hit Ctrl+Shift+K -- The selected text will become the section title). When you've done this with every sentence, switch to Corkboard view -- there's your outline on index cards. The cards will be blank, except for the heading (if you used Ctrl+Shift+K) -- to fill them in, select a card, look at the representation of the card in the Inspector panel (right side of screen), and hit the little auto-generate button -- it will fill in your sentence on the card. Use the other index card features if you like -- I use label colors to indicate larger sections, and status marking to help me track which parts need to be revised (I customize both to suit my needs).

Use Corkboard or Outline view at any time to rearrange your thoughts, or add new ones -- you aren't hampered by any hierarchy. Get things into the order that makes the most sense to you.

Now, you have a fully-functioning outline without the rigid hierarchy that "outlining" implies (remember those high school exercises in outlining? Yuck.). Go back to scrivenings view (text) and write each section, filling in & elaborating your ideas. When you get done, you'll have a well-organized first draft. To save the draft before revising, take a Scrivener snapshot. Easy peasy.

Here's a short story I just started. I had the general shape in mind, wrote it out longhand, and used the shape of the hero's journey to make sure my plot had a satisfying arc to it. Then I just transcribed the written outline into Scrivener and followed the steps I just mentioned. I am good to go! I do this for my blog posts, too.
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Although, strictly speaking, it's a bike cellphone charger -- unless you're using your phone to charge your bike (?). Anyway, pretty cool.
 
16-Year-Old Invents $5 Cell Phone Bike Charger And Shares The Instructions For Free!
With some rudimentary knowledge and skill working with electronics, you too can make your own charger!
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Hey, +Kat Laurange, how's this for visual commentary on movie adaptations of novels? 😸
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Ha! Except Except book and movie are usually so different, the bottom picture should be a reuben or a turkey-on-rye or something. :D
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On the blog today, I'm thinking about the nature of tradition, and the way it can spur creativity. Writers really can change the world. Without Homer, we would never have had a Vergil or an Ovid, and the whole subsequent literary tradition would have been vastly different.
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Meeting tomorrow! Y'all come.
 
Meet Chuck Neubecker at our May 12 meeting
Congratulations to second-Tuesday stalwart, Chuck Neubecker , on having one of his stories published in the March-April issue of Gilbert Magazine , a publication of the American Chesterton Society. If you've ever attended one of our second-Tuesday meetings,...
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Scrivener newbies, here's one of my favorite tricks -- useful for getting started on a new project, and good for those who are allergic to "outlining." Create a blank document, then rite a barebones summary of the argument you wish to present or the story you want to tell. No elaboration, just the basic ideas that you want to cover.

Now, at the beginning of each sentence, create a new section by putting your cursor and then hitting Ctrl+K (If you wish, select some text at the beginning of the sentence, and hit Ctrl+Shift+K -- The selected text will become the section title). When you've done this with every sentence, switch to Corkboard view -- there's your outline on index cards. The cards will be blank, except for the heading (if you used Ctrl+Shift+K) -- to fill them in, select a card, look at the representation of the card in the Inspector panel (right side of screen), and hit the little auto-generate button -- it will fill in your sentence on the card. Use the other index card features if you like -- I use label colors to indicate larger sections, and status marking to help me track which parts need to be revised (I customize both to suit my needs).

Use Corkboard or Outline view at any time to rearrange your thoughts, or add new ones -- you aren't hampered by any hierarchy. Get things into the order that makes the most sense to you.

Now, you have a fully-functioning outline without the rigid hierarchy that "outlining" implies (remember those high school exercises in outlining? Yuck.). Go back to scrivenings view (text) and write each section, filling in & elaborating your ideas. When you get done, you'll have a well-organized first draft. To save the draft before revising, take a Scrivener snapshot. Easy peasy.

Here's a short story I just started. I had the general shape in mind, wrote it out longhand, and used the shape of the hero's journey to make sure my plot had a satisfying arc to it. Then I just transcribed the written outline into Scrivener and followed the steps I just mentioned. I am good to go! I do this for my blog posts, too.
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This is a brilliant idea. Thank you so much. I'm definitely going to do that. I find writing summaries so much easier than outlines, but they're hard to work from because you have to scroll through paragraphs and paragraphs to find your next point. This sounds like it would really work. I love Scrivener.
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The same is true of writers.
 
Jessilyn Park's words are so applicable to writers (www.iauthor.uk.com)

#writerslife   #writers   #kobo   #ibooks   #goodreads   #amreading   #mustread   #newbooks   #bookworm   #bookclub   #bookreviews
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I'm a freelance writer and teacher.
Skills
Writing, teaching, editing
Employment
  • My computer
    Freelance Writer, 2012 - present
    Currently working on a science fiction novel, but available for all kinds of writing jobs!
  • Walsingham Society of Christian Culture and Western Civilization
    Tutor, 2012 - 2013
  • University of Dallas
    Adjunct Asst Professor, 2011
  • The University of Southern Indiana
    Instructor, English & Humanities, 2004 - 2009
  • Texas Society of CPAs
    Graphic Designer, 1988 - 1996
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Currently
Garland, TX
Previously
Arlington, TX - Fort Worth, TX - Newburgh, IN - Rockford, IL - Iowa City, IA - Madrid, Spain - Shreveport, LA - Alexandria, LA
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I read, write, think, and teach in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex
Introduction
After years in academics and non-profits, I am now dedicating my time to writing, and helping other writers succeed. I'm currently working on a Catholic science fiction novel (the first of a series) and have a best-selling book on the household use of diatomaceous earth on Amazon.com, as well as maintaining several blogs.

My Ph.D. in Literature from the University of Dallas helped me indulge my love of literature, languages, philosophy, and history, all of which I've had an opportunity to teach at one time or another (currently under the auspices of the Walsingham Society of Christian Culture and Western Civilization).

For many years, I have sung with the parish choir of St Mary the Virgin Catholic Church in Arlington, TX, and I have accumulated many years' experience volunteering in charitable outreach to the poor, in adult literacy, at the Arlington Night Shelter, and working with the St Vincent de Paul Society in Evansville, IN, visiting the needy and serving meals at the community soup kitchen.

After years of experience in community service, graphic design, scholarship, and teaching, I've finally returned to my childhood love, writing. I've finally figured out that you really can "have it all," just not all at the same time! Life is good.
Bragging rights
I've published a small book on the household uses of diatomaceous earth (Naturally Healthy Living With Diatomaceous Earth), which is selling well on Amazon.Right now, I'm working on a soft-science scifi novel with Catholic themes: _Cast Into the Deep Sea of Stars_. I'm available for all kinds of writing projects, but I prefer long-copy informational writing over copy-writing.
Education
  • University of Dallas
    Ph.D./Literature, M.A./English
  • Rockford College
    B. A., magna cum laude, English & Spanish
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Female
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L. A. Nicholas, Kit Pascoe