Preptober

Plotting Pitfalls

Found another writing YouTuber: Diane Callahan – Quotidian Writer – this was really interesting to watch and it sparked several ideas for my NaNoWriMo project.

I hope it does the same for you.

Also – found something else that would be a useful tool next month: Word Sprints

I mean, you could easily just time yourself for word sprints but I like that you can set up a group sprint for and your friends.

Anyway, just a passing thought.

Podcast

Podcast: Distracted by Confirmation Hearings

Ugh. I didn’t get any prepping done for my NaNoWriMo project this week. Why? Because I spent a large part of my week watching Judge Barrett’s confirmation hearing. But it was an eye-opening experience, listen why. I also review “Scorned” and “Bring Up the Bodies.” Lastly, I update you on my personal life – bad teeth anyone? Visit Writefromkaren.com for podcast details!

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Podcast: Can Joe Biden Complete a Sentence?

 

Episode description:

You’re having a nice, romantic, quiet dinner out with your spouse when you’re suddenly accosted by radial left-wing fascists who demand that you lift your fist in the air in solidarity – what do you do? Also, what is up with Job Biden’s inability to form a coherent sentence? He is clearly having mental difficulties. Do we really want someone with diminished mental clarity running the most powerful country on planet Earth? Listen for our thoughts on the latest madness ….

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NaNoWriMo

What If – Electricity and Water Were Suddenly Shut Off?

 

This is the video I referenced in my podcast this week. I thought I would post it in case you’re looking for a story idea for NaNoWriMo. I might incorporate this concept in my story as well.

I thought the video had an interesting take on the situation. I’m sure, at some point, people would learn to adapt and overcome not having electricity or water, but I think more realistically, people would panic, become animals, kill each other, loot every store they came across and basically become like Mad Max characters – the survival of the strongest.

I do sometimes wonder how our world would transform if we had an Electronic attack (EA), meaning, some terrorist group disabled our satellites and we no longer had Internet or cell phones. My gut tells me our world would become a free-for-all and owning guns would come in handy.

Let’s hope that never happens.

Anyway. I thought I would post this in case you were looking for a story idea.

By the way: WordPress has been putting ads on my blog – I guess that’s a good thing in one respect because it means it’s getting more traffic, but I realize how utterly ANNOYING that is when you visit. At some point, I plan on upgrading my plan and getting rid of the ads but I’m waiting on a sale so it’s not quite so expensive. So in the meantime, please install Ad Block (not sponsored). This will help cut out those annoying ads. I realize that some people may not like me suggesting this, after all, creators get paid by ads, but if you want to support a creator then turn Ad Block off for that site so you can support your favorite creator. In the meantime, use Ad Block to weed out the annoying pop-ups and other ads. (It also helps cut down on potential viruses that come with ads, too).

Politics

Judge Barrett’s Confirmation Hearing

I’ve been distracted lately….

Have you been watching the confirmation hearings?

If not, why not? I know it’s terribly time consuming. I watched the second day of hearings, (I’d like to make time to watch the first day), and it took me three days to get through it all – it was an eleven-hour YouTube video after all. And I know it’s terribly boring for a lot of people out there  – all of questions, exaggerations, speeches, pleas, disappointment and most of all, legalese that most people don’t understand – myself included. 

And yet, I couldn’t look away. I was transfixed to the hearings. It was utterly fascinating to me. And when I asked myself why I thought it was so interesting, I think it came down to a few things: 1. I’ve always been interested in the law – I think my ideal career would have been a law clerk or a paralegal. I love research, I love language and I love to write. So listening to Judge Amy Barrett speak with precision, confidence and watching her exude utter confidence was fascinating to me. 2. Watching and listening to the various senators ask questions or opine on their hot button topics was eye opening. Watching the two sides alternate speaking and confronting Judge Barrett was an excellent example of how the two sides think and approach their beliefs. 

The right was methodical, kind and understanding that the Judge could not offer a hypothetical opinion on a “what if” scenario. It would have violated an oath that active judges must take when they occupy a bench. They focused more on the laws and asked her to explain the laws, in layman terms, so that the rest of us poor saps could attempt to follow along. They highlighted what a judge’s responsibilities are and the steps she would take to dissect and opine on a case. They wanted to show viewers that the role of judges is not to make or break policies, but to interpret and enforce laws that Congress make. If we want laws changed, then we must appeal to our elected officials – yet another reason it’s important for people to be engaged in politics and/or at least be aware of what is happening with our country. 

The challenge, of course, is to wade through the rhetoric and the muck in order to FIND the core of the issue being debated. 

The left tried, repeatedly, to trick the judge into being inconsistent with her answers and they were terribly frustrated because she wouldn’t commit to being pro-life/choice, to expressing an interest in overturning the American Care Act (Obamacare), or repeal same-sex marriage. They kept emphasizing, “but laws effect people and people are important. Don’t you care that this gay couple could lose their marital benefits? Or what about a woman’s right to do as she wishes with her body? Or what about the MILLIONS of Americans that will lose their health insurance if you take the ACA away? [They won’t, by the way] Don’t you CARE what happens to these individuals? Don’t you CARE about these posters we have presented to you in an attempt to evoke empathy and appeal to your pathos? Are you that cold blooded that you would make these poor people suffer?”

Though I understand where the left is coming from, the laws do affect millions of people, in all walks of life, and when the laws are made, they should absolutely be considered and helped in any way they can, people should also be allowed to live their life however they choose to live it, God granted us free will after all, but, that is NOT the role of a supreme court justice. The role of a supreme court justice is to UPHOLD THE LAW. And let’s not forget, CONGRESS makes those laws. So if CONGRESS wants to change those laws, then CONGRESS will have to make those changes. 

The supreme court justice simply dissects those laws and makes rulings on the expressed meaning of those laws in cases of a dispute. Either the left doesn’t understand that concept and/or, more likely, they understand they just don’t care enough to follow those guidelines and instead, used their uninterrupted time to make an impassioned speech to the American people to try and further push their own agendas. 

It’s not really about the law with the left, it’s about ensuring their agendas are massaged and allowed to grow allowing them the opportunity to control large groups of people to make sure they vote for them the next go around so they can push more agendas and continue manipulating even more groups of people who have neither taken the time, nor have been educated enough, to see through their lies. 

I’m not saying there are not people on the right who do the same thing, but it’s the exception, not the rule, with the right. 

Senators on the committee were allowed thirty minutes to either grandstand their agendas (i.e. the left – because when you watch the Liberal senator sessions they didn’t actually ask Judge Barrett very many questions but spent most of their time quoting the nasty Republicans and putting up posters of gay people), or ask questions. Senator Ted Cruz had one of the more impressive speeches of the bunch. 

Granted, he is not asking Judge Barrett very many questions here, he spends most of his time responding to the idiocy of the Democrat Senators’ claims, and that was par for the course throughout most of the hearings. One senator would make his/her speech, and then the senator on the other side of the aisle would dispute and or “fact check” what previous senators claimed. It was interesting to see them debate THROUGH the hearings. 

At any rate, I was moved by his speech and thought I would share it. 

As far as Judge Barrett herself. I can not imagine the patience and control it must have taken to endure these hearings. She remained completely poised and steadfast in her beliefs and answers. She was impressive to watch. She is clearly highly intelligent and intimately knows the law. She was clearly an excellent law professor as she was very thorough in her explanations of what the law is and how it’s intended to be applied. 

I think Judge Barrett should be what little girls aspire to be when they grow up as opposed to wanting to be Beyonce or Kim K. THIS is an example of feminism at it’s best. 

Podcast

Podcast: Dear Character – Share Your Story

This episode, I talk about encouraging my main character for my NaNoWriMo project to share her tragedy. I dip my toe in politics talking about President Trump’s positive COVID testing and Pelosi’s determination to use the 25th amendment to further her dangerous agenda. I read an excerpt from this week’s book review, “Stories We Never Told” and offer my opinion and rating. Thanks for listening!

Links talked about in the podcast: “Stories We Never Told” and Abbie Emmons

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Podcast: Travelling During A … Pandemic?

 

Episode description:

We did the unthinkable – we traveled during a Pandemic. Our family was nervous for us. Our co-workers thought they would have to quarantine when we returned. To be honest, we were a little nervous. Listen to hear our experience as we flew to Florida to spend a few days on the beach. Spoiler alert – we made it back and DIDN’T contract COVID.

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Abundant Life

Is COVID19 God’s Judgement?

Short answer is no.

But don’t take my word for it, listen to John and learn more.

There is an interesting comment on the YouTube page:

I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things. Isaiah 45:7 Please interpret”

Answer: “I make peace and create evil.” God does not “create evil.” That would be against His character and contradict the fact that He is love. Love and evil are mutually exclusive. This is the common Semitic idiom of permission, in which God (or anyone else) is said to actively do something that they were only related to in some way. In this case, God gave people free will, and also gave them laws, rules and norms that made a distinction between good and evil. Thus, when spirit beings or humans did evil of their own freewill, by the idiom God was said to have caused it. [For more on the idiom of permission, see commentary on Romans 9:18].

I’m bringing this up because this is an excellent resource for anyone who would like to study the Bible in more depth and learn what it says as a whole as opposed to hearing snippets taken out of context in traditional churches in order to promote agendas. (Gee – sounds like our political environment, too. Everyone has an agenda – don’t forget that. My agenda is to promote TRUTH).

This resource is the “Revised English Version of the Old/New Testament” and goes through the Bible, book by book, translating from the oldest versions of the Bible available. I can especially appreciate this because every translation of the Bible that comes out seems to be get further and further from the true meaning of the Bible. Remember the childhood game of telling a person a secret, and then they tell someone, then they tell someone so that by the time it gets to the last person, it’s no longer the same secret but something else entirely? I believe the modern day Bible is something like that.

Here’s an introduction from the Review English Version website:

“Introduction

The Revised English Version® (REV®) is a new Bible translation produced by Spirit & Truth Fellowship International®. The REV translation project began by using the American Standard Version (ASV) of 1901 as a base text. Work began on this translation in the year 2000, and the first edition was released and printed in 2013. It is titled the Revised English Version because it is a translation of the ancient texts into English, and yet while it has much in common with other modern English versions, it also has significant differences.

In light of the continually increasing number of biblical manuscripts that contribute to our knowledge of the original text, there is a need for newer versions of the Bible to reflect these discoveries and the advancement in textual studies of the Bible. For example, the number of Greek New Testament manuscripts that the translators of the King James Version had to work from was quite small—a couple dozen at best—compared to the more than 5,700 manuscripts we have available today, thanks to the work of archaeologists and historians. In addition, the oldest Hebrew Old Testament manuscript before the mid-twentieth century AD was from the ninth century AD. But since the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest Hebrew Old Testament manuscripts now predate the birth of Jesus Christ and the writing of the New Testament.

Furthermore, with the discovery of more secular manuscripts from the biblical time period, our knowledge of the biblical vocabulary continues to develop. Also, the English language continues to change, making older terminology and expressions obsolete and confusing. For example, at the time the King James Bible was written, “by and by,” meant “immediately” but now it means “after a while” (Matt. 13:21). This is well known, and modern versions read “immediately” or an equivalent.

The REV is designed to be a more literal translation whenever the literal rendering can be accurately reflected and understood in modern English vernacular. However, there are times when the REV has departed from a strict literal translation in order to make good sense in English. Strictly literal translations can be more difficult than helpful at times because the mechanics of Greek and Hebrew differ dramatically from English. In addition to grammatical and syntactical differences, idiomatic expressions are rarely cross-lingual as well. In any translation, the objective is to communicate the meaning of the original language in the receptor language. Therefore, if a literal translation obstructs this goal, a more functionally equivalent expression is employed in the REV.

With so many other modern English versions of the Bible on the market today, the reader might wonder what differences in the REV make it worth reading compared to another popular English version. Since the beginning, the goal for translating the REV has been to produce a translation of the Bible that more closely represents biblical truth and textual accuracy than any other translation currently available. When translating from a foreign language, a person must correctly understand the meaning of the original text in order to be able to translate it correctly. Therefore, when it comes to a religious text, such as the Bible, the theology of the translator always affects the way he or she translates the Greek or Hebrew into English. In other words, the degree to which the Bible is accurately translated then is dependent upon the degree to which the translator accurately understands what the Bible means beyond attempting to identify merely an equivalent word in English. The fact is, every translation reflects the theology of the translator, sometimes more or less depending on the methods used for interpreting the Bible.

And so, producing a new translation of the Bible is always met with criticism due to the vast array of differing theologies throughout Christianity. But several reasons have eclipsed these concerns and have warranted the need for the REV. First and by far foremost, when concentrating on helping followers of the Lord Jesus Christ learn and grow in the Word of Truth, readers of the Bible are better served by reading a version that is accurate theologically instead of having to make mental corrections or skirt around verses that are translated with an alternate theology in mind. Ultimately, the goal of the REV translation is that, as much as possible, the Bible can simply be read and believed without the reader being burdened by having to cope with the inaccurate theological biases of most translators.

It is our prayer that the REV translation will be a great blessing to all readers regardless of their personal theological beliefs. We desire for it to help those who are truly seeking to understand the Bible to be able to understand it on its own terms, free from the compulsion of centuries of Christian tradition that has affected nearly every modern English version.”

I pray this is a blessing to you and I pray you take advantage of this resource. Do you have faith-based questions? Are you seeking the truth? Then perhaps this will help.

God bless you and thanks for reading.

Preptober

NaNoWriMo Playlist

Here is my NaNoWriMo Playlist. These are songs that make me think of my story. Whether that’s the title of the song, the song lyrics or just the general mood of the song. You might be able to guess the direction I’m taking my story just from some of the titles.

Anyway, it’s another fun tool in my NaNoWriMo toolbox – and something else I can cross off my Preptober calendar.

Next up: character profiles …

 

Our weather has been perfect lately – low 80’s and sunny. Fall is my favorite time of the year. Enjoy the weekend!