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We haven't had a weekly challenge for a while so let's see what all you talented Song/Poem writers can do with this prompt.
"The Moon"                           
Blue moon, harvest moon, super moon, etc.
Give it a try you might write the next big hit.


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I'll have to try Inspector Morse.  I got hooked on Foyle's War a while back and watched them all. 


(4 replies, posted in Cop Shop)

That's not a bad idea. This is really hard, I lost a fellow officer friend years ago who was shot repeatedly while on the ground as office Goforth was.  It's such a waste.  God help us all in this mess we are in.


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I post this in Memory of Deputy Darren Goforth, Harris County Sheriff's Department
End of Watch August 28,2015


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Congrats to Mswriter for a great idea well penned.

I have found that I don't write well when I'm tired, so I work early and rest later.  If I lack motivation, I write a poem or a song.  Sometimes I draw.  I do most of the cooking so that I think while doing that.  I'm constantly thinking of ways to improve my story.  Some come along in the middle of the night and I just hope to remember them till the next morning.  Have not hit a real dry spell yet since I joined here.  Reading other's work helps a lot as Randy said. 


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I feel sorry for those who cannot enjoy having their emotions moved by words, music, beauty etc.  To say it's crazy to be moved to tears by words is akin to saying that because the beauty of my great grandchildren can bring me to tears I am somehow deranged.  To command the art of wordsmithing to the degree that it makes one laugh or cry, is the reason people have spent their lives in poetry and prose. Simply to elicit a feeling from the partaker is the essence of why I write.  Am I also deranged when I make myself laugh with my writing because I do that often. Emotion or lack of it is the essence of life itself.  Hide it, suppress it, don't allow it to be shown, and you are the loser.  Lord, please let me write books that make people feel something and I will be forever grateful.  If I cry at my own writing, I'll pay for the kleenex.  Now back to your regular programming.


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Does anybody else think it would be a good idea to have the newest forum posts on top instead of on bottom?  Most of the forums I have viewed have most recent first in line.

I can represent the other side of being organized.  My disclaimer is, this worked for me, but I in no way think it is best.  I wrote Hunter completely from my head with no outline and many of the scenes just came to me as I wrote.  Having said that, nobody but reviewers have read it yet, so who knows how that worked.  It can be done a lot of different ways as in most parts of writing.  The one that works is the one to use.  I may use an outline on the next book to see if it works. 


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My head would be so big, I'd have to lose my pillow to lay down.


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I agree with vern.  My granddaughter asked the other day, is your main character the guy you always wanted to be?  Made me think.  Yeah, he sorta is, but then he's partly guys I knew.  Let your mind run and write what the story says to write.  You'll be a lot happier with it in the end.  If you ain't happy with it, the readers won't be either.


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For what it's worth I would love to read it Linda.  Don't look for punctuation help, but I catch some other stuff.
Keep on keepin on.


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These lyrics came to mind when you asked the question.  It applies to writing as well I think. If you can grip their heart with what you write, you have found the key.  I know if it makes me want to cry, it will touch others as well.  I also love it when I can make myself burst out laughing by something I wrote. 

"Drifter can ya make folks cry when you play and sing? Have you paid your dues, can you moan the blues? Can you bend them, guitar strings?"   The Ride, David Allan Coe


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Obviously marketing ploys pay more than writing. You are so right there is a difference.


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Congratulations.  Hope it's a block buster.


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Welcome to the funny farm.  Don't worry about being a grammar Nazi. Some of slept through English.
Have fun,

by Charles R. Swindoll

Philippians 4:8

Thoughts are the thermostat that regulates what we accomplish in life. If I feed my mind upon doubt, disbelief, and discouragement, that is precisely the kind of day my body will experience. If I adjust my thermostat forward to thoughts filled with vision, vitality, and victory, I can count on that kind of day. Thus, you and I become what we think about.

Neither Dale Carnegie nor Norman Vincent Peale originated such a message. God did. "For as [a man] thinks within himself, so he is" (Prov. 23:7). "Therefore, prepare your minds for action" (1 Peter 1:13).

The mind is a "thought factory" producing thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands, of thoughts each day. Production in your thought factory is under the charge of two foremen. One we shall call Mr. Triumph, the other Mr. Defeat.

Mr. Triumph specializes in producing reasons why you can face life victoriously, why you can handle what comes your way, why you're more than able to conquer. Mr. Defeat is an expert in the opposite. He develops reasons why you cannot succeed, why you're inadequate, why you should give up and give in to worry, failure, discouragement, and inferiority.

Give a positive signal, and Mr. Triumph will see to it that one encouraging, edifying thought after another floods your mind. But Mr. Defeat is always standing by, awaiting a negative signal (which he would rather you call "reality" or "common sense!"), and when he gets it, he cranks out discouraging, destructive, demoralizing thoughts that will soon have you convinced you can't or won't or shouldn't.

Thoughts, positive or negative, grow stronger when fertilized with constant repetition. That may explain why so many who are gloomy and gray stay in that mood . . . and why those who are cheery and enthusiastic continue to be so.

What kind of performance would your car deliver if every morning before you left for work you scooped up a handful of dirt and put it in your crankcase? The engine would soon be coughing and sputtering. Ultimately it would refuse to start. The same is true of your life. Thoughts that are narrow, self-destructive, and abrasive produce needless wear and tear on your mental motor. They send you off the road while others drive past.

You need only one foreman in your mental factory: Mr. Triumph is his name. He is eager to assist you and available to all the members of God's family.

His real name is the Holy Spirit, the Helper.

If Mr. Defeat is busily engaged as the foreman of your factory, fire yours and hire ours! You will be amazed at how smoothly the plant will run under His leadership.


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"And you will be able to keep your same Dr."  Ever been lied to before?


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Thank you, Thank you.  What a softball, asking a Texan to write about his truck. I'll be posting a new prompt, we need other participants, folks.  Join in it's fun.


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A very well done piece.  It's not often film makers get things right but this is one.  Good movie.


(2 replies, posted in Cop Shop)

Got it from Kindle lending library.  Thanks John.

Country music star, Lynn Anderson, "I never promised you a Rose Garden." died at 67.
http://www.tennessean.com/story/enterta … /30945327/


(5 replies, posted in Cop Shop)

You guys are making my head swell.  Just proves that blind hogs find an acorn now and then.   Mike


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Father God, please send Your comforter to my friend Max in this time of sorrow and tragedy.  May he feel Your arm around his shoulders as he tries to make it through these tough days.  Lord, give him strength to withstand the onslaught of sadness and longing.  Bring him to a point where the pain goes away.  Thank you Lord, for caring for each one in this special way.  Amen.

"My God will guide you through the pain, til only dear sweet memories remain."