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THE FRENZY

Funding Feeding FrenzyBill Blair – special correspondent –

as told to John Jonelis

Bill Blaire here. Mr. Jonelis wants I should go to this FUNDING FEEDING FRENZY thing. Says I’m gonna give a completely different slant compared to the resta this crowd here. I cut my teeth in the Local #1 Boilermakers, then as a Cement Contractor till I packed up my tools fer good. Continue reading

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THE FUTURE OF LEARNING

Impact Engine – Part 3

John Jonelis

Verbatim transcript from a special correspondent

Impact EngineLoop Lonagan here at IMPACT ENGINE Investors Day. I got an exciting report on the education of our kids. This’s real interesting stuff—and real important. Ever’body knows dat education is the difference between living in poverty and not. To tell the truth, maybe I didn’t pay so much attention when I was in school. But that’s the whole point. Lotsa kids in dis country is fallin’ behind the world bigtime Continue reading

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THE NEGATIVE CHARACTER

Drama encompasses human change.  The main character is transformed.  As a reader, I’d be disappointed if that change turned out for the worse. By definition, that means the main character must start out seriously flawed. Is this logical, so far? If so, then stay with me: Continue reading

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BIBLE STYLE

CrossA difficult challenge was raised by a reader to my previous article “Faith in Writing.” The opinion was voiced that there should be one definitive translation of the Bible—that it not be open to opinion. My response is too long for the comment section, so I’ll try to answer it here as best I can. Continue reading

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WHO READS?

Long RifleI just completed a video interview with the 13-year-old daughter of a friend. She reads. She enjoys it. She knows what she likes. She knows why she likes it. This girl read my entire novel—a story intended for adults—and told me it was, “awesome.” Incidentally, she gave a terrific interview. Continue reading

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WHO WANTS UNIQUE?

As authors, we are faced with the question: “Tell me what’s unique about your book.” It’s an important component of any fiction proposal. Editors, we are told, are looking for fresh new voices. Is it true? Continue reading

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CHALLENGE

Recently I went through a thought-provoking learning experience that’s kept me working till 3:00-4:00 a.m. for weeks since.  The ACFW—the American Christian Fiction Writers conference in Indianapolis.  First, let me call it the best organized conference in my experience.  Great workshops.  All genres.  Wonderful people.  High profile speakers.  Terrific food.  You might say I enjoyed myself. Continue reading

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FAITH IN WRITING

Personal faith is a primal motivator in a person’s life and inseparable from who a writer is.  A Christian is charged to share the Good News.  If those beliefs don’t show up in a 90,000 word novel, then something important is missing.   The author isn’t writing from the gut, not expressing his real self—in a sense, hiding from the reader. Continue reading

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