The Life of the Writer

Passionate purpose in writing, communicating

Squeezing in the extra sentence or two

Waking up early in the morning.

Coffee brewing, ground fresh

 

On the break, when you can

Maximizing the time, nose deep in

A thesaurus, dictionary, on the prowl for

The very best phrase—to capture the essence

 

of the moment…

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National Prayer Breakfast

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Tomorrow morning, I have the great privilege to attend the 53rd National Prayer Breakfast. I believe this is the third year I’ve attended. I have also attended a couple of the Ottawa Civic Prayer breakfasts in the fall. Each year at these events, it is opportunity for the city to pray corporately for its leaders and government who work so diligently for the public good.

Why is it important to pray for our leaders? Because the Bible commands us to do so. 1 Timothy 2:1-2 says, “I urge you, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quite lives in all godliness and holiness.”

Even if you can’t join in on a prayer breakfast or two this year, would you commit to regularly praying for your government and workplace leaders, for politicians on the national level? We have many freedoms in Canada that other countries do not have, and we must remember to bathe those in authority over us in prayer!

The Mark of the Beast

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Writing about the mark of the best was a topic I was toying with including in my recently written novella. In the end, I did not. The Biblical reference of this concept is, of course, tied to Revelation 13:17, and the message that is conveyed is that folks are neither able to buy nor sell without this symbol, mark or chip implanted on their forearm of forehead.

Like the subject of the Rapture of the Church, which I discuss in my writing, the mark of the beast has a lot of controversy and differing views surrounding it. It is a “hot button” issue for many Christians. Does it happen before the rapture, or after? (Will Christians, in any event, be raptured before the “Great Tribulation”? Or is the Great Tribulation a more general reference to the times when Christians are persecuted / martyred?)

In my estimation, there is no need for dismay when considering such matters. Though questions may abound, our souls can be at rest if we’ve put our faith in Christ as Saviour. He is our rescuer from all peril. In Revelation 3:20, Jesus is knocking on the door of every human heart, asking us to dine and sup with him. If you haven’t already done so, will you heed his call? Eternity hangs in the balance…

My grandfather, a successful freelance graphic designer, had told my mother and her siblings of when the barcode came out in the seventies. He was intrigued by the concept, as his products featured it on them. Similarly to how we cannot make definite statements taken from a handful of verses sprinkled throughout Scripture about the Rapture, we cannot make a direct connection between the Universal Product Code, or ISBNs, and the mark of the best. We can say, however, that there is a general trend to insert chips into humans and animals for various purposes, including tracking. In our personal aide-mémoire, though, we can remember how Jesus Christ is victorious in the end! In Revelation 22:4, we see that those who have put their faith in Jesus will have his name written on their foreheads, and gaze on his glorious face.

It’s a …. novella!

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Alas, after five months of outlining, character development and, of course, writing in my spare time, I have completed my novella, called The Canadian Operative, an intriguing political thriller, which I originally considered writing as a novel. Clocking in at over 29,000 words, I am immensely happy with the content. Novellas are narrative that have similar elements to novels, but are more concise and have a range of words between 7,500 and 40,000 words.

I admire writers who write full-length novels (70,000 – 110,000 words) for the mass market, and make a living at it. I, however, found that with my storyline, I reached the “sweet spot” and did not want to carry on excessively in my writing with the plot that I had. With my word count, at about 120 pages, it makes for a succinct read in a few relatively short sittings.

After doing my research, I have submitted my work to four publications, in the hope of getting it published!

Many people argue that novellas are making a comeback. Lots of famous writers have explored this form of storytelling in the past, like George Orwell’s Animal Farm and Ray Bradbury’s Farenheit 451. I’m confident this resurgence will be popular well into the future.