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Word Tinker: Words, Culture, History and Christianity (with a slightly Aussie slant) blog.

As the Eagle, Flies the King sequel

To those who have read As the Eagle Flies the King, and were looking to a second book, I apologise that, due to some misreading of the story by those who have misinterpreted the cover, a second book will not be forthcoming.  I will also not be considering a screen play for the same reason. I have done with the era in history, but for those who are interested in reading in the era, I highly recommend www.sacred-texts.com and www.gutenberg.org. These sites allow you to download original versions of ancient works. I was able to study here a copy of The Histories by Herodotus, a comprehensive work covering all the cultures of the ancient near east during the period of the Babylonian exile.  There are programs available on most computers that allow you to convert these works into speech, making it much easier to plow through large tomes.

This will be my last blog.

Happy reading!

Wendy

September 12, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Comments Off on As the Eagle, Flies the King sequel

The real price of GOLD

jewelleryfairtrade5.4 million people have died mining gold since 1998. The killers own the gold mines of the Congo. Workers can spend up to six days underground at a time collecting the gold rocks. They are being poisoned by mercury as they process the gold. That gold is sold in western shops as jewellery. In refugee camps eight out of ten women have been raped. For every one killed in combat about 70 others die from preventable diseases because of it. One of the richest countries in the world for resources, but the Congo is cursed by its lust for gold. *
Here is some jewellery that will bring fair trade to those who need it…
http://www.globalconduct.com.au/index.php?act=viewCat&catId=56
*Source 60 Minutes, Channel 9, 13/09/09

September 26, 2009 Posted by | Sustainable Living, Uncategorized | , | Comments Off on The real price of GOLD

Choose BAMBOO!

Choose BAMBOO for your recession-proof tools of trade. BAMBOO is the fastest growing woody plant on earth and is replenished and harvested with neglible impact on the environment. And BAMBOO products are more and more readily available.

The inter-webbing root system protects the area around it from erosion. BAMBOO requires no pesticides or fertiliser and almost no water. There are a number of companies producing BAMBOO pencils now, and here is my favourite product–a BAMBOO toothbrush!

Monumental Dental Bamboo Toothbrush

Monumental Dental Bamboo Toothbrush

July 28, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Choose BAMBOO!

Lost for gold

In Belshazzar’s Feast, playing in Sydney recently, there is a hymn to the ‘god of gold.’ King Belshazzar lost the greatest empire in the ancient world while supping at a feast on stolen gold from Solomon’s Temple. Worship of gold proved to be his undoing. The previously impenetrable walls of Babylon were –according to Heroditus the historian–56 miles in length, 80 ft thick and 320 ft high. There were fortresses and temples actually within the walls and room for a chariot to turn around. Yet he lost it all, for the sake of gold. If you miss Walton’s renowned opera, read the account in my story As the Eagle, Flies the King, the first literary narrative to tackle the subject in English.

RECESSION TIP FOR WRITERS…

Stop worrying about your gold. Stop side-stepping what God has put you here to do. You will be blessed financially when you meet your true calling. It may be by way of unexpected discounts or windfalls. It may have nothing to do with your writing.

Expect the unexpected.

 “The idols of the nations are but silver and gold, the work of man’s hands”. Proverbs 3:9.

(Wendy McNeice is a writer, editor, inspirational speaker and tutor and a one-time history teacher and information adviser. Find more writing tips at http://www.scribeofspirit.com . Read her latest book As the Eagle Flies the King,                                                      based around the remarkable true story of the release of the Israelites from ancient Babylon by a Persian king. http://www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore/book.php?w=978-1-60604-339-4 . http://www.amazon.com/Eagle-Flies-King-Wendy-McNeice/dp/1606043390/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1223864553&sr=8-1 )

Permission is granted to distribute this material provided the following statement appears on any distributed copy: © W. McNeice http://http://www.scribeofspirit.com

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May 19, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Lost for gold

Money Saving Tips for Writers

Tip 6

(For the other five tips, see my blog at www.scribeofspirit.blogspot.com)

 

Make and print your own SIMPLE CHEAP BUSINESS CARDS for 20 % of the cost of regular business cards.

Buy a packet of Avery perforated business card stationery.

Log on to www.avery.com or www.averyproducts.com.au . Go to top ribbon Templates and Software/Design and Print Online.

·         Add your name and email address and follow the prompts.

·         Ensure that you have the right Adobe flash players installed. You’ll see the small icons on the bottom RH corner.

·         Click Create a New Project.

·         There is a blank template available or you can use theirs.

(The blank template actually looks better in black and white.)

For the best look on this generic template, use a personalized photo.

Tip: Make all the changes you want at once. You need to go back to the beginning to make changes and click ‘Open a Saved Project’.

 

(You can also print without using the online service by using your Msoft Word mail merge.)

 

March 31, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Money Saving Tips for Writers

Ways to promote your book

For the best fifty ways to promote your book, you can’t go past this list by WritersWeekly.com …

http://www.worldwidefreelance.com/ Newsletter, vol X issue 11.

Happy Marketing!

Wendy

PS. I now have FREE STUDY NOTES available for HOMESCHOOL / JUNIOR HIGH HISTORY/LITERARY classes or SMALL GROUP BIBLE STUDIES. Download free from http://www.scribeofspirit.com/study-notes.php. Login: astheeagle  Password: studynotes01 . Study the amazing period in history covering the Israelite and Mesopotamian cultures.

SCHOOL HISTORY TALKS NOW AVAILABLE. Contact me at wendyworkshops@live.com.

 

 

 

 

(Wendy McNeice is a writer, editor, inspirational speaker and tutor and a one-time history teacher and information adviser. Find more writing tips at http://www.scribeofspirit.com . Read her latest book As the Eagle Flies the King,  imagetate1based around the remarkable true story of the release of the Israelites from ancient Babylon by a Persian king. http://www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore/book.php?w=978-1-60604-339-4 . http://www.amazon.com/Eagle-Flies-King-Wendy-McNeice/dp/1606043390/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1223864553&sr=8-1 )

Permission is granted to distribute this material provided the following statement appears on any distributed copy: © W. McNeice http://www.scribeofspirit.com

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March 19, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Comments Off on Ways to promote your book

Subscribe to my editing/publishing tips

butterflyemailMy new blog is at http://scribeofspirit.blogspot.com . To all my friends who normally subscribe to my website tips at http://www.scribeofspirit.com contact me though the web form  at http://www.scribeofspirit.com/subscribe.php and I’ll send you the new blog info as well. 

Blessings to your work!

Wendy

January 14, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Comments Off on Subscribe to my editing/publishing tips

The other New Year’s resolution that changes the world

angleltrumpetwebMy second New Year’s resolution was about patience.* (Why does it change the world? See below.)

And here are some self-publishing tips to help you get through to publishers without running out of patience…

 

“The difference between a published manuscript and an un-published manuscript is about ten drafts,” so said a guru in the literary world. While you’re patiently working on those, don’t forget these vital points:-

   The editing process takes place with your left brain hemisphere, and it loves to argue with your right! So….

·        once the words are down, wait until you are sufficiently out of your creative brain and can come to your work with new eyes. The experts suggest six weeks later!

·        Ensure formatting is consistent. The first paragraph in a creative work is flush left. The rest are about 3 Em’s in.

·        Your Header should contain the name of your work and page numbering. The Footer should say ‘mf’, short for ‘more follows’.

·        Your title page should contain the genre in the LH top corner, your name and address top right; the title is centred in the middle of the page with ‘by’ and your name, each two spaces down from the other. Rights requested are in the bottom left and word count bottom right.  Your title and name are repeated at the top of page two. About two-thirds of the way down this page you begin your manuscript.

 

*How can Patience change the world?

 As Thomas Edison said, “Life’s greatest accomplishments are those that at first seem impossible.” With patience, which leads to diligence, that which seems impossible becomes possible.  

 

But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against which there is no law.” Galations 5:22,23. 

Furthermore… “With God all things are possible.”  (Matthew 19:26)  After travelling to Columbus, Ohio to register as a lobbyist, a nine-year-old boy spent three years campaigning to have this motto written into the state law in Ohio. His patience paid off. The motto remains to this day.

(Wendy McNeice is a writer, editor, inspirational speaker and tutor and a one-time history teacher and information adviser. Find more writing tips at http://www.scribeofspirit.com . Read her latest book As the Eagle Flies the King, based around the remarkable true story of the release of the Israelites from ancient Babylon by a Persian king. http://www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore/book.php?w=978-1-60604-339-4 . http://www.amazon.com/Eagle-Flies-King-Wendy-McNeice/dp/1606043390/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1223864553&sr=8-1  

Permission is granted to distribute this material provided the following statement appears on any distributed copy: © W. McNeice http://www.scribeofspirit.com

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January 11, 2009 Posted by | Self-Publishing; Christian Writing, Uncategorized | Comments Off on The other New Year’s resolution that changes the world

The New Year’s Resolution that changes the world

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My New Year’s resolution is, as it has been often lately, all about one of the world’s greatest paradoxes: giving. Why? Well if you want to think of it from a purely selfish point of view, it is the key to so many successes in life, including publication. There is a profound principle at work when we give unselfishly. It is not only the key to a new phenomenon that is solving everything from teenage addictions to Presidential victories, it is a Biblical principle— “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35)

Here’s one example of how the giving principle works in publishing…

Scott Sigler gave the world, free, chapter by chapter, his first five novels. He started in 2005 and in a few short years he had developed such a following on his novel podcasts that one of the world’s biggest publishers saw the demand and signed him up on a five-book deal.

When  people share their work with the world, they are abandoning a time old principle of writing, that is all about keeping copyright for the owner. They are sharing their most precious possession they have—their intellectual property. And by this Biblical law, they are reaping rewards. (Please note this is not an endorsement of Scott Sigler’s writing)

To learn how to make your own podcast, stay tuned for my next blog.

For now, share your work with your friends. Write for someone else’s therapy. Remember, in the words of St Francis of Assisi, ‘it is in giving that we receive’.

And if you want some more friends to social network with, here are a few more Christian writing networks to join:-

Associations (in alphabetical order)

Australian and New Zealand

Omega Writers Association.  Contact scribe@scribeofspirit.com

New Zealand Christian Writers Guild

http://www.authors.org.nz/info_for_writers/contactus.asp?em=Janet_Fleming

 

Canada

Inscribe Christian Writers

http://www.inscribe.org/000-firstpage.htm

UK

Association of Christian Writers

http://www.christianwriters.org.uk/?p=9

UK Christian Writer’s group (Subway)

http://www.subway-writers.org.uk/community.html

USA

Christian Writers Guild

http://www.christianwritersguild.com/

American Christian Writers Association

www.ACWriters.com

(For a more complete list, see my blog Dec 7th)

(Wendy McNeice is a writer, editor, inspirational speaker and tutor and a one-time history teacher and information adviser. Find more writing tips at http://www.scribeofspirit.com . Read her latest book As the Eagle Flies the King, based around the remarkable true story of the release of the Israelites from ancient Babylon by a Persian king. announcemtbookregajpg

http://www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore/book.php?w=978-1-60604-339-4 . http://www.amazon.com/Eagle-Flies-King-Wendy-McNeice/dp/1606043390/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1223864553&sr=8-1

Permission is granted to distribute this material provided the following statement appears on any distributed copy: © W. McNeice http://http://www.scribeofspirit.com

December 25, 2008 Posted by | New Year's Resolutions, Uncategorized | Comments Off on The New Year’s Resolution that changes the world

Community, History and Words

Dec 7th…

          is Good Neighbourliness Day in Turkmenistan. Hey! you say, is there even such a word as Neighbourliness? According to the Cambridge International Dictionary, “the lack of ‘good neighbourliness’ has led to a breakdown in the traditional life of the community.”

Is this a word doomed to become obsolete?

Old Words still in Usage

Words relating to social manners have always had nicknames with each new generation. Here are a few words used as far back as the 14th century and still in use by our elders today.

 

Rabble…tumultuous crowd of people (1513)

Rascal…person of the lowest class (1330) Today: a term of endearment by elders

Crush…infatuated with (1884) “Have a crush on” (1913)

Shirty…(1814) disheveled, as in anger, bad-tempered

Hot-headed…(1616) ungovernable

Beau…suitor (1665)

But would you dream of using the word ‘neighbourliness’ in a sentence?

The definitive online source to go to if you had to check is the Onelook Online dictionary http://www.onelook.com/ .

The Websters Revised Unabridged Dictionary http://machaut.uchicago.edu/?resource=Webster%27s&word=jacknape&use1913=on&use1828=on  is a great source for obsolete words. And if you want to check word usage for your historic novel to give it that authentic ring, look in the Online Etymology Dictionary http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=dandy&searchmode=none.

 If you don’t know the word you’re looking for, look up the concept in the Onelook Reverse Dictionary http://www.onelook.com/reverse-dictionary.shtml .

Michael Quinion has the best index I’ve seen of online dictionaries at http://www.worldwidewords.org/wordlinks.htm including such gems as the Australian National Dictionary, The Jargon File  (for net heads) and The Luciferous Logolepsy for obscure words, plus various slang dictionaries.

By now you would have discovered that neighbourliness is in fact a word in usage. But for how long? Perhaps we need a sociologist to answer that one!  Social Scientist Alvin Toffler says we’re on the cusp of a new civilization. But in a new civilization where communities are full of people (online) you may never meet, has the very concept of neighbourliness  gone out the door? Think about how you can change that today!

PPST! Here are a few Christian  writing communities you could join in the meantime—

Christian Writers Networks Online

International

http://christianwriters.com/forums/usercp.php

www.faithwriters.com

http://www.xalt.co.uk/index.php?i=108&prev=1 (UK based)

 More next time…

 

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December 4, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Comments Off on Community, History and Words