This is the toughest assignment yet...for me, anyway. I like to be nice, helpful, encouraging. But, there is a lion inside, waiting to pounce at any minute. I usually show my claws with strangers or acquaintances. But, I CAN'T HOLD IN THE TRUTH FOREVER...
Jeff challenges us on DAY 12:
"Are you ready? No more prompting, no more practice. Write something that gets under our skin, that tests our nerves. Provoke us. Not for the sake of being being contentious or intentionally provocative, but for the sake of being honest.
Why do we do this?
Because we live in a world of lies. Of false flattery and exaggeration. And we need you, the artist, to tell the truth. To help us get out of our comfort zones. After all, that's the only place we grow.
Because this sets others free. To do the same. To live freely and honestly. So get in our faces; tell us the truth. And watch the ripple effect."
So, I'll take a big breath...
I am becoming concerned over the rise in "paranormal romances" or "sweet vampire stories".
Can anyone see the "oxymoronic" nature of these words: sweet/vampire, paranormal/romance? Incongruous, to say the least. What's more, it's dangerous to "sweeten" a bloodthirsty relationship, or foster a romance with something abnormal, psychic or other-worldly. Our only source of inspiration should come from Go(o)d, not D(evil)...do you see what I mean?
God's Word, in Isaiah 5:20,21 it says, "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!
By now, some of you might be fuming. These are not my words. They are God's...but I believe them. That's the crux of the matter...we put ourselves and others in jeopardy when we become the authority, instead of the God who created us.
Enough said. I will let my words simmer and sink in...
The challenge for DAY 13:
"Today, we're going to publish something. Anything, really. Whatever you do, don't play it safe. Go for broke. Stop hiding and start writing for real."
So I did!
I'm sending a book proposal and full manuscript of my children's picture book, "You're on the Wrong Road, Solomon!" to messianicjewish.net next week. It's exhilarating! A shot in the arm...a boost! Just what I needed...thank you Lord! And I do appreciate Jeff Goins' challenge these last three weeks...what a blessing!