I was watching the clouds one rainy afternoon. And as they sailed swiftly across the sky in an ever-changing variety of shapes and squiggles I remembered a quote from Thomas Browne. In 1635 he wrote, “Nature is the art of God.” I thought, I believe it because right now, the entire sky looks like His own personal Etch a Sketch. I mean, first there was a hole in the clouds that morphed into a five-pointed star before it got sucked into a shrunken pinpoint that was suddenly the eye of an alligator that chased a hump-backed snake. Highly entertaining. Almost started singing, “I know an old lady who swallowed a fly . . .”
Can’t tell me that God doesn’t have a sense of humor. The alligator made me wonder briefly if animals ever marvel at God’s Etch a Sketch? After all, my two pooches are pretty smart and I do catch them scanning the sky every so often. Speaking of pooches, who cannot see God’s hand in all of creation: from the perfection of a playful puppy’s soft, furry paw to the swiftness of a hungry cat’s claw . . . to the flawless symmetry of a daisy or black-eyed Susan. Happenstance? Occurring by chance? I think not. After all, according to Genesis 1:24, “. . . and God said, let the earth bring forth every kind of animal — livestock, small animals, and wildlife. And so it was . . . and God said it was good.
Seen my books? “The SEED” a Novel of suspense that placed as a top ten finalist and was nominated to be put on a college required reading list. And the Johnny Vic historical adventure series (mixing treasure hunting, adventure and American history!). Go to http://www.annrichduncan.com.
House of Angels
Hey there . . . our trip to North Carolina was great. We actually got to go after gem stones where “the real” John Victor goes for them. It’s at Doc’s Rocks in Boone, NC. Wow! Got several amethysts the size of large grapes and plums! Also netted some garnets and other gems. So, we were interviewed by Joan Able, host of Healing Miracles, on Direct TV. Don did two half-hour interviews, and I did one. So, the three shows are scheduled to be aired on three consecutive Thursdays: May 16, 23, and 30, on Direct TV at 12 Midnight. The Healing Miracles shows are also broadcast on the internet, on Wednesdays at 8 pm and Thursdays at 7 am (EST). To find the schedules for the internet (I’m not sure whether it’s the Wednesday before or after the TV broadcast) at: www.TKMI.org.
I was thrilled when she decided to start with a focus on my Johnny Vic books! After all, it’s a miracle that I was able to write and publish them — hahaha. And, of course, I’ve written them as testiments to the legacy of our founding fathers and America’s Christian heritage. Not familiar with Johnny Vic? Check out my website at: www.annrichduncan.com.
And, of course, the whole reason we were invited to the show? It was to focus on the House of Angels, our outdoor sanctuary for prayer and healing. You can see pictures of this beautiful place if you go to my website and hit the “about Don” button.
Oh!!!! I shouldn’t forget my novel! The SEED, featuring a grown up John Victor.
Have been invited to tape a series of shows (as the guest) for a DirectTV program in North Carolina! Taping is on April 20. They’ve got 40-million viewers! More on this as the details come in! Check out my books at: www.annrichduncan.com.
Haven’t been here for a long time. Lots of stuff going on. But, we’re making progress with the conversion of my Johnny Vic’s BIG DIG trivia game! Am thinking about calling it, “Dig it . . . with Johnny Vic”. I think “dig it” is catchy. My husband says it’s old fashioned. Oh well. In the meantime, the Castleton State College gamecrafters club is going full speed ahead with turning it into a digital game. Might be ready by May! Not familiar with Johnny Vic? Check out the books at my website at http://www.annrichduncan.com.
Sometimes, when you’re writing . . . especially when it’s a novel . . . you need to stop and listen. To whom? Your characters! I was stuck the other night. Couldn’t figure what to do for the next scene, (I’m on page 127), when I stopped to think about one of the characters. Who would he talk to? Who did he care about? What would he be thinking about? And bam, it was crystal clear. It really isn’t that hard. If you’re having trouble with one of your characters, just stop and try to figure out who they resemble in your real life. Then imagine a day in that person’s life. Where would they go? Who are their friends? What kind of trouble would they get into — or help someone else out of? If you do that . . . you’ll have a “bam” moment too! Wondering about my characters? Go to http://www.annrichduncan.com. You’ll find The SEED, my novel of suspense, and the first three Johnny Vic historical adventures.
Was watching an old episode of NCIS the other night — one of my favorites, where Special Agent Timothy McGee (a novelist on the side) is being razzed by his co-workers for basing his characters on them. It’s what writers do. Especially novelists. We transform our experiences, and the people we know, into workable scenes. It’s so tempting right now because I work with a Savannah and a Cheyanne. I mean really! What great names! Two beautiful young girls who would make great characters at that! I don’t know Cheyanne’s boy friend, but Savannah’s guy–also at our workplace–is great. One of the characters I’ve been working on is so much like him already, it’s scary. Actually, everybody I work with is a character. It’s like having almost two dozen new little brothers. And there are four Chris’s there, too. Maybe I should put them all in John Victor’s second adventure. Chris could throttle Chrissy while Christy and Chris race to save the day. Not familiar with John Victor? He’s a treasure hunter based on my brother (John Victor) from Alaska. His first adventure, entitled “The SEED” was nominated by a college professor to be on a required reading list for incoming freshmen, (yes, really!) and it was a top-ten finalist in a national contest (as a work in progress long before it was published). Check it out at http://www.annrichduncan.com.
Scatter, route, dispel, disband. (my brain is fried)
The word I need is not at hand. (it doesn’t come up, tho I’ve tried and tried)
It’s not convene, call in, recall. (I can’t remember the word at all)
The word is gone, like leaves in the Fall. (I’ll keep trying, but my effort’s amiss)
It comes from Latin. Something like “dis” . . . (a bummer to try and fail like this)
Without it I can’t say what I want to say. (Hmmm. Perhaps I should stop. And shop. Or play?)
So, instead of my pen, I’ll pick up my purse. And I’ll shop, instead of struggling with verse.
Aha! I remember! (the rhyme’s the thing)
The word’s “disperse!” (now if I could just remember why I needed . . . . . . . . . it.)
Now you see why I write suspense and adventure stories! I’m looking at the letter’s and notes I’ve received, from Mary Higgins Clark, First Lady Laura Bush, and Pulitzer Prize winner Ron Powers. So what if I stink at poetry . . . we all have our strengths and weaknesses! annrichduncan.com