Serum of Unfortunate Effects

I’m finally getting around to writing some fiction. I had a busy September, what with school starting, the new content creator gig I picked up, and packing and moving. Anyway, my goal is to get back to writing my fiction, in addition to the content I’m paid to write. More on that later…

To catch you up, Mandy and Peter are scientists, experimenting on two man made asexual human-like creatures, who are currently freezing to death. Mandy finds out Peter has a serum that could help the creatures but he won’t because the expected results of the serum go against his ethics. He takes a closer look at the creatures and notices that one of them has taken on the female form and is, to his horror, pregnant. This next piece picks up from there…..

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“She’s pregnant!” Peter shouted.

“Yes,” Mandy answered. “She’s about 16 weeks now.” Her eyes pleaded with Peter’s. “Don’t you see? That’s why you have to give her the serum! This has only just started! If she can reproduce…” Mandy let her voice trail off.

Peter’s head snapped up and a light appeared in his eyes. “You’re right! Maybe I can turn this project around, after all. I’ll get the serum but I want you to keep the notes. Don’t tell me anything so I don’t have to lie.”

Mandy shook her head. “What a coward!” She said just beneath her breath. He paused as he passed her.

“Really? And if they kill me, who’s going to continue this work to save the world? You?” He didn’t even laugh. Mandy couldn’t tell if he was being derisive or not. Tears tugged the edges of her eyelids but she blinked them back.

“Would that be such a bad thing?”

Peter’s face softened. Theirs was nothing more than a working relationship, but Mandy was smart. She had the skills to take over the lab if she had to. “No, but who would protect you?” Mandy’s eyes flicked to the glass and lingered there long enough for Peter to catch on. “Amalia.” Peter looked through the glass hard. “There’s a lot more to you then I’ve allowed myself to believe. My apologies.”

Amalia rose from the ground slowly, the white fur covering her legs so thin he could see her skin turning blue underneath it. She moved surprisingly fast for her condition and stood face to face with him at the window. She extended both arms as if to embrace him through the glass. Her fur thinned there too. In fact, it had thinned all over her body except her face. There she sported a thick white beard and mustache under a pair of wisened eyes that bore no pleas, no self-pity, only innocence. He closed his eyes and let the guilt wash over him. He had done this with his neglect, no matter how good his intentions were. The soft squeak of Mandy’s industrial shoes on the floor brought him back to reality. He dipped his head quickly in Amalia’s direction before exiting the lab.

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Thanks for stopping by! Please let me know what you think of the story. If you’d like, you can read Part 1 and Part 2 to get caught up.

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I don’t talk much about my religious beliefs. The basics are that I attend a non-denominational church that believes the Bible is the word of God, Jesus is His Son, and the only way to Heaven is through the acceptance of Jesus Christ as our Savior. That’s the jist of it. I won’t thump the Bible in your face, but I do stand firm on my faith and beliefs. The only reason I am sharing this with you is because my beautiful daughter shares my beliefs and she feels called to go on a mission trip with our church to Peru.

She needs $2,000. She has to raise the funds herself, so she really needs support. You can read all the details here, on her YouCaring page or click the big image on my sidebar.

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Wednesday Writers Wisdom: 3 Steps for Every Writer

Today’s Wednesday Writers Wisdom comes from Pastor Cammy. She tells us about the writing process both as an author and a pastor.

Writing is NOT for the Faint of Heart

Writing for the public is not for the faint of heart or the thinned skinned.  My experience, as a Pastor and Author is that in either one of these careers the prerequisite is that you have a good sense of self, and self-esteem to make it through the process without being totally beat up, beat down, and spit out.  I have heard it said that writers are anti-social because of their passion for the written word.  However, I believe the opposite is true.  In Fact, I believe that writers and pastors are the most egocentric people that God has graced us with, I can say that because I am both and must battle my ego constantly.  I think it is God’s way of keeping me in check, so my head doesn’t over inflate and explode all over the walls.

Many writers began as a child writing in their diaries.  For me as an only child from an abusive home, my dairy was my lifeline.  Until one day, as I watched my lifeline go up in flames as it was tossed into the fireplace.   I didn’t write anything more than assignments in school and college after I watched my words go up in flames that day. Until one day, the Lord walked me through the process of giving my writing back to me.  I do mean a process, and one that I believe all good writers should go through it order to get their true message out.  That is a story for another time. However, I believe that I can share an easy, step-by-step process to get the writer/story-teller in all of us to begin telling our own stories.  I also believe that I can share some vital insight and information to seasoned writers and authors.

Step One:  Begin writing about what you know or are wondering.  At this point in my process, I began writing curriculum for bible studies instead of using prefab’d studies that every church group has available to them.  My advice for any would be writers, start a daily journal, and begin writing down whatever comes into your mind to write down for the day and at the end of the day recap what you did during the day.  You will need to do this several times throughout the day, simply so you can remember what you thinking about, several hours or weeks later.

Step Two:  Periodically, go through your journal, and read what you wrote.  As you read what you have written down, begin writing down questions that may pop into your head.   Ask your own questions also begin asking questions that others might have about the story that you are trying to tell.  That is, if you see a story line developing through your writing and questioning.  If not, don’t despair, keep journaling and keep asking questions.  Remember, the only stupid question is the one that you don’t ask. The world is full of answers, you just have to know where to look and be willing listen.

Step Three:  Listen.

I think everyone could use a lesson or two in learning to listen to what is going on around them and listening to people.  As an author and a pastor, I continually have to listen to what is going on around me.  I continually have to ask myself, “Am I addressing issues that are important to people, or have I gone off onto my own little world.”  I have learned that every individual has a world all their own.  What do I mean by that?  I mean, my world and my experiences are not like yours.  Our life experience may have some of the same basic components however, based upon our worldview, as to others or our own we each see the world as a whole differently.  As writers, it is our responsibility to cross those “world divides” to show the unity and continuity within each frame of reference (our own little worldview), and how each fits within the entire scope of an overall worldview.  I believe that this is a key to authors who can not only cross genres but become those authors that are a voice for the voiceless, regardless of individual worldviews.  Listening in the writing world is referred to as, knowing your audience. In life, it is known as walking in someone else’s shoes, to learn from their perspective.

As I said in the beginning, “Writing is Not for the Faint of Heart”.   Most writers feel as though they have the next BEST SELLER, and they are going to become RICH, RICH, RICH from their writing.  NEW FLASH:  if you are writing to get rich, you are writing for the wrong reason and it ain’t gonna happen that easily.  Every year there are something like 20000+ newly released books, and that’s only the ones that the general writing world sees.  That’s not counting self-published authors, etc… The stories that you hear about those Rags to Riches stories of so many well-known authors, are the exception rather than the rule.  The only reason there should be for wanting to write and publish a book is to get your message out, to that ONE person that needs to hear your story or your message.  That is the true purpose to our writing.  To speak to that one person and needs to hear what we have to say, so as to spark that flame within them saying like the little train that could… “I think I can”, “I can go on”, “If they can do that, just maybe I can do what I have always dreamed.”

Writers are Igniters.  We ignite individual candles and destiny fans the flame.   So I ask you, are you simply wanting the glow of your own little candle, or are you writing to ignite someone else’s?

Links to Books, You-Tube video of 60 day prayer challenge, Facebook pages, and my personal Facebook page.

60 Day Prayer Challenge – Casting your Cares Project

Link to purchase in Paperback or E-Book formats:

https://www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore/search.php?search=cammy+walters

https://www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore/book.php?w=978-1-63306-963-3

https://www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore/book.php?w=978-1-63306-964-0

Link to my both my books’ facebook pages:

A Life of Significance and Handbook for Sharing Your Faith

Cammy Walters personal facebook page

Ministry facebook page:

Eddie’s Acres Project page.

Please feel free to ask Pastor Cammy any questions in the comments.

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Tragedy, True Romance, And Tiffany

SAM:

I don’t normally reblog anyone else’s work, but her review breathed life into my book so I had to, with her permission of course. Thank you again Sarah, for your fabulous words and for reading my little story.

Originally posted on Sarah Wathen:

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A Book Review of Til Death Do Us Part, by Stephanie Ayers

(Buy it here on Amazon. Buy it here on Kobo. See the author’s website.)

This action-packed, engrossing novella follows the journey of that most coveted and notorious emblems of everlasting love—the Tiffany diamond engagement ring. The ring was offered, refused, disposed of, scrounged, smuggled, re-gifted, stolen more than once, sold, bought, and finally accepted, as I flipped pages on the edge of my seat (or swiped through them on my Kindle). Unhappy with a current possessor of the treasure? Not to worry, because this story turns on a dime and there’s no time for disappointment. Ayers leads the reader down twists of fate, through catastrophic events, and even turns us into voyeurs of a raunchy scene between an unlikely prostitute and her overly kinky john, all at breakneck speed.

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