Beautiful Writing, Part 5: John Donne

Although I disagree with the basic tenets of humanism, I agree that we are all connected in some way, as humans. Regardless of race, ethnicity, or faith, we can all trace our ancestry back to Noah and his three sons. Thus we are all connected, however remotely. Therefore we should have much more compassion and not hate toward one another. Furthermore, we are all created by an Almighty loving, forgiving, gracious God, who offers free eternal life to anyone who will accept the sacrifice of Jesus’s death on the cross and subsequent resurrection as adequate payment for their sin debt and receive Him as Savior. Reblogged from

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John Donne was a poet, philosopher, and man of the church in Renaissance England. His writing covered a wide range of material, including poems, songs, and sermons. I want to quote from one of his most famous pieces: “Meditation 17”, which many readers will recognize as the epigram at the beginning of Ernest Hemingway’s For Whom The Bell Tolls:

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

This quotation is an expression of Humanism and…

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Editing 101: The Price of Editing

fGreat information about finding an editor for your manuscript as it nears readiness for publication. Reblogged from

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by J.U. Scribe

Free editing anyone?

That was the question I found myself asking when it came down to editing my own story, Before the Legend which I’m merely weeks away from publishing. This post is long overdue, mainly due to my very busy schedule, but I have editing and life to thank for that.

Things are coming along nicely with the novelette and are slowly falling into place. Yet there are still many choices one has to make, and it’s critical that one makes the right choice to ensure the best possible outcome for their book. Before I share my updates on where I’m at with the story, I would like to discuss one of the most important steps other writers including myself have to make.

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