Fun Fridays – August 7, 2020

A perfect game in bowling is a score of 300. To achieve that you have to roll ten strikes in a row, then roll two more in the bonus. A total of 12 strikes. It is really, really, really hard to do.

This guy, Ben Ketola, rolls 12 strikes in a row, in less than 90 seconds. Watch and be amazed.

It does give me a moment to brag on my grandfather who bowled a perfect 300. He had the gold belt buckle to prove it! Not what you might expect from a man of God who preached twice every Sunday, once in English and once in German at his church in Maywood, Illinois, for almost 60 years.

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Realistic Language in Fiction

The “Your Questions Answered” Series __________ I’m a former crime reporter and trauma survivor with lots of counseling writing a suspense novel. I’m trying to balance Christian fiction guidelines with the speech and behavior I’ve seen in police stations and at crime scenes. I’ve come up with some of my …

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Old School Tools Rule (Sometimes)

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Fun Friday – July 31, 2020

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Show Versus Tell – HELP!

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Prayers of a Literary Agent

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A World of Similitudes

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Fun Fridays – July 24, 2020

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