The theme song to my novel Silver Skies is Apple Blossom Time.
I can literally SEE my novel with this music.
The theme song to my novel Silver Skies is Apple Blossom Time.
I can literally SEE my novel with this music.
Good message about staying on the path God has for you. I’d combine this with John MacArthur’s message or book about how to find God’s will for your life. https://www.gty.org/library/sermons-library/80-310
I also have John MacArthur’s book Found: God’s Will and reread it on occasion to see if I’m still on my path. Basically if you are WHO God wants you to be, He controls your wants, and you just need to do what you REALLY WANT TO DO DEEP DOWN INSIDE.
Like right now, more than anything, I want to write my Silver Skies novels. I’m consumed with this! But not just like I’d write any other book. God has put a masterpiece inside my soul and I’m determined to honor that! To God be the glory. My goal is to equal the quality of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. And, you know what? I think God put this desire in my heart. I want it to be the quality of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, but true to Bible prophecy, so that when someone picks the book up, they will feel like the future portrayed could very well happen in real life and that this book is very relevant for them.
You might say, “That’s impossible! You could never write as well as Tolkien and also be very prophetic in your novel.”
Well, with God, all things are possible. If he put this desire in my heart and I am who I am supposed to be, then it came from him and he will honor that desire for His honor and glory. I will write this masterpiece, and won’t cut corners and while I’m doing it, He’ll take care of my NEEDS and I’ll be on my path. God promises to take care of those in the center of His will for their life.
You might say, “You’re awful stuck on yourself to think you’ll write a masterpiece.” Well, actually, I never really believed it was a masterpiece until I picked up cold what I’d written in the 1990s. I read that 1990s draft with amazement and remembered what was in my heart as I wrote it. I then got to where I left off and found myself shouting, “Where’s your ending? You gotta write the ending! This thing is good. Why did you quit?” Back in the 1990s I had a consuming passion to portray to the world the amazing love between me and Brent Spiner. When I found out about Loree (who claimed to be Brent’s girlfriend at the time and publicized this everywhere), I dropped the book cold, forgot my writing skills and got somewhat off my path. I was confused about my love life.
The true ending that I need to write to honor the first two-thirds masterpiece is not what I tacked on in 2004 to help Steven Spielberg have an ending for the movie version. I hear the movie won Academy Awards. But you know what? I never could get into what I wrote (my modified version) in 2004. That’s cuz I forgot some of the skills I had in the 1990s that helped me write the 1990s masterpiece, when I tacked on an ending in 2004 to help out Spielberg. Spielberg based his movie on the 1990s version, THE 1990s VERSION IS WHAT I NEED TO FINISH. If I could make the first two-thirds a masterpiece (which I DID), I can finish it as a masterpiece. This is apparently a gift Jesus has given me and I need to use my gifts.
The point is the first two-thirds is masterpiece. If I did it in the first two-thirds, I can do it in the unwritten ending! I recall that I always felt like I needed to compensate for my inexperience as a writer in the 1990s, and I studied writing craft books like crazy to hone my craft and applied what I learned to my book in progress. I also trusted my guts, which I learned were uncannily accurate. My firm rule was to write like what I like to read, even if the whole world felt otherwise. I do recall that I told myself that to write the ending, I’d need to study Hebrew. Back then, there weren’t any good free Hebrew courses, so I probably would have paid for a Hebrew course. But Jesus says only spend money on food and bills and now there’s a free Hebrew course through a Master’s seminary professor. But you have to WORK, make flashcards and help yourself learn. I’ve learned that God honors hard work and passion, which is what I put into the first two-thirds. I can do it. Just don’t quit and do my best. I did it in the first two-thirds. I can do it.
I recall I spent a lot of time in RESEARCH when I wrote the 1990s version, which paid dividends in some of the most brilliant characterization I’ve ever seen in any novel (Yup, MY NOVEL). The amount of research I did filled up an entire file cabinet. I’ve lost all this stuff, because I couldn’t afford to move my files from Seattle to Florida at the time of my divorce. But I remember that I spent time in research every day while writing the novel. I have reordered any books or research material I used that were instrumental in how the first two-thirds turned out. I will have to continue the research to make my ending match the first two-thirds. And so I WILL.
I recall that one screenwriter advised her writers to do a lot of research about the characters in order to make them seem real. I followed that advice in the 1990s. This is why I’m studying Hebrew, which is a MUST to make my rabbi seem real in the ending scenes, where he MOVES TO ISRAEL. Hebrew is not an easy language to learn, but God has made a free course available through a Master’s Seminary professor which I’m taking. I don’t think this is an accident.
So, I’ll study Hebrew and Judaism enough so that my rabbi main character will seem real to my readers. I’ll study theology about Bible prophecy, so that my future tribulation and millennium portrayals will be right on target. I’m basically giving myself a Seminary education in Messianic Jewish Studies. I’ll brush up on the writing craft books I read in the 1990s that helped me write at professional level, so that my novel will read with a literary quality like Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, or Emily Bronte. I’ll remember how to craft scenes with characters that jump out at you, with dialogue that goes to your soul, with a plot that resonates deep spiritual truths and a theme that seems directed right at your heart. And someone someday will pick up this book I wrote and BE TRANSFORMED. https://gabriellechana.blog/silver-skies-1996-version/
You might say, “You’re taking a Hebrew class just as research for a novel?” Yup. You see, my attitude when I wrote Silver Skies was that this would be the only novel I’d write and I wanted it to be unforgettable. I really believed that back then. I figured with it being the only one I’d write, I’d make it a LIFE project, and so doing things like take a course to help with research would seem reasonable for a life-time project.
Hallelujah! When you are on your path, you transform those around you to the glory of God. You live by faith and you trust God to take care of you while you obey him and honor whatever He has put on your heart, as you remain true to the Spirit’s leading in your life.
I know I have to do the Gail Commandments to stay healthy, and then after that, whatever free time I have left, I use to follow my Spirit-filled heart.
In high school I sang in the Apple Blossom Festival in Virginia as part of my high school chorus. I fell in love with Apple Blossom Time, the theme song for my novel: https://gabriellechana.blog/2019/02/17/silver-skies-theme-song-apple-blossom-time/
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LINKS TO THE AUDIO FILES: https://www.mediafire.com/folder/cjjdiknzeieol,6jmo2c5q9vbll,jdmyib22aeqpm/shared
I recorded the movies off my television in 2008, but I really couldn’t get into them. It was after listening to the audio books above, that I got into The Lord of the Rings trilogy. You will enjoy the movies, in my opinion, only if you have read the book first. If you haven’t read or heard the book, then it’s hard to get into the characters as they are portrayed in the movie. I felt the characters in the movie seemed sensationalistic and somewhat shallow, because the screenwriters failed to develop their characters, making them more two-dimensional than three-dimensional. The screenplay for The Lord of the Rings trilogy failed to develop the characters like Tolkien did, so the screenplay diluted each character in their depictions and ruined the book. If I was the screenwriter for The Lord of the Rings, I would have concentrated more on the characters and what drove them, and put less emphasis on events or would have shown the events from the perspective of how they affected the characters.
Contrary to popular Hollywood opinion, what makes for exciting drama are exciting characters, even more so than a bunch of slam, bang action. It’s hard to care about the characters in the movie, because the movie doesn’t give us a reason to care. They are all obviously on a mission, but that mission is not made relate-able to the audience (like Tolkien accomplished in his novels) and so you lose those in your audience who want to CARE DEEPLY ABOUT THEIR CHARACTERS. Yeah, they’re brave, but, for WHAT? That question Tolkien answers in his Lord of the Rings trilogy, but the screenwriters in The Lord of the Rings movies fail to address this properly.
The events in and of themselves are meaningless unless you understand how they deeply affect the characters. I don’t think Tolkien would have liked the movies for this reason. Tolkien’s characters are deep, and this makes the events deep. In the movie, more emphasis was placed on conflict, but less on how the conflict AFFECTED the characters. You can’t leave this out, without ruining the story!
The movie did not give me a reason TO CARE. Yeah, we could tell the ring was a big deal, but WHY? Yeah, we knew it was evil. But WHY? It seems to put some of the characters under a sort of voodoo spell and it just seemed so contrived in the movie. In the book, when the ring cast its spell, the characters struggled inside themselves between good and evil, which should have been shown more in the movie! The interior struggle could have been developed in dialogue, by taking some of the interior monologue and putting it into dialogue. Also don’t omit any events CRUCIAL to character development. The movie failed to show the interior of the characters, their struggle between good and evil – THAT WAS WHAT THE WHOLE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY WAS ABOUT. But the movie didn’t GET IT!
You might say, you’re being too hard on the movie. Did you know this movie has won a record of Academy Awards? The only reward I care about is whether the movie affects my emotional core, which this movie didn’t do for me, and which THE BOOK DID. Hollywood seems to get more shallow by the year, making their award ceremonies meaningless.
As part of my research for my novel Silver Skies (rabbi main character), I will study portions of the Talmud from a website by Tzvee Zahavy.
I include these videos BELOW for educational purposes only. I do not necessarily agree with all taught here.
With my rabbi main character a graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, I thought it would be helpful to watch videos of those who have graduated from this school and who are shaped by this school to nail my fictional character as a Messianic rabbi from this background. I have portrayed him as scholarly, passionate, deep and committed from a Jewish perspective. This particular real life graduate (whose videos I feature on this page) seems to have a lot in common with my main character. Though, of course, I will branch off from this real person and make my character Dor his own person and a Messianic rabbi. I actually went to the Jewish Theological Seminary of America website to see what coursework rabbis take there and all I can say is, it’s a good thing I’m studying Hebrew! I do need to have some knowledge of Hebrew to make my main character believable, and it’s good I’m studying both modern and classical Hebrew. It ain’t easy, let me tell you, but then whoever said writing a masterpiece would be easy? I take this novel I’m writing very seriously. I’ve gotten off to a great start and I always knew to write the end of my novel where my rabbi moves to Israel, I’d have to research more deeply into Judaism and Hebrew and Israel.
The main character has an orthodox Jewish sister, and is familiar with orthodox belief and at the Jewish seminary concentrated heavily in Bible. He reverts to a more orthodox position while in Israel. Here is a typical orthodox curriculum: https://www.yu.edu/sites/default/files/inline-files/BernardRevelspring2019courses.pdf
Learning both modern and Biblical Hebrew at the same time as research for Silver Skies novel.
Six best ways to learn Hebrew now: http://www.jewishagency.org/blog/1/article/52111
I have a terrible memory and made these mainly to assist me in my Hebrew language studies to help me build vocabulary. It took me ALL DAY to make these, and I can’t get my GIMP (to make the Hebrew letters) to make the Hebrew ש (pronounced sheen) that has a dot on the upper right. It also does not do compound shewas very well, either. But it still helps me to learn my vocabulary. This 3 minute video took me ALL DAY. Wish I had a photographic memory! I had to download Biblical Hebrew fonts to my computer to pull this off.
I got my alphabet flashcards from this page, and then modified them with permanent black marker to make them suitable for Bill Barrick’s online Hebrew class: https://www.hebrew4christians.com/Grammar/Unit_One/unit_one.html
I imagine this will bore most people. But for those who are studying Hebrew under Bill Barrick at the Master’s Seminary, you’ll probably love me! https://www.sbl-site.org/educational/BiblicalFonts_SBLHebrew.aspx
I plan to make video flash cards of the vocabulary lists that Bill Barrick requires of his Hebrew Seminary students, since I have such a hard time remembering all this! Those who attend Master’s Seminary or who are studying Biblical Hebrew will love me! Like most professors teaching a difficult subject, he encourages his students not to give up, that it will get easier later if they stick with it.
I goofed on my spelling for Kadosh, and mistakenly used an R (ר) instead of D (daleth ד), but I will leave it cuz it’s too much work to take it down.