David Alvin – Stealth Writer


My Bodacious Author Discussion And Spotlight Summer continues with author David Alvin.

Author styles vary as widely as the genres.  David writes devotionals, Bible studies, and fictional works as well.  David is one of those rare authors that doesn’t spend much of his time bragging about  his work.  He quietly plugs away, diligently working day by day not making a big fuss, sharing details when asked but most of the time –  you have to ask to get any information.  Hence I’ve dubbed him the Stealth Writer. With a wry sense of humor and strength under pressure, he inspires those around him as well as giving  his time to children’s ministry.

On this rare occasion,  I was able to extract a bit of information from him – hope you enjoy!

What inspired you to write A Sign Unto You?

Well, the devotions written about the Nativity would easily fill the room you’re in; whether I have any unique insights is for the reader to decide. But sometimes we’re so familiar with a story — or think we are — that we overlook tiny, essential details. For example, do you realize nearly every Nativity scene you see in a public place is wrong because it includes both the wise men AND the shepherds at the stable; the shepherds were there, but the wise men didn’t show up until about a year and a half later when Joseph, Mary, and Jesus were at a house in Bethlehem. By breaking this down verse by verse, the story of Jesus’ birth told in Luke gains not only some realization of the impact this event had (on Jews especially, but the rest of the world too) on individuals, but also on groups like the shepherds and even the heavenly host! It ‘s like having time stop and then start again …

Chapter 19 of my Nativity devotional, “A Sign Unto You”, is the one I choose to give as a sample — as I say in the piece, it’s the one that when I read the verse inspired me to do the study.

http://heroesdontkill.blogspot.com/2015/05/whos-mom.html

Tell me a little about your writing process for this. 

As for the writing process, I set myself a limit of three paragraphs with eight typed lines each. I want to maybe make you think, but I don’t want it long and drawn out in the process!

What novel do you feel that you had the most fun with? 

  • Possibly the novel I had the most fun writing, based on the second half of the Old Testament Book of Numbers — not just a mass migration to the Promised Land with all its successes and failures, but also highlighting family matters among Moses, his brother Aaron the high priest, and sister Miriam the prophetess, and how those tensions got subsumed for the greater good of the Hebrew people.

    http://www.amazon.com/Book-Numbers-David-Alvin/dp/1449934307/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1432752147&sr=8-1&keywords=the+book+of+numbers+david+alvin

    The Book of Numbers
    The story everybody knows. The story nobody knows. More than three thousand years ago in the center of the world, an army of slaves escaped from Egypt. Sustained by the provision and promises of the LORD their God, and led by Moses the lawgiver and Aaron the high priest, the children of Israel wi…
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    Can you share briefly about some of your other works for my readers? 

    My first novel, where the big day of super-powered heroes and villains was the day before yesterday . Now the heroes are needed again and they have to come together …

    http://www.amazon.com/Progeny-David-Alvin/dp/1418499455/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1432752374&sr=8-1&keywords=progeny+david+alvin

    Progeny
    Zenia escaped from a concentration camp where super humans were tested to destruction. With her power of teleportation, Zenia became a reluctant participant with other heroes opposed to the legions led by the enigmatic Empress.Across this changed, hostile world, Zenia and her companions met other…
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    AND to top it off, the first bound Bible study I wrote, the one on Second Kings that chapter by chapter details prophecies, ministries, healings, and the fall of the kingdom of Israel and then of Judah (with an interesting analogy to Mount Rushmore!)

    http://www.amazon.com/Chariot-Israel-Horsemen-Thereof-Second/dp/1442147458/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1432752499&sr=8-1&keywords=the+chariots+of+israel+david+alvin

    The Chariot Of Israel, And The Horsemen Thereof: A Study of Second Kings
    Our longing for a closer relationship with God often makes us paint people in the past as purer in heart and greater in accomplishment than ourselves. But there’s no great difference between the prophets, kings, and common people then and now. The same God Who wants us to walk in His ways walks t…
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NANO Veteran David Alvin Shares His Experience


My NANOWRIMO Guest blogger today is David Alvin. David has been my guest  on here before. Today I get to chat with him about his NANO experience.

  • Are you a nano newbie? Seasoned veteran? Old timer? I’m not a newbie, this is my (counting on my fingers) NINTH year doing NaNo.

    2. Wow! Veteran!  My hat is off to you and other vets.  I have attempted four years now.  I won 2, dropped out last year and didn’t quite meet goal the   other  year. Have you finished and/or won nano in the past? And of those nine years, I’ve won — or at least fulfilled the 50,000 plus word requirement — eight of those years.

    3. Interesting that you state it that way.  Yeah, myself I finsihed the goal, but I  then set myself to editing those works. How do you prepare for nano? Showers of cold water, three times a week … seriously, the more reading and writing I already do, the more ideas I come up with even if they start with just a title — using this method, I’ve got plans for Nanos and others projects up to the early 2020s. Essentially, I approach Nano the way I approach most any other endeavor; who are some characters I feel have more of a story than has been told. This year for instance, it’s the wise men who visited Jesus (NOT in the manger, please reread the second chapter of Matthew), expanding a plausible backstory for them that I am doing.

    4. How many hours do you see that you wil be able to write each day? Three; one to just pound, pound, pound, pound on the keyboard or write out longhand — the entire novel pretty much won’t be in one place until December — and two to write and check myself as I’m doing so, for historical “accuracy” (this is the cusp of the Christian era, so I can and will fudge a bit). Sometimes all you end up seeing this draft is sounds, but not the language — I am only speaking gibberish.

    5. Tell me briefly your nano book idea, and what inspired it.We Have Seen His Star In The East“; it’s the story of the Magi traveling from their homelands to Beth-lehem (how I spell it in the story and how the King James Version of the Bible does as well) and integrates other traditions we have about them outside of Scripture. They are not all that they seem

    6. Do you have a routine or ritual that you go through before you begin writing? Prayer for a clear mind, click my heels two times (not three, for I don’t want to go home yet, I want to go there where my characters and record what’s happening — or has happened — or is going to happen, as the case may be), and change my password AGAIN. Custom demands it.

    7. What do you use for your writing? Word? Scrivener? Pen and paper? WordPerfect, pen and paper — it depends what material I have at hand.

    8. Do you find free writing during nano liberating or do you struggle to not edit as you go? Both.

    9. Do you write chronologically or when you hit a tight spot, do you jump to another scene and come back? I TRY to write chronologically, but I will admit when I’m feeling weak or an area needs more study, I will jump to another scene and write that out. Then I have to figure out how they either connect or write another scene to connect those.

    10. How long do you let it sit before you go back and edit and revise? A few weeks, perhaps a month (though I have manuscripts for other books that have sat for a year or two or FIVE — what can I say, it’s hard sometimes to go back to a story you don’t want to end? And other things do come up …)

    Thank you David for sharing your experience with NANOWRIMO!  Best of luck in your endeavors now get  to work!  

    If you’d like to look David up here are a few places he may be found. 

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    Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/david.alvin1

    for at least two more of my books, my 2010 nano winner “Refugees From The Emerald City” (Oz was real, but its author L. Frank Baum was the ultimate spin doctor, and other fantasy worlds are drawn into it) http://www.amazon.com/Refugees-From-The-Emerald-City/dp/148205860X

    and one of my Bible book devotionals, “Unto The Brethren” detailing the New Testament book of Acts http://www.amazon.com/Unto-Brethren-Study-David-Alvin/dp/1449996574/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1415313274&sr=1-1&keywords=unto+the+brethren

    David Alvin  Delivery, Newspaper at The Minot Daily NewsStudied Education at Stetson UniversityLives in Minot, North Dakota
    Write on my friends, write on!

 

Poetry Corner


Poetry is something I enjoy reading, but can’t write.  Trust me, I’ve tried.  Mine always end up sounding like some limerick.  On that note however, I did win a limerick contest about my favorite character, Jericho Barrons.

Todays features are some poems by friends of mine (not EVEN going to post my lame attempts here!)  The first piece is Anna Mace, a 15 year old teen.  Anna loves to write ficiton and poetry, as well as read voraciously. She nejoys chemistry , maybe a little too much as she was fascinated with chemical reactions with a keen interest.  Hmmm, true writer’s mind there.

Your Game

by

Anna Mace

I’m living with a broken heart,

searching for a brand new start,

slowly, you’ve torn me apart.

We started out as rivals,

forced to fight for our survival,

encouraged to be almost tribal.

No longer will I play this game,

even if I hide in shame.

You will not get the best again.

I’m sick and tired of these rules,

being treated just like tools,

To entertain a crowd of fools.

You act as though you wouldn’t care,

sitting in your golden chair

when truth hits, I only stare.

I didn’t realize you enjoyed this so,

you wouldn’t weep if I should go,

How can you claim to love this show?

I’ll start fixing my own life,

now I kow this is not your strife

and in my place, you’d choose the knife.

The next one is from my friend David Alvin. Here’s his bio:

My name is David Alvin, I was born forty years ago in Illinois, grew up and graduated high school and Stetson University in Florida. Met my future wife Martha online in 2000. Moved up to North Dakota two years later and married her the following year, and we are blessed to live in Minot, North Dakota with our daughter Sarah and our son Jeffrey. I’ve been married nine years and currently work as office manager for a payday loan provider as well as a Sunday school teacher at my church.

Besides poetry which I’ve written off and on, I also have several novels to my credit such as “Progeny” and “Legacy“, books one and two of a science fantasy trilogy, “The Book of Numbers” accounting events in the Bible book of the same name, and several chapter-by-chapter Bible studies.   http://ensign183.multiply.com/journal

When I’m not writing I’m reading, spending time with my family, and developing our own health and wellness business. Anything is possible! 🙂smile

Halt at Ajalon

by

David Alvin

The sun and moon halt at Ajalon,
King Arthur heals in Avalon
as time holds.

 We’re outside with you, crowning glory
The garage light, on and off, tells the story
my hand holds,

 Beloved great friend of elves, I touch
Your heart across the miles, and so much
more to hold.

Touching, healing, soothing, precious salve
For the merchant, paying free to have
and to hold.

Arouse, awake my love when he please
You’re not, I pray not, prepared to tease
but to hold.

I offer you naught but all of me
The greatest gift I have, you can see,
you can hold.

My third and final offering today is by my friend, Allison Bruning:
Allison Bruning has had a passion for writing and photography since childhood. Allison originally hails from Marion, Ohio. Her father, Roland Irving Bruning, was the son of German immigrants who came to the United States at the turn of the 20th century. Her mother’s family had been in the United States since the 17th century. Allison is a member of the Daughters of American Revolution, tracing her linage to Private Rueben Messenger of Connecticut. She enjoys family stories, history and genealogy. Her educational background includes a BA in Theatre Arts with a minor in Anthropology and a Texas Elementary Teaching certificate. Both acquired at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. She received National Honor Society memberships in both Theatre Arts and Communication. Allison was also honored her sophomore year with admission into the All American Scholars register. She holds graduate hours in Cultural Anthropology and Education. In 2007 she was named Who’s Who Among America’s Educators. She is also the recipient of the Girl Scout Silver and Gold Awards. Allison is currently working towards a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Full Sail University.
Allison lives with her husband in Kentucky. Her interest includes Ohio Valley history, anthropology, travel, culture, history, camping, hiking, backpacking, spending time with her family, and genealogy.  She can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AllisonBruning. She is also on twitter @emeraldkell. Her blog can be found at http://allisonbruning.blogspot.com. Her author page on Goodreads is http://www.goodreads.com/emeraldkell and her Amazon author page may be found at http://amzn.to/LZ0UsT
Grandma
by
Allison Bruning
The thought of death doesn’t elude me
As I sit upon the hard, cold ground
Just beside your tombstone
Beckoning my sorrows
I never thought this day would come

Life without you Grandma
Seems so unbearable
Why did you have to leave me?
Memories of those joyous days
we shared fill my mind
The past my friend,
The future without you, my enemy.
Oh how I will miss your
Laughter, wisdom and love.

My heart cries with sorrow!
Who will sing to me the songs of long ago?
Who will listen to my stories?
Who will share a strawberry shake with me at Burger King?
Who will I confide my secrets to?
Now that you are gone?

Grandma, Oh Grandma!
You taught me life long lessons
And showered me with unconditional love
You laid the foundations of my faith
And taught me to chase my dreams

A world without you
How can I go on?
My guide and friend
Blessed by all who called you their grandmother
You possessed a gentle heart
Kind spirit and unyielding faith
Mourned by many
Yet only a few truly knew you

You, my gracious wise grandmother
Rest with the angels now
Reconnected with your mother, brother, father and husband
Never forgotten and always loved

I shall be the woman you want me to become.
Never forgetting you
nor the lessons you have taught me
Grandma, O Grandma
Your time has come.

Do you write poetry?  Have you ever attempted it?  Do you enjoy reading poetry?  As I wonder over Shakespeare’s prose, Emily Dickenson, Pablo Neruda, William Blake , John Keats, and even Edgar Allen Poe I marvel at their brilliance.
Write On my friends, whether in poetic verse or general speech, write on!