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Jun
26
Frank Ball
Star S’Mores: A Long Time Ago …
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Just in time for the next Star Wars release, we have cookies and milky way in a far away galaxy.

After Princess Parfaya is taken prisoner by the evil empire, can young Luke Piewalker, Flan Solo, and Chewie the Cookiee save the day?

Jun
19
Frank Ball
Daffynitions
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In just a few frames, a comic strip delivers interesting stories. To stir creativity, try reading a few strips every morning. Frank’s favorites are Calvin and Hobbes, Blondie, and Pickles.

Another favorite strip is B.C. by Mastroianni and Hart. Occasionally, the artists will show a daffynition in either Wiley’s Dictionary or the Book of Phrases, which Frank eagerly adds to his collection.

Here are a few B.C. daffynitions that were added recently:

  • Sonic Boom — Sudden expansion of a fast-food chain
  • Zebra — Extra support for the horse-riding woman
  • Pesticide — When a housefly makes a beeline into a ceiling fan
  • Lasting Impression — What Wile E. Coyote leaves on the floor of any given canyon
  • Defeat — Where de shoes are
  • Last Man Standing — Politically correct term for the kid who really stinks at Musical Chairs

To read more of the collection, Click Here.

Jun
12
Frank Ball
The Good Samaritan
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“Would you watch my puppy for just a minute?”

Who could refuse an attractive blonde’s plea for help? But what will happen if the caregiver experiences the unexpected tragedy?

Jun
5
Frank Ball
The Spice of Life
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Some like it hot.

Some like it not.

Members of the Danish National Chamber Orchestra played “Tango Jalousie” while eating the world’s hottest chili peppers, which is one way to spice up a tune.

May
29
Frank Ball
Making Magic
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Some of us would like God to sprinkle pixie dust on our fingers so we could write the next bestselling novel. We might even pray to that end, hoping for a miracle, not magic.

The secret to writing magic is hard work to develop skills that allow us to craft stories that appear to be miraculous.

May
22
Frank Ball
Shooting Golf
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You may have heard golfers talking about their game, comparing scores. Getting good takes practice, and that calls for time spent at the driving range.

Some days are better than others, but here’s one way that even a novice can shoot well.

May
15
Frank Ball
Practical Jokes
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Call it a prank, gag, or shenanigan, we laugh with the innocent victim who is caught by surprise. A salesman remembered it was April Fools’ Day when he reached for the office phone to call a customer and the button numbers were rearranged. One morning, the big boss, who was always having closed-door meetings, came running out of his office, saying, “All right, who stole my door?”

Practical jokes aren’t always funny, but you’ll probably agree that these are:

May
8
Frank Ball
Feelin’ Good
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When Carly Rose Sonenclar took the stage at X Factor USA and began to sing “Feeling Good,” the judges’ skepticism soon turned to admiration.

Powerful sounds can come from small speakers.

Apr
24
Frank Ball
Falling Flat
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Some of us have fallen flat on our face before. What do we do? As writers, after receiving a rejection letter, a bad review, or no encouragement at all, we can quit.
  The wonderful thing about knowing we can’t win is not having to try. But if we believe that God will somehow use our talents for good, that just the chance to change one life makes the sacrifice worthwhile, we must get up and keep running.
  Only the finish line will tell how well we did.

Apr
17
Frank Ball
The Not-so-Simple Laugh
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We can laugh when we’re happy and laugh when we’re sad. We can laugh flippantly, seriously, or or simply because others in the room are laughing. Our laughs may be deep and throaty or light and shrill.
  The number of laugh types and their meanings are unlimited, yet many writers lazily write: He laughed. Little is gained by checking the thesaurus and using a synonym like chuckled, giggled, or guffawed.
  Readers will appreciate us if we show the action, expression, and sound of laughter so they have a picture of what that particular laugh was like.
  Here are a few pictures you might appreciate: