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Works in Progress….

As I’m currently working on the prequel to Times of Trouble, which is taking me a whole lot longer to write than anticipated because of having to replace a computer part, causing me to re-install Windows 7, with everything else on my computer, then not having an updated version of Word, since it was at my brothers’ house (who is my IT guy), and finding out that I’m doing more research than I had originally anticipated, I had an idea pop into my head as I was watching the “Gospel Music Showcase” on Daystar (I enjoy Southern Gospel) the other day.  It’s an idea that I have no idea if it’s been done before, so I’ll share it with you, my readers.

Here’s what I wrote down in a notebook I have for such occasions:

The novel starts off with a narrator on a TV show  focusing on the life of a once famous musician, I guess like what they do on, I think it’s on VH-1, sort of a “Where Are They Now” kind of thing and how they got to where they were at. Then, the story will go back to the time when this musician was only known to his friends, family, and fellow church members, because he sings in church. He’s discovered, is asked to show up on a national singing competition, sort of like “Star Search” or “The Voice,” and he wins the competition. As he begins recording music with a record label when he gets the contract, the singer begins experiencing various temptations. He also ends up with an agent that will eventually convince him to leave Christian music behind because no one important listens to it and he’ll make more money in secular music (shades of Amy Grant, Whitney Houston, or Katy Perry). So our singer begins recording secular music (not sure which kind of rock yet). At a party, he’s introduced to a girl, who the singer eventually marries, but she is most definitely not a Christian. She introduces him to drugs and alcohol, while his agent gets the singer into all the right parties, eventually giving him enough visibility to win awards, like a Grammy.

He gains the attention of President-elect David Collins, who invites him to sing the national anthem at the inauguration, followed by an invite to the NFL to sing at the next Super Bowl, and an invite by NASCAR to sing the anthem at the Daytona 500. Our singer’s on top of the music charts, along with being the most popular singer on Earth, when tragedy strikes. His whole family dies in a plane crash on the way to wherever he was touring. Unfortunately for him, he had an argument with his wife over his gambling and all sorts of other things he shouldn’t be doing, and he went on tour without apologizing or patching things up. The singer feels guilty, but instead of praying and trying to get right with God, he responds by drinking more and more. His grief and general drunkenness gets to be so bad, he gets dropped by his record label and agent, his expensive cars get repossessed, and house gets foreclosed on. In an attempt to help him, his home church tries to reach out to him, but he angrily rejects their help, because he’d rather rely on his worldly friends, but they reject him. At his lowest point, when he’s living in a broken down car, he prays for the first time in years by asking God to forgive him for going down this path. He feels a peace come over him, when he hears a trumpet sound, and is taken up along with thousands of other Christians.

The novel  ends with the TV show saying they hope the singer is happy wherever he is.

So, what do ya’ll think? Would you read something like this? Or back to the drawing board?


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Wacky Wednesday Interview

Check out the interview I did for the Excuse Me, Miss site:

Author Cliff Ball:

Cliff Ball is 36, single, a Christian. He has a BA in English, currently pursuing a 2nd BA to increase his GPA to get an MA in Creative Writing. Cliff has independently published three novels, and works for himself as a freelance proofreader/editor.

If you won a million dollars, what would your first 5 purchases consist of?

Well, after I pay off my bills, I think my first five purchases would be: a brand new Ford Mustang, a new car for my parents, hair implants! (ha ha), a new house, and artificial grass for that new house.

What kind of candy represents your character? And why?
I don’t know. I really like eating M&M’s, so I guess you could say there’s nothing fancy and uppity about me, I’m to the point.

Favorite sport? Favorite flavor of ice cream? Favorite synonym for the word “cool”?

My favorite sport is NASCAR. I grew up watching it because my parents are big racing fans, I turned into one, and it’s not all about going in circles. Just like Football isn’t about running back and forth across a 100 yard long field, and baseball isn’t completely about hitting a ball with a stick, there’s more to it. My favorite flavor of ice cream is Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough from Blue Bell. I always use cool, awesome is the only other word I can think of, but saying awesome always sounded really lame to me.

Would you rather bungee jump, swim with sharks, climb all the steps to the top of the Empire State Building, or forget to put your pants on for work one day?

Well, since I work from home, accidentally forgetting to put on my pants is something I would rather do than the other choices.

Who is your favorite author of all time?

Well, I have a couple of favorite authors. Currently, my favorite author is Harry Turtledove. I enjoy his alternate history novels, and he writes a good tale based on a small incident in history that ends up changing all of history.

If you were to write an autobiography, what would the title be?

Tall Tales from the life of Cliff Ball

If you could marry any celebrity, who would it be?

I can never make up my mind with these two, so I’ll say either Alyssa Milano or Jennifer Love Hewitt.

If you could describe “life” in one word, what would it be?


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