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Views of Jerusalem

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I thought you might enjoy looking at this video of Jerusalem City Hall.

Here is the view of Old Jerusalem from the Government House Promenade. Click here to enjoy.

This video  is of the view of West Jerusalem from Mount Zion. It is interesting.

Happy Travels.

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On Our Own In Jerusalem

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Today I thought I would share a photo I took of the lobby in the Gloria Hotel. I have fond memories of our visit to Jerusalem. The architecture, seating areas, and lighting were nice.

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We also enjoyed watching the doves who visited the patio outside.  Did you know that Israel has a Valley of the Doves? It was used as a main thoroughfare between Nazareth and Capernaum. So much to do and see in Israel. For more information about planning a trip, click here.

 

Here are pictures of the Gloria Hotel for your convenience.

 

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The Legacy

 

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Vintage is the rage right now. Vintage clothing, vintage decorating, vintage anything. In my story The Legacy, two characters dance the jitterbug from the 1950’s. Without spoiling the fun as to who the two characters are, I thought we would take a step back in time and learn more about the jitterbug.

 

Click here to watch some fast foot work from the 50’s.

Then there is Lucy doing the jitterbug.

And for fun, the jitterbug in the living room.

I hope you have enjoyed our trip back into time. If you want to find out who danced the jitterbug in the book, The Legacy, click here.

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Earlier this month, my book On Our Own In Jerusalem was 5th on the Amazon list for Jerusalem travel guides. That was exciting.

When a tourist visits Jerusalem, eating the local cuisine is important. Street food is a great way to sample the local dishes. Click here to view a video on this great eating adventure.

Are you hungry yet?

This video features dishes that will make your mouth water. The food is delicious in Jerusalem.

Please leave a comment to be entered into my contest this month. The winner will receive a copy of my book Lyza’s Story.

 

 

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I am hosting a contest on my blog May 7-21. Please leave a comment to be entered into a drawing for my book Lyza’s Story.

Every time you leave a comment you are automatically entered into the contest. So leave as many as you would like.

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Orchids

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Orchids are beautiful flowers and can be grown in one’s home or commercially. They require good soil, clean air and water, and ventilation if grown indoors. This link provides basic growing tips for those of you who love to dig in the dirt. If you prefer, you can watch this educational video on proper plant care.

What is your favorite flower and travel destination?

Orchids are mentioned in The Lane Trilogy. Why are they a part of the stories? Who enjoys them the most? You’ll have to read the books to find out!

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Do you like convertible cars? I love driving in the springtime with music on the radio, an iced beverage in the cup holder, and the windows down. As a writer, I can enjoy imagining my characters in various scenes and write about it.

In my book Lyza’s Story, one of the characters drives a red Mercedes convertible. This character keeps the top down. I thought it would be fun to spend some time learning about the Mercedes. For the first article, I’d recommend scrolling down and looking at the pictures of the cars. I thought the newer version with the fold up doors was intriguing, but the vintage cars are special.

Mercedes-Benz traces its origins to Karl Benz’s creation of the first petrol-powered car, the Benz Patent Motorwagen, patented in January 1886[3] and Gottlieb Daimler and engineer Wilhelm Maybach’s conversion of a stagecoach by the addition of a petrol engine later that year. The Mercedes automobile was first marketed in 1901 by Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft. The first Mercedes-Benz brand name vehicles were produced in 1926, following the merger of Karl Benz’s and Gottlieb Daimler’s companies into the Daimler-Benz company.[3] Throughout the 1930s, Mercedes-Benz produced the 770 model, a car that was popular during Germany’s Nazi period. Adolf Hitler was known to have driven multiple of these cars during his time in power, with bulletproof windshields. Most of the surviving models have been sold at auctions to private buyers. One of them is currently on display at the War Museum in Ottawa, Ontario. Mercedes-Benz has introduced many technological and safety innovations that later became common in other vehicles.[4] Mercedes-Benz is one of the best known and established automotive brands in the world, and is also the world’s oldest automotive brand still in existence today. Click here to read the rest of this article.

This next article features Karl and Bertha Benz and how their hard work put the automobile into production.

An important part in the Benz story is this first long distance automobile trip, where entrepreneurial Bertha Benz, supposedly without the knowledge of her husband, on the morning of August 5, 1888, took this vehicle on a 106 km (66 mi) trip from Mannheim to Pforzheim to visit her mother, taking her sons Eugen and Richard with her. In addition to having to locate pharmacies on the way to fuel up, she repaired various technical and mechanical problems and invented brake lining. After some longer downhill slopes she ordered a shoemaker to nail leather on the brake blocks. Bertha Benz and sons finally arrived at nightfall, announcing the achievement to Karl by telegram. It had been her intention to demonstrate the feasibility of using the Benz Motorwagen for travel and to generate publicity in the manner now referred to as live marketing. Today the event is celebrated every two years in Germany with an antique automobile rally. In 2008 Bertha Benz Memorial Route[12] was officially approved as a route of industrial heritage of mankind, because it follows Bertha Benz’s tracks of the world’s first long-distance journey by automobile in 1888. Now everybody can follow the 194 km of signposted route from Mannheim via Heidelberg to Pforzheim (Black Forest) and back. The return trip was along a different, slightly shorter, itinerary, as shown on the maps of the Bertha Benz Memorial Route. Click here to read more.

 

So who drove the red Mercedes convertible with the top down? You’ll have to read the book Lyza’s Story  to find out!

 

 

The books for the Lane Trilogy are in stock and eligible for free shipping on Amazon.

Remember, I’m running a contest here on Vicki Andree Books. It ends on Tuesday. Be sure to leave a comment to be entered into the drawing.

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In 1979, Gabriel Barkay, a Biblical archaeologist, chose to dig on the hill were St. Andrew’s Church is located in the Hinnom Valley, just outside the Old City walls, where he discovered these silver scrolls. It was an exciting archaeological discovery. It took three years to unroll the tiny scroll found inside the amulet. It has been dated to the seventh century BC, during the time of King Josiah.

During my last trip to Israel, David and I went to a Messianic Jewelry Shop. David bought me a beautiful silver ring and a pendant like the scroll found near the Old City with the Aaronic Blessing written on it. That silver scroll contains the oldest bible verse found so far.

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The link featured today describes this archaeological dig complete with photos.

Our #4 archaeological find takes us to the ever important city of Jerusalem.  A discovery made in 1979 is still hard to comprehend.  The discovery came completely unexpected.  Archaeologist Gabriel Barkay, with a meager budget, and only 12 and 13 year old helpers from a local club set out on a completely ordinary dig.  What was Barkay looking for?  In his own words he states:

In the 1970’s I was interested in extra-mural activity, that is, activity outside the walls of the city.  There would be quarrying of stones outside the city, growing fresh vegetables, military gatherings, burials, roads and military watch towers.  These would have occupied a place not too far from the city, but not too close. Click here to read this fascinating article.

 

 

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Even when I was in high school I had a secret dream of growing up and being a writer. Decades later I attended the Colorado Christian Writers Conference, but the task of writing a book seemed daunting. No wonder it took so long. It wasn’t until after I had written my first book, a nonfiction, On Our Own in Jerusalem’s Old City, that I started writing fiction. Writing the Jerusalem book satisfied my desire to write about Jerusalem, as experienced by my husband, David, and me. We kept meticulous notes and I wrote the book following the structure of our itinerary, but it wasn’t particularly fun. It wasn’t until I wrote fiction that I discovered what I call The Shotgun Method. The Shotgun Method makes writing fun and adventurous.

My brother showed up from California and got snowbound at our house. At the time I felt antsy and at loose ends. He constantly perused the Internet, making me crazy. One time he looked up and said, “Why don’t you do a NaNoWriMo? At that time I had no idea what the National Novel Writing Month was about. He explained that it was a contest for fiction writers to write fifty thousand words during the month of November.  I told him he was nuts. I don’t write fiction, I don’t even have time to read fiction. Little brothers have a way of plunging you into something you wouldn’t ordinarily try. He challenged me on the 29th of October. I barely had time to get my head around the idea of writing a novel.

David and I were leaving to go to Florida on November 20. And on November 1st we were visiting my sister in North Platte, Nebraska. I felt like I needed to start my novel, and everyone took a break from playing cards so I could write. I wrote the recurring nightmare in Lyza’s Story. When we got back to Denver I started writing like a wild woman. I wrote anything that came to mind, and some how the Lord made a story out of it. So many times fiction reflects our true lives. And as I thought about the places I’d been able to visit, the life of wealth I’d often observed and desired, and the idea that one woman could be as powerful as Lyza, the story took hold. I added places I would have liked to visit and people I would have liked to meet. I let my characters lead, but I was having the time of my life. I laughed out loud as my characters carried me through the story.

Writing fiction could be fun! By the end of November I had my fifty thousand words. But I knew I still had a lot of work to do. During that time I met some fiction writers and they explained to me there were rules. Like I wanted to know that! A few months later I joined His Writers. Later I was introduced to horrible thing called a critique group (just kidding). Luckily, the one I went to was made up of many kind people. It only took a couple of meetings for me to realize I had a long way to go. It took me nearly a year to get Lyza’s Story where I wanted it. By then it had grown to eighty thousand words. I also knew I had another book to write.

After polishing off Lyza’s Story I started writing the second book of the Lane trilogy, the Legacy on November 1st. Once again my imagination took off like a wild goat in the desert. However, this time I had a few rules stuck in my head. By the end of November I had a rough draft of eighty thousand words in somewhat better shape than I had the year before. It took an entire year for me to get the Legacy where I wanted it before I sent it to press. I hung onto both manuscripts because it was November once again and I knew I had one more book about the Lane family. I wanted all three to come out around the same time.

My imagination rocketed and Leesa’s Story flowed like a maple syrup on a hot day. I can honestly say that of the three books, Leesa’s Story is the best. Remembering some of the rules that I’d learned in the last couple of years made my writing go faster and I was more confident. The NaNoWriMo experience taught me that I can actually write a story by the seat of my pants using the Shotgun Method.

The Shotgun Method means you write every scene that pops into your head, knowing that probably half of what you write will go away. But that’s all right; you end up having more fun and being more creative. The beautiful part is that you have not invested much time on particular scenes at this point. When you feel you’ve told the whole story, go back and choose the scenes that you need and toss the rest. Now it’s time to polish those scenes you’ve chosen.

The NaNoWriMo experience taught me how important it is to learn how to write fiction using the rules. I say that seriously. However there are been times when I have knowingly broken the rules in order to make a point. When Christians write fiction, it’s not about the story, it’s not about the author; it’s all about God. We want to write well to glorify Him. But we cannot always follow a rule if it sterilizes the scene. Each author must make their own call on that.

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May Contest

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I am hosting a contest on my blog May 7-21. Please leave a comment to be entered into a drawing for my book Lyza’s Story.

Every time you leave a comment you are automatically entered into the contest. So leave as many as you would like.

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