Without knowing more specifics ("slavery" is a very broad subject), I would recommend chapters 24 and 25 of Outlander for religious fanaticism and chapter 11 of Drums of Autumn for American colonial slavery.
I’ve been considering writing as a career now that I can’t work in the medical field anymore. I had several English teachers throughout the years, high school and college, who liked my work. I ran into my favorite English teacher many years ago and she asked me if I was still writing. She was surprised when I told her hadn’t, she told me she thought I had a talent for it. I have so much time on my hands these days and I don’t have to stand-up to write. I know you have read my questions and answers, do you think this is something I could develop into a career? I thought you might be a good neutral party I could ask. I prefer honesty over platitudes.
OK, so my first honest answer is that I do not feel confident, let alone qualified, in telling anyone whether their writing merits further pursuit, especially based on such a small and informal sampling as I’ve seen of yours. Second honest answer is that “writing as a career” has so many possible meanings that I don’t even know where to begin with such a question. Do you mean writing novels, or writing op-eds, technical writing, poetry, movie reviews, or…? Regardless, my own professional career has never involved serious amounts of writing, so I have no idea what it takes to make a “career” of it.
All I can tell you is that writing is not going to just be some job you apply for and get hired. (I’m sure you know that, but it leads into what I’m trying to get at.) Just like anything else employers pay people for, a writing gig requires experience, discipline, and skill to be successful at it. This will be true whether you’re wanting to become a regular contributor at an online news outlet, or to get a short story published in a literary magazine. Even churning out pages for a novel will take dedication, stamina, and constant honing of your craft.
If I can offer any advice, it’s this: if writing is truly what you enjoy doing, you should do it. Without worrying about whether you’ll make money from it. Without feeling like you should write just because someone told you that you were good at it. Without wondering if you actually are good at it. If writing makes you happy, then write. Read anything and everything you can get your hands on, and keep writing. Read good writing to see what works. Read bad writing to see what doesn’t. And keep writing. The other stuff (money, fame, glory) will come along, or it won’t. In any case, those things can’t be the reason you write. If they are, you’re finished before you begin.
Thank you, I do read a lot, just about anything I can get my hands on. Writing has always been something I thought about. I’ve written in a journal for therapy, of course for school, sometimes just to have fun. I’ve been working on a children’s Christmas story for a long time. Every time I think I’m just about done, I find it could be longer, that I could add more. I’m not particularly looking to be famous, money is always good but it’s not the end all be all for me, the medical field isn’t about money at my level. Medicine was about giving of myself to help others. I’ve been some what lost for several years, without a purpose. I have no children, can’t work anymore for medical reasons. I have found happiness with writing in the discussions. I enjoy it, I try to not ramble on too much, I hope the others find my writing interesting, informative, and enjoy my contributions. It’s easier for me to paint or draw a picture and show it off, but maybe it’s time to change media from pencil and paint to ink. I appreciate your honesty it’s hard to come by sometimes. Thanks you for your observations I appreciate it.
Hello! Firstly, I would like to apologize for my errors....Yes, of course, you are right...the TV series version has made some changes and so various things are different from the books! Sorry, for my overly zealous behavior and not paying attention!
In any case, I thank you for correcting ....my erroneous "revisions"! There is no doubt that your service to the Fandom community in general and the "Outlander" community, in particular, is highly valued and appreciated and not only by me! Keep up the great work!
No need to apologize! We could use more editors, and everyone makes mistakes now and then. It's been so long since I read the first book that I frequently have to check the text to make sure I'm not remembering the show by accident :)
Thank you for your kind and encouraging response! Yes, I would like to contribute as an editor, after, of course, exercising due diligence to make sure that I am making a positive and correct contribution. Thank you once again! Have a nice day!
Since they haven't been shown so far, I'm not very optimistic, but if they decide to have Brianna go to Lallybroch like she does in Drums, they might have Ellen's self-portrait for Jenny to show Brianna how much she looks like her grandmother. But I'm not counting on it. :)
I have tried several times before to try and be pleasant with the offending party. At first when I joined in the chat I tried to be supportive with her and she is determined to be unpleasant and completely ridged. I apologize for anything I may have done to upset others. I specifically did not address her, she however did not take that slight hint and keeps addressing me directly. Being the bigger person I with therefore ignore her from here on out.
I actually didn't take issue with any of your posts at all. I have been irritated by nearly every post that the other user has posted, but since they had not overtly violated any discussion board rules, I held back. But today they did infuse ad hominem language into a post, hence the warning and deletion. It's a good idea to ignore such posts; trolls thrive on getting a reaction. Thank you, though, for being so conscientious about the matter!
Chapters 14, 31, 35, 36, and 41 in Outlander. Chapters 5, 42, 45, and 47 in Dragonfly. Chapter 58 in Voyager. Chapters 9, 18, 30, 34, and 40 in Drums. Pretty easy to look these up in the ebook version.
As for leaving scenes out of the tv show... Well, of course they did. It's an adaptation, and they only had 13 hours in which to show a Lot of Stuff from a long book.
The Outlander wiki was included in the now-retired Book wiki footer. A new general literature footer has been created, and I was wondering if I could place it on the main page, since this site meets all the new requirements for inclusion.
I noticed a 'Rob Higgins' added to Amy and Bobby, maybe my memory is slipping... but when was it mentioned that they had a child together? I remember in MOBY that Lizzie and the Beardsley had kept breeding in the absence of the Frasers but I don't recall that the Higgins family expanded.