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Lee

Thanks for this. I appreciate your thoughtful reading and frank criticism, which give me lots to think about.

I'm going to link to your post in the hope that other readers add to the conversation.

My comments about the plot are of little importance; the novel now 'is', and I feel it's up to readers to do the discussing. However, this does not in any way mean that I ignore what is said - on the contrary.

Your patience and generous support have always been notable, and if I prefer not to submit this novel any further - I have done so already, and in fact had an agent for a while - it's because I feel it's time to move on - to learn from this work, but to move on.

DF

I will also go over to MG itself and take a look at what people are saying. This patient reading of MG has been a great experience and a model of what the Internet is about in its best self.

Michele

Thanks for sharing Paver's short story - that's the first fiction of hers that I've read. Very impressive. I liked the twist.

As for "Mortal Ghost", it's a lovely tale that's well told. Yes, maybe there are some things that aren't desperately necessary to the story, but I liked it a lot and I look forward to re-reading it without a weekly pause between chapters. I may have further comments to make after that point.

DF

One thing Michele doesn't mention is that she has been with MG as a reader and encourager from the posting of Chapter 1 and all the way through to the end-- someone every aspiring novelist should have.

As a terminal perfectionist I always have a suggestion for improvement, but in the end we probably should just discuss it for its merits as it is. I have always been impressed by the parallels to Christ's life in the story, and am interested to know how Lee sees that. It's clearly not an allegory, such as C.S. Lewis might have written, but the themes of miracle worker-teacher-healer-death-resurrection-ascension are there.

Michele

DF wrote: One thing Michele doesn't mention is that she has been with MG as a reader and encourager from the posting of Chapter 1 and all the way through to the end-- someone every aspiring novelist should have.

I'd be happy to be a reader/encourager for others - but I do only have 24 hours in my days so don't all rush at once...

Lee

BOTH of you have been terribly supportive.

DF, I am an atheist ethnic Jew married to a German theologian and minister of religion. Does that help?

DF

What an AMAZING combination of a couple, Lee.

Anyway. It's clear you know quite a bit about Incarnation, which is to me the most interesting thing about Christ-- this idea of his flesh-and-blood nature combining with his divinity. Very mythological, and I mean that in the most dignified sense possible.

Lee

My children add lots of spice to the mix - one's going out with a Turkish girl; another's partner is half-German, half-Iranian; and the third's best mate is half-Thai.

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