Saturday, May 19, 2012
...And "Twin Tales-Volume 2- Deserted" to Complete the DoubleShot of De Miller
Alice Barnett considered herself a good Christian woman. She could not remember a time in her 75 years on this earth that she had not attended church. She felt she had obeyed the Ten Commandments as closely as possible. She had no fear of what her eternity would be.
But, now, still on this earth, she would best describe her existence as lonely. She has been a widow for 20 years. She married her first sweetheart, Fred, when she was 20 and he was 29. They were on their 36th year of a happy marriage when Fred suddenly passed away. Now, 20 years later, Alice has outlived her husband by 10 years and she is in very good health for her age. Most of her friends are not so lucky and have stopped socializing other than at church. So, Alice occupies her time mostly by herself in her tiny house, watching television and working on puzzles.
Her 40 year old son, Donny, a car salesman, loves her, but he lives a town away and his time is much occupied with his growing family of three daughters. So Alice’s loneliness continues.
As many her age do, Alice begins to wonder about her eventual passing. Hearing several messages about the Rapture, she day-dreams about that Biblically prophetic event and is confident that she will be among the chosen ones should it occur before she dies of natural causes.
But, what if she isn’t among the chosen? She would be left to deal with a world overrun by heathens during the time of tribulation foretold in the Bible. Finding an “escape clause” in a Bible passage from the book of Daniel, Alice undertakes a frantic attempt to insure that she would be among the saved in that terrible time.
Deserted, based on a true story, is the second in a faith-themed series of short stories under the title of Twin Tales. Aptly named, Twin Tales will attempt to present stories of faith that have double meanings. Every true Christian’s faith is constantly being tested and we are faced with deciding how we should interpret what we hear from God.
De Miller is a former newspaperman now living in Mount Dora, Florida. He has been writing for three decades, first as a reporter, photographer and editor for The Kansas City Star and The Kansas City Kansan newspapers, then as the Public Information Officer for the Wyandotte County Commissioners in Kansas. Over the years as a freelancer he has had material published in such diverse publications as Crafting Magazine, The Sporting News and The National Enquirer. Among other writing accomplishments, he wrote the script for and produced two direct-to-video comedy movies starring Jerry Mathers and 60s music icon Tiny Tim; wrote the scripts for and directed a series of children's videos and wrote scripts for informational videos for the county government.
Since moving to Florida, he has become a Christian and devoted much of his writing time to Christian endeavors. He wrote and directed a Christian movie, Daniel’s Lot, starring Emmy award winner Gary Burghoff (Radar from M*A*S*H) which is now in worldwide release through the Bridgestone Multimedia Group. (www.danielslot.com)
He has also devoted a great deal of time to his writing passion, working on novels and short stories. (www.demiller.com)