Pushing the Brakes to Excelerate the Story!

By Shawny Lou Miller

Hello Friends,

Curious about where we’ve been lately? Life has been a bit of a whirlwind these days and has prevented me from writing.

CoverHiResBut, never fear!

Unsung Lyrics will be written (I’m about 8/10 through it), our beautiful book cover is nearly complete, and we remain confident in God’s divine hand on the story.

That said, Mikie DeLong Pyle and I have concluded that it’s time to push the brakes on our blogging, but only TEMPORARILY!

The intention is to allow me to clear my mind, refocus my heart and soul on Unsung Lyrics, and to finally get the finished manuscript to Mikie so she can adapt it into a God-inspired screenplay.TITLE PAGE cu

Basically, we’re pushing the brakes in one area so we can press the gas pedal in another!

With everything else that’s encircled my life recently, our precious story has been unintentionally starved. It’s time to add some fuel to our creative focus, Unsung Lyrics, get the motor running again!

Mikie and I know that we’ve been blessed by this calling and want to honor God through our attentiveness and care of what He’s commissioned us to complete.

CoverHiRes (2)Soon, the final words will be penned and a beautiful cover, which is nearly complete, will be ready to cradle the journey of Megan Calloway’s life, death, and afterlife.

We hope you’ll stick around. Wait for us. Wait on the story!

In the near future, we will return to 2 Pen a Picture with new excerpts and a fictional tale of redemption which we pray will touch your lives.

Until then, be blessed and know that we’re thinking of you as we continue to dance through the rain, sing through the pain, and discover our story’s unsung lyrics!


Unsung Lyrics – The Sweet Serenade of a Story

By Shawny Lou Miller

piano guys photoStar Wars has it. So does Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Twilight, and so many more great films.

A musical score that awakens our senses!

It’s no surprise that the music accompanying a movie plays a vital role in the overall experience that an audience takes away from the story.

Creating a novel can require the same melodic inspiration. Some of my favorite scenes in Unsung Lyrics were born when a song or composition tickled my ears.

It was late in 2013 when I’d arrived at Megan Calloway’s death scene. I was stumped. I knew that I wanted to take the audience on a journey they’d never experienced, but how?

How does a writer, who has yet to die, describe the feeling of being transported to the next life?

Is it possible for one, with such limited words, to carry a reader toward an encounter with a never-before-seen angel of death?

Doesn’t my audience deserve to soak in the same emotion that Megan does, as she travels away from her earthly life, up – up – up into the galaxies?

Writing the death scene for Megan, a talented cellist, would require some creative stimulation!

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From Prologue to Page One

by Mikie DeLong Pyle

I’m adaptable, right? So I should be adept at adapting to an adaptation, right? TITLE PAGE cu

Adapting writer Shawny Lou Miller’s novel, Unsung Lyrics, into a screenplay, that is.

When Shawny Lou and I talked about me writing a Blog post and including the first page of the screenplay to show the transformation of the book’s Prologue into page one of the film, I was excited to begin writing. I mean, it’s only one page, right? Piece of cake, easy-peezey-breezey, no prob.

In Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat book on screenwriting, he says:

“The very first impression of what a movie is – its tone, its mood, the type and scope of the film – are all found in the opening image.”

(No pressure, Blake, thanks.)

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Book Excerpt from UNSUNG LYRICS, Chapter 2 – “Spirits and Angels”

CoverHiResBy Shawny Lou

Mikie DeLong Pyle and I are excited to share this portion of Unsung Lyrics with you. Of course, your (gentle) thoughts and feedback are invited.

Lead-In to the Scene …

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Unsung Lyrics – The Story and Beyond!

By Shawny Lou

CoverHiResWe’re back! We went on hiatus from blogging for a short while to focus on our story, the book cover (stay tuned) and of course, life!

Going forward, we are committed to posting an article each week so you can follow along with us as Unsung Lyrics develops in both novel and screenplay form.

What’s Happening with Unsung Lyrics?

I’m happy to announce that we’ve moved the story forward significantly since our last update in March! We’re over three-quarters of the way into the life and death of Megan Calloway and are now approaching the part I’ve been so eager to write, the chapters where she finally begins to turn her life around and, of course, the ending, when she will discover the significance of her existence on earth and how it has affected her future in heaven.

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The Plague of a Writer

By Shawny Lou

Secret Shopper 1I penned this several weeks ago after experiencing heaviness over the characters  in my novel. It’s amazing how a fictional story can come to life and have such an affect on the writer.

If you read my personal blog, Writing in a Raindrop, it may look familiar. I posted it there soon after writing it.


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Writing, for me, is a dream come true

To share my imagined worlds with you

I’d hate to return to the nine to five

‘Cuz writing is what makes me feel alive

I take the characters from inside my mindPen on paper 2

And put them on paper for you to find

They’re funny and loving and crazy, too

Even I get surprised by the things that they do

I know when I write, it is why I was made

I’m just not complete in a “regular” trade

But sometimes I wonder how I will get through

For writing, it comes with some negatives, too

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Savoring the Tasty Morsels of a Teacher


Lauraine Snelling, offering some friendly tips to aspiring authors

Lauraine Snelling, offering some friendly tips to aspiring authors

By Mikie

“Marketing: suck it up and do it,” exclaims prolific author, Lauraine Snelling.

In last week’s Blog post, Shawny Lou wrote about the helpful tidbits Lauraine fed local artists at a recent meeting of Tehachapi Christian Artists Fellowship that Shawny Lou and I attended.

I’ll add some additional tasty morsels I ingested from Lauraine’s talk.

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