Tuesday, November 3, 2015

1st Session of the FarFromHome Storyboard Conference

Photo Credit: Sergei Zolkin

"Are we recording?" Emily asked.

"Recording," Ryan answered.

"Great! Well, welcome to the first ever session of the Far From Home Storyboard Conference."

Zach snickered. "Who came up with that name?"

"It was my Dad's idea," Emily replied.

"Sounds so formal," Zach said. "I thought this was just a brainstorming get together."

"It is. But, there's no reason we can't have fun with it," Emily responded. "Anyway, as I was saying, this is our first session. The reason I've called this meeting is because our author needs help. It took him a full three years to finally publish our book, and he's been neglecting the 'Imaginings' section on his blog."

"I've got an idea," Ryan interrupted. "I think we need a science section on the blog."

"Wait, we're having trouble keeping up with what we do have, and you want to add another section to the blog?" Zach asked.


Zach shook his head.

"Guys, we're getting ahead of ourselves here. Ryan, we'll keep your science idea in mind, but we really need to deal with the issue at hand, and that's the lack of attention given to story. Before we go any further, we need to take inventory. Francine, will you read the list?"

"Sure. As far as ongoing blog projects, we have Parashah Messiah, which is going well, though that's theology. We've also had several book reviews, both fiction and non-fiction. There's rumor that there may be movie reviews in the future as well. Particular to Imaginings, we have the Heretic Hunter and Portraits."

"I love the Heretic Hunter. So funny," Ryan said.

"I really don't," Emily responded. "I've never been a big fan of satire. It usually involves putting someone down."

"Yeah, but it's to make a point. Some ideas are just really ridiculous and need to be exposed as such," Ryan said.

"Really?" Emily asked.

"Ryan does have a point," Francine chimed in. "Satire does have a place in literature if it's done right. It's never been my favorite either, because it can come across as so demeaning, but it does have a purpose."

"What about Portraits?" Zach asked, ready to move on.

"Neglected," Emily replied. "Since HarvestMag disbanded a year ago, only two Portraits articles have been published."

"It really is sad," Francine said.

"Is anyone else noticing a pattern here?" Ryan asked. "All of these are still religious. Can't we have some variety?"

"But, what is 'Religious'?" Zach asked.

Emily buried her head, "Oh no, not this again."

"No, really, how can you call one thing religious and another secular when God made it all? Are you saying we should have posts that don't reflect God's glory and don't point back to Him."

"No, Zach, that's not what I'm saying. You know what I mean. It all is has to do with the Bible or theology," Ryan said.

"Doesn't everything?" Zach replied.

"Boys!" Emily had had enough. "We can argue semantics another time. In the meantime, Ryan does bring up a good point. Even if we say everything is 'religious,' we have to admit that not everything is overtly religious. Our story for example is more storyish than anything on the blog."

"Debatable," Zach interjected.

"Perhaps, but there is definitely room to expand our horizons."

"True," Zach conceded.

 "Ok, so, so far we have that we want to reignite Portraits and perhaps expand into other forms of fiction," Francine said.

"Yep." Emily looked at the clock. "And, it looks like we're about out of time. Any concluding remarks?" Emily looked around. "Nope? Alright, then this concludes our very first session. I, for one, think we're off to a good start." The others nodded in agreement.

"You know, we never made it to the book projects," Zach said.

"Oh, you're right. I guess we'll have to hit those next time," Emily replied. "Alright, signing off."


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