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Bonus Features

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bowl-of-popcorn-1329429-1599x1049Okay, confession time. I don’t go to the theater to see movies anymore. I actually saw someone chew out Facebook friends for not supporting Christian movies by going to the theaters on opening weekend.

Please don’t flame me if you share that point of view. I simply don’t like the theater. I don’t like sitting in the dark for two hours doing nothing and leaving with nothing to show for it except my own opinions of what I saw. I’d much rather view movies in my home where my family and I can talk and pause the flick to discuss or laugh or critique, and where I can either dabble on my computer or put my crochet needle to good use.

Now that’s a good time. And even better when the DVD/Blueray has Bonus Features attached. Hubby and I so enjoyed watching Apollo 13, for instance, with commentaries from some of the people involved in creating the story.

That’s what this post is about. With almost every story I’ve created, I’ve made bonus features. Sort of “the rest of the story” to go along with the books. I’ll be posting the ones I created for Mara’s story, Brent’s adventure, and Mercy’s search here over the next couple of days.

Check back tomorrow to sneak a peak into the journal Mara penned as she attempted to find ways to apologize to all of those poor, broken-hearted men.

Your Turn: What movies have you seen that had the best bonus features on their DVDs?

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Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a homeschooling mom with teenage twins left in the nest. She spends her days transporting to and from volleyball, teaching writing classes at a local coop, and directing the children’s music program at her church. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

6 thoughts on “Bonus Features

  1. Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit. Love watching the scenes that didn’t make it…

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  2. I’ve actually learned quite a bit about writing–crafting a good story–from movie bonus features!!! Some directors explain why they cut certain scenes for pacing, how they portrayed things for what reason, how they put together angles, scenes, etc. And what is writing but creating a “movie” in the reader’s head, right? 😀 If I remember correctly, some of the movie bonus features I liked best were on Facing the Giants, National Treasure 1 & 2, Star Wars, and Gods & Generals.

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