Kelly Barr, Professional Freelance Editor

I am a Professional Freelance Editor. I have four years of experience editing fiction.  I am a member of The Christian Pen: The Proofreaders and Editors Network. If you have a fiction manuscript or short story you would like edited, check out my “Editing Services” page for more details–simply click on the “Editing Services” tab at the top of the page.

Here are some books I have worked on:

The Sorcerer's Bane (The Seven Words Book 1) by [Wachter, C. S. ]    Bride Tree (Secrets of Versailles Book 2) by [Robinson, JP]

Here is what some of my clients have to say about my work:

“Kelly is a pleasure to work with. She is well-versed enough to understand the nuances of my genre (Christian Speculative) even though she doesn’t write Speculative. She knows her craft and is sensitive and gentle when giving input about things that need to be corrected or rewritten. Her notes are thoughtful and her suggestions made my book a better read and a more polished final product. ‘The Sorcerer’s Bane‘, book one of my series The Seven Words, is slated to be released soon and I will continue to seek her professional help on future manuscripts.  — C. S. Wachter

Kelly Barr did a very thorough job, generating a final product that truly expresses what I had in mind. Also, they shortened it by about 1600 words and that’s always a plus! 🙂 There were some that I chose not to apply, but the vast majority of the edits proposed were golden. — J. P. Robinson

Rise of the Fallen by Chuck Black

Rise of the Fallen is the second book in the “War of the Realm” series by Chuck Black.  In the first book, we met Drew Carter who appeared to be an average teen until there was an accident in a college science lab.

Now, in Rise of the Fallen, Chuck takes us deep into the spiritual realm, where everyone in this realm is wondering “why is Drew Carter so important”? This book takes us way back in history in every other chapter and then back to the present day in every other chapter. It’s a story of history, battles, and wars, as well as looking at the main events of Drew Carter’s life from a different perspective.

This book was a surprise to me. After reading Cloak of the Light, I wasn’t expecting the twist that this story brings to the series, but I was hooked from the first page to the very last. This story is filled with history and suspense. I can’t wait to begin the final book in the series, Light of the Last. I look forward to seeing what twists Mr. Black has for me in this one.

If you enjoy fantasy and suspense stories, you’ll enjoy the first two books of this series. Also, if you wonder about the spiritual realm and like to mentally explore the possibilities, you’ll love Rise of the Fallen. After those two, I’m sure you won’t be able to resist the final book in the “War of the Realm” series.

These are great books for YA boys!

Tea and Poetry

Today’s Tea Tidbit:

Teapot is on, the cups are waiting,
Favorite chairs anticipating,
No matter what I have to do,
My friend, there’s always time for you.

Author Unknown

 

Today’s Poem

Strangers Are Friends We Haven’t Met
by Helen Steiner Rice

God knows no strangers,
He loves us all,
The poor, the rich,
The great, the small . . .
He is a friend
Who is always there
To share our troubles
And lessen our care . . .
No one is a stranger
in God’s sight,
For God is love
And in His Light
May we, too, try
In our small way
To make new friends
From day to day . . .
So pass no stranger
With an unseeing eye,
For God may be sending
A new friend by.

Tea and Poetry

Today’s Tea Tidbit:

If you live in Canada, you might be savoring Red Rose tea. This brand was created in 1899 out of a blend of Indian and Sri Lankan teas rather than the more common Chinese and Japanese teas. The result was a big success in Canada and Britain.

Today’s poetry selection is an untitled poem by Aphra Behn:

Not to sigh and to be tender,
Not to talk and prattle Love,
Is a Life no good can render,
And insipidly does move:
Unconcern do’s Life destroy,
Which, without Love, can know no Joy.

Life, without adoring Beauty,
Will be useless all the day;
Love’s a part of Human Duty.
And ’tis Pleasure to obey.
In vain the Gods did Life bestow,
Where kinder Love has nought to do.

What is Life, but soft desires,
And that Soul, that is not made
To entertain what Love inspires,
Oh thou dull immortal Shade?
Thou’dst better part with Flesh and Blood,
Than be, where Life’s not understood.

Modern Day Heroes

On Saturday, October 29, 2018 I had the privilege of attending a banquet with the theme “The Courage to Stand”. There were four speakers, three of which were deemed “Modern Day Heroes” by a young friend of mine because they are embroiled in court battles because they are standing up for what they believe in.

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The girl in the gray dress is my young friend, (I attended the banquet with her parents and her), who, after hearing about these court cases and being impressed with the courage of these three people, deemed them “Modern Day Heroes”. The girl in the middle is a young woman who has gone through quite a few struggles in her life, and then one day in high school, after it was determined “that boys who identify as girls can use the girls’ bathroom and locker room”, entered the girls’ bathroom in her Pennsylvania high school and saw the reflection of a young man in the mirror. She quickly left the restroom and went to speak to the principal, who showed no care or compassion for this young lady’s safety and privacy. So, her case is waiting to go before the Supreme Court, and the incident happened about three years ago.

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This gentleman was fired from his job as a football coach at Bremerton High School because he prayed on the fifty yard line after every game. At first he did so alone. He didn’t ask anyone to join him, but when some of the players noticed, they chose to join him. Eventually that grew until the entire team joined him and then they started inviting the opposing team that often joined them as well. Coach Joe Kennedy was then asked to stop praying on the field after games. Then one day he prayed on the 50 yard line alone, no players or anyone else on the field and he was fired from his job. His case is also waiting to be heard by the Supreme Court.

After we took this photo, Joe and I found that we have something in common. Do you see his belt buckle — it’s a Batman insignia and I have a Batman cellphone ring holder on the back of my phone. Yes, it turned out we both love “Batman”.      🙂

 

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This gentleman is a good example of strength and courage as he is the Masterpiece Cakeshop proprietor who was sued by a gay couple for refusing to make their wedding cake, and after five years had finally won the case in the Supreme Court only to be targeted the very next day by the same organization involved in the  suit against him the first time. This time he refused to bake a cake for a transgender who wanted a cake made for his celebration of his seventh year as a female.

Seriously, there are lots of bakers out there. These people could have easily gone to another baker. Jack Phillips has had boundaries in place since he started his business. He doesn’t only not make cakes for gay or transgender people. He doesn’t make cakes for other things that go against his beliefs either and has never been sued for those.

I have to agree that my young friend labeled these people very appropriately when she referred to them as Modern Day Heroes, and I will be praying for these people.