I experienced God’s leading while I was writing The Triplet. I’ll call them “writing miracles” and cite just two examples that were meaningful to me.
While they are not significant to the overall scheme of world events, these writing miracles encouraged me in the moment. It is comforting that God knows my name (yours too, by the way) and is more than willing to act in, into, and inside the details of my everyday life. I’m sure you have shared similar experiences in your lives.
After my first drafts were written, I discovered I had a time problem in my story line, and to fix it, I had to add roughly a year’s worth of activity on Gil’s (my protagonist’s) part to fill the gap. In a nutshell, that explains how I first came to write about the Pentagon (in Chapter 4), and thus, to research its history. Here are some of the facts I already knew:
- The Pentagon is one of the world’s largest office buildings
- It is constructed in five concentric rings
- It is a military headquarters involved with various administrative & planning activities
Here are other items of which I was ignorant but that I incorporated into my narrative:
- Initial groundbreaking for the Pentagon was in 1941—on September 11
- The Pentagon had not been renovated in the 60 years between the two 9/11s
- Phase One’s renovation was signed over at 0800 on the very day of our 9/11 attack
- The high-jacked airliner impacted the only portion of the building that was renovated
- Only 800 people occupied Phase One that morning instead of the typical 4,500
These are huge miracles of timing and coordination that only God could have orchestrated, yet I was totally ignorant of them. Instead of thousands being killed in the Pentagon, the number was greatly reduced to 125.
You’d think these data would have been published somewhere, but if so, I don’t remember ever having seen them. And had it not been for the discovery of a story-line problem I had to correct I would not have known to publicize them myself.
The second example I’ll mention herein has to do with Hollywood and what is characterized by many respected historians as the Armenian Holocaust. Without ever thinking to reference Hollywood, I wrote about Turkish/Armenian history, and if you read my book, you’ll discover what I had to say on the subject. Here, I’ll just say I’m not a fan of revisionist history, and still to this date, Turkey has yet to acknowledge any such holocaust or their part in it.
I don’t follow Hollywood gossip columns so I was very surprised to hear of the release in April 2017 of The Promise, a big budget, $100 million movie that was a love story set in Turkey, revolving around this chapter in Turkey’s history in which genocide occurred. Suddenly, here was a lot of publicity on a topic I had just written about. Timing was beyond coincidence but the story goes further than this.
Another movie, The Ottoman Lieutenant, was released at very nearly the same time last year. It also covered the Armenian situation but from the opposite point of view (it presented revisionist history). Controversy swirled around these two movies for at least three reasons:
- Timing: what were the odds that two major productions on a little-known topic would be released so closely together? Why did it happen? What was the reason it happened?
- The Promise received more than 55,000 1-star (or negative) reviews before it had even been released. Since only a select few reviewers had seen the film prior to its official opening week-end, it was obvious that something else was going on. Who generated these negative reviews and why? They could not have been written by people who saw the movie because only a few people had seen the movie.
- It is rumored (and substantiated in certain ways) that financing and production of The Ottoman Lieutenant was done by a member of the ruling Erdogan family in Turkey and thus sponsored (unofficially) by the Turkish government to counteract the message of The Promise.
Be that as it may and whether or not you saw none, one, or both of these movies, the subject of an Armenian Holocaust is much more widely publicized than it was 18 months ago. As soon as I wrote about it, two Hollywood movies on the same topic were advertised and released.
These two examples of Writing Miracles illustrate the reassurance I felt over what I had written in my book, The Triplet.
And I thank God for these assurances He gave me. They gave me confidence I was on the right track and that I should stick with it.
My book is soon to be published and I invite you to read it. Perhaps it will work a coincidence in your life as it did in mine.