Life, Writing

Printer Ink is Expensive

New month, new project. I was finally able to wrap up my work on Firmament: Gestern, book five in the series, last month, and now I’m ready to move ahead with publishing the fourth! I”m extra excited about this one. First, because it’s a plotline I’ve wanted to use for years and I think people are really going to enjoy…

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I’m Hungry

I was talking to a friend yesterday, a musician, and he was excitedly filling me in on some gigs he’d been able to play recently. At one point, we were talking about the joy of being able to make money doing what you love. He said, “You know, people try to say ‘It’s not about the money, it’s just about…

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Life, Writing

Once Percent Inspiration

You know that saying “Genius is about one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration”? It’s like that with writing. Except writers generally don’t perspire. Unless they are scribbling away in mid-summer with broken air conditioning. But the same principle applies. It’s about one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent behind-in-chair-fingers-on-keyboard (or pen in hand, if that’s your thing). But that’s not…

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Life, Writing

Tossed Salad and Scrambled Eggs

Appearances can be deceiving. Awhile back, I wrote a post about how, despite the blatant immorality and atheism, the TV show House, M.D. actually has a more biblical worldview than you might expect. On the flip side, I’ve seen many shows that, while they seem much more moral on the surface, can actually harbor far more dangerous messages. I think…

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Life

A Moldy Old Onion

One of my new year’s resolutions is to be more regular at blogging, and one change I want to make to the way I blog is to begin to include more personal things in my posts, rather than distancing myself by talking only about storytelling in general. As part of that, here’s something I wrote a few years back as…

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Life, Reviews

Being a Good Big Sister Pays Off

For those who don’t know, I’m the oldest of nine kids. A position of great power and great responsibility. I was always told growing up to set a good example for the younger ones, which I”m afraid I probably didn’t do a very good job of. I have memories of enticing my younger sister to push the “help” buttons at…

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Life

Your Christmas Lights are Showing

It’s been fascinating, now that I live in a neighborhood instead of out in the country, to see the Christmas lights go up this time of year. And by go up, I don’t mean I actually see the placement of the strings of lights as it’s happening. I don’t think I’ve seen that once thus far. Instead, I see the…

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Life, Writing

50,000 is a Lot of Words

For those who don’t know, this is National Novel Writing Month. Known affectionately to the initiated as NaNoWriMo. The goal of this venture is the writing of 50,000 words in one month, specifically, the month of November. As I furiously pound out words for the fifth Firmament book, I can’t help thinking back to my previous involvement (or lack thereof)…

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Life, Reviews, Writing

Everybody Lies

It was during the research for Firmament: Machiavellian that I first realized that there was a difference between a godly character and a biblical character. The research in question was reading The Prince by Machiavelli himself. While reading, I had the epiphany that the reason Machiavelli’s ideas were so powerful was his extraordinarily accurate understanding of human nature. Yes, the…

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Life

Open Letter to TV Producers

Dear producers of my current favorite TV show, I think there is a misunderstanding between us. I just finished the season finale of your show, and I was deeply bothered by your breach of the unwritten contract between us. As you know, I watch television to see a world that is different from my own. There are portals through which…

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