Archive for Thoughts – Page 2

Peeking “Behind the Curtain”

First, I have to confess that I almost titled this blog “Behind the Curtain of Behind the Curtain,” which would have been ridiculous. Second, if you haven’t read “Behind the Curtain,” my newest short story, head over here to read about it or download it here: BehindTheCurtain-NickHayden. Most of what follows…

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“Behind The Curtain” – A Birthday Present

Today’s my birthday, so I thought I’d give you a present. I’ve been sitting on this short story for a couple months. This seemed as good a time as any to share it with you. My only request is this–if you read it and you find it enjoyable or interesting,…

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Don’t Publish This!

A glimpse into one reason you don’t see many blogs from me–beside time issues. Not surprisingly, I wrote this a while ago and have been sitting on it for just the right moment…which isn’t coming anytime soon. ~~~ I have trouble pressing the “publish” button. I’m used to writing stories,…

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First Person, Therefore “I am”

An observation I’ve made recently: Back in high school, I routinely turned to first person for stories, especially comedic works. I had a knack for exuberant characters. Dialogue was my first strength as a writer, so a rambling first person narrator was pretty much up my alley. (Like my short…

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I Spy – Unremarkable Squire Edition

I’m convinced most novels are a mixture of random, possibly incompatible ideas. Who knows how many different influences I had while conceiving, writing, and editing The Unremarkable Squire? More than I can list or remember. Still, for fun, I thought I’d list some of the allusion/puns/winks contained within the novel that…

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The Narrow Path

Last week, I dug out my ten-year-old, hand-drawn map of the world of The Unremarkable Squire. The book takes place on the Isle, which is split into 40 nations after the Splitting of Rael (see footnote). I have a decent map of those 40 nations, in pencil. The book’s plot takes…

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Judging a Book By Its Cover

I’m not a particularly artistic person and I’m not a particularly visual writer. If you asked me to draw one of my characters, I’d stare at you blankly and excuse myself, saying I needed to refold my socks. If you asked to draw one of my characters and started asking details…

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Climbing My Clock Tower

I’ve been fascinated with clock towers in stories for a long time. It started with Puss ‘n Boots Travels Around The World, a cartoon no one has seen but which is the first film to leave a deep impression on me. Based loosely on Around the World in 80 Days, the…

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These Aren’t My Words

While on a roadtrip to North Carolina this week, I had both the time and inspiration to pound out “The Butterfly.” While writing it, I noticed that the style, particularly the way I approached descriptions, was influenced by the Bradbury I’ve been reading pretty consistently for the last months. Ray…

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Who is Obed Kainos?

You may have heard about this new fantasy novel, The Unremarkable Squire, everyone (okay, me) keeps talking about. And you’re probably wondering, Who is this unremarkable squire and why do I care about him if he’s so unremarkable? Let me introduce you to Obed Kainos, a young man with no particular dreams…

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Hiding Behind the Book

Two weeks ago, I was at the Momentum Youth Conference with a dozen youth. This year’s theme was “I Am Second,” or to put it in the words of John the Baptist, “He must become greater; I must become less” (John 3:30). I have at least one selfish way I…

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A Big, Heavy Box

This is the first of what I hope to be a number of blogs about the experience of promoting The Unremarkable Squire. I’m not a natural promoter, by any means, but I figure I can at least write about it as I go along. Last week, I found a big,…

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