Archive for Thoughts – Page 3

Superman Incognito

“I would not have known him, except the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’” -John 1:33 It always interests me that the way Jesus went…

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The Bipolar, Paranoid Writer

I’ve spent the last week looking over galleys of my novel, The Unremarkable Squire. This stage of publication is a strange one for me. First, I start over-analyzing all my sentences. Is this really the best word here? (Never mind I’ve asked the same question a half-dozen times over as many previous…

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Being a (Christian) Artist

Well, this has been a sad, sad website lately. Poor, neglected website…forgive me? The trick with keeping up this website is that I have lots of other commitments that are more pressing than entertaining some fictitious audience. (Wait, what? Real people read this? Really? Well, then.) But it’s summer now….

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The Long Version, Please

I don’t like abridged books. Yes, I understand the unabridged Les Miserables is nearly 1500 pages, and Victor Hugo spends 50+ pages setting up the Bishop who gives Jean Valjean the candlesticks–a scene the movie/play does in 5 minutes flat. Yes, I understand Leviticus is strange and long and full of skin…

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Unremarkable?

As I was teaching the fine art of interviewing and newswriting to my middle school students, I had them mock interview me about my upcoming book The Unremarkable Squire. One of the students asked an interesting question: “Why isn’t the book about the knight instead of the squire?” That question, in…

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Things I Learned from “The Illustrated Man”

I recently read Ray Bradbury’s The Illustrated Man, a collection of 19 short stories written as only Bradbury can write them. I thought I’d share some of the lessons I learned, in no particular order. Space is full of wonder, and Mars is Fairie-Land. Space isn’t full of balls of gas…

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Undying Good

So…last blog I made the claim that evil in fiction is often portrayed as undying and overpowering. (Author’s note: The jumping off point for this statement was Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, which I finished since that blog and which ending only reinforced my claim.) But, I also claimed good was not often portrayed in…

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Undying Evil

I’ve been watching the anime Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, which, by the way, is fantastic. The bad guys are known as homunculi. They are nearly impossible to kill. They keep regenerating whenever hurt, and only sustained, brutal beatings can take one out. This type of thing occurs all the time in movies. The…

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Flashback – My Speech to the 8th Grade Graduating Class

Okay, this requires a bit of explanation. I’ve been looking through lots of old files and stories. It’s been encouraging to see what I’ve written in the past, especially since I’ve been in bit of a dry spell. (Or, at least, I feel like I haven’t gotten done what I…

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The Unease of Utopia

 In a modern story, if things seem perfect, you know trouble’s bubbling beneath the surface. Partly, this is the drive of conflict in story, but I think there’s something more. As a culture, we have a sense of impending doom. My wife reads a LOT of young adult novels. Many of…

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Old Friends

There’s not a word yet For old friends who’ve just met. -“I’m Going to Go Back There Someday,” The Muppets I don’t cry often. The number of people who’ve seen me in tears is a single digit. But I have a distinct memory of trying to hold back tears as…

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Purpose of Writing

Many eons ago (meaning late August), I started a little post about why I write. And then I got busy. This particular type of busy-ness makes it difficult to write, not because I don’t have some time to write but because I don’t have the space I need to write. My…

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