Perfectly Counterproductive

Let’s admit something: because of sin much is perfectly counterproductive. These things don’t leave us at zero, coasting along. These tendencies and activities repeatedly—and purposefully—downgrade, debase, and tear us down bit by bit. Sin not only twists: it seeks destruction. But you and me, we can call things what they are.

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Where to Review

I encourage you all to review more. There is simply a dearth of good reviewers for anything less than a best seller. A common question then is where to review?

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Alignment Review

You’ll remember I announced the recent release of Alignment: A Love Story by Lutheran pen Dangerosa Jones. Below is my Alignment review for Amazon & GoodReads.

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Strong as Death

I’m pleased to announce a recent release! My friend from ages ago, Lutheran Pastor Chris Matthis, has published his first collection of poems for wider distribution: Strong as Death: Selected Poems.

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Planners and Pantsers

Here’s an article that was sent to me a while back about “planners” and “pantsers” in the novel writing process, exploring how some authors plan while others prefer writing by the seat of their pants or other artistic impulse. But, while it’s an essay on how to write a novel, what I find additionally interesting is how many particular authors view(ed) the writing process, both planners and pantsers.

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Uses of Enchantment

Ok, I was a bit remiss in a previous post and a friend alerted me to it. If we’re going to talk about fairy tales, we should really include a recommendation for The Uses of Enchantment.

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Write and More

Here is a happy article for your day: “Why Christians should Paint, Dance, Quilt, Art, Compose Music, Writer Stories, Decorate Cookies and participate in the Arts.” Write and more! Why not?

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Harsh words for children

There are many harsh words for children: rebukes, judgments, condemnations, mean whispers, and raw shouts. Then there are life lessons to learn, too. Today’s post links to a post that talks about some of the harsher elements in classic fairytales: harsh words with children as a direct, intentional audience.  Continue reading

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Stirring Blood

I’ve just come home from a much needed vacation and it was great. Sleeping in a hotel last night, however, a compulsion came upon me. I needed to reread a certain set of books to stir my blood. “Stir my blood?!” That is not language I typically use, but maybe novels are precisely the remedy for certain times of unbalanced humors. Stirring blood to re-quicken the rest of me!

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GoodRead Giveaways

Let’s talk about Giveaways. Amazon and Goodreads offer two easy methods. GoodRead Giveaways, from my point of view, has an edge on their competition.

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