I promise I won’t talk politics here. At the same time, I’m very proud of my cousin, Lorien Foote, and her two history books, one of which was just used in an article about Donald Trump, citing a rascally organization called the Independent Order of Trumps from the Civil War. If you’re into politics, you can follow this link about Trumps & Trump, but, honestly, if you enjoy history at all you should consider getting her books. Continue reading
Monthly Archives: March 2016
Today we have a guest post from the esteemed Kathryn Page Camp, a licensed attorney, writer, and speaker: “The Secular Market Needs Christian Writers, Too.” It fleshes out a point I perhaps missed in “Rules for Christian Writing:” Christians need good books—fiction and nonfiction—and so do unbelievers! And, by the way, each of us should probably read a copy of Writers in Wonderland: Keeping Your Words Legal —thank you, Kathryn, for writing it!
I like to think of this blog as a family-friendly place, so I’m happy to pass along writing contests for even our youngest, up-and-coming writers. You might recall I mentioned a homeschooling contest here. This next one, a CCLE Essay Contest, is nice in part because it could be a nice writing exercise for us as well. Want to work on your structure? Want to solidify your arguing lines of defense? Want to jot something down and feel a little free affirmation? Continue reading
Spring has come. Why not celebrate with a little spring poetry (whether it’s rainy, sunny, bright or blue!)? Since April is National Poetry Month, maybe the next few days can be a time to plan ahead a little. Think about your favorite poets or consider a foreign—or feigning poet—to read! Or you could think about a way to incorporate poetry into your writing, whether you are into haiku Tuesday or not.
The Annunciation and Good Friday come together today: hope and fear, faith and betrayal, good news and a judge’s verdict, “Guilty!” Historically the days belong together and unhardened hearts are right to agree it’s a day of days. It is a good time for Jesus’ return, in my opinion, adding, “It is made new” to His “It is finished.” Continue reading
I want to take writing seriously, and I know I need to work on organization. What kind of organizing? Admittedly all of it. And this is one of those cases where knowing your need is only a half-step toward meeting that need. Sigh. So let’s brainstorm a little about tools we already have, but might overlook.
You may not know this, but few things make watching baseball better than Mollie Hemingway. She is a wit I have long admired, and I am so pleased she found a successful career in writing! The Hemingways, Mark and Mollie, recently taught a one-credit journalism course at Hillsdale College after the duo were named Spring 2016 Eugene C. Pulliam Distinguished Fellows in Journalism. Here is an interview they gave, answering how they got involved in journalism among other things:
It used to seem apparent that one way to begin writing for Concordia Publishing House (CPH) was to attend one of their Writing for the Church workshops, held during the summer. The editors, however, haven’t had time to spare preparing for them lately, so Rev. Travis Scholl, managing editor of Concordia Journal, and Peter Mead, Christian editor, publisher, and writer, stepped up to the plate to fill the ongoing need through the Faith and Writing Workshop, offered through the Continuing Education office of Concordia Seminary. Consider this your save the date.
I’m increasingly taken by the thought of expanding authors included on my page of living Lutheran authors. We started with novelists and now I’m collecting poets/hymnists to post in time for National Poetry Month. Still, I wonder what other lists we could create. I don’t mean to interfere with denominational marketing—I’d still primarily be looking for stuff otherwise under the Lutheran radar, but what do you think?