Samson slayed the lion. Daniel slept with them. God doesn’t always confront the same problem in the same manner. If we aren’t careful, it’s easy to miss how He’s moving, because we expect it to look a certain way. With Samson, God enabled him to eliminate the threat through power (Judges 14). With Daniel, God kept him safe while He worked … Read More
1920’s Lingo Part 2: Are You Hip to the Jive?
The roaring 20’s. A time of flappers, gangsters, and speakeasies. Words were much more evocative then, weren’t they? They sparked just the right image and emotion. They captured just the right meaning. Why else would we still be stuck on them today? Welcome back to Part II of the 1920’s Lingo! If you missed part I, you can find it … Read More
The War of Worldcraft (updated)
World-building is one of the most important factors of a good story. You’re dropping your reader into a place they’ve never been before, so it’s imperative they have a firm grasp of the world around them. Unique details make this place its own universe filled with distinct (and oftentimes inhuman) characters, a government with unusual politics, and unfamiliar social constructs. … Read More
1920’s Lingo Part I: Are You Hip to the Jive?
The roaring 20’s. A time of flappers, gangsters, and speakeasies. Words were much more evocative then, weren’t they? They sparked just the right image and emotion. They captured just the right meaning. Why else would we still be stuck on them today? My current work in progress, FLUX, has an on the level character who lived through prohibition and loves to … Read More
Be the Change
Most of the developed world is aware of the Notre Dame tragedy. That terrifying blaze swept through the landmark and nearly destroyed 850 years of history. The religious and secular communities alike were shaken as the flames devoured everything they could consume before finally being quenched. My social media feeds have overflowed with tears and sentiments from friends and acquaintances … Read More
Finding My Voice.
Nothing is ever really lost, or can be lost, No birth, identity, form—no object of the world. Nor life, nor force, nor any visible thing; Appearance must not foil, nor shifted sphere confuse thy brain. Ample are time and space—ample the fields of Nature. The body, sluggish, aged, cold—the embers left from earlier fires, The light in the eye grown … Read More
My Musical Muse: Ep. 1
Music is, aside from the writing itself, the biggest part of my creative process. Every now and then I come across a song, artist or album that I just connect with. It’s one of those moments where you feel the lyrics and the rhythm in an emotional way, and it just fits. Or maybe I’m weird and don’t emotionally connect … Read More
…but that isn’t believable
YA. Young-adult. Teen reads. However you want to say it, it’s a genre that’s been up in the air for the past decade or so. By publishers’ standards, it’s generally accepted that the main character falls between the ages of 12-17. Since the dawn of novels like Twilight, readers’ ages have branched out in both directions. In fact, according to Publisher’s Weekly, over half … Read More