Literature

All Stories Exist For A Reason

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My latest favorite author is Cressida Cowell, author of the profound and enchanting "How To Train Your Dragon" series, on which the popular Dreamworks movies are based. Hiccup is an endearing hero. He uses his brains instead of his brawn. He is kind instead of merciless. He forgives instead of killing. He speaks intelligently instead… Continue reading All Stories Exist For A Reason

Poetry

Childhood’s Last Summer—My First Short Story—Has Launched

summer's last childhood

My first short story launched on Amazon on Thursday. I was incredibly touched by the messages and reviews from friends, acquaintances, and strangers. It feels good when someone you barely know buys your story. You know they're not buying it because you're family. Here are some of the reviews and tweets.     If you want… Continue reading Childhood’s Last Summer—My First Short Story—Has Launched

Book Reviews

Fallen Stars and Dragonfly Heroines—My Review of Halayda by Sarah Delena White

It's human for us to want to deal with darkness, and senseless suffering, and pain. All too often, though, these themes leave us into a dark labyrinth of despair. What I love so much about Halayda is how it deals with darkness, bloodshed, and loss with a sense of eternal hope. This is a rare… Continue reading Fallen Stars and Dragonfly Heroines—My Review of Halayda by Sarah Delena White

Life, Poetry

Everything Worth It Has Come By faith

faith and art

Everything worth it has come by faith. If you feel like giving up, it is no indication that you should. It is probably an indication that, behind that wall of discouragement and doubt, is an ever-springing life-giving well. You were meant to bring a blessing to thousands. With your words, your actions, your faith, your… Continue reading Everything Worth It Has Come By faith

Book Reviews

The Detective’s Assistant Review

the detective's assistant by kate hannigan

Did you know that Pinkerton's hired the first lady detective? Her name was Kate Warne, and her story is partly told in the delightlful and touching middle grade novel The Detective's Assistant, by the lovely Kate Hannigan. There are so many wonderful things in this story. A few who worked on the Underground Railroad, even… Continue reading The Detective’s Assistant Review

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Interview of Sarah Delena White: Author of Halayda—Launching March 25

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I have the privilege of interviewing my dear friend Sarah Delena White on her upcoming beautiful fantasy, Halayda. (Or is it Phantasie, like George MacDonald spells it?) Don't forget to pre-order the book here. Sarah and I share a love of George MacDonald, Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, Tolkien, tea, Messiah College, late night impromptu walks and… Continue reading Interview of Sarah Delena White: Author of Halayda—Launching March 25

Literature

The Power Of Indie Platforms

power of indie platforms

"I don't think you're dark enough for young adult. If you're going to submit this book to this agent, I would make it a middle-grade novel." I considered this an immense compliment. An author friend and I were chatting about what often sells in young adult fiction today. Angst, darkness, often it's overly-sexualized themes. Yeah, I… Continue reading The Power Of Indie Platforms

Life, mgp

In The End There Will Be Resolution

The finish line belongs to those who never give up. There will be Dry desert days. More doubt than faith. More darkness than light. But you don't have to see to believe. You don't have to feel to know. You don't have to experience to be sure. In the end there will be— The reward of… Continue reading In The End There Will Be Resolution

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5 Favorite Excerpts from 5 Favorite Books

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"But she had the German penchant for telling people off, and she died alone at 81, having scolded away all her friends." Because I am of Austrian/German heritage, I never forgot these words I read in William Zinsser's book, On Writing Well. “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness… Continue reading 5 Favorite Excerpts from 5 Favorite Books

Life, mgp, Uncategorized

Maybe You’re Supposed To Do This: Finding Your Way One Step at a Time

That dream that keeps coming to your heart again and again. The one that's never gone away, no matter what else you do. The one that you think of when you say, yeah, someday, when the time is right. When I have the right time, or the right tools, or after I finish this project,… Continue reading Maybe You’re Supposed To Do This: Finding Your Way One Step at a Time