Consider yourself blessed! I'm about to give you a rare sight: a direct look into a writer's mind as he creates. This week, I picked up an on-again-off-again project, "Locke Hart." At this particular point in the story, the main character, Locke, is troubled by something, and his friend Sam sees it on his face. … Continue reading A Creator’s Journey #9–Reuniting With Characters
What comes to mind when you think of an artist? A sex-obsessed painter with skintight clothes and an attitude? A doped-up rock star shredding a guitar? A short-haired chick who loves film and other women? Stereotypes abound, but there's a nugget of truth: many artists lie outside Christian circles, especially conventional ones. So, Christians should … Continue reading Why Christians Should Care About Art (Even Just a Little)
Sometimes, I feel like I'm living in a western movie. White men in North Dakota are trying to spread west, but run into Indian opposition. Terrified of the "red man," they paint him as the enemy, the great obstacle of progress. But at least westerns had the decency to make the Indians murderous villains, not quiet … Continue reading 75 YOF: John Wayne, North Dakota, and Casual Racism (The Searchers-1956)
I haven't read too many books on writing. Personally, I find more use from actual courses which allow for real writing and critique. However, I do still read to write. I just read novels. If you want to write journalism, read newspapers and web articles. If you want to write biographies, read biographies. If you … Continue reading A Creator’s Journey #8–Writing by Reading
It's one of those questions asked by scoffers and people who took one philosophy class. Why does an all-powerful, self-sufficient God need to be worshiped? Sometimes, they're asking why they need to worship God at church, but I'll answer that in another post. Right now, why does God need to be worshiped at all? For … Continue reading “Why Does God NEED to be Worshiped?” Because I’m a Geek, That’s Why
Anime is awesome. Let me start by saying that. This post is not to eviscerate the medium itself, but when anime fails, it fails hard. Four years ago, I wrote the original 10 Anime Tropes That Need to Die, and it's still one of most popular posts ever, so clearly it resonated with you guys. … Continue reading 10 More Anime Tropes that Need to DIE!
If you thought that title was boring, you just got the point. My family just moved from Denver, Colorado to Twin Falls, Idaho, and when we told our friends, they all gave us the same advice: Don't go through Wyoming. It's desolate and dull. Also, my parents, who helped us move and drove ahead of … Continue reading Musings on Mankind while Driving through Wyoming