Never seek fame. With it comes haters. The more people see you, the more they can despise you. Seek art, enjoyment, change in peoples' lives, any other goal, and the hate won't bother you so much. However, if you get any recognition on the internet, vile things will come your way. Okay, no joke, AS … Continue reading Tips from Jesus on Dealing with Bad Comments
Whatever medium we create--music, movies, books, Sunday-morning interpretive dance (yes, that's a thing), all Christian artists agree that their work must glorify God. But what does that mean? I asked that of my old pastor, a singer and songwriter (ever heard of PCD? He was the C). I asked if being a Christian meant you … Continue reading How Does a Christian Artist Glorify God?
It's simple: they send you a picture, you write a story about that picture in 1000 words or less. I love a good challenge, so I accepted. It's what they call the Penprints Flash Fiction Dash. Lucky you, my story came out to less than 500 words. Here's the picture they sent me and here's … Continue reading “Away” –for the Penprints Flash Fiction Dash
Intros are for people with time on their hands and you're a busy person, so let's get right to it. How DO you turn a book into a movie successfully, according to this nerd's perspective? 1. Put the Book in the Blender and hit Puree Yes, fellow bibliophiles, if you want a good movie adaptation, … Continue reading How to Turn a Book into a Movie in Two Agonizing Steps
I've been pretty darn hard on Christian fiction and Christian art in general, and I stand by what I've said. However, I cannot and will not say that everything in Christian fiction is terrible--far from it! But I haven't given much attention to the good things, and that's not fair. So to make up for … Continue reading The 5 Best Things in Christian Fiction Right Now
No, not Stephanie Meyer. You can relax. I'm talking about Brandon Sanderson. Author of the Mistborn novels, The Stormlight Archive, the guy who finished Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time after his death, and lots more. Dozens of factors play into success, but there's one fact that should not be overlooked: Sanderson is good. Freaking good. Now, … Continue reading Why a Mormon Writer is Smarter Than Most Christian Writers
Music has the power to say what words alone cannot. Poetry reaches deeper than any lecture can. That's why Christians invest so much in the music industry. But sometimes, we miss things. Sometimes we make mistakes. So rather than write a bunch of blog posts, I'll simply give you guys five songs to listen to. … Continue reading 5 Christian Songs Christians Need to Hear