I’m Writing a Book!

It’s sort of funny:

When I was in college, I had this group of friends that was, for the most part, comprised entirely of English majors. And every one of them, as you might imagine, wanted to write a novel; it was just in their nature. Our nature. Before we graduated, the majority of us had begun what we all believed to be our first “great work,” the novel that would bring us into authorship, free us from the shackles of the nine-to-five and usher us into the pantheon of some of writing’s greats.

None of those works panned out (to my knowledge). Writing’s hard, telling stories is hard, much less telling stories others would like to read, and much much less telling ones they would want to pay money for. Speaking for myself, I wrote what I thought would be my ticket, the book(s) I’d be working on for years to come.

But it wasn’t. (more…)

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A List of Things to Get You into the Halloween Spirit

I absolutely love the Halloween season. It’s been years since I’ve dressed up, I don’t go to parties, by and large I sit at home Halloween night as if it were any other evening in the week, but I can’t help it—I love this time of year. And I don’t necessarily know why.

I don’t love horror, I’m not the most social of people and Halloween often passes me by with little more than a whisper—but it isn’t so much the night of Halloween that I love; it’s the month that leads up to it that gets me excited. The playfully creepy nature of every decoration, every food, every movie, and every book underlines a deep bit of nostalgia I forget about for portions of the year, but as the weather begins to cool and the nights become longer, the feeling comes rushing back, ringing in the gauntlet of holidays I long for the other months of the year.

So to highlight this season I love so much, I want to share some of the things that get me in the Halloween spirit. This will be movies, this will be books, this will be games—one big Halloween mega-post suitable for the scary nights to come. Let’s get started! (more…)

Do Not Disagree Over This

It may come as no surprise that I am rather long-winded. If you’ve ever read a sentence I’ve written or listened to me speak, then you know that I choose my words carefully, but tend toward using 100 words when what I’m saying requires four. It isn’t something I necessarily love about myself. I wish I could be more concise. I wish I could communicate in a simpler way, but sometimes I enjoy the padding my words create, the spices, the seasonings being sprinkled along what it is I mean, because I believe when you are trying to tell a story, or communicate an idea, concise isn’t always better or more effective.

But sometimes it is. (more…)

Here is the House, it is Green and White

I read a brief article earlier today (and you can too) by a pastor in North Carolina. It was entitled, “I Don’t Understand Christians Watching Game of Thrones,” and in the article, the pastor (his name is Kevin, let’s call him Kevin) lazily wonders how a Christian could watch a show with so much hedonistic content, despite having never watched the show himself. Despite having never examined the content by which he is criticizing to have a rounded and fuller viewpoint, good or bad, pro or con. And this approach to things is indicative of what is becoming (and let’s be honest, has been for a long time) a very negative trait in modern Christianity, wherein sinful content, most often sexual, is earmarked as unhelpful and uninformative and to be dismissed altogether.

I used my words carefully there: Unhelpful. Uninformative. Lazily. (more…)

I’m Doing a New Little Thing

With the void before me left behind by the ending of my webcomic, I needed something creative to invest a bit of time. Programming has been coming along well, but there’s something oddly mechanical about learning to code. Algorithms, systems, scripts—even the front end side—allows for so much creativity, but the learning of it can be a bit of a monotonous task at times.

So, I decided to revisit the well. (more…)