Not Squirrels–Things We Call Distractions, But Really Aren’t

Not Squirrels–Things We Call Distractions, But Really Aren’t

A few weeks ago, we talked about my dog Reese who loves squirrels. I compared her obsessive focus on the furry beasts to a writer’s tendency to chase “squirrels” when he should be writing. You can find that post here!   Today I’d like to address another problem that has come up in my own …

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The Power of Words

The Power of Words

Words have rent nations, formed alliances, changed history forever. Two words bind one man and one woman in a covenantal relationship until death. They can build people up and they can tear them down again. Words have power. An immense power, even greater than that of an atomic bomb. James talks about the untamable tongue …

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8 Books I Want To Read This Fall

8 Books I Want To Read This Fall

It’s hard to believe it’s already fall! I’m more than ready for hot apple cider, sweaters, falling leaves, and all things plaid. (Others in my family are excited about all things pumpkin spice—coffee, popcorn, frosted flakes. 🤢) As the weather gets cooler (or is supposed to, here in Ohio weather gets a little wacky), not …

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Celebrate Small Wins!+A Poet’s Dictionary Release!

Celebrate Small Wins!+A Poet’s Dictionary Release!

context: The good guys (Snyder and co.) just captured one of the villains. “A crooked grin slanted across Snyder’s face. He was having too much fun. But he deserved to celebrate a victory. They all did. It was easy to forget they actually succeeded sometimes.” – Checkmate   While I’m no longer working on Checkmate, …

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Squirrel!–Dealing With Writing Distractions

Squirrel!–Dealing With Writing Distractions

  Our dog Reese has a concentration problem. If food or a toy is involved, she’s all ears. But when it’s time to go outside for you-know-what, every single thing is a distraction. Birds. Bugs. Kids screaming at recess. Power tools. Squirrels. Those furry little creatures have captured her attention for countless hours. We often …

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Windsong: A Poem

Windsong: A Poem

The wind makes its music in the trees, Rustling the branches, Rattling the leaves.   It brushes its silvery fingers Through the grass, Across the colors, of stained window glass.   It whistles its soothing tones Through the fields of green and yellow, Across the shining surface of a pond.   Sometimes it turns into …

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Become an Inspiration Lightning Rod

Become an Inspiration Lightning Rod

Output requires intake, and literary output requires literary intake. Wordsmithy, by Douglas Wilson, page 30.   I think all of us have experienced creative burnout at some point or another in our writing journey. Whether it’s simply running out of ideas or the inability to write at all, burnout is no fun. When you face …

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Oliver Twist: A Lesson on Satisfying Endings+Meet the New Blog Mascot!

Oliver Twist: A Lesson on Satisfying Endings+Meet the New Blog Mascot!

Warning: This post contains spoilers for Oliver Twist and Star Wars: A New Hope. Dickens’ classic, Oliver Twist, is a novel full of darkness and despair. But that evil is lessened by the hope found in little Oliver himself. No matter the tragedy, he maintains his sweet, hopeful innocence. Because of these incredibly dark themes, the ending …

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