Six Years and a Day

Yesterday, October 28, I visited the grave of my late wife. The 6-year anniversary of her passing was crisp, clean and glorious with Autumn. Beauty intertwined with sadness, reflection with memory. Notably, for the first time in six years, the day was shot through with joy, too. Before she died, we had created 16 beautiful…

How Star Wars Changed My Life

For a few bright shining moments in 1977, a 9-year old boy named Dean Briggs sat in a darkened theater in Tulsa, OK with his jaw on the floor and his heart in outer space. I was watching something too real to be special effects, and too true to be untrue. That night, common cellophane…

WriterTips: A Primer on Names in LoKT

For any novelist, many factors go into choosing a good name for each character, including: Culture or ethnicity, Physical appearance, Personality, Temperament, History, and Rank within the story. These comprise the broad swath of identity which a name is meant to convey. Sometimes, an author will want to run counter to stereotype with a name…

Christmas 2011 Fantasy Prize Pack Official Rules

THE BASICS There are three types of entries: Photo Entries, Bonus Points, and Wild Cards. There are two main prizes: Grand Prize and Second Place. See below: THE DETAILS 1. Photo Entries To participate, you must upload at least one photo of yourself reading a Legends of Karac Tor book between Nov. 1-30 to the…

The Value of Intentional Disruption

Something about yesterday’s blog touched a nerve, it seems. Based on daily hits, The Spiritual Wisdom of Steve Jobs got anywhere from 30-40 times more hits than my average. A 40-fold increase? Why? No doubt, several factors converged. I assume many readers were curious fans of Apple tech. Others might have agreed with the longings…

The Spiritual Wisdom of Steve Jobs

So I stayed up late to write this. Past midnight, mind you. I was in bed, and actually got up and lumbered into my office, in the quiet dark, to write. About Steve Jobs. Everyone knew this day was coming. Yet I am struck by the strangeness of the loss I feel. First, you need…

The Magical Imagination, pt. 2

As mentioned in my last blog, parents must be discerning about what their kids read, now more than ever. My approach? I try to be 1) as cautious as necessary for wisdom’s sake, and 2) as liberal as possible for imagination’s sake. Each mom and dad must be led by the Holy Spirit. The seductions…