I have the privilege of being a guest poster over at I Saw Lightning Fall, the blog of writer Loren Eaton. I've never met Loren in real life, but on the internet he sure seems like one of the good ones and has always been very encouraging to me. Loren has a cool, thoughtful blog and for some reason he asked for me to be a part of his guest post pulpit supply while he is away. Read my riveting … [Read more...] about The Rise and Fall of I Saw Lightning Fall
Do you know what toy a baby most wants to play with? The one just out of his reach. So too, are we. Groping infants all, the discontent in our hearts extending in greedy feelers to the world. See similar post here: "The corners of our eyes are a paradise of lies." … [Read more...] about The Natural
This is my post from the Rabbit Room today. Go there and join the discussion. Note: In case you are looking for an old RR post of mine. Though you can't find all my RR posts over there, you can link to them all at my front page, there's a RR icon over in the bottom right corner: http://www.sdsmith.net/. That's if anyone cares besides my mom. :) Do people everywhere say they covet prayers? I … [Read more...] about Mister Wizard, Get Me Out of Here
My new post is up at the Rabbit Room. In the first part (which you can read here, even here, I say) of this random, semi-coherent series about why I write fiction I made an inexhaustive effort to answer a basic question of legitimacy in the minds of some folks I come across (usually with good intentions) who are afraid fiction is at best a waste of time, and at worst an evil distraction from … [Read more...] about Why Do You Write Fiction? Part II: Things and Man and God (sorry no Latin)
"Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it." -C. S. Lewis Do you worry about being original just like everyone else? I do --probably to a fault. But I’m trying to just … [Read more...] about I Made This Post Up Myself
picture by Sherri Hogue Note: Today's post is doubly posted at the Rabbit Room for good measure. (That's twice the usual posting action!) I don't usually do that, but I'm taking it for a spin. C.S. Lewis famously warned us of the dangers of chronological snobbery, and he is right on. My own snobbery begins in my mind with this sentence, "I used to..." I try to stop it from coming out my mouth, … [Read more...] about I used to be a snob, but I’m better than that now (and better than you)
Grammar? Spelfing? Is it any one thing you can put your index, or perhaps pointer, finger on? Here’s some things that have been standing out to me lately in blogging. Side note: Ever notice how “standing out” sounds bad, but “outstanding” sounds good? Ok, some things I think I like in blogs. Brevity: Keep it short. Abraham is the king of this and his blog gets read every single day by many … [Read more...] about What Makes One Blog Gooder Than Others?
Some people are so certain about uncertainty that it undermines their position. Honest inquiry? Certainly. However, let us toward something. Doubt is an insufficient Creed. … [Read more...] about Overcorrection is where the worst accidents happen