Note: This was posted at The Rabbit Room recently. So, you may have seen it there. Do not read it twice. It's like seeing yourself in time-travel. --sam Last night I wrote a fable. It's fabulous. And by that I mean it's a fable. With me? Words really mean things. I want to be some one whose appreciation of this fact fuels more intentional investigation on word origins. I only have one … [Read more...] about Apples of Gold in a Setting of Silver
Leg Crossers --Jason and Sam I got to meet fellow Rabbit Room writer Jason Gray in Nashville a few weeks ago, as well as hear him perform some songs. Then this past weekend got to hear him again here in southern West Virginia (thanks Matt and Mark). Gina and I (and the kids) got to spend some extended time with him and it was really special. I encourage you to check out his music. It's good, … [Read more...] about Blessed Be The Losers –Like Jason Gray and Sam Smith
Or, it's more about connection than it is about self-expression. And, of course, it depends on what we're after. If we want people (who are not our mothers) to read us, then we need connection way more than self-expression. I've never read Yancey, but I like this video (below). Especially at about the 23:20 point where he expresses how difficult writing is. As Pete Peterson said on the Story … [Read more...] about To Artists: It’s About Connection, Not Self-Expression
Writers are a pretty pathetic bunch. Especially, perhaps, those of us who want to have a book published, but haven't yet. We have these odd tensions that are unresolved, like so many guitar strings tuned to the point of snapping. I don't know if this ever changes, but one thing we writers do is try to convince ourselves that it's everyone's fault but our own when we fail. The excuses erupt. It's … [Read more...] about We Poor, Pathetic Writers and Our Martyr-like Self-delusions
N.D. Wilson answers this and more in this interview...Listen now. I found Wilson's remarks to be very inspiring and very helpful for: 1. Parents looking for discernment about what kids read. 2. Creative people who love the Bible (authors, musicians, etc.). 3. People who want to understand if we should only receive "Christian" media (books, music, films, etc.) and need wisdom on that front. 4. … [Read more...] about Can Christians Tell Good Stories?
Note: Previously posted at the Rabbit Room. As a reader of books who also writes, I often feel a distinct, conflicting emotion when I read great books written by great writers. There is the delight, of course. Here is a person made by God doing something beautiful. Then there is the (often very slight) tinge of despair as I recognize I could never do this. This is less pointed when the genre … [Read more...] about Appreciating Your Betters
I love Luke's "orderly account" of what has been accomplished by Yahweh in the first advent of Christ. We remember the true tale of how the angel Gabriel came to two people (in Luke’s account), one was a priest and the other a virgin. The priest's wife, Elizabeth, and Mary both get a lot of time in the early part of Luke. Both are women whose station in life is in relationship to their husbands … [Read more...] about A Great Man and Two Humble Women
In honor of the holy days ahead and seeing as no one in their right mind is reading blogs and such (even ones as brief as this one) I have decided to shut ‘er down for a week or so after tomorrow’s post. My parting thoughts (except for tomorrow’s post) are thus. Please don’t get too uptight about people saying “Happy Holidays,” instead of “Merry Christmas” –let’s just do our celebrating on … [Read more...] about This Week in Blogging and the “Big Deal” about saying “Happy Holidays”