All an author asks for is a chance. A chance, and the worshipful adulation of millions and the affirmation of our stubborn fathers and skyrocketing sales and awards and parades and magnificent statues looming before grand institutions named in our honor. We are a modest bunch. When I wrote The Green Ember, I genuinely just wanted a chance. I wanted a try-out, to use sports terminology … [Read more...] about You Held My Heart In Your Hands
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N. D. Wilson is the Master of American Magic. There is no other middle-grade author who writes such powerful fantasy with an American accent. And I don’t mean Wilson’s own accent, though he does go in for hard Rs. I mean the stories themselves. They are the kinds of tales you can’t imagine being narrated by one of our cousins from across the pond. How many fantasy stories do you know like that? … [Read more...] about Outlaws of Time: N. D. Wilson, Master of American Magic
I went to a conference and felt small. I felt poor. And I was both glad and grateful. In fact, it was one of the best conferences I’ve ever been to on a number of levels. I left feeling profoundly encouraged. It was the Circe National Conference in Charleston, SC. I was there sharing my books, and listening to sessions led by brilliant men and women. The conference was loaded with people involved … [Read more...] about A Cathedral of Words: A Small Reflection on the Circe Conference
I'm so honored to be over at my friend Sally Clarkson's blog today talking about New Stories With an Old Soul. She's also giving away three copies of my new book, The Black Star of Kingston. Head over and enter the giveaway! ***** “It is of the new things that men tire—of fashions and proposals and improvements and change. But it is the old things that startle and intoxicate; it is the … [Read more...] about New Stories With an Old Soul: And a Giveaway with Sally Clarkson
The man who designed the cover of The Green Ember is named Paul Boekell. In fact, after an early version of the design, I asked Paul to make the author name just a bit bigger. "I think I know what Sam is after," he said. "This will definitely be the final version." So with some excitement, I clicked on the attachment. This is what I saw. Awesome, right? I laughed so hard when I saw this that I … [Read more...] about Puzzling Out Where Stories Collide
We are NOT that perfect family that sits together by the fireside every night after gourmet meals reading Shakespeare to the babies. But we are on a journey. We are sharing time together reading aloud, experiencing a shared story, and creating a common history. Nothing can quite replace the experience of a family on a journey together. What's even sweeter is finding your family isn't alone, that … [Read more...] about Building A Family Culture Around Books
Here are two short sections from a wonderful piece about fasting (and feasting) from Peter Leithart. It's a very positive article about the part of Christianity that is saying "no." A good read for modern people unaccustomed/hostile to hearing "no" and for ordinary evangelicals (like me) still a little confused about Lent. I strongly recommend it all.... -- This helps us see where Adam’s fast … [Read more...] about To Fast or Too Fast?
Note: This is the first part of a post that's up over at For the Family, so go ahead and go there if you want to skip this tease... --- I peruse twitter and, despite my half-hearted efforts at censoring them, the ubiquitous quotes on maximizing success just cannot be stopped. These success quote manufacturers must be reading their own material, because it is impossible to escape their … [Read more...] about Planting Trees vs. #Successing
Today I'm super happy to be featured over at my friend Sally Clarkson's blog. (And yes, I'm bragging about being friends with such a cool person.) She very generously asked me to write a post and do a giveaway at her site. As a big fan of Sally's work, and that of her whole family, I'm really grateful. (By the way, have you ordered her new book yet? Get that!) Since Sally's ministry is aimed at … [Read more...] about The Man Who Saved Narnia (And a Giveaway at Sally Clarkson’s)
I know everyone has seen this, but I wanted it here to see again in the future. Amazing. HT: Every single human being on Facebook. … [Read more...] about Best Football Play Ever
I've been reading some old stories in preparation for sharing some on Fridays over at Story Warren and I came across this little gem from Mrs. W. K. Clifford. It's from her collection, Very Short Stories, written around the turn of the last century. While it's probably too didactic for children to enjoy and has no real plot, I found it inspiring and lovely. It gets at something I believe many of … [Read more...] about The Light on the Hills
I'm a guest blogger over at the wonderful Kristin Hill Taylor's site, 152 Insights To My Soul. I'm over there talking about something I love very much. Check it out. … [Read more...] about 152 Insights To…Moving the Turtle?