Jesus and the Christian Writer

I’m a Christian writer.  In a nation that is becoming increasingly post-Christian I am proud to call myself a Christian writer.  If you do not believe that we are becoming a post-Christian nation, that there is hope for our nation to “go back to God”, then we have a long way to go, and inContinue reading “Jesus and the Christian Writer”

Hamartia and the Modern Reader

An article written in 2008 by Lionel Shriver entitled “Missing the Mark” still rings true today.  Even though the article is largely about the dissappearance of quotation marks in dialogue, Shriver points out that the reason that the creation of new literary works are on the decline in the United States is simply because theContinue reading “Hamartia and the Modern Reader”

Common Core Reading Simplified

Since today’s blog must begin with the letter “C”, I must write about the newest craze in education: Common Core State Standards. I have been teaching reading and writing for 15 years and for most of that time I was given a set of standards by the State of Oklahoma called the PASS guidelines.  TheseContinue reading “Common Core Reading Simplified”

Generous Benefactors: Why Must Sports Get All The Money?

Today I read a story from the Los Angeles Times about Helen Zell, wife of billionaire Sam Zell who just donated $50 million to the University of Michigan for creative writing programs.  I applaud the Zell’s for their generosity, but this is very rare in the world of philanthropy. Most of the philanthropic efforts beingContinue reading “Generous Benefactors: Why Must Sports Get All The Money?”

6 Thoughts on Sending Query Letters

Today I wrote up a query letter as a proposal for This Broken Earth, and sent it to about 40 different literary agents to test the waters about the book and hopefully get one of those fish to bite.  I neglected to realize that most of them would be out for the holidays, and soContinue reading “6 Thoughts on Sending Query Letters”

2 Days Until My Book Releases…Or the World Ends

I received the book back from the proofer (quick job, but thorough) and am finally finished with all the corrections.  Book 3 will hit the Kindle and Nook market on Friday on schedule…unless the world ends. I feel strange since finishing this novel that took about 18 months of my life to complete.  I’m lookingContinue reading “2 Days Until My Book Releases…Or the World Ends”

7 Days Until My Novel is Done…or the World Ends

Last night I wrote probably the most exciting, grisly action fighting scene of my life.  It was a fight between a hardened post-apocalyptic survivalist and a former CIA operative.  One had a nightstick and the other had a knife.  I won’t tell you who wins, but you’ll have to read Book 3: Babylon the Great toContinue reading “7 Days Until My Novel is Done…or the World Ends”

5 Best Selling Novels We’ve Forgotten

I have been accused, on occasion, of lamenting the success of Twilight.  Why shouldn’t I?  It reads like a poorly scripted soap opera, it’s characters are shallow at best and it has no lasting value in regards to the human condition…and aren’t we already tired of seeing vampire books?  Most publishing houses are currently using aContinue reading “5 Best Selling Novels We’ve Forgotten”

Finished Book 2 Rough Draft Today

As of today I am right on schedule.  I finished The U.S.S. Ronald Reagan, Book 2 of my WIP This Broken Earth.  This book is a little over half the length of Book 1, but is packed with constant action that does not seem to let up for a moment.  I think I will have toContinue reading “Finished Book 2 Rough Draft Today”

The U.S. of After Chapter 56

Morax I perched on the top rail of the control tower.  This dead president boat once served a mighty nation that fell into our hands.  The ship was ours now.  Americans didn’t need what Americans couldn’t maintain. Long way down was the ocean. It was wide and rolling along as we sailed the path toContinue reading “The U.S. of After Chapter 56”