I recently attended a writing lecture hosted by a fairly successful author whose stories I have always strongly disliked. I figured that if nothing else, I could at least gain a better understanding of why I disliked her books and writing style, and avoid them in my own writings. When she opened the floor … Continue reading In Defense of Love
Have you ever noticed how many older books mention God? From Sherlock Holmes to Jane Eyre, it seems that many books written before the 20th century seem to include a copious amount of Christianity. In contrast, the majority of modern Christian stories are now sharply divided from secular stories. The secular books generally leave every trace … Continue reading Oh, That Old Time Religion!
Remember me? 🙂 My apologies for neglecting this blog for so long. A lot has been going on in my life lately. I had a little run-in with a friend while playing football, and have spent the last month recovering slowly from a concussion. Then I had school to deal with - as of last Wednesday, … Continue reading Well, Hi There!
Today is a happy day - it's the beginning of a two-week holiday for my family! The next fortnight will be filled with traveling, visiting with family and friends, lots of laughter and no school. I'm already getting super excited about the socks I'm going to knit, the books I'm going to read and … Continue reading A Little Bit of Everything
The other day, I was talking to someone about Captain America. I said how much I admired Steve Rogers's character. "I've never really cared for him," the other person said. "He's just too nice." It's not a new sentiment - objecting to characters because they're too good. It's an objection that I've heard many times, … Continue reading No More Mr. Nice Guy
We're only 20 days into the New Year, and already life has been quite busy around my house! I'm now in my third week of online college, I'm reading all sorts of fun books, slaving away on editing one of my novels, written an interview for The Story Girl blog, and on top of all … Continue reading Story Girl Interview, College, and Sherlock
I suppose that if I were a truly accomplished blogger, I would have written this post last night! But New Years' Day is surely just as special as New Years' Eve, don't you think? This past year has been such a blur of new experiences that last night, I actually had a hard time remembering … Continue reading Happy New Years’ Everyone!
Isn't it interesting that very rarely in any book is the main character actually our favorite hero? Frodo is supposed to be the main character of The Lord of the Rings, yet I invariably discuss, think about and admire Gandalf, Aragorn, and even Boromir more than I do Frodo. When I read Enemy Brothers, of course I … Continue reading Of Secondary Importance
What are some of the most important things you've learned from having a job of your own? God has used this new job of mine to teach me tons of life-lessons. It has NOT been easy (I've had quite a few meltdowns) but looking back on how far God has brought me in my walk with Him, I … Continue reading Interview
One year ago, I sat in bed with a horrible stomach ache and nothing to do. I thought, "I know, I'll update my blog!" But my old blog had somehow locked me out, making it impossible for me to write any new posts. So I thought, "I know, I'll create a whole new blog!" I … Continue reading Hopewriter Blog’s First Birthday!