A few days ago I listed my fiction reading from last year (2010) and wrote a short intro that relates to some of this as well. I'm determined to read a bit more widely this year in non-fiction, but I don't really have much of a plan. As a reader, I'm kind of like the kid just getting used to playing the sport, learning to love it. (FYI: The sport is reading.) I will need more and more coaching as … [Read more...] about 2010 In The Books (Not Fiction)
Every year I mean to write down the books I read as I read them, but I never remember to. So, below you'll find a list of what I can remember that I read this past year. So fascinating, I know. Please don't hyperventilate. I'd love to bore you with more details, like which books I loved and which not so much, but I won't. Most were good (Winter's Tale), some were transporting (Paradise Lost). I'm … [Read more...] about 2010 In The Books (Fiction)
Hutchmoot, the first annual Rabbit Room conference retreat gathering summit festival event, is happening this weekend in Nashville, TN. It's the maiden voyage and I'm thrilled to be there for the breaking of the champagne bottle against the vessel. And the hoisting of the anchor. Also, the green-faced sea-sickness. The last time I went to Nashville it was for a basketball tournament back when I … [Read more...] about Hutchmoot Ahoy
UPDATE: Now there are zero slots left. Dang it. My timing stinks. UPDATE: There are almost ZERO slots left. Register now, or lose your place forever. Back-story: The Rabbit Room is a online public house, a website where some Christians (creative types, mostly) meet up and talk about the Story, Story, stories, movies, music, and a bunch of other stuff. It’s supposed to be an Inklings kind of … [Read more...] about What is the Hutchmoot and Why Should I Go?
The contest is the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. I made it into the top 1,000,000,000,000 and am therefore pretty sure to win. OK, really it's only the top 1,000. It was based solely on the book pitch (short summary of the book). This is good. Next they narrow it down to the Top 250 (reading an excerpt from the book). It's like American Idol except with no idols or Americans and it's … [Read more...] about My Novel (Shadwell) Makes Second Round of Amazon/Penguin Contest
I had fun with last week’s post about what actually happened last year, and it was true enough. But it’s clear to me that there is a danger for me in being too flippant about the events of life. In particular, there’s a danger in not recognizing, with thankfulness, the sovereign hand of God for our good and, most importantly, for his glory, in all things. So God himself is, of course, the author … [Read more...] about 2009 for God’s Glory and Our Good: A More Substantive “This Stuff Actually Happened Last Year”
OK, since everyone is legally required to do these things, I will comply. In no particular order --and in no way does this constitute the kind of reflection one ought to engage in-- in 2009: 1. I won’t share much of my family life, as is my general custom*, but my wife Gina and I welcomed our third child (somehow not named Ender) and second son into our home. He has been a lot of fun –chief … [Read more...] about This Stuff Actually Happened Last Year
I received word that I did not win the West Virginia Fiction Award. This was a disappointment, but it was an honor to have been included among the finalists. It was mostly difficult because chief among the criticisms I received from the final judge were formatting issues that could have only been altered after the story was sent in (electronically). I was asked to paste the story in the body of … [Read more...] about An Update on the West Virginia Fiction Award, queue up “I’m a loser, baby….”