Redirection

Last year, my writer and blogger friends from my local critique group convinced me that a blog is supposed to stick to a main theme. I started my first blog as a mish-mash of topics that I felt passionate about, and I was told that was not the way to go.

I split off three topics into three additional theme-focused blogs, and this was the blog for all matters related to writing.

Mostly through my lack of effort, this plan hasn’t worked the way I’d like it to. 1) Keeping 4 blogs “current” with new content is far more challenging and requires a level of effort I obviously cannot provide. 2) I’m led to believe that what matters most is not theme but passion. Readers want entries written not to fill content for content’s sake, but to express what’s on the writer’s heart. Despite a variety of topics on my original blog, people still find the topics they want and respond to the best of my writing.

Therefore I will not be updating this blog any more. I am going to consolidate back to one blog.

I deeply and sincerely appreciate all of you who followed this blog and responded to my writing here, whether through comments, likes, or simply views. I will of course continue writing about my own experiences learning the craft of writing, so if you haven’t already followed my main blog and would like to, please check out SonWorshiper.

Why Switchfoot won’t sing Christian songs

Jon Foreman of Switchfoot makes a persuasive argument for staying out of a box and telling an authentic story the way you see it. Don’t write ‘Christian’ stories or songs just to sound spiritual and make your fellow church members happy. Write stories and songs that inspire, that encourage, that harness some piece of reality around us and speak to the reader. Write something true.

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Lead singer Jon Foreman was asked if Switchfoot is a “Christian” band. His response is worth pondering.

“To be honest, this question grieves me because I feel that it represents a much bigger issue than simply a couple SF tunes. In true Socratic form, let me ask you a few questions: Does Lewis or Tolkien mention Christ in any of their fictional series? Are Bach’s sonata’s Christian? What is more Christ-like, feeding the poor, making furniture, cleaning bathrooms, or painting a sunset? There is a schism between the sacred and the secular in all of our modern minds. The view that a pastor is more ‘Christian’ than a girls volleyball coach is flawed and heretical. The stance that a worship

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Further Self-Publishing Resources

This was another fantastic article on the subject.

Reading these gets me excited… not because I think I have some magic market-shattering bestseller hiding in my head waiting to hit the Kindle, but because what once seemed so lofty and unattainable – putting a book on the market, subject to the whims of the editors and publishers – now seems easily within reach.

I’m encouraged. Hope you are too.

Blessed

Sleeping baby on my chest
Wild toddler now at rest
Curled up in a blanket nest
Mom and Dad are richly blessed

Sleeping toddler eyes have closed
What he dreams of no one knows
Soon I’ll join his peaceful rest
Joy-filled heart, words can’t express
Sleeping babies are the best

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