Love at Christmas

In the spirit of God’s love at Christmas, I share with you today’s Epistle reading from The Book of Common Prayer: 1 John 4:7-16  King James Version (KJV)   7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and …

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The Christmas Truce

This is a tough world to figure out. Depending on your worldview, people are either inherently good with the bad habit to do bad things or they are inherently evil who once in a while do something good and wonderful. Because of the belief in original sin, Christians generally adhere …

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Unlikeable Characters

In a recent blog, I touched upon the problem of unlikeable characters. I mentioned that I stopped reading a published book because I didn’t like any of the characters. So when do I think a reader will keep reading about unlikeable characters? I’d say one or more of the following …

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Joy to the (Writer’s) World!

The Christmas season is upon us. A time of delight and good cheer. A time overflowing with laughter, when we’re restored to carefree children filled with wonder. Right? Um…not so much. In fact, a number of folks have said how frustrated they are, how they’re behind on everything, and overwhelmed …

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Mr. Ed Is a Backseat Driver

There are few things more frustrating to aspiring authors than the requirement they have a significant national following and robust “author platform” before their book is considered by an agent or publisher. After all, isn’t the book supposed to help create that? It is like needing extensive work experience to …

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The Joy of a Client Christmas Card List

It’s that time of year where notes, cards, and gifts are exchanged. A family and friends list of names is one thing (my wife wonderfully handles those), but it is that list of clients where I spend a lot of time. Yes it is considerable work but quite satisfying. Recite …

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