1. Sherwood Smith says:

    Great post, Kaci.

  2. Galadriel says:

    I’ll have to share this on Facebook later today.

  3. Kessie says:

    The only answer, I think, is to write what you want to read. Sooner or later the public taste will swing your way and you’ll be golden. What was once will be again and all that jazz.

  4. Galadriel says:

    The site cut my post short again:( I was going to say that I have been experiancing this in class. I absolutely hate my modern realistic story, and most other people like it, if not love. If they like that junk, why is it so hard for some to understand what I think is my good stuff, my fantasy stuff.

  5. Kaci says:

    I sort of like the proverb “Neither seek nor shun the fight,” which I got from a Michael Phillips book about ancient Scotland.
    Galadriel, I have a friend who experienced similar frustrations with her art classes. The bulk of the university program, faculty, and students favored modern art, which my friend hates.  Her true genre is a bit more traditional, and her favorite medium is water color.  It was a fight for her to keep that perspective in the face of that much frustration and external pressure. But be encouraged; just because it’s not to someone’s personal genre taste doesn’t make it not good. Getting modern realist lovers to like fantasy is about like getting me to love romance.  Unless you’re someone who can appreciate the skill without finding the product appealing personally, it’s just not going to happen.
    So…show it to people who like fantasy once you’ve submitted it. That’ll help. 0=)

  6. I keep coming back to this. As a writer, as a blogger, as a youth director, as someone who ends up typing out these excessively long answers to the question “Can you help me with…” it was such a relief to see someone else saying this happens to them, too. More importantly, it was a tremendous comfort to see that Christ (again) knows perfectly well even the most mundane trials we face.

    Not only that our efforts are taken for granted.

    Not only that our words are turned on their heads.

    Not only that people find meanings in our words that we explicitly attempted to avoid.

    But all of the above.

    Thanks for the great entry! 

  7. Maria Tatham says:

    Kaci, you’ve given us so much of importance here — thank you! 

    It seems that, as Kessie commented, we should write what we like. This means more than that, I thing. It means to be true to the person God made us to be, to please Him, to expect to be disappointed or thrilled by responses at times — in everything to seek what He calls us to do.


  8. Maria Tatham says:


    I linked to this post in the intro to my latest story at:


    If anyone wants to read my take on Bluebeard, and respond with LOVE or HATE, that would be great.


  9. KC says:

    I mostly liked the picture of the kitten on the piano…just kidding. As always, Kaci, you are deep and thought-provoking.

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