Notes From All Over
My fuel gauge is bumping against empty today after a couple of weeks on the road for work, so in lieu of my usual half-baked meandering, here are a few links to recent articles touching on the intersection of faith and fiction, from blogs I enjoy.
“The Real Work,” from Adam McHugh at Introverted Church: If you’re a writer, is everything in your life besides writing simply a distraction? Adam is a hospice chaplain and author who explores in his books and blog how introverts can cope with and flourish within a church culture that often values volume over thoughtfulness.
“Why We Should NOT Label Christian Fiction,” by Mike Duran, guestblogging at Novel Rocket. The always-provocative Mr. Duran, author of supernatural tales The Resurrection and Winterland, explains why he believes the term “Christian Fiction” concedes a stereotype that burdens authors and repels readers. If you’re looking for some literary food for thought, or a good fight, check out his blog, DeCOMPOSE.
“If I Only Knew Then…” by Stephanie Morill, guestblogging at Writer…Interrupted. Stephanie, a YA author with publishing credits that include the popular Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series from Revell Books, reminisces about a few things she wishes she would have known when she began her writing journey. Stephanie hosts a forum for aspiring young authors, Go Teen Writers, which is chock-full of excellent advice for writers of any age. If you know a young person who would like to pursue writing as a career, or simply as a rewarding hobby, point them toward Stephanie.
And now for something completely different: “Lackadaisy Brimstone,” by Tracy J. Butler. Lackadaisy is a webcomic that tells the story of what Prohibition culture in 1920’s St. Louis might have been like…if everybody was a cat (you can read my review here). Ms. Butler does her research and seasons her remarkable artwork with historical scenery and props, usually with a bit of commentary on the side. In this particular strip, an amateur rum runner finds herself in a tight spot, and on the receiving end of a sermonette.
The second post was very intriging.
Broad spectrum of choice, Fred–thank you! I plan to read the article by Mike Duran. Am I up for a fight? Maybe one round.
Lately, I’ve been plagued by reading things then having a sinking feeling. I wonder what Duran would think of a writer who not only limited herself to ‘Christian fantasy’ but to writing this genre for women. After reading the article, will I have a sinking feeling…?
Maria, if I were you, I wouldn’t give a hoot in Hoboken what Mike Duran or anybody else thinks about the sort of writing you enjoy. If you’re passionate about it, go for it. Mike would probably say the same thing. His articles drive me nuts, but they make me think, and I appreciate that.
Thanks, Fred! I’ll head over to read it, then perhaps report whether I cried or screamed.
You’re a trooper,
Thanks for the Duran link, and another post that Duran linked to.