Jessica E. Thomas

Jesus in the Cold and Dark
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Over the three day weekend, my family and I took a road trip to Columbus, Ohio. Nothing fancy, we just wanted to go far enough to feel like we were "getting away". Columbus is a nice place to visit, a...
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Knowing When to Quit
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One of my college creative writing professors said, "Sometimes you need to know when to quit. Acknowledge you've learned all you can from that poem, short story, narrative. It's as good as it's ever going to get. Time to move...
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Poem Published in Every Day Poets!
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Okay, I've been waaaaaaaaaay too busy. I FORGOT that I had a poem published in Every Day Poets this month. Well I didn't forget, the end of the month just crept up on me too fast. Please take a gander,...
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Star Trek and the Occult?
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Last week I talked a little about Star Trek and humanism. While writing the post, I came upon some . . . um . . . interesting information about where Gene Roddenberry got his ideas for the series.  Warning: this...
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Star Trek and Humanism
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A couple weekends ago I went to see the new Star Trek movie. Yes, I am a Trekkie. While growing up, I was more apt to watch an old Star Trek episode on Sunday mornings than listen to a preacher's...
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Show and Tell
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I’ve been on the subject of showing versus telling for the last few weeks. Today, I’ve decided to play show and tell with my novel, The Exception. As I mentioned in a previous post, I struggled a bit with characterization...
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Novels Are Not Movies
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Last Monday I talked about showing versus telling and how the phrase “show, don’t tell” has led to an overuse of showing in modern fiction. Young writers, eager to hone their craft, grasp onto the advice like a knife and...
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Taking the Risk
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You’ve probably heard “religion is a crutch” or more specifically “Jesus is a crutch”. Well, yeah. He is. Isn’t that the point? What you don’t often hear is this: Following Jesus is a risk. Why? Because when I choose to...
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Refined Sugar: the Gateway Drug
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In last Monday’s blog post, I challenged readers to consider life without their favorite sugary snack(s). I know it is difficult for some to imagine. It certainly was for me. It is strange to think grandmother’s chocolate chip cookies, which...
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Faith Meets Nutritional Science
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Where do Pop-Tarts come from? A Pop-Tart bush? A Pop-Tart tree? What about those marshmallows in Lucky Charms cereal? Do they grow like grapes on a vine? And God said let there be purple horseshoes, and there was. Hmm. I...
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