Jessica E. Thomas

All My Tears
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I want to talk about death for a moment. (Happy Friday!) I gently touched on the subject at the end of yesterday’s blog post. I didn’t say death. I didn’t say heaven or hell. I just brought up the point...
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Good Morning Worthless and Here’s Some Spam
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Okay, so I'm not worthless. Still emails like the following tend to spark a twinge of worthlessness or feelings of "nobody cares what I have to say". (Then I kick myself and get over it.) Thank you for offering your...
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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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Can You Spot the Telling?
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Anyone who has taken any sort of fiction writing class has probably heard the phrase, "Show, don't tell." I heard it in my college creative writing courses and, like most aspiring writers, I took the advice very seriously. Those words...
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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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