My 6 Favorite Things About Fall
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Every season brings its own joys. In winter, I love the snow (if we get any). People may think I’m insane, but I love sub-zero sunny January days, especially when there’s snow on the ground. Spring brings the welcome relief of warmer temperatures and beautiful spring flowers, as well as young leaves and the occasional satisfying thunderstorm (assuming the storm doesn’t bring tornados). Summer comes with outdoor parties, swimming, and bike riding. But there’s something about fall. I live in farm country, so fall represents the (hopefully) bountiful harvest after a long growing season. Before the harvest, the corn and...
How to Survive This Election Season
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The 2020 presidential election is shaping up to be one of the most contentious elections in American history. There are many reasons for this. Our president doesn’t behave the way we are accustomed to politicians behaving. Our news media earns its money sowing discord. There is a deep ideological divide between the right and left. We’re in the middle of a pandemic. Racial tensions are at an all-time high. I could go on. But I won’t. Because— I’M TIRED If you’re like me, you’re already emotionally exhausted watching current events unfold. You can campaign for your candidate. Support them on...
When to Speak (and When to Stay Silent)
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I messed up. I commented on a Facebook post without invitation. The meme was political and typical of today’s climate. I guess I’d reached a limit. I’d watched too many videos of riots. Seen too many tweets gleefully wishing for the deaths of politicians. Too much stereotyping. Too much hyperbole. But that’s not an excuse. In this instance, I should have stayed silent. Instead I commented, “Why are we at a place where we think it’s okay to wish for the death of our politicians”? And the discussion went from there, although it wasn’t really a discussion. It was two...
Should You Write Christian Speculative Fiction?
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If asked whether “Christian Speculative Fiction author” is a viable career path, I would think for a millisecond. Then I would say: No. And yes. It depends. WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS? Whether or not you should take the plunge into Christian Speculative Fiction depends on your goals. Do you want to evangelize? Do you want to edify the Body of Christ? Do you want to make money? But first let’s talk about what Christian Speculative Fiction is. WHAT IS CHRISTIAN SPECULATIVE FICTION? Christian speculative fiction is an umbrella term for three primary genres and a host of secondary genres. The...
5 Mistakes That Stalled My Writing Career
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I've been at this writing career for over twenty years. Specifically, I’ve been in online fiction writing circles since 2008. I was online just in time to watch print on demand publishing, indie publishing, and ebook publishing take off. Back then, I wanted a full-time writing career within ten years. I didn’t realize my goal, but thousands of indie authors have. Am I kicking myself? Yeah. WHAT DID I DO WRONG? The main reason I didn’t meet my writing career goal is a noble one. I had two kids. Babies certainly throw a wrench in plans, but that’s okay. Even...
A Closer Reading of Noah and the Great Flood
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I neglected my Bible reading for many years, but recently decided to reincorporate daily reading into my life. This morning’s reading took me through the story of Noah and the Great Flood. This is not a discussion on the historicity of Noah and the flood, although it is interesting to note that the Judeo-Christian tradition is not alone in its depiction of a great flood. Catastrophic flood stories exist in many mythic traditions and a comparative analysis could fill the pages of a long book. I studied comparative mythology in college and came to believe that all myths contain threads of...
When Life Punches You in the Gut
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Fettuccini I cried myself to sleep Sunday night. My cat, Fettuccini (a.k.a. Fetti, Feta, Sweet Precious Kitty) got out sometime during the day on Sunday. We have no idea when. She’s becoming braver. When the front door opens, she peeks her head out and sniffs. If you aren’t watching, she’ll slink onto the porch. She drops to her belly and rolls around on the concrete like it’s a fluffy mattress made in heaven. Sometime during the day on Sunday, she got out without us noticing. Later in the evening, hubs and I realized we hadn’t seen her all day, so...
Outputstream: Brilliance
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What is brilliance? Some say it's a flash. A flash of what? Bright light descending from heaven, imparted through the glow of one's aura which is proposed to exist but has never been seen. New age mumbo jumbo meant to turn me into one of the mindless masses, as if becoming one with nothing is a desirable end goal. A moth drawn to a porch light, eyes wide, like glittering nickels. Fly too close and you will burn as bright as God's countenance. We can barely imagine it without being burned. A deep resonance sounds in our gut, vibrating the...
Ava
Gluten Free Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Today's post is all about... Chocolate Chip Cookies!! Who doesn't love chocolate chip cookies? (Not me! I mean...me!!! Wait. Double negatives are hard.) Whenever we made homemade chocolate chip cookies when I was growing up, I ate through them voraciously. That's partly because chocolate chip cookies are the best cookie ever invented, but it's also because I have a virtually untamable sweet tooth. It's not something I'm proud of. A Healthier Treat for the Sweetest Tooth I've been trying to tame my sweet tooth. Which is hard when these gluten free chocolate chip cookies are laying around the house! However,...
Ava Eating a Juice Pop
Juice Pops
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The Hubs' Starbucks bill has been creeping up lately. When I asked him what on earth he'd been drinking, he informed me that minion #3 requires a cake pop every time he goes through the drive through. One of her aunties got her started on the cake pops 🙂 and now they are a thing she MUST have. Another type of lollypop, or "sucker" as we call them in my neck of the woods, has recently become popular at out house, thanks to Santa Claus. He left silicone ice ball trays in the kids' stockings, and when I saw them,...
Autumn Road
Novels novels everywhere and not a minute to write…
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Today's "something shiny" is a novel I started about four years ago. I didn't get very far with it. In fact, what you see below is all there is. Nevertheless, I'm intrigued with this cast of characters and I'd like to finish their story sometime. I have only a vague idea of what it would be about... Poem's Story Yellow maple leaves fluttered overhead as Ed Watts pulled his 1964 El Camino off Ohio 52. October, yet the summer heat would not relent, intensifying as the speedometer fell. Rose sat beside him, Poem on her lap---the two glued together with...
Noah Gabba Gabba and April Wrap Up
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It's been a busy spring at the Thomas residence. This past week was particularly...interesting? I came down with a cold last Sunday and missed a total of 8 hours of work between Monday and Tuesday. As soon as my fever broke (it was as high as 100 degrees), I felt much better. While I was sick and in the middle of napping, a storm blew through that brought quarter size hail. It was loud, so it woke me up of course, and all I could do was stare out the window with my mouth hanging open, hoping it didn't get...