Author’s Journey

Writing Fiction About Truth: Are There Bones Inside God?

Writing Fiction About Truth: Are There Bones Inside God?

Guest Blogger: J.B. Simmons One night I’m laying beside my four-year-old son, telling bedtime stories. We’re talking about how fish have bones. Then he asks: “are bones inside God?” I’m stumped. Maybe I start talking about theology — the trinity and other deep stuff. Better yet, maybe I should respond with another story. Isn’t that how […]

If I Had One Year Left to Live, I Would…

If I Had One Year Left to Live, I Would…

For the last week or so, I’ve been helping Nadine Brandes launch her first novel, A Time to Die. Being on a book launch team is fun, and you bet I’ve been taking notes for when my own time comes. A Time to Die is a dystopian fantasy releasing September 23. In Nadine’s storyworld, everyone […]

Cricket Warfare 101: Treaties and Allies

Cricket Warfare 101: Treaties and Allies

(As overheard and transcribed by Avily Jerome) Greetings! It has been awhile since we’ve had one of our chats. Of course you recall our conversations on Subtlety and on Sabotage, and I know you haven’t forgotten our discussions about Misdirection and Psychological Warfare. I’m pleased to hear reports of your progress in these areas. It […]

Alphabet Blogging: D is for…

Alphabet Blogging: D is for…

Day-to-day life. I was going to write this post about Dragons. Because I like dragons. :) But since life…and *ahem* a bit of a new fandom obsession…has interrupted my writing the last couple of weeks, then I thought it might be more appropriate to write a post about that. I’m sure we’ve all read articles […]

Should narratives be linear?

Should narratives be linear?

When I’m editing, I almost always advise fiction clients to keep their narratives in chronological order. There are just very few cases when it makes sense to tell a story out of order. I can only think of a few examples of this working: Time-travel stories. Doctor Who can be as nonchronological as it needs […]

It’s Not About You, Princess

It’s Not About You, Princess

In the news a lot lately about how someone is offended by this or that, or we should go out of our way not to offend someone or other for this or that reason. Recently, a restaurant took down a picture of bacon because a Muslim woman said she was offended by the image. Just […]

That eye-of-a-needle metaphor? It really is about needles.

That eye-of-a-needle metaphor? It really is about needles.

The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” The disciples were even more amazed, and […]