Critical Views

I Have My Reasons

I Have My Reasons

I read Me Before You last summer. It broke me. I wanted to throw my Kindle across the room or cry. So naturally I want to see the movie. Why? Because this movie makes me want to save lives. Because people need to know their lives are worth living. Because suicide (whether assisted or by one’s own […]

Censoring Books

Censoring Books

Every so often a news article or something will pop up about a “banned” book and there will be a huge controversy surrounding those who want the book boycotted and those who think it should be embraced. Sometimes it’s a classic, like Huckleberry Finn, and one side wants to ban it because of its cultural […]

Sacrifice On the Altar of Ego

Sacrifice On the Altar of Ego

I love Carolyn Arend’s “Altar of Ego”. It’s a song whose lyrics I need to think about often. Last week I was thrilled with the response to my post about the emphasis placed on motherhood and being a wife especially within the church. I started with five words that define me and ended with a question […]

World Building—Creating a Culture (Part 4: Climate and Clothes)

World Building—Creating a Culture (Part 4: Climate and Clothes)

I’m continuing my series on world building. Come check out Part One, Part Two: Stereotyping, and Part Three: Building a Religion. Climate and Clothes When building your world, especially if it extends beyond your character’s main place of residence, a map is extremely helpful. I have a rough sketch of a map that I drew […]

Don’t Let Your Girls Grow Up to Be Moms

Don’t Let Your Girls Grow Up to Be Moms

“All I wanted to be when I was a boy was a dad,” said no man ever. When they’re probed deeper, many men will open up to how much they desire a wife, to be a dad, etc., but it’s not the first response they typically give. “I all I ever wanted to be was […]

World Building—Creating a Culture (Part 3: Building a Religion)

World Building—Creating a Culture (Part 3: Building a Religion)

I’m continuing my series on world building. Start by checking out Part One and Part Two. Building a Religion In Part One, I had an overview of different elements that go into creating a rich, round culture. Now, I’m going to break down those elements and talk about implementing each one in a more detailed […]

And Pie for All

And Pie for All

I’m a sucker for those Facebook Quizzes and memes based on things like your initials and birthday. My favorite is one that gives all kinds of options of things to do with famous or infamous people from books, movies, and TV such as the dreaded “go to prison with Voldemort.” Mine is fantastic – “Rule the […]