Critical Views

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 […]

I am Umbridge

I am Umbridge

Guest Blogger: Shannon Stewart Ask most fans of Harry Potter what their least favorite book of the series is, and most will tell you The Order of the Phoenix. I would be right there with them, and it’s not just because of the spoiler *sob sob* or the fact that Harry is an angry angsty-pants […]

In The Field

In The Field

  A couple of weeks ago, my daughter came home from AWANA with this pretty enamel cross that she’d purchased at Store Night with the AWANA Bucks she’d earned. She immediately clipped it onto her coin purse. In her sweet second grade voice she asked me, “Mommy, do you know why I bought this?” When I […]

Vote Third Party

Vote Third Party

I’ve seen the sentiment several times lately, from both my liberal friends and my conservative friends, that even though they’re not really on board with their party’s candidate options, they’ll vote along party lines because this election is “too important” to let the “other guys” win. I’ve written before about how politics is no longer […]

Propaganda and Double Standards: It’s the Liberal Way

Propaganda and Double Standards: It’s the Liberal Way

I recently saw this image posted by a friend on Facebook. The person who posted it commented, “Good to know.” They just bought into this narrative that a group that is genuinely doing good is somehow “bad” because they stick with their religious convictions. Make no mistake: The Salvation Army IS a charity. They are […]

Prose Matters

Prose Matters

I got into a discussion on Facebook recently about middle-grade fiction and what is and isn’t good writing for middle-grade. Now, I’m far from an expert on that age range literature, but I’ve read enough books and I’ve got enough kids that I have some knowledge of what works and what doesn’t. Anyway, in the […]