Critical Views

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 […]

Safe or Interesting?

Safe or Interesting?

I recently read a story by a well-known author who is highly acclaimed in the Christian market. And, unfortunately, I was underwhelmed. The writing was clean, some (not all) of the characters were well-rounded and interesting, and there were some moments of good tension, but I felt like it had a lot of unmet potential. […]

Richly Colored 

Richly Colored 

One topic that came up after Realm Makers was one about diversity in the spec fiction community. For me, I love reading books about people from diverse backgrounds. One of my favorite series in grade school were Sydney Taylor’s All-of-a-Kind family series about Jewish children in turn-of-the-century New York City. I loved learning about the […]

Jury Duty

Jury Duty

My husband is at jury duty today. He mentioned it to a client whose computer he was working on yesterday, and the client immediately began commiserating. My husband responded with, “I’m actually looking forward to it.” His summons actually came at a pretty good time for him. Since he works for a school, his summer […]

Big Girls Cry

Big Girls Cry

An image scrolled through my Facebook newsfeed the other day. It was a picture of an overweight woman, hanging upside-down by her legs on a stripper pole and crunching up, presumably working her abs. Next to her picture, as a comparison, was a picture of a plump rotisserie chicken on a spit. The caption read, […]