Category Archives: Writing

Small Press

Besides being a writer and a teacher of biblical languages and theology, the small seminary that I’m associated with also publishes books. Being a small press, we have no money for marketing or promotion. Over the years, we have published … Continue reading

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Hacker’s Apprentice – Chapter One

First chapter of a novel I’m currently rewriting is below; it is a fantasy novel: Hacker’s Apprentice Chapter One Shoving his hands in his pockets, he shambled away. His breath left great puffs of steam in the air, as snowflakes … Continue reading

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But Does Today Need to Be?

This is the beginning of what I’m hoping will be a new novel; not sure of the genre: Curled upon the blue bus bench like a comma, the middle-aged woman lay upon the metal with her eyes closed. Her head … Continue reading

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Random Thoughts

Some random thoughts inspired by a question regarding stoning and the Bible from the editor of an online news site for which I do some consulting: The Bible prescribes capital punishment for a variety of actions; stoning was one way … Continue reading

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Are You a Chew Toy?

It requires no effort to look at the broken mess of your latest attempts and to decide that you are a loser. It requires no skill, takes no strength, and uses no calories to lie flat on your back and … Continue reading

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Don’t Give Up

Some of the stories you write you just know are good. Not only do all your friends praise it, but when Ray Bradbury read it he praised it, too. So how come a story like that gets rejected over and … Continue reading

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Keep Writing

If you are a writer, then you should be writing regularly. And when you submit a work for publication, you should be starting to work on your next project. You don’t want to have all your eggs in one basket … Continue reading

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How Do You Do It?

Although I am a professional writer (I’ve actually made money at this. I know, surprising), people will on occasion ask me about the profession and how to do it. Today someone asked me how I decide what to write about, … Continue reading

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Pulled from the Slush Pile

Over the weekend I got word from a publisher that they had snagged one of my novels out of their slush pile for “further consideration.” They also advised me to be patient. Obviously, I appreciated the contributing editor letting me … Continue reading

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Random Thoughts

I don’t mean to whine and I’m not looking for sympathy or answers. I’m just mulling things over, getting them out of my head and onto paper, as it were. This is for my benefit and you’re just listening to … Continue reading

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