For the first of my Flashback Friday series, I wanted to reprint a post from May 2014 on copyright and artists' compensation. In our world, we are bombarded with copyright notices, whether through the unavoidable segment of DVDs where we are told that piracy is not a victimless crime, in familiar, tiny images like ©, … Continue reading Flashback Friday – What Makes an Original Work “Yours”?
Happy New Year everyone! After two and a half years (has it only been that long?) of blogging, I've finally gotten my own domain to where I no longer have to add ".wordpress" to the end of my site. And, to go with the new name, I decided on a new, sleeker look. It will … Continue reading All Things New…
Most of the year, I'm so busy writing about the mechanics of writing, reading, and publishing that I don't always take enough time to appreciate you, my readers. So this November, in the month of thanks, I want to begin by saying how much I appreciate every view, every visit, and every comment. Knowing I'm … Continue reading To all my readers…
I've been doing a lot of writing lately (thus my absence from the blogosphere) and it got me thinking about why we do this creative thing called "writing." What draws us back to our computer, our paper, our story? It can't be the pay-- most of my novels aren't published yet and thus haven't earned … Continue reading Why Do You Write?
This morning, I was awoken to the sounds of saws and dump trucks as road construction continued just outside. And it got me thinking: if you could pick your neighbor, you should always go with a writer. Writers are quiet. When we're building something, all you're hear is a clatter (along with a few incoherent grumbles … Continue reading Ten Reasons Why Writers Make Good Neighbors
I realized that I've been looking at racism a lot from an artistic and a personal viewpoint. But this doesn't always cover all there is to be said, so I wanted to look at it more philosophically. In the light of all that is going on in our country, there are many questions we have … Continue reading Affirmative Action and Our Hearts
I grew up watching LeVar Burton in "Reading Rainbow" and later, in "Star Trek" alongside Whoopi Goldberg and Michael Dorn. Skin color was about "significant" as pointed ears or angled eyebrows; it might set you apart and make you more interesting than the rest of the population, but nothing more. And I thought racism was dead. … Continue reading The Year I Learned What Hate Was
In the aftermath There is silence More tears than words. What can I say? What do I know? Never should this be Never again Never And yet it repeats Another city Another death. Murder dresses as self-defense And though we mourn And press all the right buttons, Like all the right pages, Do we … Continue reading Black Lives…We Need You
I wanted to share one of my favorite posts about Christianity. So often, Christians seem to be either trying to keep people from having anything nice, or they’re greedy, trying to get as much as they can from everyone around them. This post talks about balancing your focus and how, scripturally, God never intended us to be like that.
I’m not always a big fan of Christian pop music, as much of it feels preachy or seems to feature the message “woe is me, but God is with us so we’ll get through”. But I really like Tenth Avenue North‘s take on “Seek ye first the kingdom of God” (Matthew 6:33).
It speaks about that period of time between seeking God first and seeing God add all these things to us. Because when we are following Him and trusting Him, there can still be a waiting period where we have to keep our eyes on Him and keep believing He cares even though we don’t have all the “pretty things” in life (the clothes we’d like to have, the food we’d like to eat, the car we’d like to drive, etc.).
And things can be important. They can influence how we act and how we feel about ourselves…
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One of my friends has been trying to explain the ways, methods, and attraction of Dungeons and Dragons and other tabletop role playing games (RPGs). We've discussed how the game master gets to control certain aspects of the story, and yet the actual plot is left to chance (the dice) and the input and decisions … Continue reading Dealing with Other People’s Creativity #amwriting