In this last Writing Wednesday before NaNoWriMo begins I think I have finally settled on which story idea that was banging around my head I will attempt to tackle in the upcoming month. I have long been fascinated by steampunk novels, though to be honest I do not understand steam technology as well as I … Continue reading Writing Wednesday: NaNoWriMo 2014 Prep – A Final Installment
NaNoWriMo is fast approaching and I posted a few weeks ago about an idea I have been playing with about doing a modern version of Martin Luther, using Edward Snowden as an example. Instead of Luther posting 95 theses against practices of the Catholic Church and eventually sparking a Protestant Reformation and subsequent peasant revolts, … Continue reading Writing Wednesday: NaNoWriMo 2014 – What am I going to write?
November is coming up soon and that means NaNoWriMo is upon us once again. I have been participating in NaNoWriMo for years now, though only once have I actually managed to write 50,000 words in the thirty days. Still, the purpose of NaNoWriMo, for me, is to keep writing. It is less about writing good … Continue reading Writing Wednesday: A NaNoWriMo preview — 2014
I recently found the blog of a guy I knew when I lived in Provo attending BYU, Latter-day Poet. His name is Alex Barlow and we met through mutual friends and various theatre projects we were both a part of. Finding his blog made me think about poetry, especially LDS poetry. I used to write … Continue reading Mormon Monday: On Poetry
Looking at the history of my blog, I realize that I have not written as often as I would have liked this year. I can justify this by saying that there have been times when I have been busy and just haven’t found the time to write, or at other times I have not had … Continue reading Writing Wednesday: On Writing – Tips learned from NaNoWriMo
I have been thinking again about planning a novel, hopefully in preparation for NaNoWriMo this year. I was successful with NaNoWriMo in 2010, but have not participated since, and I would like to give it a go again this year. One of the main things I have been working on planning and outlining before writing … Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2013 prep : On Magic
Open Source Education is an idea that I came up with a few years ago as part of an English class at BYU. It was a Shakespeare class and the professor was very into digital media and social media and new technologies in the classroom. Instead of writing a research paper that would only ever get read … Continue reading Open Source Education
A few weeks ago I read about a Mormon Literature story contest, here. The premise is 400 years of Mormon Stories, inviting writers to write Mormon stories set in the 19th, 20th, 21st, or 22nd century. I also read an interview with LDS author Eric Stone on mentioning Mormons in science fiction. That was a … Continue reading Mormon Monday: On Mormon Literature
I was reading a favorite book of mine the other day, The Belgariad, and at the end was the page with a brief bio about the author, David Eddings. It mentioned that he started writing the fantasy series as a way of working out his own ideas as to what epic fantasy should be. … Continue reading On Villiany, part two
One thing we learn from studying history and politics is that nothing unites a diverse group of people better or faster than having a common enemy that they can blame and focus their attention on. Factions will bicker and argue with each other ad nauseum but as soon as they have a common enemy, they … Continue reading The Internet: Why do we Love to Hate?