Not a Waste of Time

Blog | | Friday, Mar 23, 2012 at 5:00 am
Taerith-e-Book-Cover I wasted my childhood. Also the first half of my teenage years. At least, I thought I did. After all, practically all I did for all those years was read fiction. Read more …

The Narnia Secret

Blog | | Wednesday, Aug 31, 2011 at 11:18 am
PlanetNarnia If the title Planet Narnia makes you cringe, you’re not alone. And if the title The Narnia Code makes you think “Lewis would have hated this,” well, me too (although upon reflection, I realized it was Tolkien who would have […] Read more …

Storytelling: Missions and Warfare

Blog | | Wednesday, Jul 20, 2011 at 10:00 am
I’m currently editing a manuscript about effectively planting churches in other cultures. The author deals a lot with oral cultures, and she points out the power of storytelling: more than preaching a three-point sermon or presenting doctrine in abstract form, […] Read more …

Character(s) First

Blog | | Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011 at 12:29 pm
I’m usually late in getting to the movies (if I go at all), and so despite the fact that it’s been out for a month, and despite the fact that I’ve been an X-Men fan since being hooked on the […] Read more …

fiction and healing

Blog | | Wednesday, Jun 22, 2011 at 7:00 am
I posted some thoughts about Mike Duran’s The Resurrection two weeks ago, as well as reviewing it on my own blog. But one story element I didn’t really go into–one that moved me while I was reading the book and […] Read more …

When Speculation Is … Confusing

Blog | | Wednesday, Jun 8, 2011 at 7:00 am
Konig's Fire Let me preface this by saying that I don’t like telling writers what they “can” or “can’t” do. But I’d be interested in your opinions about what they DO do. This week I’ve had the pleasure of reading two recent […] Read more …

Allegory, reviews, and the clash of reader expectation

Blog | | Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 7:00 am
Allegory? Housekeeping first: the draw for a copy of The Ale Boy’s Feast goes to Martin LaBar, who made himself eligible by linking to his review of Patricia McKillip’s Ombria in Shadow. (I read the review, and now I want to […] Read more …

Jeffrey Overstreet on Art, Questions, and The Ale Boy’s Feast

Blog | | Friday, May 6, 2011 at 7:00 am
In this, the last of my posts on the now-complete Auralia Thread, I have the privilege of interviewing author Jeffrey Overstreet. With no further ado … Rachel: Before we even start, let me say thank you for an extraordinary reading […] Read more …

The Ale Boy’s Feast: A Review

Blog | | Wednesday, Apr 27, 2011 at 7:00 am
The Ale Boy's Feast The journey began in Auralia’s Colors, when two crotchety old thieves outside House Abascar found a child lying in an enormous footprint. That child grew to be an artist, a reckless, loving girl who dared display the colours she saw […] Read more …

Everything Sacred

Blog | | Wednesday, Apr 13, 2011 at 7:00 am
The Ale Boy's Feast As I finished The Ale Boy’s Feast last week (review coming soon–and let me just say that despite what you may read in the Amazon reviews, this book is incredible), one of its premises took me back to something I […] Read more …