Hashtags, Prayers, and Progressive Fundamentalists: A Lesson from Sister Simone

Please welcome guest blogger Timothy Scott Reeves.   Scott is a philosophy student, father of six, and all around good guy.  He's Anglican in the CS Lewis and early-GKC tradition, and circulates comfortably in the meat-world orthocathosphere.  I always find his comments insightful and was pleased when he offered to write a guest post for this blog.  Enjoy!   Hashtags, Prayers, and Progressive Fundamentalists: A Lesson from Sister Simone What have fundamentalists to do with prayer? Ever … [Read more...]

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Real Things from Fiction

Happy New Year everyone!  I'm doing fine, a bit tired and a lot busy with regular life, which finds me offline more than usual lately.  I'm looking forward to getting back to more blogging in the weeks ahead.  Meanwhile, as often happens in winter, I've been writing fiction.  It's a hobby, and addictive enough I probably need a National Don't Write A Novel Month.  First drafts are my specialty, thanks.In a rare bit of online reading today I came across Brandon Watson's well-timed post at Siri … [Read more...]

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Want to Get Paid to Write? The #1 Make-or-Break Skill

People ask me writing questions sometimes. This weekend I was reminded of an essential skill that aspiring or frustrated writers often overlook and that you absolutely must possess if you want to get paid for your writing: The willingness to completely re-write your work.When you write for yourself, you can write whatever you like.When other people are paying you to write, you have to write what they like.The way this works is that either you or your prospective employer makes a p … [Read more...]

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Read Here Much? There’s a Support Group for That

There are even ten steps involved, mind the Caravaggio rule.  At my editor's suggestion I've gone and created a Facebook group for readers of this blog: https://www.facebook.com/groups/JenFitz/.  It's open to the public, thus allowing you to converse with your fellow readers without having to go so far as to be friends with them.To make it interesting, I decided to throw out a discussion question each week or so.  Our inaugural topic concerns the slippery slope fallacy, go take a look and sha … [Read more...]

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The Coolest Thing About Being a Catholic Writer . . .

. . . is the people you get to work with.Here's a snapshot of the table of contents for Word by Word: Slowing Down with the Hail Mary, of interest because Sarah (the author) suggested we contributors get our names added as co-authors on Amazon.Backing up you can see just what kind of company I'm in, and that's just page 1.  Hint: If you don't know some of these names, maybe you should.If you just can't get enough of me, check out my freshly-updated Publications Page.  In ad … [Read more...]

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I hate it when I do this:

A year and some ago, I wrote this, now showing live at CatholicMom.com because it's the 16th of the month:How often do my priorities get out of order? How often do I put needless worries ahead of my worship of God? . . . Lord, show me how to prioritize my day, my week, my month, and my year. Show me the right use of my body, and the proper care of my soul. Help me to give myself to you completely, body and soul. Amen.Dagnabbit. Caught myself out again.  On the other hand, it does happen … [Read more...]

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Why I Don’t Care About Women’s Ordination

Way back when I was a confused but zealous Catholic teenager, I considered whether I might have a religious vocation.  I read some books from the parish library about being a nun, and maybe a few articles in the diocesan newspaper.  Nobody at my parish made any effort whatsoever to talk to high school students about religious vocations or help them explore the possibilities, but in any case I came to my own conclusion:  If women could be priests, I would have signed up.But since I wasn't Ep … [Read more...]

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