I’m Back. Watch Out.

It’s a new day at LookingCloser.org…

I’ve just returned from The Glen Workshop, my favorite week of the year: A seven day celebration of the arts hosted by Image journal in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Readings, concerts, lectures, art exhibits, meals, conversations, parties, excursions, exercise, sunshine, lightning storms, wildlife, worship, and inspiration… it’s all more than good.

This is my sixth Glen Workshop in a row, and I plan to make it a lifelong tradition. I’ve told many of you that you’ll be similarly enthusiastic if you try it just once… and this year I started hearing friends tell me that I was absolutely right. So plan on joining us next year, at either Glen West (Santa Fe in August), or Glen East (Massachusetts in June).

Now that I’m back – inspired, rejuvenated, excited – it’s time to get back to work.

I’ll be revising The Ale Boy’s Feast this month, readying it for publication in March 2011. Yes, the conclusion of The Auralia Thread is almost ready for readers.

I’ll keep on keepin’ on at Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc.

I’m also hoping to get back to regular blogging here. And I’m going to be trying something different.

Let’s talk about the Comments section.

Comments have always been a challenge for me. Many of you offer thoughtful, helpful comments. But I’m constantly buried by spam messages. And there are a lot of other messages too — some that seem calculated to stir up trouble or take us off-topic.

So I’m going to start limiting my comment approvals to those that are especially thoughtful, gracious, appropriate, and on-topic. And I may pull some aside and reply to them in a separate post entirely.

But keep this in mind: If you’re going to comment, and if you want your comment to appear on the blog… make it worth our time. Stick to the topic. And show respect.

Also: You’re always invited to post notes on my Facebook page. Chatting is easier there, and there seem to be many more people paying attention there than here. Just go there and click “LIKE”, and you’ll get my Facebook updates in your news feed.

So… here we go. Back to work.

Thanks very much,

The Management

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.