Losing My Religion

Well, I went and opened my big mouth on the Internets again. I rambled on about burnout, about disillusionment, about driving myself into dangerous territory, about a desperate attempt to change my life.

I apologize in advance for the rambling. Let me explain…

In October, I’ll be speaking at Hutchmoot 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. I am so excited. I’ve wanted to attend one of these events for years, so it’s wild to be traveling there to actually speak at one of them!

As the creative and deep-thinking community that fuels the collaborative blog called The Rabbit Room start revving the engines for that event, I was invited to answer some questions from Matt Conner. I hope it sets the stage for some of the things I’ll be talking about when I get there.

I can’t wait. It’ll be a privilege and a pleasure to meet many writers and moviegoers and friends I’ve met online. And it’ll be an honor to speak at a conference where the headliner is a writer I greatly admire — novelist Leif Enger.

By the way, Connor asked me some tough questions about a challenging time in my life, including these…

  • I saw recently that you cleared your freelance slate for the first time since 2001 so you can “dream new stories.” … Do you have any glimpses of what’s to come?
  • Was there an element of fear in getting rid of all of that?
  • What are you willing to tell us at this point about what you’re writing now?
  • What’s your favorite movie you’ve seen in 2013?

You can read the whole interview here.


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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.