Cuss words, James Dobson, John McCain, and Dubya

And while I'm directing traffic to Peter Chattaway's blog......let me hand the microphone to him again. Chattaway links to a story about why James Dobson won't vote for John McCain. Why? Well, there are several reasons related to policy, but there's also one that might surprise you. (Or it might not.) Apparently the ex-Navy man has been known to use a cuss word now and then.Chattaway links to The Atlantic's Ross Douthat, who offers the obvious response to that point (although I'm glad … [Read more...]

Bad Dialogue? Or Real History?

Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood, my favorite American movie of 2007, is being bashed for all kinds of reasons.Some criticisms tell us more about the reviewer than the movie. … [Read more...]

What I See When I Walk Into My Study

henson poster

My writing room at home is very small. And cluttered.But I don't look at the mess when I walk in the door. I look at the poster that is staring back at me on the vaulted ceiling, staring me right in the face.This man changed my life. With a sock puppet. And a big imagination. Some of my most vivid childhood memories are all about Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, and The Muppet Movie. Pure imagination, inspired hilarity, and boundless invention. When I'm asked who my heroes are, Jim … [Read more...]

The 2007 Critics’ Choice List from Christianity Today’s Film Critics

You saw the first list, the Most Redeeming Films of 2007. Now, here's the Critics' Choice list. I just can't wait to read the mail this week! … [Read more...]

“Sweethearts” – Sara Zarr’s New Noven Wins Raves (Of Course)

Just as Sara Zarr's first novel starts out on a journey to the silver screen, here comes here second novel: Sweethearts. And it's not just for kids.Here are two reviews.Congratulations, Sara! You're unstoppable! … [Read more...]

Winners in the “Cyndere’s Midnight” Contest

Thanks to everyone who submitted creative and frightening names in the "Name the Character" contest!After playing around with many of the names, I had to go with the names that "stuck." Yes, some of you put a lot of thought and study into finding words with meaningful roots and histories. But when it came down to it, there was something about... … [Read more...]

What was 2007′s “Best Spiritual Performance”?

What makes a performance "spiritual"? … [Read more...]

A Day of Poetry and Fantasy: Celebrate Anne’s Birthday!

It's Anne's birthday!!If you want to send me an email with birthday wishes for Anne, please do, and I'll pass them along. … [Read more...]

It’s official: Guillermo Del Toro Will Direct "The Hobbit"

The Guardian makes the announcement. Guillermo del Toro has officially signed up to direct The Hobbit, according to reports leaking out from a film premiere in France. The Pan's Labyrinth creator will oversee a double-bill of films based on JRR Tolkien's fantasy adventure, which paved the way for The Lord of the Rings. Peter Jackson, director of the Oscar-winning Rings trilogy, will serve as executive producer. Many thanks to the near-omniscient Brendan Ribera for drawing this information from … [Read more...]

On Monday, I’ll finish it. In September, it’s yours.

On Monday, February 4, I'll be finished with my revisions for Cyndere's Midnight. And then, the countdown begins. Let me again answer what is bound to be the most commonly asked question: It's pronounced like the word "cinder." PRE-ORDER HERE! … [Read more...]