2008 Mt. Hermon Writers Conference redux

I am glad to be back in Chicago again after nearly a week in California. I discovered Jesus in some of the unlikeliest places at the Mt. Hermon writers conference:- I felt Him embracing so many who'd come with high hopes, only to be told by an acquisitions editor or agent that their idea wasn't marketable. - I saw Him celebrating two childhood friends who'd come to the conference from different places in the world - hoping to connect with an editor, and knowing they'd connect with one another.- … [Read more...]

(gulp) Mt. Hermon, here I come

A couple of months ago, I ran across a contest on The Writers View e-mail loop. This loop is a networking/information/encouragement portal for...you guessed it...writers. The prize for the essay contest was a full scholarship to the Mt. Hermon Christian Writers Conference in Cali. I'm at a bit of a crossroads in my writing vocation, and hope that being immersed in a learning community for the better part of a week will help me better discern just what the heck comes next. Note: emphasis on … [Read more...]

This is the face of wonder

Grandson Gabriel and I went to Kohl Children's Museum today. My kids and I were regular visitors to an earlier (smaller) version of the museum. Those visits with my kids seem to have happened about 6 minutes ago, instead of...um...more than a decade and a half ago. Gabriel spent about a half an hour in the Potbelly Sandwich shop, making fake sandwiches out of plastic foodstuff. Watching this little boy completely lost in the joy of work gave me a fuzzy, distant glimpse of what work in the … [Read more...]

It’s Worshiptainment!

Picture this with me: a church's worship team on a float in a parade. The float's speakers are blaring out the latest Christian music Top 40 hits. The team is smiling and waving to the crowd...maybe even karaoke-singing along as the float crawls up the parade route. The float features a sign with the name, slogan, address, phone number and website of the church, along with a mention that their team does WORSHIPTAINMENT. They have a kickin' team, covering your favorite worship songs...every … [Read more...]

Why don’t you look into Jesus? He’s got the answer

Rest in peace, Larry Norman.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TliWDSLrYb8Click on the above link for some vintage footage. … [Read more...]

Back in the saddle in my PJ’s

I am facing the most intense writing deadline I've encountered in about a year. This means that I go to my default "backed into a corner" writer's mode for a short amount of time. Whoever said a writer's life is glamorous outghta come over here and see how its done in real life. On second thought, don't come over here until after 1 or so. That's usually when I get around to brushing and flossing my teeth. Let me give you a sample of what comes before and after that big highlight of the day when … [Read more...]

Tests are fun! (Aren’t they?)

When I was in third grade, before I took my first Iowa Basic test, I remember my teacher giving us a pep talk about the test. Besides the instructions about using our sharpened number two pencils to completely color the A, B, C or D circles, and erasing completely if we decided to change our answer, I'll always remember her telling us that tests were fun. I bought her pitch - hook, line and sinker. I loved standardized tests, and though I was never a brilliant student (hated sitting in class), I … [Read more...]