Friday, March 17, 2006

S FOR SEX, W FOR WANGERIN, Z FOR ZOLA, LHT FOR LOVE-HATE THING, EYWC FOR ESTABLISHING YOUR WRITING CAREER, & HSPD FOR HAPPY ST PATRICK'S DAY

S FOR SEX
Do you read the online and very cool INFUZE magazine? I hope you do. If you don't, you may want to check out a new article called "What About Sex?" by Julie Anne Fidler. You'll find quotes from Lisa Samson and Shaunti Feldhahn. (Note: You'll need to register, methinks.)

Here's a snippet:

In a culture where sex has been defined and portrayed by Hollywood writers and studios that know bare skin equals dollar signs, we can, on the one hand, view CBA fiction as merely a "suitable alternative" to "secular literature."Or, if we're really brave, and we're really sick of seeing God's amazing creation slandered and defaced, we can view this as an opportunity to take back the true meaning, the real intimacy, and the full pleasure of sex. God didn't create sex to be taboo, it was our culture that did that.As the saying goes, "it's all in the approach."



W FOR WANGERIN
Over at Novel Journey, Gina Holmes has a two part interview with National Book Award winning author, Walter Wangerin, Jr. You'll want to rush over there and read both parts. Here's a resonant excerpt from part two that all aspiring--correction, all writers--should read several times over. Better yet, just memorize it:

Gina: Advice for those reading this interview?

Walter: This is my life. Write well. Write well. Write well.

Don't assume that because you're writing good (truth and God's message), that you are writing well. If you put poor clothing on a good truth, the truth will fail. Honor the truth with all the skill and craft that secular writers honor their writing or you will sell your books only to the choir.

That’s my greatest peeve. And writing well means that you make it your profession. That you learn that craft. It means that to you as a writer, that craft is absolutely as important as any physician’s skills. You just can’t assume that because the Holy Spirit told you to say something that it’s going to have any value to anyone who would find it a new and surprising insight.


And please make time today to pray for Mr. Wangerin, who is at this moment battling metastatic lung cancer.

Z FOR ZOLA
While you're on your knees, remember dear, dear Zola Levitt, another one of the Lord's faithful children, who is also in a life/death struggle with lung cancer.

I ask the Good Father to pour grace and that understanding-surpassing peace over all His ailing children around this broken world. May the One who created the brain and the atoms and the molecules and every medicinal plant and each great historical insight illuminate doctors and scientists everywhere as they study and labor and seek cures.

LHT FOR LOVE-HATE THING
Drop by the Master's Artist and check out the entry by Deborah Gyapong--whose novel THE DEFILERS will be out soon. It's called
"Why I Have a Love Hate Thing with Romance", where she says this:

Our society looks at that "being in love state" as the be all and end all, worth breaking up marriages for, worth crying over Brokeback Mountain for, worth everything to say one has loved someone with all their heart and soul, no matter who gets hurt in the process. We have not only the movies, but a constant diet of love songs that put other human beings on a pedastal. (All I need is the air that I breathe and to love you. . . . You're all I need to get by, blah blah blah).Well....I listen to some of these songs and think, this is idolatrous. We shouldn't have that kind of need or craving or worship of any human being more than we crave and worship God. I think it's a form of Baal worship.


Read it all, my darlings.

EYWC FOR ESTABLISHING YOUR WRITING CAREER
Dave Long, editor at Bethany House Publishers, has posted a four-part series on "Establishing Your Career As A Writer." If you are trying to do just that, please click over and read his advice. You'll want to browse this mighty marvelous blog, maybe even drop into the forum, where some of the coolest Christian literary peeps hang out.

HSPD FOR HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!
To my tall, fair, and hunky 1/4-Irish hubby--and everybody else out there:
HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!

Hmmm....time to put on a cd by Davy Spillane or Bohinta or Rita Connolly. Maybe dust off my RIVERDANCE dvd. It's the time on Mirathon when we step dance. (Badly.)
Oh, yeah!

1 comment:

Dineen A. Miller said...

Happy St. Patty's Day! Hope you're having a fab week.