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Hey! Gimme Back My Idea!

At the recent Mythcon in Dallas, I gave a talk called "Doing What the Inklings Did: Practical Advice for Writing Groups." I talked about different kinds of writing groups (critique groups, mentoring groups, network groups, fellowship groups, prayer groups) that can be of benefit to creative people, […]

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Clay Delay

Delays are inevitable: stuff happens. And so it is with my latest book, Clay in the Potter's Hands.  I was on track to release the first printing in July. As it turns out, we've still got a way to go (technical difficulties? human error? life intervenes? all […]

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Hullabaloo

Better than Barney. More creative than Raffi. As much fun as that Peter, Paul, and Mary’s classic “Peter, Paul, and Mommy.”  Sierra and I just discovered Hullabaloo. http://www.hullabalooband.com/ As part of its summer reading program, the Glendora Public Library sponsored a folk concert during its regularly scheduled story […]

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What Do Authors Do All Day?

Last week, I was invited to give a talk in my daugher's a second grade class. The students were doing a unit on careers, and I was invited to talk about  being an author. Here are some of their questions, and my answers: How do you prepare for your career? […]

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Printing Problems at Lulu.com

I've been working with Lulu.com for several months now, and in general, I am pretty happy with their work. They are fast, affordable, and flexible. I ran into a snag, though, with print quality. About 500 copies of Clay in the Potter's Hands have been ordered. Most […]

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Crazy Creativity (Minas Tirith)

Creativity=Skill+Persistence+One Crazy Concept. http://www.matchstickmarvels.com/MinasTirith.htm

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Shakespeare Found Guilty of *gasp* COLLABORATION!

I received this heartening note from my friend David Bratman: I am reading a small book called Shakespeare's Modern Collaborators by Lukas Erne (London: Continuum, 2008), and found this gratifying, and rather familiar-sounding, statement in the Introduction (p. 1): "Shakespeare's play texts as they reach us are the result of collaboration. What […]

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Reading “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years”

Here's what it is like to read Donald Miller: I've heard all this stuff before, but it was alway spoken so politely that I could keep my umbrella up and my raincoat buttoned, but when Donald Miller says it, I am suddenly chilled to the bone and […]

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Inspiration or Perspiration?

I LOVE this excerpt on the creative process from Frank Cottrell Boyce, author of Cosmic. You can read the rest ofthe interview at http://www.examiner.com/x-19497-Madison-Books-Examiner~y2010m1d24-An-interview-with-Cosmic-and-Millions-author-Frank-Cottrell-Boyce?cid=edition-rss-Madison. Thanks to Lynn Maudlin for the link.   PW:  The theme of what it means to be/to have a dad in Cosmic is wonderful. Did […]

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