Archive for the Great Writers Category

What Should I Read?

A couple weeks ago, I received this note from one of my students: Professor, I mentioned the idea of getting your recommendation for five of your favorite books that I need to read before I die. I know you are most likely slammed with reading and grading so take […]

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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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Winners Announced: Freshman Writing Conference at Azusa Pacific University

Every year, students in APU's Freshman writing program submit essays and compete in three catagories: best personal essay, best argument, and best research paper. APU welcomed more than a thousand new students this year. Competition? Yea, more than a little. I'm so proud that one of my students […]

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Creativity and Hungry Caterpillars

I love Eric Carle, the author and artist behind classic children's books like The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I stumbled across his blog and really like these thoughts about creativity, time, seeds, and hatchlings: Thursday, September 3, 2009 The Seed that Grows into a Story Sometimes ideas for my books seem […]

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Mind the Chicken

My friend and colleague Joseph Bentz  is an incredibly talented writer. He just did an online interview with Patricia Hickman, and in it, he mentions that when I have projects that are "on hold," I file them "under the chicken."  I actually have a plastic inbox for these […]

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David Gerrold at Loscon

  I spent the weekend at Loscon, a local science fiction convention of a thousand or so members. One of the highlights was talking with David Gerrold, author of The Martian Child, The Man Who Folded Himself, and Star Trek: The Trouble With Tribbles. I told David how […]

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