Monthly Archives: May 2014

False Starts and Missteps: How C.S. Lewis Found his Literary Voice (#WritingWednesdays)

This blog is part of a series of Wednesday posts on Writing Resources. Last week’s post was The Writer’s Spidey Sense. I don’t know how it is for other writers, but I have had dozens of false starts. Ranging from … Continue reading

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Arthurian Overload

It was the silent “W” that made my childhood love of Arthur fade. English is a strange language: “gh” and “ph” and “f” can make the same sound what rule does “their” follow in the vowel placement? what does “c” … Continue reading

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The Writer’s Spidey Sense (#WritingWednesdays)

This blog is part of a series of Wednesday posts on Writing Resources. See next Wednesday for the value of False Starts in Writing. In our beat-you-over-the-head technotronic age, CGI is going to be a big feature in any superhero … Continue reading

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On the Death of a Friend

May 15 marks the death of Charles Williams, C.S. Lewis’ good friend and literary inspiration. He is certainly the Oddest Inkling, and you can follow much of his work at Sørina Higgins’ blog. Lewis and Williams met through a providential … Continue reading

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Different Kinds of Reading, Different Kinds of Books

A couple of weeks ago I tweeted that I was reading 10 books simultaneously. I started looking at my reading notes, and this seems to be a habit for me. I can sit down, read one book all the way … Continue reading

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Storytelling and Art

This morning I was listening to the CBC radio show “Q” with Jian Gomeshi. This is a Canadian arts and culture radio magazine that we do really well, and the secret is slowly getting out as the show has gone … Continue reading

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Truth Claims ≠ Violence

Truth be told, I am a false positive extrovert. At least at parties. Even when I know the people and place pretty well, I have great anxiety at breaking into conversation circles. But this was a faculty event, a room … Continue reading

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