Challenge Accepted!

A friend posted this to my private Facebook wall:  She then challenged me to actually write such books.  Well, I won’t write books… but I will attempt some short stories! Once I wrap up this “phase” of Barrelbottom, I’ll start posting some of these!  (Incidentally, I didn’t post this last week… because I didn’t get […]

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The Secret Power Behind Storytelling

People ask where I get my ideas. Sometimes I can say, sometimes I can’t. I can say where I learned storytelling, though. I learned it from role playing. This article mentions how many authors got their start through role playing games like Dungeons and Dragons. It’s pretty nifty. I got involved in role playing relatively […]

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Finding Inspiration in Fireworks

Happy 4th of July, everyone! Almost everyone watches fireworks. A beautiful display of danger high above us.  Being the good ole American that I am, I went to see some fireworks too. While I was watching, I decided to come up with adjectives to describe the fireworks differently. It’s a fun writing exercise that can […]

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Constipated Storytelling

At the beginning of this, about a month and a half ago, I wrote that my goal was to post three times a week for a minimum of six weeks. Yeah. It didn’t happen. There’s a lot of things going on that I could blame. First, I’m a pastor, and this is Lent – the […]

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This year I tried valiantly to work my way through the famed NaNoWriMo of November. But alas! It was not to be! I came well short of the 50K word goal, clocking in at a scant 30K. Oh, the humiliation! Oh, the shame! I didn’t even have the excuse that Jon had, starting late! I […]

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“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” – Bilbo Baggins No matter how much I love my home, the comforts of these walls, the love of my family and the peace […]

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