I went to the comic shop like I do just about every week and got my stack of books. I noticed something… different this time around. Here’s what I grabbed the latest issues of: Usagi Yojimbo – the story of a samurai in feudal Japan. Except all the characters are anthropomorphic animals. It’s actually a […]Read More A Trip to the Comic Shop Helps Me Write
My wife left. OK, don’t panic, she just took the kids to go visit her family a few states away for an early Christmas. I can’t get away, so I’m baching it this weekend. (Baching is short for “being a bachelor,” right? Well, that’s how I use the word, so deal with it.) Lord willing […]Read More Creating Something More
My other blog that focuses on my ministry stuffs has reached over 400 posts. That seems like a lot of words to me. I mentioned as much to a friend, who made a suggestion that has blossomed into an idea that I’m considering: Writing nonfiction. OK, sure, I’m already writing nonfiction over at that blog […]Read More Maybe Nonfiction Instead?
Sometimes I write depressing things. In part, that’s because I have clinical depression. Honestly, if you look at what I post, it probably shouldn’t surprise anyone – after all, I have a lot of “Oh, sad” stories, and then some with a more humorous bent. Which is really a lot like having depression. Most of […]Read More Sad Little Stories
She sits there reading, sucked into another world. I watched her in the bookstore. I saw what spines she lovingly caressed and which she pulled out for further examination. I watched which she purchased, and which she sighed at in longing. And I knew that if I were to ever have a chance with her, […]Read More Many Words, Many Worlds
First off, if you don’t know who Alexander Rybak is, do yourself a favor and watch some of his stuff. He’s a Norwegian fiddle player pop star Russian dude. And his music is fun. He also did the voice of Hiccup in the European version of How to Train Your Dragon. As such, he also […]Read More Every Word
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 […]Read More Challenge Accepted!
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 […]Read More The Secret Power Behind Storytelling
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 […]Read More Finding Inspiration in Fireworks
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 […]Read More Constipated Storytelling