“You write what?” A Speculative Fiction writer’s answer.

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It’s interesting to me when people find out you’re a writer, they get excited and the first question they ask, “What do you write?”  When I answer speculative fiction, the question, and their excitement, turns inside out and shape shifts into, “You write what?” Continue reading

Help! The Scribe’s need something to read.

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“When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things [1 Cor. 13:11], including the fear of childishness.” — C. S. Lewis

My thanks to Speculative Faith (http://www.speculativefaith.com), a blog for those who write or enjoy Christian science fiction and fantasy, for posting this quote. Those who know me, know how well it fits!

Too Wise to Grow Up

Fairy Tales: A Search for God?

Why are so many of us drawn to fairy tales, fantasy, or science fiction? What makes us long to immerse our minds in a world of people, creatures, lands, objects, and cultures that cannot possibly exist – at least, not yet? Is it even good for us to let imagination run so wild? Would God approve? Continue reading

Scribe’s Playlist — Ever Ever After

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This song from the modern Disney fairy tale, Enchanted, may be a sweet dream of the perfect romance, but this week I’m hearing in it a different message. As I was researching material for this week’s theme “The Fairy Tale Life,” the lyrics to this song reminded me of the happy ever after God wants to give us. We just have to open our hearts and believe.

With that in mind, I invite you to share my headphones for a moment and enjoy…

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Happily Ever After?

“Every person’s life is a fairytale written by God’s fingers.”                                                                                            — Hans Christian Anderson (1805-1875)

If that’s true, where’s my happily ending?

Happily ever after, even in fairy tales, didn’t mean “trouble never after”. It just meant the characters found a joy more powerful than trouble. “I  have learned the secret of being happy at all times. If I am full of food and have all I need, I am happy. If I am hungry and need more, I am happy.” Philippians 4:12 (NLV) The kind of joy that defies circumstance can only come from God. (Philippians 4:4-7)

So, maybe we’ve accepted that, even embraced it. Saint-like contentment is an admirable goal. Maybe we even hope to one day go to Heaven. Surely that’s our happily ending.

But, real happy ever after, here? Now? In the midst of the darkness of this life? Isn’t that notion just make believe? Continue reading

Life’s No Fairy Tale — Or Is It?

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Like many, my love of stories began with fairy tales. By the time I was four, I’d memorized Cinderella from my collection of Disney books so thoroughly, I would correct any adult who missed a word when reading it to me. As I grew older, fairy tales remained one of my favorite forms of literature.

I supposed that explains why, as a writer, I was drawn to the fantasy genre.

Often, though, “fairy tale” takes on a negative meaning. When asking a friend about a movie I haven’t yet seen, I’ll sometimes received the disappointed response “Oh, it was, you know, a fairy tale.” Meaning: “It was the same old sappy story with a happy ending too predictable to be satisfying.”

Such movies or stories can leave an audience feeling bored or cheated. The conflict is either solved too easily or feels contrived. The characters lack depth, or there is no element of surprise. “Who wants to read or watch that?” we ask. After all, real life is no fairy tale.

Or is it?

I believe, if we take an honest look at the elements common to fairy tales, we’ll see parallels with our own lives. Fairy tales are not merely the fluffy, sweetness-and-light stories often associated with the term.  Continue reading