When Nonfiction Becomes Fiction…and Vice Versa

I am the faculty sponsor of the Rough Writers, the student creative writing club here at Southwestern Adventist University. We’re pretty open and loose about what people can bring to the group to be critiqued, and inevitably there is at least one or two writers in the group whose favorite genre is fantasy. Many would-be … More When Nonfiction Becomes Fiction…and Vice Versa

Brick By Brick

I’ve been asked what the hardest part of writing a novel is, and my answer tends to be directly related to how well my novel-building is going at the time. My dad used to have a saying: “Some days you eat the bear, and some days the bear eats you.” Some books come together quickly … More Brick By Brick

Ping Pong Writing

It’s almost the end of September, which means November is just around the corner. And if you’re a writer you know what that means…. National Novel Writing Month. Yup. Don’t know if I have the courage yet to try it again this year, but I have done it five times before and succeeded four times, … More Ping Pong Writing

Meeting In the Middle: #6 in The Great Adventure Manifesto

The Great Adventure Belief #6: I will present the idea that science and faith need each other, and that each can provide Truth in its own way. I also believe, and will communicate, that in the end we will discover that there was no disagreement between science and faith, that all that needed correcting was … More Meeting In the Middle: #6 in The Great Adventure Manifesto

Busman’s Holiday

I’m back in the office today; later than I should have been, earlier than I would have liked to have been. Last weekend was a quick getaway with my bride of 39 years to Broken Arrow Lake in Oklahoma, where we explored, canoed and swam for a couple of days. Before and after that, I … More Busman’s Holiday