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Something Strange and Wonderful

Something very strange and wonderful happened the other day at my graduation ceremony, aside from graduating, that is.  As I walked in the procession to be seated with the other graduating students, I wondered where, among the thousands of onlookers, my family might be.  My immediate concern was to make…

Day One @ Uncle Orson’s Fiction Boot Camp

Have you ever had a moment when you discover spiritual truth in an unexpected way?  This happens to me when I watch movies or TV shows, hear music, have conversations with other people, or in the ordinary activities of my day.  God is always with us, and if we are…

Day Two: Uncle Orson’s Fiction Boot Camp

I have a story to write ASAP, so I can’t take too much time on today’s blog.  Yesterday we were assigned (during a 15 minute break) to write a nonfictional account about an hour from the past week of our lives in a third person limited point of view.  This…

Day Four: Uncle Orson’s Fiction Boot Camp

O.S.Card said something today that really got me thinking: “Writing is like brain surgery.  You’re putting memories directly into people’s brains.  Injecting memories directly through their eyes.” Although comedy writing was the context in which Card used these words, the same words really could be applied to all forms of…

Day Five: Uncle Orson’s Fiction Boot Camp

“In the Hebrew Scriptures there is no word for spiritual. And Jesus never used the phrase spiritual life. Because for Jesus and his tradition, all of life is spiritual.  Everything is spiritual.” – Rob Bell Have you ever had a moment when you discover spiritual truth in an unexpected way?…

Locke and Demosthenes

Locke and Demosthenes. The two names for some, conjure up the concept of philosophy, but for Orson Scott Card fans, Locke and Demosthenes are the pseudonyms of Valentine and Peter, two super-intelligent children who get “citizen’s access” to the net and pose as adults…