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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Wednesday Review: A Long Obedience

 Hello, hello! Welcome back to the Wednesday Review! Today I'm reviewing a book I just finished reading: A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, by Eugene Peterson.




Introduction: Eugene Peterson was an american pastor, possibly best known for his paraphrase of the Bible into casual modern English, called The Message. I have never read any Peterson before, but I've known about A Long Obedience for a long time - my mom read it years ago and really loved it. I had a chance to meet Mr. Peterson and his wife in 2014 at a faith & arts conference, just a few years before he passed into his reward. I didn't end up speaking much with Mr. Peterson (logistics), but I sat at a meal with Mrs. Peterson, and she was lovely. I purchased a copy of the book and now I've finally read it.

Briefly, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society,* is a discipleship-focused examination of the Songs of Ascents (Psalm 120-134). Each psalm, in sequence, gets its own chapter, in which Mr. Peterson deals with the main theme of the psalm and its role in Christian living.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Exciting Newses!


Before we start, please forgive the poor grammar in this post's title. It was intentional. (This might be why I'm not a copyeditor...)

So! I have news. There has been a LOT going on in the last twelve months. I give you: The List of Significant Things That Have Happened!




The List of Significant Things That Have Happened:


1) I wrote the pilot episode to a TV show I'd love to develop and get produced.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Seasonal Haiku


Recently, a writing group I'm part of posted a challenge to create some haiku poems during this time of strangeness, so I wrote my first ever haiku poems. Check it out:


1. (Of Haikus)

I'll write a haiku
To meet this virus challenge,
But I'm not a fan.


2. Distance

Alone in my room
Stranded far away from home
In Slovakia.


3. Self-Assessment

I'm eating chocolate
Clearly not symptomatic;
No lost appetite.

:)


Tuesday, March 17, 2020

COVID-19 Poetry


Hello, everyone!

I thought it would be nice, since I'm all alone and since a lot of people are flocking to the internet while they're holed up in their houses, apartments, Hobbit holes and  the like, to perhaps post some entertaining fluff poems.

Fluff poems are what I call poetry that I dash off quickly, without too much thought beyond making sure it's coherent and structured. It's poetry for fun, and it's for your fun, too! So I hope you enjoy my very first COVID-19 poem, creatively titled "COVID-19."  :)


COVID-19


There was a lone poet who lived abroad
In an ancient, Slavic land;
She came to teach and live the life,
Then things got out of hand.
A bat and pangolin, they say,
May have made the brand new strand
Of virus which was spread abroad -
Now travel's mostly banned.

The poet hunkered down inside
Her dorm room all alone,
And thought she'd take a little time
To write this little poem.
And so, to all of you, she says,
"Take heart - we're not alone;
Our God still watches over us
In this strange, new war-zone."


Happy hunkering!

-RL


Thursday, December 12, 2019

Work, Stress, and Perspective


Earlier this week, I launched my first novel: Random Walk, Book One in the Fractured Galaxy series. Very exciting.

Also a little nerve-racking because, as my first novel, there's a lot riding on this project's financial success. I moved half-way across the country just so I could afford to live without a day job in order to write this book (and some other writing projects), and many friends and family gave generously of their time and money to help me bring it to fruition.


As such, this novel is theoretically a major litmus test for my future plans to continue not working a day job and writing pretty much full time instead. It's been a tad stressful to think about at times. As the launch of the book and, with it, the proof of the pudding approached, I found myself spending a lot of time in prayer about that. Here are a few things I've learned during this process: