iPad Mini Giveaway #2

Yep, that’s right. I’m giving away ANOTHER iPad mini. *happy dance* So if you weren’t the winner of the last one, and you aren’t related to me (sorry, Mom!), then stop reading this and start clicking that…!

Logophile

I am a logophile: A word lover. (from the Greek “logo” meaning “word” and the Latin “phile” meaning “lover of.”  ) I love writing words, reading them, speaking them, singing them, listening to them. I love learning new words and uncovering old ones. I even like reading the history of words. Back in March, I took my AP Language class to the University of South Florida library so we could peruse the Oxford English Dictionary – a whole, beautiful, dusty row of books filled with words and their meanings throughout the centuries. We learned so much! Did you know, for example, the word “awful” used to mean the same thing as “awesome”? Or that “nice” used to mean “stupid”? But “mean” has meant the same thing for almost a millennium? These are facts I find fascinating. I...

Congratulations….It’s a Book!

Writing a book really is like having baby. And raising that baby to adulthood. There’s so much more involved in writing a book than just writing a book. Since I am knee deep in “raising” the Anomaly trilogy – with each of the three books in a different “stage” – I’ll talk you through the process. Other writers, please feel free to correct, enhance or commiserate…:) Stage 1: Pregnancy In book writing, this is the “idea” stage. For Anomaly, this started in a meeting with the Thomas Nelson Fiction team, throwing around ideas for a YA Christian dystopian series. Some ideas were accepted, some rejected, some noted for further research later. It was fun! Then I went home and tried to bring all those...

Music in my Soul

I love music. I’m listening to some music right now, as a matter of fact.  I listen to music when I am happy, when I’m blue, when I need encouragement, whenever. Over the years, I have worn out records, cassette tapes, CD’s, and iPod batteries listening to my favorite music. Sometimes I need to sing really, really loudly in the car. Yes, need. And, yes, you’ve probably driven past me – arms all over the place, veins in my neck popping out in a way that would make voice teachers cringe. Sometimes music is so beautiful, I want to stop everything I am doing and just listen to it, letting it sink into my bones and travel through my bloodstream. Music is powerful. When I was thinking of how God would reveal Himself in Anomaly, I...

Faith vs. Science?

Am I anti-science? Do I think the Christian faith and science cannot coexist? Do I think all scientists are evil? I’m getting these questions from readers (because, yes, the bad guys in Anomaly are the scientists), and the short answer to them all is “no.” I am very grateful for science and scientists. People who pursue careers in science go on to find medicines that heal diseases, create products that make my life easier, find ways to rid our world of nasty things we don’t want in it. They study our world and our bodies and help us understand all that better. They are incredibly important, incredibly smart. I do, however, have a problem with naturalism. And I respectfully, but wholeheartedly, disagree with people whose worldview is based...

What is Truth?

I deal with the issue of Truth in my new book. Why? Because it’s an issue we deal with all the time. It’s an issue Christians can shy away from, afraid we’ll offend with our position – if it’s our position – that there is truth. Absolute truth. Truth with a capital “T.” With so much information out there, so many people claiming to know what’s true, what’s right, who’s wrong, how can we possibly know what’s true? And isn’t it just arrogant to say we Christians have the corner on the market of Truth? Narrow-minded? The bottom line, for me, is this question: what is your source of Truth? No matter what you believe, whether you are a Christian, an atheist or anything in between, we all...