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Monday, May 19, 2008

"Prince Caspian" the Movie

On Saturday, Kelley and I went to see the second Chronicles of Narnia movie, Prince Caspian. Her family was there and so was mine as well as my sister and her husband. The movie was very well done. The mood was considerably darker than The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe . . . which made for a better film than the first one because it didn't feel as kiddish. Brittish actor Ben Barnes played the lead role of Prince Caspian and I was please and impressed by his performance. He acted smoothly and realistically, allowing the audience to lose themselves in his character. The visual effects took a step forward as well; several battles dominated the screen and the trees took the spotlight in the final battle. I had two complaints: 1) the humor was mixed in at what seemed odd places, and 2) I listened closely to the music and it seemed to be all the same pieces from the first movie . . . as if they couldn't budget for additional compositions. I would give this movie a four out of five star-rating. It is definitely worth the ticket cost. And perhaps I didn't enjoy the movie as much as I might have because I was having more fun sitting next to my girl!

Monday, May 12, 2008

My Girl

I had given up on finding my special someone and had determined to focus solely on my career and relationship with God for the next year or two. But it seems God has different plans for me. I have entered into a relationship with Kelley, a childhood friend and steady Christian.
At first I did not intend to post this here because the focus of this blog is my writing. But I realized that that was foolishness because I want my readers to hear about this blessing; Kelley and I are working toward marriage and striving to keep our relationship pure until that day. Today there are few young women who have a blend of physical beauty, godliness, and commitment. I can say with 100% confidence that Kelley is one such girl.
I want to take this opportunity to encourage my peers, girls and guys alike. Don't dispair of finding a special someone to share your life with. And don't let past mistakes stop you from entering a pure relationship. I've made my share of mistakes . . . but God has seen fit to let me learn from those mistakes, instead of letting me fall away because of them. He can do it for you, too.
Please pray for both of us as we move forward with this relationship.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Update on "Swords of the Six"

I finally heard from AMG Publishers regarding Swords of the Six. The editor assures me that my novel is the first on their agenda for their next new product meeting. They are waiting on one editor to return from a mission trip. He said I can expect the meeting to happen at the end of this month or the beginning of next. Really that is only a few weeks away. I've waited this long... I can wait a little longer.

In the mean time I've been reading a lot concerning starting my own publishing company and book marketing. This will help me prepare for next year's release of my novel. One way or the other I will publish this book no later than next year. My readers have waited long enough and I want to reward them for their patience and loyalty.


"Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones." -Proverbs 16:24

In a world where morality is forsaken and Christ neglected, wholesome books are uncommon. The themes of my writing are love, self-sacrifice, and honor.

I see my generation turning from God to the gods of this world. I see homes torn apart in the pursuit of pleasure and self-gratification. Children are murdered by the millions every year . . . without ever seeing the world outside their mothers' wombs. Through fiction I strive to encourage those who are willing, to stand against these things and be heroes and heroines; chivalrous, gentle, full of righteous indignation, and the fear and love of their Creator.