Satan’s Subtle Schemes: God is Love

satan's subtle schemes God is love

Here’s another, shall we say, theology, that everyone is buying into: God is love. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying he isn’t. He very much is. But what are we missing here? What God also is God is love, yes, but God is also just. Anyone who’s ever properly read a story from the […]

Satan’s Subtle Schemes: Do not Judge

We hear it all the time. It’s become the mantra of postmodern society: Do not judge. Much of this is reinforced by references to a plank in one’s eye and, more famously, casting the first stone. Perpetuated by a mentality of conformity and a natural propensity not to offend, however, these three words have become […]

Everyone’s proverbial pair of shoes

Empathy. It’s one of those things you have to work at; not everyone has it. And even those who have it do not always have it for everyone – not particularly by choice, but mostly because really isn’t easy to understand what you’ve never gone through or experienced. Writing fiction, I need to have empathy […]

Thou shalt not be repelled

I wrote 5,000 words in six days. And on the seventh day, I tossed them in the bin. My first thought? What a waste. But is anything really wasted in the process of writing and rewriting? Or even in the context of life? So now I’m in the middle of writing another 5,000 words to replace […]

Sunday thoughts I’m ashamed of

Whenever the new roster comes out I’m always thrilled to discover that I’ve got some Sundays off. That means I can attend church service and get back in touch with my spiritual family. But when Sunday comes around all I want to do is sleep. My relationship with sleep I love sleep. And sleep loves […]

What you-had-to-be-there jokes tell us about good writing

We’ve all had that really funny experience that is never funny when we try to tell it to other people. “You had to be there,” we say as an excuse for our lack of eloquence. But it’s not our fault, is it? There are simply some very hilarious moments that are only hilarious if we […]

How to get creative ideas and why the police won’t be happy with me

Where do you get your ideas? It’s the one question people keep asking writers, painters, musicians — practically all artists — and the question the artists themselves cannot seem to find a definite answer for. Well, I can. God sends them my way. That’s it, plain and simple. All of the thoughts that land on […]

How cunning parents use bedtime stories and why I write fiction

bedtime stories

I’m not a parent — no, not yet — but like everyone else, I was once a kid, so let’s dive into this with you knowing that I’m coming at it from the perspective of a child. My mother’s stories I used to be one of those children who always asked for books before bed. […]