My Writing Infuences

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Keven, you write dark paranormal Christian fiction. How in the world did you get there?? Glad you asked.

I’ve never talked much about the writers that have most influenced me. I think in some interview or other I’ve listed one or two, but I’ve never really told my writing journey by way of my reading journey. As the saying goes, “You are what you eat,” and so you also “write what you read.”

I don’t think I’ve keep it a secret that my first love is the fantasy genre. That may come as a surprise to some that know me as a paranormal suspense writer, but you’d be interested to know that prior to Winter and Prophetess almost everything I wrote was fantasy slanted and most of my to-write list is populated with fantasy ideas.

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The Lego Movie: One of the most anti-Christian movies ever

legomovieThis is a really difficult review for me to write. First let me say that I actually enjoyed the Lego Movie. My kids thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s imaginative, high-energy, and exciting. I was also very impressed that the movie was created with actual Legos using stop-still animation. (UPDATE: I now know that it was computer animated. Good job animators! Fooled me!) And contrary to the title of this review, maybe surprising to you…maybe somewhat hypocritical on my part…I will probably own this movie and my children will watch it till it wears out. BUT not before I explain to them what I’m about to explain to you.

Despite being such a fun movie, everything is NOT indeed awesome. Everything was great until the movie took a very existential and philosophical twist at the end, making it the most anti-Christian film I’ve seen in a long time. Almost as blatantly anti-Christian as the Golden Compass, and I’m surprised there hasn’t been a wide-spread out-cry against it.

SO BEWARE. SPOILERS AHEAD!

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Ministry: The lonely calling

Originally posted on Jesus Freak Mommy:

My husband and I have served in some sort of ministry for the majority of our lives together, be it lay service or staff service.  God has placed a definite calling on our lives and our family, and we would have it no other way.  Our lives and gifts belong to our Heavenly Father, and service to Him is an honor.

However, we have both continually struggled with loneliness.  Not in a marriage way, but in friendships.  I’ve always been dumbfounded by this.  We meet people we have lots in common with, begin to develop a friendship but then, out of the blue it seems, it just seems to dissolve.

I’m very thankful to God for the friends we found during our seminary experience.  They may be distant, but we know we can count on them to pray for us!  Unfortunately not all ministers have this experience to build upon.

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Grow a thick skin…please!

baljeat and buford**CAUTION. CONTROVERSIAL POST**

This morning an article came across my Facebook feed about an 11 year old boy who attempted suicide because he was bullied for liking My Little Pony. (I happen to like My Little Pony. FYI one of the writers for the Power Puff Girls is the producer…and I REALLY liked Power Puff Girls. But that’s beside the point. My prayers go out to the parents. BOTH my children enjoy MLP and if either of them were consistently bullied because of it, I’d come out of my skin to defend them.)

Yesterday, there was an older article being passed around by my FB friends of a loving father ranting against parental verbal abuse. (I agree with everything this father says, but also think this article is an indication of another issue that I’m not talking about in this article…stupid dead-beat parents who should be sterilized, and have their children taken away and given to a loving family. Was that too harsh?)

And these sorts of verbal abuse and bullying stories are becoming more and more common. It makes me absolutely angry. Not anger at the bullies or the parents accused of this abuse (though there IS plenty of anger for them as well), but anger at a society that is producing a bunch of victims who don’t know how to process these sorts of things in a healthy way.

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Last year and next year…

wint3rI wish I could say 2013 was an amazing year. It was an excellent year, by all accounts, but it was one of those rebuilding and relearning years that you’re happy to see behind you. Those of you who are closest too me know the many things that went on. Some of you may not, and for the sake of my fans who are eagerly awaiting Winter 3 then I’ll take a moment to tell you a little about this past year.

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