This morning we began to brain-storm to try and figure out what of our favorite Christmas movies we have not yet seen this year, so we can purpose to find and watch them before it’s too late. So I googled some top Christmas movie lists and found that none of the lists really reflected the favorites of our household. I polled the kiddos and the wife, and found that we all had very different favorites.
As a result, I have created some lists of our favorites so far. There’s nothing scientific about these lists, neither do they reflect national popularity. But they’ve made an impact on us. Why thirty-three? Because I had to make three lists, one for my son, one for my daughter, and one for mom & dad. some of the movies were repeated and thirty-three is the number of unique titles. So without further ado…
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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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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.
Continue reading Grow a thick skin…please!
I 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.
Continue reading Last year and next year…
Thanksgiving is in just a few days, but most of the world is already celebrating Christmas. So in order to help put the focus a little more on being thankful, I’ve come up with six randomly fun things to do with your family this Thanksgiving, that will hopefully bring a little cheer and humor this Thursday, while poking a little fun at those who have nearly skipped Thanksgiving and gone straight to Christmas, AND is sure to make this Thanksgiving memorable and unique. Got any more ideas? Please leave them in the comments!
6. Go caroling.
Learn some actual Thanksgiving songs and go to your neighbors’ houses to sing them. Here are some suggestions: 1. “Food Glorious Food” from Oliver. 2. “Count Your Blessings” from White Christmas. 3. “Thanksgiving Prayer” by Johnny Cash, 4. “Thanksgiving Song” by Mary Chapin Carpenter. 5. “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music. 6. “The Thanksgiving Song” by Adam Sandler. 7. “Over the River and Through the Woods” by Lydia Maria Child. 8. “We Gather Together” hymn. 9. “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong. 10. “Apples Peaches Pumpkin Pie” by Jay & the Techniques. “All Things Bright and Beautiful” hymn. 11. “Come Ye Thankful People Come” hymn.
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