August 16, 2009
My wife and I saw Andrew Peterson in concert at Springdale Community Church tonight here in Louisville, KY. It was an awesome, small show in a pretty nice facility. It turns out a sizable portion of our church decided to show up, too... it was like an impromptu evening service.
We got to hear some good stories about several songs that (to me at least) really made them come alive. It was great to hear the Scripture and Gandalf / Elijah comparisons that went on in Andrew's mind as he wrote All You'll Ever Need, and being a space nut I loved hearing his story of meeting an astronaut and writing Rocket in honor of seeing a shuttle launch.
Naturally, Andrew gave a quick plug for his Wingfeather Saga toward the end of the concert, and I enthusiastically cheered for them. (It's my moral duty as the owner of a fan site for the series. )
So, we had a great time, and I got to pick Andrew's brain about writing after the concert. His advice? For him, he used three things to make it to the end of On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness:
- Friendly competition (with his brother, author of The Fiddlers Gun)
He said that after you get your first book published, it starts to look more like a 9 - 5 job (assuming the publisher wants more). I'm not there yet, and I'm not sure I ever will be. In the meantime... anyone up for some friendly writing competition?
I hear Michael Card a lot in Andrew... esp. regarding interacting with the Bible at the level of the imagination. Michael's quote that has stuck with me is also an inspiration to pursuing something like writing - "Always perform at the level of your own inadequacy." I think that falls under Audacity!
August 14, 2009
No, that's silly. I don't believe this and think the claim is ludicrous. However, I ran a quick Google search for "obama antichrist" and turned up a surprising number of sites that discuss the topic. Even better, I turned up a parable I thought I'd share with you. Hence the screenshot:
August 6, 2009
My brother just sent me a pretty incredible link. That's what family's for, right?
The link, I've Lost my RIO, is a pretty good narrative recounting a story of a high speed ejection from an F-14 during a time of training and evaluation. Check it out and be wowed!
Once you're wowed, click on the "Odds and Ends" link and be wowed a second time. You'll be looking at a rare jewel of the internet... a page developed with a bright red background, hideous typography, and warnings that 1 and 2 MB files are large videos that require high-speed internet (emphasis theirs ;)). I love it!
July 31, 2009
This next week I'll be taking my show on the road. After a high school friend's wedding this evening, I'm driving with Christina to Abingdon, VA where we'll stay with my grandparents for the weekend. We'll be meeting my older brother and sister-in-law there for some hangin' out and some play action - The Fantasticks at the local Barter Theatre. It should be a fun weekend!
On Sunday evening or Monday morning we'll drive down to Greenville, SC where I'll set up shop in their "bonus room". It'll become my new home office for a few days while we spend the evenings visiting with family and loading up on baby shower loot. I love spending time with my in-laws, so the week should be a real treat.
Even better... we won't have to leave our house unattended that whole time! Some friends are in between leases at two apartments and have agreed to come babysit Top Porch and our awesome veggie garden while we're away. Sheets changed, clean towels out, floor vacuumed, and chocolates hidden. Hah!