This image, and the idea of dyeing elephant tusks to destroy their value to poachers, has been floating around the Internet lately, sometimes presented as an idea that we should pursue, but more often being presented as something already being done. I looked into this and, unfortunately, it’s not something that’s being done right now, and worse, it might not be feasible at all. (more…)

You probably know about how Emily Dickinson’s poetry can be sung to the tune of “The Yellow Rose of Texas.” (more…)

A reading of my favorite love poem for Valentine’s Day.
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I spent an afternoon at the Museum of Modern Art when I was in New York earlier this week and almost literally stumbled on a new way of looking at paintings that had a remarkable effect on my experience with many of the paintings I saw that day.

Here’s what you do: (more…)

“Blue is the Warmest Color” is a groundbreaking movie that should be seen by anyone with an interest in new ways of telling stories through film.

The movie’s primary innovation is its absolute commitment to the faces of its characters. I’ve read reviews criticizing this as a “preoccupation with closeups,” as if this were a lack of directorial balance, but that’s ridiculous. What it is is pure intention. And brilliant invention. Somebody somewhere somehow got the idea to tell a story entirely through the faces of its characters, which is to say: entirely through the souls of its characters. And it works. (more…)

When I was in high school, I memorized T.S. Eliot’s “Wasteland” and recited it to my English class over the course of two class periods. It was my favorite long poem until I discovered Eliot’s “Four Quartets” in college. Shortly after that, however, I was introduced to Basil Bunting’s “Briggflatts,” and it quickly became – and has remained – my new favorite. (more…)

Review: The Dazzle of Day, by Molly Gloss

This is my Favorite Science Fiction Novel, no contest, but it’s an odd creation. It’s like a historical fiction about a Quaker farming community, except that the community exists inside a multi-generational colony ship many centuries into a journey to a possible habitable world in a distant solar system. Oh, and each chapter begins with poetry by Walt Whitman!

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I’ve just self published my novelization of the life of Joan of Arc!

It’s gotten a couple of good reviews so far.

Tim Wynne-Jones, author of the Horn Book Award winning YA novel Blink & Caution, called it “An intimate meditation, textured and ingenious,” while Kirkus Reviews described it as “An engrossing religious and historical account…”

You can read more about it and order copies at www.JoanNovel.com.


photo by Biswarup Ganguly

An excerpt from my work in progress, The Death of Arthur. (A sequel to The Light of the Grail, which I’ll probably be self-publishing some time soon after I self-publish Joan, my novelization of the life of Joan of Arc.)

In this passage, Elaine, the daughter of King Pelles of Carbonek, describes to her servant Brisen her visit in disguise to her homeland, where she finds her father incapacitated and the land made barren as suggested by rumors that had reached her in the kingdom of Arthur.

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Voices For Joan

I’ve decided to self publish my novelization of the life of Joan of Arc in Summer of 2014. Help me build up my mailing list in preparation for the big release and win signed copies of the book! Enter the Voices For Joan contest here.

The Wineskin Project

All the Gospel plays for the Fall quarter are now available for download from the Wineskin Project website. Over the summer, churches not only used them as Sunday School curriculum and Bible study readings, but also performed them as part of their main services. If you’re a member of a church, check these plays out and think about how your church might be able to use them in the coming quarter!

Haiku Diem

In July, I completed three years of posting daily haiku at www.HaikuDiem.com – and then continued right on into Year Four! You can receive each day’s haiku through Facebook, Twitter, Google+, email, or RSS. You can also purchase a book collection of the best haiku from the first year of Haiku Diem, illustrated by four wonderful artists. Book collections for Year Two and Year Three are also on their way!

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