Staying Accountable

Eiathan's Heir 2nd Edition ebook Cover low-resReposted from May 5, 2013:

Excerpted from my (then) current WIP (Eiathan’s Heir):

“I beg your pardon, your Highness,” the castle steward puffed, coming up at a run as Bjorn exited the alley between a long, low shed and the physician’s quarters. “If someone had informed me you was going to inspect the grounds, I’d have made myself available sooner!”

Bjorn grinned. “You’ll have to forgive me. I’m new to the whole royal routine, you see, and I didn’t realize I had to inform anyone.”

“Oh, no no no, of course not,” the steward gabbled, looked quite harried. “You’re king and can do what you like. Only, well, if you have questions, who better than me to answer them, your Highness?”

When I first wrote these words, several years ago, the friends who critiqued this section, said Bjorn was so busy, he wore them out! Oh dear!

When I first wrote this post, I had broken the 75,000 word threshold on Eiathan’s Heir, and was aiming for 90,000 words, which is a respectable side for a book, if not as long as A Shadow on The Land.

I was working on fleshing out a few more scenes and improving the flow.

And I also wrote this:

I should probably write at least one scene in somewhere near this particular quote that shows Bjorn stepping back and letting others take on some of his intense activity. But I already have a couple of those, so then again, I might not. Bjorn is quite energetic; he can handle all of this activity! If he can’t, what is he doing taking on this particular job description (i.e., king)?

Eiathan’s Heir is out now, and available on Amazon, Smashwords, and a number of other major websites for sale.

Is God present in your writing?

God in my writing

How do I include God in my writing?

Reposted from May 5, 2013:

A Little Background: I’ve been participating in a discussion among creative types about why we have allowed God to be pushed to the side in our daily lives and in the public arena; whether or not this sidelining of God is doing any harm; and what, if any role God should play in our writing. Today, another commenter on the thread raised the question of politics, and asserted that the ills of society were solely the cause and responsibility of the party they did not belong to, and that their beliefs about God were largely to blame.

I thought my response might interest you:

As a Christian, I am required to recognize there is plenty of blame to be shared around. People are sinful and flawed. It doesn’t matter whether you’re Democrat or Republican, liberal, conservative, libertarian, or something other; no matter how hard you try or the purity of your idealism, you can’t ever get it perfectly right.

Especially when those in power try to help other people, someone, somewhere, is inevitably going to blame them for creating trouble in their lives, and say, “Oh, if ONLY (another group) were in power instead!!!”

How would we ever carry on without our ideals, our philosophy of what is just, noble, and good?

And yet, greed for worldly gain, desire for power over other people, and a conviction that you, personally, have all the answers and should be allowed to run other people’s lives based on your personal worthiness–are endemic responses across humanity. So is the willingness to sell your fellow man out for whatever it is that you hold dearest, no matter what that might be!

Writers are taught to write and create stories based on this knowledge, with flawed characters inhabiting flawed, unjust universes, striving and desiring something better, yet incapable of wholly achieving it. If we write characters that are too perfect, they get laughed at and assigned names that reflect their unbelievable perfection. (most people don’t want to read ‘Mary Sue’ stories…we find them irritating)

If our universe is too perfect, we’ve created a utopia. Utopian societies are also considered too boring to inflict on your readers as a story setting–unless you have them exposed to and infected by, or invaded by a greedy unjust power; or show them to be hypocritical, riddled with wickedness under a veneer of perfection.

The problem of sin requires addressing the root of the problem: no one is capable of perfection.

So, as flawed human beings, we look around for a standard by which to judge perfection. We cannot measure our actions and thoughts by anything less, or we become lesser as well. A flawed measure is worthless. No one wants a yardstick that measures 2.89 feet instead of 3 feet exactly, or a scale that says it’s measuring kilos or pounds, but for every kilo (or pound), it’s measuring 1.6–

No; we desire perfection. We demand it! We require it! We reject that which is imperfect and flawed–and in that greatest of ironies, we are incapable of anything better. (Addtional note: even as writers we are incapable of total perfection, yet tell me you don’t value a “perfect book,” and I will laugh. I won’t believe you).

As a Christian, I believe that we have this need for what is perfect because God put it there inside us, but without Him there can be no perfection; no wholeness! With God, all things are possible, but even with God, not all cures are probable in this life. As a Christian, I believe that someday, this flawed, sin-ridden world and universe we live in now will someday pass away to make way for a new heaven and earth that is perfect–

Because I believe so, it informs my writing, and requires me to wrestle with the great spiritual questions of life when I write, and to include God as the answer. If I do not include God as the answer, then my stories do not contain hope.

Krystine Kercher – Back and Rebuilding

You may wonder what a girl like me is doing revamping the website, changing my world, and rebuilding from the ground up – well, I’ll tell ya. Hackers LOVED my work so much they were abusing my real estate and removing my presence, so my web master, host, and wise leader (okay, enough about her) moved her hosting to a new site and I get the privilege of bringing back all the fun – on a new, and obviously more decadent platform.

I’m excited. Come visit, share the process, and by all means, leave a comment. I’d like to hear from  you.

Tell me what you like and what you don’t like, because I want this to be your favorite place on the web.

No hackers, please!