(Almost) Mid-Summer 2020 Blog Update

I’ve been trying to keep to a schedule and also keep types of posts separated. I did try, but then somehow I started overlapping. So I’ve thought about it and beginning next week: 

  • Monday posts will often focus on comparing authentically Catholic teaching with various false teachings including (but not exclusively) the New Age counterfeit spiritualities and Christs, but I’ll write about other stuff, too, as it grabs my attention and if I have anything to say. 
  • Thursday posts will be centered on Catholic teaching on the soul. False teachings other than those related specifically to the soul will be shifted to the Monday posts. 
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Taking a breather from NaNoWriMo

Truer words were never sputtered between gulps of steaming hot coffeeMy NaNoWriMo word count is already at 31,167 out of the goal of 50,000 (target for today was 30,000) and that gives me some breathing room. So I’m taking some time to ponder the mysteries of the universe. Some things I’ve wondered along the way:

  • If Christ is the King of the whole universe, then isn’t He the Savior of everybody on every world?
  • Do aliens suffer from original sin or just humans?
  • Do humans exist on other planets already?
  • Would they look like us?
  • What if there are beings a lot like us on the other side of the galaxy?
  • How long would it take for us to find them? Or for them to find us?
  • What if they already did…and they’re as surprised as we are?

I wasn’t kidding about those mysteries of the universe. And that’s not even the half of it! But if I say any more, you’ll know too much and then I’ll have to…you know. You’ll just have to wait for the book. Or the movie. Oh, don’t I wish?! Why, yes, I do, actually. ;)

Thanks for reading and may the peace of Christ be with you always. Back to working on the novel now. Or do some dreaming. (Same thing, really.) ;)

NaNoWriMo update: Hit 50k, went on, still going

No, I'm not going New Age on y'allI hit 50k last night which was my NaNoWriMo word count goal, but then I passed 51,188 and I’m still going. Plus, having discovered new writing books, sites, and software, I’m delving deeper into the theory and craft of writing. Fascinating stuff. Thrilling, actually. Have also begun to have glimmers of other stories, in part sparked by writing for this NaNoWriMo project, and in part sparked by the dramatic theory I’ve discovered (re-discovered, really, but the original discovery was so long ago I barely remember it). Not wild about some of the what I see as Freudian-influenced aspects of it, but on the whole it is pretty interesting and has furnished me with much to ponder. Have had insights into crafting a novel that I haven’t gotten anywhere else, so there’s that.

Flannery O'Connor's recently published A Prayer JournalAlso want to mention a couple of books I received recently: four by Ron Hansen, who I discovered via an interview on Raymond Arroyo’s show on EWTN, The World Over Live. Here’s what I got: Kindle versions of Mariette in Ecstasy and Exiles: A Novel (funny, I have an unfinished novel by that same name), and used copies of A Stay Against Confusion: Essays on Faith and Fiction, and Atticus: A Novel. Also downloaded the Kindle version of  Flannery O’Connor’s recently published A Prayer Journal. My to-be-read pile is taller than my house. Happy sigh. :)