Tagged with J.R.R. Tolkien

On Being a Christian Novelist


We have a local store in nearby Norman, Oklahoma called Mardel’s Christian Office Supply, and in this store there is a rather large book selection of novelists of all types of genres within the Christian evangelical market.  Not only do they have my favorite novelist and apologist (C. S. Lewis), but they also have books by … Continue reading

A Question About Samwise Gamgee…and Tolkien’s Answer


Over at Noel Campbell’s blog, he has posited an interesting question about Samwise Gamgee from Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.  The question was quite good, and caused me to peruse Tolkien’s letters for the answer. The question is this: Who would history say destroyed the ring if Samwise had told the story?  To quote Mr. Campbell: … Continue reading

It’s A Writer’s Job To Be Rejected


If you write much and submit often, you probably have a drawer full or a room full of rejection notices. Today’s post is to encourage you a little by pulling together a few famous rejection notices… not that the rejection notices are famous, but that people who were rejected. Here they are: Ernest Hemingway – … Continue reading

Tolkien on Allegory


For years we have heard the story that J.R.R. Tolkien, creator of Middle Earth, never intended for any of his books to be allegory at all even though the Christian community rallies around him as a writer of Christian fiction.  It is true that we can see many images of Christ in the characters of … Continue reading

R is for Retrospective


It’s been almost a year and a half since I started blogging, and even though it has had its ups and downs, here lately I’m seeing my numbers drop off slowly and steadily.  It makes me wonder if this blogging thing is really all it’s cracked up to be. I won’t quit.  No way.  I … Continue reading

Tolkien on Inspiration


Today’s post is fortuitous in that Tolkien is again in the news.  Yesterday NPR ran a story about an ancient Roman ring that may have been the inspiration for The One Ring in Tolkien’s Middle Earth epic.  You can find “The Vyne” here, but the summary of the story is that Tolkien was brought in … Continue reading

Real Locations in Fictional Stories


My current WIP is set in Noble, Oklahoma, and since I am very familiar with this small town I am able to easily write about the sights and sounds of the town without much trouble or much research.  Research for me basically falls to interviewing local police about procedures in various situations that might arise … Continue reading

Today’s Birthday Gift Was Amazing!


Today I turned 42 years old, and jokingly I tell my friends that I am now the meaning of life, the universe and everything.  As we get older, birthdays invariably run together, and we only celebrate the decades.  I remember as a child I anxiously awaited my birthday because there would probably be a party … Continue reading