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Comment Contest: A Winner Today?

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Even the newly-hatched day geckos are excited by the prospect of someone winning our comment contest today! You should hear ’em.

Anyway, we’re shooting for 33,000 comments and we’ve got, at the moment, 32,931–which leaves only 69 comments to go. Whoever posts Comment No. 33,000 will win an autographed copy of one of my books. (Sorry, the treasure deal fell through. Beowulf chickened out of taking on the dragon. “Not as young as I used to be!” was his excuse.)

Now, I can’t help noticing that a few of you are trying very hard to win the contest. It’s always a sad thing to watch the comment stream slow down to a mere trickle, once the contest is over. I wish you could all win, but my postal budget won’t stand it.

But what I can do is start another contest right away, setting the goal at 35,000. The folks at Chalcedon are working very hard to get The Temptation published, and once we get the cover art from Kirk DouPonce, it shouldn’t be long before the book is released–maybe in time to be the prize in the next contest.


Comment Contest Down to the Wire

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Who will win the comment contest? As of this moment, we have 32,890 comments in the pot–only 110 to go, to reach the goal of 33,000.

What’s the prize? Well, nobody wanted to go back to 1951 and hit Bobby Thomson’s home run, so now I’m thinking, “Treasure!” There’s this guy named Beowulf who says he knows the location of a fabulously wealthy hoard of gold and jewels. So we’ll try to make that the prize–if we can figure out what to do about the dragon who is guarding it.

If this treasure deal falls through, the prize will be an autographed copy of one of my books.


Climax of the Comment Contest

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As of this writing, we have 32,798 comments in the pot, which means we only need just 202 more for 33,000–and a comment contest winner.

And hey, this prize is gonna be somethin’ else! How would you like it if we sent you back in time, to 1951, and had you hit Bobby Thomson’s famous pennant-winning homer instead of Bobby Thomson? You hit “the shot heard ’round the world”! Well, if you’re the lucky reader to post Comment No. 33,000. all this can be yours!

Unless I can’t quite swing it. Then the prize will be an autographed copy of one of my books.

All readers can play, and all comments are eligible, with only the following exceptions: comments abusive to anyone else on this site; comments containing blasphemy or profanity; commercials thinly disguised as comments; or comments just too inane or fat-headed to bother with. Other than that, anything goes.


Why Can’t I Post This Picture?

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Facebook wouldn’t let me share my previous post, “To Be a Writer–Read!”, and I have no idea why. This box kept coming up, saying I had a link that was blocked. The only link I had was to a picture.

What’s this all about?

Well, let me see if I can post this one. *Sigh*


To Be a Writer–Read!

 

At last we have some young people joining this blog, and that makes me happy–because there’s plenty of work for everyone in regaining cultural ground for Christ’s Kingdom, and none of us is going to live long enough to do it all. As is the nature of things, we’ll have to pass a lot of this work on to another generation.

Some of you, I’m sure, will want to be writers someday, if not now. I know what that feels like: I started writing science fiction novels before I started high school. I sold my first book in 1986. I was a casualty of the implosion of the horror market, no one wanted to publish my books anymore, but I kept at it. Had to! A lot of changes–for the better–swept over me, and twenty years later I published Bell Mountain, copyright 2010. Now it’s 2018, and I’m currently writing the 12th book in the series.

So my first tip to any teen or tween who wants to be a writer is, keep at it. The goal of publication is fantastically hard to attain. You wouldn’t believe how many books I wrote that never got published, and never will be. There is no substitute for perseverance.

And my second tip is just as simple: read. Read as much as you possibly can, especially the kind of books you want to write someday.

We learn by watching others do what we want to do. By example, and by imitation. How would you ever learn to walk, if you never saw anybody walking? How would you learn to talk, if you never heard anybody talking? Reading is just as important to anyone who wants to be a writer. Read, read, and read some more, and never, never stop.

We all have dreams of hitting it big while we’re still young. Like Stephen Crane, or F. Scott Fitzgerald. But most of us simply aren’t ready yet. We haven’t seen enough, heard enough, lived enough. An awful lot of living has to go into your writing. And you, as a writer, are always a work in progress, never finished, always room for improvement, always more to learn. I believe God knew I wasn’t ready, no matter how passionately I wanted to be published: and He knew best. If God ever decided to give us everything we ever prayed for, He wouldn’t be doing us a favor. Sometimes, when we think He’s pounding us, He’s really blessing us: and maybe we’ll last long enough to realize it, long after the fact.

Anyway, I wish to encourage young writers. Don’t stop–the Kingdom has work for you to do.


Comment Contest: Update

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Before giant prehistoric amphibians like Eryops can make a comeback and gum up the ecosystem, I hope to conclude the current comment contest. The total now stands at 32,654. Whoever posts No. 33,000 wins an autographed copy of one of my books.

Unless you’d rather have an Eryops. But I warn you, they’re kind of expensive to feed.


I’ve Hit a Blogging Milestone

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WordPress has just notified me–and given me a virtual trophy for it–that I’ve posted on this blog for 1,525 days in a row.

Good lord. No wonder I’m tired.

If I could just somehow turn that into book sales–!

PS–I was wondering why nobody has said anything, and then I see “Comments are off.” Grrr! Fanabla! Fap! Well, they’re on now.


Continuing Prayer Request: Linda

Our sister in Christ, Linda, is still undergoing treatment for serious medical problems, and she needs our prayers. She’s still with us, but just now it’s hard for her to participate. I heard from her today. She’s doing her best to keep her spirits up.

O Lord our God! In Jesus’ mighty name, we implore you to help our sister, Linda–to bring her out from under the shadow of death, and heal her, and restore her to our fellowship. Say the word in Heaven, Lord, and it is so on earth: in Jesus’ name, Amen.


Comment Contest Update

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There seems to be a lot of interest today in the comment contest, so here’s where we stand.

On our way to the goal of 33,000 comments, we now have 32,405–so that’s just under 600 to go, and then we’ll have a winner.

The prize, as always, will be an autographed copy of one of my books, unless I see a need for something flashier. World-famous art objects, like King Tut’s golden mask or the Mona Lisa, are always popular. But they’re hard to get.


Comment Contest: Amended!

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I’ve decided to change the comment contest.

We have 32,208 comments so far, and I first set the goal at 35,000. But after thinking it over for a couple of days, that looks like a not-so-hot idea.

So the goal is now set at 33,000. Whoever posts Comment No. 33,000 wins an autographed copy of one of my books. That’s less than 800 to go, folks–piece of cake.

Anyone can enter, and if you’ve won already, well, you can win again. All comments are eligible, except: comments which abuse anyone else on this site; comments containing blasphemy or profanity, no f-bombs allowed; commercials thinly disguised as comments (don’t even think about it); or comments simply too inane to publish. Other than the above, anything goes.

This should only take two weeks or so–right? Please prove me right, I’ll appreciate it.


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