Category Archives: C.S. Lewis

This Just In: C.S. Lewis

IMG_4802A copy of TIME Magazine arrived in my mailbox this week, but it wasn’t new. In fact, it’s pretty old.

The date at the top reads September 8, 1947. And C.S. Lewis is featured on the cover.

I’m excited to add this to my C.S. Lewis collection. I do believe I own and have read everything he wrote that’s been made available. My favorite writings are his published letters, amounting to over 4,000 pages. I’ve also read perhaps 20 biographies of his life. Continue reading

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WHAT will you write?

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Image courtesy of http://www.torange.biz.

We continue our series of blog posts on the who-what-when-where-why of writing (see previous posts about who, when, and where).

We turn now to WHAT gets written. Here we’re talking about the content of your fiction or nonfiction.

And here I’m planning to go against convention a bit.

We hear much about building a platform, writing for the market, carving out a niche, and author branding. Nearly all of these encourage a singular voice or genre or series. And granted, if this is what the editors and agents are telling us, then this route probably does provide better odds for getting something published.

But I’d still like to state my case (which does not eliminate the importance of a solid platform, mind you). Continue reading


Favorite quotations from C.S. Lewis

C.S.-LewisThere are a dozen famous C.S. Lewis quotations. Most of you would recognize most of them.

These are not those.

These are some of my favorites, harvested from lots of reading.

I’ve read nearly every published word written by C.S. Lewis. This includes his 3 volumes of published correspondence amounting to over 4,000 pages.

I’ve also read at least two dozen biographies.

I certainly don’t agree with him at every turn. But I admire his ability to communicate complex thoughts in understandable terms, usually accompanied by a metaphor.

Marvel with me at a mind crafted by a generous God: Continue reading


C.S. Lewis, the almost failure

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The creator of Narnia almost wasn’t.

His story is well-known: Oxford student, Oxford don, literary genius, prolific writer.

But it almost didn’t happen. Continue reading