3rd Year Celebration of the Write Stuff — TONIGHT!

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Can you believe that it’s been three years already? We’ve been together for some time and I’m glad to use this opportunity to celebrate with me. Thank God for everything He’s done in blessing this show to reach out to readers and authors worldwide and give you great books, great authors, and reads.

Call in to celebrate with me and Rachel Rossano, the very first guest on this show as we look forward and look back. You can call in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can download Stitcher on your mobile device. Or, click on the link here. http://tobtr.com/9074423. It’s time to celebrate!


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It’s really a shock to me that I would write Christian fiction. Really it is.  I didn’t know Christian fiction existed until about 2000 or so when I happened across a store called Family Christian Stores. I went in there and saw all of these lovely books and was hooked.

My earliest memories are of books and writing. I always knew this is what I would do. I just never thought I’d be a Christian writer or a writer who is Christian.  I grew up reading Stephen King and then when I was fourteen, I discovered my first Harlequin book under my cousin’s bed that summer and got hooked onto romance. So my first loves are horror and romance. Go figure.

When I began to take my writing seriously, I had been let go at my job back in 2010.  Now I had time on my hands. I saw the computer with my manuscript I’d let linger for ten years from the time I was 18 years old and I decided to get in published no matter what. My first book, Dark Cherub, can be classified as Christian horror. (Thanks Stevie!)  It changed everything for me. I mean, everything. I worked on my first romance series, called Sins of the Flesh and that also changed things for me. I started to do podcasting, and now I am the owner of the new PJC Media, an online broadcasting company.  Yet the love of the written word is still in my veins.

I host Christian authors worldwide on my shows.  Been doing it for three years. Over the years, I’ve become something of  diplomat. The body of Christ is already so divided by denominations and the like. I don’t want to add to that unnecessarily. I don’t mind standing up for core biblical truths but when it comes to secondary, non-essentials, I don’t get too worked up over it.

I love helping Christian authors get the word out about their works. If you want to be showcased on my show, simply email me at writestuffradio at gmail dot com. I’d be glad to have you.

 

Looking Back — Sixteen Days of Write Memories

The best gifts are the ones you don’t always see until you look back on them. During the next twenty two days before Christmas, I’m going to look back on the Write Stuff and share some insights I’ve learned over the years. Primarily, I’ll be highlighting some shows but other little tidbits too. This isn’t to say some shows were better than others. Quite the contrary. I’ve loved all my shows the Lord’s blessed me with hosting. But the gift of it is looking back and seeing how far I’ve come.


WRETCHED OPTIMISM 

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Smile till it hurts!

There’s not a person alive who doesn’t deal with self-doubt. I think it’s part of human nature to just doubt one’s abilities. You have your parents who encourage you and your family who supports you. Still, you have to fight the one enemy no one else seems to conquer — yourself.

I think every show I deal with this. Some things that run through my ind are: Everyone hates this show. No one cares. I sound like an idiot. What in the world am I doing?  And all other kinds of encouraging thoughts.

But, I do have what I called ‘that wretched optimism’. The little spark of optimism that keeps me going even when those other thoughts tell me to stop. It’s faith that what I do matters to someone. So if you’re writing, painting, teaching, counseling, working, singing, and a thousand other duties that make the world go around, believe in yourself. I know it sounds like an after school special (yes, I’ve just aged myself) but guess what. Don’t doubt the abilities God gives you. He obviously knows what you’re capable of more than you do.


me websiteAdrienne Thompson is one of the best writers out there. I love her style. Her stories touch on so many different life issues and she accomplished a lot.  She spoke to us in the show Enemy in the Mirror. Show my good friend some love!

 

Looking Back — Eighteen Days of Write Memories

The best gifts are the ones you don’t always see until you look back on them. During the next twenty two days before Christmas, I’m going to look back on the Write Stuff and share some insights I’ve learned over the years. Primarily, I’ll be highlighting some shows but other little tidbits too. This isn’t to say some shows were better than others. Quite the contrary. I’ve loved all my shows the Lord’s blessed me with hosting. But the gift of it is looking back and seeing how far I’ve come.


IGNORANCE IS NOT (ALWAYS) AN EXCUSE

confusedThe drama behind this show is intense. It was probably one of the first major screw-ups I’d done when it came to scheduling and making sure one’s P’s & Q’s are taken care of. In this case I hadn’t. The week before, I spoke with my guest’s media rep and had recorded a mini-interview to be played. But not being on point, I forgot to upload it and during the show, it never came up. The media rep was concerned. So then  had to call the guest that I had slotted for the next week and beg, plead and cry that she postpone her interview for another day. She had no problem with that.

Thinking on the topic for this show, I looked for an appropriate picture to caption the show with. I found it and used it in my blog posts. About two months later, I got a strange email with a woman calling for my blood for using her picture.  This was my fiery baptism in looking for images on the Net. I quickly apologized and she threatened me some more about legal actions but I never heard from her again.  However, to this day, I can’t help but think if you didn’t want anyone to use the picture, why did you put it on the Net?  O_o.


New Picture (4)Daddy(less) Little Girls touched on a sensitive topic about fatherhood and the place of fathers in a little girl’s life. I want to thank Lynn Bruce for sharing her story. Check her out and show some love!

 

 

 

Looking Back — Nineteen Days of Write Memories

The best gifts are the ones you don’t always see until you look back on them. During the next twenty two days before Christmas, I’m going to look back on the Write Stuff and share some insights I’ve learned over the years. Primarily, I’ll be highlighting some shows but other little tidbits too. This isn’t to say some shows were better than others. Quite the contrary. I’ve loved all my shows the Lord’s blessed me with hosting. But the gift of it is looking back and seeing how far I’ve come.


SPREAD TOO THIN

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I couldn’t find a clip art of butter sandwiches. I tried!

I like butter sandwiches. I’m not afraid to admit it. Sometimes, when you got to get the stick of butter (after pulling it out the freezer and letting it thaw) and try to spread it on the bread, you either get one glop of butter in one place or the butter spreads thin. A massacre of a beloved sandwich!

 

 


During my first year, I was so excited to host that I went ahead and tried to interview four people in one show.  I think it went well for a while but as I was sitting behind the scenes, it came to head it was hard to make sure everyone had a chance to say something and had equal air time.  But the show must go on and it did.  However, I learned to keep the guests to a maximum of two people.  When I get feedback from guest, they tend to like the intimacy of our conversations. The one on one.

So Sweet, Gentle, Romance was the only time in the show history I had four guests at one time. They’re all great writers too.  Click n the pictures and show my peeps some love!

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Looking Back — Twenty Two Days of Write Memories

The best gifts are the ones you don’t always see until you look back on them. During the next twenty two days before Christmas, I’m going to look back on the Write Stuff and share some insights I’ve learned over the years.  Primarily, I’ll be highlighting some shows but other little tidbits too. This isn’t to say some shows were better than others. Quite the contrary. I’ve loved all my shows the Lord’s blessed me with hosting. But the gift of it is looking back and seeing how far I’ve come.


 

LOGOS

Below are the various logos WLUV has used to advertise the show and what is currently being used now. I love it.

 


 

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This banner was used the first year of the show. When I saw it, I remember being blown away. This was it! I was going to broadcast a show and I had no idea what I was doing. Yet, the picture says different.  But we all know pictures can be deceiving!


 

1 The New Write Stuff Radio Banner

We used this banner for a hot minute but we didn’t keep it long. For one thing, its kinda dark and edgy.  Which is fine but it does give the particular feeling I was looking for.


 

 

The New Write Stuff Radio Banner

 

This is the current banner we are using now for the show. When my producer showed it to me, I loved it. Simple, clean lines. Plus, by this time, the direction of my show had changed. Instead of saying helping inspirational writers write, my goals have changed in order to showcase Christian authors worldwide.


Through the interviews I have with authors we all learn something and I hope to do more of that in the upcoming year.

Tonight on the Write Stuff — Christians and the World of the Strange with Kenneth Morvant

The X-files was a ground-breaking show from the early 2000’s that immersed its viewer into the world of the strange, the unexplainable, and the incredible. From UFOs to government conspiracies to suppress that truth, it lend a vivid imagination and thought provoking discussions about anomalous phenomena.

Years have passed the science fiction has become more of a reality than ever before. Christians have seen and heard things that go bump in the night, disappear into the sky, or whisper in their ears at night. These types of experiences cannot be brushed under the carpet. We have to ask the question: “What else is out there?”

How do Christians deal with the world of the Strange? Join me as I discuss this with my guest co-host and contributor Kenneth Morvant. You can call in at 646-595-2083, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can download the WLUV radio mobile app. Or click here to listen in. http://tobtr.com/s/7512535. Tune in!

New Picture (3)A life-long science fiction and action adventure fan, minister and life sciences professional, I grew up with all the old movies and TV when your imagination had to be larger than the special effects budget. While they lacked that, they did tell compelling stories. Names such as Heinlein, Asimov, Matheson, Serling are just a few influences from the old school. Newer authors include Tom Clancy, Stephen Coonts and Michael Crichton.

Movies that dominated the screen in the fifties and sixties challenged convention and extended the science of that day into the future. While not accurate most of the time, they did ask what if and what now. Today there is a lot of action and special effects, but sometimes the stories lack depth. That is what I like to bring to the written page.  Reasons why and motivations of the characters are important to the development of any story.

I feel that a book or movie should challenge us as well as entertain. They should make a reader think about the world around them from a different perspective. Technology has advanced to a point where the lines between black and white are blurred and definite answers to issues and problems are not as easy as they once were.

Tonight on the Write Stuff — The Business of Writing with Chuck Brown

Happy New Year from the Write Stuff. May this be your best year yet!

To kick off our first episode of 2015, we have returning guest, Chuck Brown from Expected End Entertainment to give us advice and tips on the business of writing. That’s right! In today’s volatile publishing world, writers need to see their careers as a business and to run a business, you’re going to need some help.

C. Nathaniel BrownChuck Brown is a multi-talented media professional with years of experience. Join us as we discuss this topic by calling in at 646-595-2083, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can download the WLUV radio mobile app today. Tune in!

C. Nathaniel Brown is an award-winning writer, talk show host, and businessman. A huge basketball fan, Brown coached middle school and high school basketball in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He founded the Pittsburgh Knights AAU team. He also served as athletic director at Greater Works Academy in Pittsburgh, where he coached girls and later the boys’ varsity teams. He began writing about sports for his college newspaper and continued with several newspapers and magazines around the country spanning 20 years. Brown currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife of 18 years