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 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.


TALKING TOO FAST

roadrunnerI get excited way too easily. I cry just as easily too.  I’m easily amused by slap stick comedy or a lame joke. I’ve used the word ‘easily’ too many times.

At any rate, when I do get excited about a topic, I tend to talk fast. Outside the show, I talk fast anyway but nowadays I try to take my time and speak. Sometimes it works, sometimes the guest says, “What did you say?” I hope I’ve learned to slow down over time.


 

On my show about God’s Stepchildren, I know I talked a mile a minute. I’m not an alien proponent but I am a Trekkie so the possibility of ET doesn’t bother me. But this the stuff of spec fiction writers! There are a few times, if you get a chance to listen to it, that you’ll hear be flipping over my words and at times just plain incoherent.  But bear with me, I learn over time!

09cc0c6772a6fc440b1513aa69232250Roystunn Pruitt was my guest this day.  He’s gifted and a wonderful friend. Check out his book and show my friend some love!

 

Looking Back — Twenty One 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.


UMMMM

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This picture always creeps me out.

When your mind goes completely blank for a brief second. All the neurons are lit up but nothing is connecting. When this happens, all the neuron cells in the brain sing a beautiful note…

Ummm…

Then your thoughts come together and work toward the common goal of actually articulating what you’re trying to say. Which is all well and good. But then…it happens again. Lit up city…not activity below the surface.


 

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Rachel designed the logo for this show

When I finished my very first show Romantic Love vs Arranged Marriages, I was ecstatic. I’d done it! But throughout the show, my family told me later, I must have said ‘UMMM’ a thousand times. Perhaps I shouldn’t point that. Maybe it would be better if I focus on complete a goal, doing a show, or something like that. But I figure, why not share these things too so if you decide to ever do a show or an interview, you can know this one tip. When the neurons, don’t connect…pause. It’s something I’ve learned over time. I’m sure I still say ‘UMMM’ when I’m the show but it’s something that comes with practice

1016164_10151767064092033_1269827835_nWhat was also good about this show was my first guest Rachel Rossano took a chance on me. She was articulate, sweet, and kind, and ever so nice to me. She’s been with me a few times now and I hope she’ll continue to partner with me.

Here are some of her books and show some love by buying a copy today. You won’t be disappointed.


 

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.

Multiverses, Magic Potions, and The Cross

It’s the stuff that worlds are made of and the building block of mythical creatures. It’s the portal to another dimension and the bridge that connects the mind with machine. It teeters on the brink of war with imagination and reality. It inhabits the realm of thought and glimpses into the spirit plane. With a dash of ‘ifs’ and sprinkles of fact, the brews boils and bubbles in the cauldron of an author’s limitless universe.

It’s speculative fiction.

The ‘what if’ers of the fictional realm. The authors that probe and respond to the deep, murky questions of our minds. Like detectives or private investigators, they seek to challenge the idea of normality as we understand. Through science fiction, fantasy, and horror and the many sub-genres in between, speculative fiction writers are ones that grip our imagination.

But what does multiverses and magic potions have anything to do with Christianity? After, what’s the point of multiverse and potions when there are so many other things to concern ourselves with. Should we be talking about God and bringing about the great Commission? How can extra dimensions and stooped over creatures play any significant role in Christianity literature? Should Christians even write speculative fiction? What purpose does it serve?

We will be discussing these questions and others with our guest co-hosts and contributors, Brita Skinner and Becky Minor, two wonderful Christian speculative fiction who, I believe, have narrowed the divide. Also, Michelle Pendergrass will join us to tell us more about her new Christian speculative fiction magazine called Midnight Diner.

Does the multiverse really exist? Do black holes lead to the other side of the galaxy? Are we really here or is this part of some massive simulation we’re all connected to? What about the things that go bump in the night?

If you liked the Matrix, you’re going to love this show. Feel free to call in at 646-595-2083, press 1 and you’ll be live on air. Or you can go to our chat room and weigh in or follow us on Twitter.

Cliffhanger

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Original image via Flickr Creative Commons, courtesy of Nick Stenning

The picture for this post shows an animal is a natural cliffhanger — the goat. A few weeks ago, I saw a post someone shared that showed thirteen pictures of goats in crazy, precarious, depth-defying features. You can click here to see if you’d like. They’re absolutely amazing creatures. Cliffs, for these goats, are to be scaled, not avoided.

However, as people, we do not do well as cliffhangers. Oh, I’m not referring to those daredevils God enables to seek thrills and chills and acrobatic moments of terror.  The part of my brain is neatly filed in the cabinet marked ‘Death Wishes’, encoded with neurons that need electrical stimulation from a neurotoxcin called “Out of My Mind.”

The cliffhangers I refer to are the ones where we ask God for answers to our needs…and He appears to not answers.

After all, there are many former Christians who have left because God did not answer them. Or, did He? Perhaps you’ve waited on God at a moment where you are hanging on a cliff. Below you is an abyss swirling with failure. Letting go is not an option. Yet, holding on indefinitely is impossible. You’re waiting for God to rescue you…and He doesn’t appear to grasp your precarious position. Can’t He hear your screams? Doesn’t he care one ounce that you’re alone? Where is he? You need the Savior…to save you! You can’t wait forever? How can you thrive while you’re waiting for God to answer? Is this what He has in store for you…to be a spiritual cliffhanger?

This week, we unpack this topic with Rev. Teirrah McNair, a prolific author, speaker, and minister to help us with this feeling of being a cliffhanger.

Feel free to call and ask questions of our guests. You can call in at 646-595-2083 press 1 and you’ll be live on air. Or, you can listen to use live via the web by clicking the link here: http://tobtr.com/s/5709323 . Or, you can download the WLUV Radio app on your mobile device and listen to us that way. There are all kinds of ways to connect so join us.

Finding Meaning in a Meaningless World

Original Image via Flickr Creative Commons, courtesy of Kanaka Menehune

Original Image via Flickr Creative Commons, courtesy of Kanaka Menehune

“Is there any meaning to life?”

Probably one of the easiest questions to answer. After all, there haven’t been any books written on this subject. No one has ever pondered this question at all. There haven’t been wise men and women down through time who have given their opinions on it.

So what’s the big deal?

You may be wondering where the nearest shrink is at this moment you could take me to.

After all, you know how important this question is. You understand the implications of it. You’ve probably pondered this at some point in your life. Some of you may have made it your life’s work to discover if there is meaning in life. Some of you have come to the one of the two answers — yes or no.  With a question, I don’t believe there’s a halfway point as some would tell you. Either there’s meaning in life, or there isn’t.

Join me as I we discuss this with our guest co-host and contributor Jordan W. Wei. We will delve into this issue as well as showcase his new book, Precursory Apologetics.

Feel free to call and ask questions of our guest. You can call in at 646-595-2083 press 1 and you’ll be live on air. Or, you can listen to use live via the web by clicking the link here: http://tobtr.com/s/5488819. Or, you can download the WLUV Radio app on your mobile device and listen to us that way. There are all kinds of ways to connect so join us.

Metamorphosis

Original image via Flickr Creative Commons courtesy of Randy Robertson

Original image via Flickr Creative Commons courtesy of Randy Robertson

I really think there can be no greater mystery than the metamorphosis of a caterpillar to a butterfly. The idea of completely changing from one stage of development to another is enough to leave you in a state of constant wonder.

In the Intelligent Design film Metamorphosis, it explores this fascinating aspect of the life of the monarch butterfly although there are other organisms who share the same process of growth and development.

Yet, metamorphosis does not only apply to the monarch butterfly but to people as well. Sometimes a single event in our lives can change us in an instant. These events can be positive or negative. But the impact of changes and transforms us.

Christian/inspirational writers have a unique perspective of this dynamic as it relates not just to the body but to the soul. Transforming from sinner to saint, from darkness to light, from death to life, is by no means something to gloss over. Christ’s blood washes away the stain of sin and puts in its place, His righteousness.

As it relates to writing, I can’t think of any professional writer or an aspiring one who does not grow through a metamorphosis of their career.  I know I just have and I’ll be sharing my news with you tonight on the show.

On this topic of metamorphosis, I have the pleasure of interviewing and dialoguing with two fabulous, phenomenal guest — LeTecia Cunningham from Tyler Perry Studio also known as Bad Girl Gone Good of Gospel  and Kimberla Lawson Roby, NY Times Bestselling author.

Feel free to call and ask questions of our guests as we delve into their own stories of metamorphosis. You can call in at 646-595-2083 press 1 and you’ll be live on air. Or, you can listen to use live via the web by clicking the link here: http://tobtr.com/s/5488819. Or, you can download the WLUV Radio app on your mobile device and listen to us that way. There are all kinds of ways to connect so join us.