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.