Monthly Archives: March 2009

Mind the Chicken

that's my chicken!

that's my chicken!

My friend and colleague Joseph Bentz  is an incredibly talented writer. He just did an online interview with Patricia Hickman, and in it, he mentions that when I have projects that are “on hold,” I file them “under the chicken.”  I actually have a plastic inbox for these items, and I actually have a large ceramic chicken that I set on top of them all.

When projects seem to be languishing (waiting for a response to a query, waiting for the publisher to take action, waiting to recover from the bruise of a wrong-headed review, waiting  for a vague idea to come into focus), I am tempted to get impatient, stomp my little foot, spit, fume, and complain. Instead, I look at the chicken, smile, and realize that sometimes things just take a little more time.

To read Joe’s interview, go to

To find out more about Joe’s books, go to

Persistence, flexibility, and p-a-t-i-e-n-c-e.  That’s what makes Joseph Bentz a great writer.


Antelope Valley Writers’ Conference

Got a mailing about the Antelope Valley
Christian Writers’ Conference, scheduled for
May 15 – 16, 2009, in Lancaster, California. I don’t know anything about it, but you might want to check it out at If anybody wants to tell me more about it, I’d love to see your comments.


tapping the keys of Warnie's typewriter

tapping the keys of Warnie's typewriter

 When I visited C.S. Lewis’s house, The Kilns, I was delighted to see that his brother’s typewriter was on display. Warnie typed up manuscripts, wrote letters, and drafted his own books on that sturdy machine. Something very satisfying in the patterns and textures and sounds of an old machine. Something very humbling to touch lightly on the keys of history.