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Things That Never Happen in 007 Films

If you enjoyed my blog about how to survive a 1930's horror movie, you may enjoy this new article I wrote for the Odyssey, listing things that strangely never happen in James Bond movies: https://www.theodysseyonline.com/30-lines-youll-never-hear-james-bond-movie  

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Was Edgar Rice Burroughs A Great Writer?

By the time Edgar Rice Burroughs died in 1950, he was almost certainly the most well-known and profitable author in the United States. He wrote over ninety novels (many still in print today) and created well-known characters such as Tarzan and John Carter of Mars. These characters’ adventures enthralled audiences, especially Tarzan’s adventures. Burroughs biographer …

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My Latest Short Story: “The Best in the Business”

Sometimes, I write fiction. Recently, I submitted a 300-word short story to a contest by Booknest.eu which has an interesting feature: every story that gets submitted gets posted for 1 month until the contest ends. So, even if you don't win the contest, you get exposure as a writer. I highly recommend submitting to this contest. …

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10 Tips for Surviving a Universal Monster Movie

With Halloween coming up next month, I decided to finish watching Universal Studios' best-known monster movies (Frankenstein, Dracula, The Invisible Man, The Mummy, The Creature from the Black Lagoon). I've already mentioned one of these movies in a recent article, and plan to analyze another in an article I'll release at the end of October. For now, …

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Six-Word Story

6-word short stories are interesting. One of the most famous ones is attributed to Ernest Hemingway and goes like this: For sale: baby shoes, never worn. I recently finished a round of short stories for a contest, here's one of the ones that didn't make the final cut, titled "Later": Somehow, I forget her every day.

Terry Pratchett, Frank Miller and Using Rage to Fuel Good Writing

Here's one of writing's funny paradoxes: experts often say you should write about the things which move you, the things that really get you excited or angry or sad. But writing about what makes you angry can create lopsided stories where you just rant instead of telling the story. Is there a way to write …

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6 Powerful Books On Christian Art

Some time ago, I argued in one of my articles that a great way artistic Christians can connect with other churchgoers is by studying books together about art. Here are some of the best books I've read about how faith and art intersect (including the classic Art and the Bible by Francis Schaeffer): https://www.theodysseyonline.com/6-books-small-groups-studies-christian-art If you're …

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Article and Pictures of A Great New Product

Last month, I wrote an article (just published today) about Crossbeams, a fascinating new building toy by Colorado Springs entrepreneur Charles Sharman. Like LEGO and other popular building toys, Crossbeams has parts you can use to build dozens of things, but here's the difference: each Crossbeams set lets you build more things with less parts …

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