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Respecting Dan Brown

If you read Elisha Barber all the way to the end, you’ll find an Acknowledgements page. One of the first names on that page is Dan Brown. Yep, the same author everyone’s talking about this week, with the release of … Continue reading

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Racism and the Problem of the Hybrid Hero

It has been said that there are really only two plots:  A stranger comes to town, and someone leaves home.  What I want to look at today is the first one, the stranger–but not just any stranger, the stranger who … Continue reading

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How much God is Enough in a Fantasy?

At my last convention, I was accused–by a member of my own writer’s group, no less!–of not having enough religion in my work.  The writer was going on about how *nobody* includes enough religion in their medieval fantasy!  Including you–(he points … Continue reading

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Veronica’s Veil: Putting a Face on the Savior in the Middle Ages

Attended a talk yesterday about one of the most famed relics of the Catholic Church:  Veronica’s Veil, a cloth which bears the miraculous image of the face of Jesus.  As the story goes, when Jesus was carrying the cross, a … Continue reading

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Getting in Trouble

In her book Writing Fiction, Janet Burroway states that “Only trouble is interesting.”  And I’ve lately been realizing how right she is.  In the book I’m currently revising, I’ve realized that one major issue is the character isn’t in trouble. … Continue reading

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