…God created the heavens and the earth, and I started this blog, and said, Let there be posts.
Of course, this blog’s Genesis might be more Big Click than Big Bang. But I can’t imagine a better way to launch a forum to celebrate faith and fiction—not the same thing, mind you!—and to ask about their continuing place in a world that gets Tweeted and Facebook-updated to the nth degree every day.
(How beautiful is it that my spellchecker still highlights “Facebook” as an error. If the future needs an artifact to remind us that FB once did not exist, then I hope an archaeologist stumbles on Word 2003 someday).
Here’s the vision; I hope you’ll share it.
I look forward to a blog where I can ask what YOU think about book publishing, query letters, literary agents, editors, and storytelling. I want us to ask each other the tough questions about God, Christ, and the Bible—as they relate to our earthly work and otherwise. I’m eager to hear your thoughts.
I don’t wish to be the omniscient blogger-voice coming out of the abyss. I’d rather be a moderator, just another commenter like you, as we grow in understanding of faith and increase our skill in the writer’s craft (two things I will link in the next post).
I plan to write a few series posts occasionally. I’d also like to offer interviews/guest posts by fellow writers I meet along the way, and excerpts of works-in-progress from me and, if you're comfortable, you. Work up the gumption and post a couple lines, people!
There'll be other things, too. God knows.
Anthony Otten has published stories in The Jabberwock Review, Valparaiso Fiction Review, and Wind. He has been a finalist for the Hargrove Editors' Prize in Fiction. Still: The Journal has published an excerpt from his novel. He lives in Kentucky.
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