Birthday Celebration – One Year Old


Well, it’s January 21st, and that means that it’s officially been one year since I stepped into the blogosphere and started The Never Ending Path (Thanks mom for the idea.) That means that today is my blog’s birthday. It’s a somewhat odd concept to celebrate the birthday of an inanimate object, but whatever. The world has already labeled us writers as “Insane and introverted hermits”, so why not throw “odd” in there as well.

Regardless, I’d like to take a moment and thank everybody who has supported me over the last year and recognize some of the people who have helped, and inspired me along the way.

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Thoughts On Writing Extra-Terrestrial Life: (From A Christian Perspective)

Today, I’m hosting a Q & A interview with, well, myself. Now I agree that it’s more than a little odd—and some might think egotistical—but the only real reason for this is because I’ve found that sometimes, writing in an unconventional format is the easiest way to get ideas onto paper. I rewrote this post three or four times before switching the format and then I finished it in one go without problems.


One of the biggest personal hurdles I’ve had to jump as a Science Fiction writer, is the question of “Should I write about aliens when I don‘t believe they exist”. Now obviously everybody is going to have their own opinion and answer to that question, but I thought I’d take some time and share my own thoughts on the matter.

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Can Being Tired Make Us Better Writers?

So Very True! I recommend everyone give this post a read. It’s easy to overlook such a simple writing technique, but take it from me: Writing when you are tired WORKS!

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Last month I participated in NaNoWriMo even though it’s the holidays and, as many of you know, I am battling the last vestiges of Shingles which makes me tired, like down to the BONES tired. But, lest I go crazy, I had to write, because that’s what writers do. We aren’t happy unless we are writing something. 

I figured in the beginning I likely wouldn’t make the 50,000 word mark not only because of feeling puny, but I also have other writing that doesn’t count toward NaNo.

Yet, the interesting thing is, being tired can have benefits. If we wait until that celestial alignment when the kids aren’t sick, our pants fit, there isn’t a heap of laundry, the garage is clean, the junk mail sorted, and we feel energized? We won’t get a lot of writing done, so here is some food for thought…

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“Behold The Dawn” by K.M Weiland — A TNEP Review

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The vengeance of a monk.
The love of a countess.
The secrets of a knight.
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Marcus Annan, a knight famed for his prowess in the deadly tourney competitions, thought he could keep the bloody secrets of his past buried forever. But when a mysterious crippled monk demands Annan help him wreak vengeance on a corrupt bishop, Annan is forced to leave the tourneys and join the Third Crusade in the Holy Land.
Wounded in battle and hunted on every side, he agrees to marry—in name only—the traumatized widow of an old friend, in order to protect her from the obsessive pursuit of a mutual enemy. Together, they escape an infidel prison camp and flee the Holy Land. But, try as he might, he cannot elude the past—or his growing feelings for the Lady Mairead. Amidst the pain and grief of a war he doesn’t even believe in, he is forced at last to face long-hidden secrets and sins and to bare his soul to the mercy of a God he thought he had abandoned years ago.
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In many ways, this is a follow up on my last post about editing prematurely.

I am writing this on a windows notepad… Why? Because it’s fast, easy, simple, and above all: it doesn’t allow any type of formatting. You see, that’s a big problem for me… I format, rather than write. When I hit a road block I start playing around with font, type-size, spelling, and other formatting tools… almost without even thinking about it.

My brain stops trying to come up with more content, and shifts to making what I’ve already written look good.  That’s fine and dandy of course, as long as it’s done in the proper order. As I touched on in my last post: Plain and simple, editing should not be done before the content is out of your head. While I explained WHAT I do in my last post, now here are a few ways I try to avoid, or at least counteract this troublesome habit.

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