Welcome to My Mind

OmnibrainI call this blog my Omniblog, because it collects all my blog posts from here, there, and everywhere. I guess I just have too many interests — they won’t all fit on a single blog. So I have blogs about reading, blogs about writing, blogs about editing and self-publishing, a blog about praying, and there are other blogs I would create if I had the time (natural remedies, for instance — someday I want to write the book on simple, natural remedies that everyone should know about).

I hope not to create any more blogs, so it’s possible that some of the things that don’t fit into my existing blogs (or someone else’s — I’m happy to write guest posts for others) will show up here. But for the most part the Omniblog will feature re-posted content from other places on the Web. If a post interests you, why not follow the link back to the original blog and explore? There’s no telling what you might find.

Noah in Perspective

In the previous installment in this series on the Great Flood in the literary tradition, we saw that the Biblical flood story, unlike its analogs in pagan literature, emphasizes the God who saves, rather than on the man who is saved. The survival of Moses and his family is part of a pattern that marks the relations of God and Man. We’ll come back to that later, but today I want to take a closer …

Evening meetings at the University of Dallas

It’s easy to lose creative steam during the grey, gloppy days of a Texas winter. But I always find my writer’s enthusiasm recharged when I attend one of our evening meetings at the University of Dallas. That’s because many of the writers at these meetings are UD undergraduates, whose enthusiasm and creativity are infectious. You can find out for yourself if you attend our next meeting this Tuesday, February 14. In the absence of Dr. Bernadette …

Thought for the Day

"It is amazing what you can accomplish when you don't care who gets the credit." Harry S. Truman

2017: Write One Day at a Time

The approach to New Year’s Day sees a lot of people writing — lists of resolutions for the new year, that is. Maybe list includes resolutions to maintain a writing routine this year, or to get that book finished or that article published, etc. Me? I’ve given up on New Year’s Resolutions — not because I don’t want to change my life for the better, but for the opposite reason. You see, I’ve figured out …

“Just for Today” Resolutions: the Daily Decalogue

Today is the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (formerly known as the Feast of the Circumcision), but throughout the world January 1 is better known as New Year’s Day. Many people prepare for the beginning of a new year by making a list of all the ways they will better themselves in the months to come: lose weight, give up smoking, take the dream vacation they’ve always wanted, earn a promotion, etc. Sometimes less …

The Great Flood in Literature: Joe Blow reads Genesis

When I started this reading exercise that I call “adventures in comparative mythology,” nearly two years ago, I said that one of the things I hoped to achieve was to get readers to be able to read the story of the Flood in the Bible “with fresh eyes.” So let’s imagine someone doing just that — picking up the Bible for the first time and reading this story, much as we have read the flood accounts …

Do You Have a Writing Vocation?

Do you find you really want to write more, but have trouble finding the time? Perhaps that is because you still think of writing as an avocation, a hobby, rather than a vocation, a true calling. Those who feel they may have a religious vocation enter deliberately and prayerfully into a period of testing that vocation. As aspirants, they begin to acquire the habits that will allow them to persevere in that vocation. Shouldn’t those …

Purge this land of bitter things

I was surprised and gratified to discover that this was to the opening hymn sung at Mass in my parish this Sunday: Judge eternal, throned in splendor, Lord of lords and King of kings, with the living fire of judgment purge this land of bitter things; solace all its wide dominion with the healing of thy wings. Still the weary folk are pining for the hour that brings release, and the city’s crowded clangor cries aloud …

Glory Be to God in small things

A few years ago, I began taking walks for my health. I walked slowly, because I wasn’t capable of any speed and, at any rate, I was in no hurry to get anywhere. These walks take me along the shore of the lake where I live, through meadows that form a greenbelt just above the retaining wall installed by the county to keep our suburban condos from falling into the reservoir. Fortune landed me in …

The Discovery Draft: Permission to make a mess

It’s time for our “first Tuesday” meetings — midday at Sacred Heart Books & Gifts in far north Dallas, evening at the University of Dallas in Irving, November 1 at the usual times. Why not bring a sample of something you’re working on for peer critique? Don’t worry about bringing something that’s already polished — you don’t need to impress us. In fact, you’ll get much more benefit if, instead of bringing a polished draft you …