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 …

How toothpaste changed my life

I‘ve got an important anniversary coming up, and I almost forgot all about it. It’s a milestone that is easy to overlook, marking a road I’m still traveling. I set off from Point A many years ago when I went looking for a toothpaste that would actually leave my teeth feeling clean. Having passed Points B, C, and D, today I’m passing Point E, which marks the start of an editing business to help independent, self-publishing …

Building the Sancta Futura Universe

World-building is a key task for any writer of speculative fiction. The writer of realistic fiction has a world ready-made (the real world, in which we all live), and the writer of historical novels has a world that existed once upon a time and now waits for the storyteller to dust off the historical record and bring it back to life. But the speculative writer must cast his imagination toward an undiscovered country, which may be …

A new editing service for indie Catholic authors

Recent visitors to this blog may have noticed one small, unobtrusive addition to the navigation bar above: “Need an Editor?” Clicking the link will take you directly to MiteyEditing.com, a new editing service especially for new and indie Catholic writers. A uniquely affordable editing service What makes this editing service unique? First, it is available only to Catholic authors who write works (fiction or non-fiction) that are in some way motivated and illuminated by the …

Twice-monthly meetings at the University of Dallas begin this Tuesday

The fall schedule of DFW Catholic Writers meetings at the University of Dallas has been confirmed. This semester the group will meet twice a month, on the evenings of the first and third Tuesdays of the month. That means that this Tuesday, September 20, from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m., any Catholic writer in the area is welcome and invited to gather with other writers to share, discuss, and critique works-in-progress. There are a number of …

Laboring and resting: “On This Day, the First of Days”

Many years ago, a wise priest taught me that an excellent way to recollect myself before the beginning of Mass is to meditate on the texts of the hymns of the day. I have followed this practice now for decades and, provided the hymns are well-written and carefully selected, find it very helpful. (At Masses where the “hymns” are poorly written songs full of dubious theology, however, I find it better to ignore them altogether.) The …

DFW Catholic Writers News

There are lots of new things in store for the Dallas/Fort Worth Catholic Writers Group. New meeting day and location First, our lunchtime meetings are moving to a new day and place. From now on, we’ll meet at Sacred Heart Books and Gifts in far north Dallas, on the first Tuesday of each month (from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.). Bring your lunch if you wish. Sacred Heart has moved to a new, larger space …

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.

Anima Christi

The Anima Christi is the prayer I recite silently on my way back to my seat after receiving Holy Communion at Mass. Sometimes I pray it in Latin, sometimes in English, and sometimes, if time permits, both. But I also like to meditate on it at other times — when I’m walking, driving, or otherwise have a stretch of time to pray without distraction. Anima Christi, sanctifica me. Corpus Christi, salva me. Sanguis Christi, inebria me. Aqua lateris Christi, lava me. Passio Christi, conforta me. O …

The Great Flood in Literature: Wrestling with Proteus

This is the latest in a blog series. Find the whole series here. There is a figure in Greek mythology called Proteus, a minor sea god with two remarkable powers: shape-shifting and oracular utterance. To get the truth out of him, however, one must first catch him. When anyone attempts to grasp him, he rapidly changes from one form into another in an attempt to evade his captor’s clutches. But if a person is tenacious …