It’s all a bit overwhelming, isn’t it? Especially if you spend too much time reading the news media. There was a time (I think) when the news was concerned with facts and truth. Now, it seems that the most important thing they’re interested in is inducing panic by any means necessary.
Oh well. I prefer to focus on the positives of this interesting time we’re living in. It’s a time to descend inward, to think deeply about our lives. To reconnect with people using the wonderful technology at our disposal. To read those books we’ve been putting off. Maybe even to write that story that’s been niggling your brains.
I’m here to help, people! I’m making it my life’s purpose to do one culturally or spiritually enriching thing for you all every day.
An Interview with Historical Fantasy Author Suzannah Rowntree
After a bit of a hiatus, I’m back with my monthly author interview series. Yesterday I had the pleasure and honor of chatting with Australian author Suzannah Rowntree. It was a wonderful example of how to use the technology that can sometimes isolate us, in a positive and community-building way.
We talked about a lot of things, including the importance of writing deeply thematic fiction, how to incorporate a Christian worldview into fiction, and why reading (A LOT) is a good response to our current crisis.
Here’s the video for your viewing pleasure:
Suzannah’s Recommendations for #QuarantineReading
Since most of her recommendations are more appropriate for a fiction platform, I invite you to read her list of recommendations over at my author website.
Friday Night Write-in
Next Friday evening, at 8 pm Eastern Time, I’ll be hosting the first of several live write-ins. We’ll be doing writing exercises from Ursula LeGuin’s fantastic Steering the Craft: A Twenty-First Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story.
If you’re struggling to make sense of the crisis, if you’re depressed and scared, if you’re overwhelmed, writing it down is the best way to bring meaning to chaos. Let me help you do it well.
Just come by my Patreon page (www.patreon.com/nicholaskotar) on Friday evening, and let’s work together!