Simmer Starters – February 26, 2016


Narrating Dreams & Visions (Mythcreants) – Sleep stuff fascinates me!  This is a good breakdown of information about things like sleepwalking and sleep paralysis, as well as suggestions about how to write dream sequences and visions. In TKT I actually fall afoul of one of their tips to not change tense or switch between 1st and 3rd POV. Oh well. I like what I did and will keep it for now. 😀  (I also have to include a direct link to the link they share on sleep paralysis…Sleep Paralysis is an Inescapable Waking Nightmare by Brian Barrett. So fascinating!! And also terrifying.  And is it weird that after reading that I kind of want to experience it? 😛 Not the most horrifying versions of it, though…whew!)

Brief Analysis of Alphahole Trope In Romantic Fiction (Ilona Andrews) – I have to warn you, this can be a bit crass at times. But it is hilarious.  And oddly informative. 😀

Corpus Linguistics (Valerie Hobbs) – This is a slightly complex topic, but I enjoyed this rebuttal to a recent Tim Challies article.  I totally agree with some of the conclusions here, as I wasn’t a huge fan of the original article it’s rebutting.

Romance in Christian Fiction: How Much Heat Is Too Much? (Nadine C. Keels) – I really liked this thoughtful post.  “Christian Fiction books have and will continue to come in different styles and levels of content. There’s no one-size-fits-all-Christians kind of novel out there, and, just perhaps, there never will be. And that’s absolutely okay.”

Nothing to Celebrate (Carl R. Trueman) – “Take for example the creeping intrusion of so-called celebrations of life into Christian churches as the default liturgy of death.  Such things deny death its due by attempting to numb the pain in the strangest of ways. If ever there was a way to underline the devastating trauma of a death, it is surely to recollect the joy and laughter which the deceased brought to the lives of others.”

Writing With Jacob’s Sticks (Shannon Stewart) – Love this. “Ultimately, whether I’ve picked a strategy that works or one as seemingly crazy as Jacob’s sticks, it’s God’s desire to bless me that actually blesses me. ‘Many are the plans in the mind of a man [sticks, baby-raising, social media], but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand’ (Proverbs 19:21).”


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  1. That’s hilarious! The “alphahole” pretty much describes every K-drama hero ever. 😀

  2. Shannon Stewart

     /  March 1, 2016

    Bethany, thanks for mentioning my post! I, too, loved Alphahole. *snerk*


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