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The Misconception

There seems to be a misconception that Christian writers should not be “dabbling” in fantasy and/or science fiction writing. This is evident when you notice the ever so slight raising of eyebrows when you tell other Christians that your current project is a fantasy for young adults. Disapproval. Not spoken aloud, but the thoughts are definitely there. And you can just imagine what’s being said behind your back. Do these people not know that the authors of two of the greatest fantasy series of our time (C.S. Lewis of Chronicles of Narnia fame and J.R.R. Tolkien, author of Lord of the Rings) were fine upstanding Christian men?

I have always been drawn to this particular genre. I read The Wizard of Oz and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe three times each when I was in fourth grade. I was hooked. But for many years I steered clear of anything that even remotely sniffed of magic or time travel or space cadets. Because good Christians didn’t do such things.

And my creativity was stifled in a huge way.

So I prayed about it. To my relief, God did not smite me for my “sinful” thoughts. Instead, He gave me the complete storyline for a rather brilliant fantasy. He’s walking right alongside me in the writing of it, adjusting where adjustment is needed, and popping new ideas into my head to add to the mix. It’s so fun!

One of my favorite Christian writers, Karen Hancock, shares this article about why she writes fantasy. She says it far better than I ever could. And you really ought to read her books. She’s quite amazing!

Today I checked out the new releases page on several Christian bookseller websites. When I clicked on the fantasy/science fiction category, I admit that I was kind of shocked to see that a good number of those “new” releases were simply reprints of old books. Disappointment. Discouragement. Despair. Yeah, I felt all of those.

Calling all Christian fantasy writers! Your time has come.

Let the Lord of the Universe direct you.


Filed under Being Creative, Blogging, God, Writing

The Other Tomorrow

My five year old grandson, Reece, is famous for coming up with the cutest way of saying the most illogical things. I’m convinced that much of it is due to the fact that he is left-handed and his brain just works differently than everyone else’s, but then what do I know?

We were in the car on Tuesday and Reece informed me that he had gone that same way with his mother “today, yesterday, and the other tomorrow”. I asked him what the other tomorrow was and he very matter of factly stated, “you know, the one before tomorrow and yesterday”. I thought it best not to prod further since it was confusing enough. To me; not to Reece.

But it got me thinking about alternate worlds and multiple futures and all that weird fantasy sci fi stuff. The very elements that suck me into a really good, unbelievably believable story. The possibilities are endless when you allow your imagination to take flight. Which most people don’t, by the way.

Just think.

What if the other tomorrow is right down the street from where you live? You know the little forest that dips into a deep gully over there – the one you walk by several times a week on your way to wherever you are going? What if the other tomorrow is in there? What if it’s under the escalator at the mall? What if it’s through that door at the back of your closet that you always thought was the attic access? (Yeah, I know, that one is kind of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe-ish.) What if the other tomorrow is what’s happening right now and you have to find away to get back to today?

See what I mean?

Whatever you can imagine, you can write. Or draw. Or design. Or sing.

Where is your other tomorrow?


Filed under Being Creative, Imagination, Writing