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Most Epic Posts of 2015

2015 has been an exciting year for me. Welcoming our second child, graduating university, and finishing my first year of ministry all stand out as some of the big milestones of the year. Yet, 2015 has been full of smaller, yet significant events that have together made this an amazing year. I spent a lot of this year writing, between church dramas and films, final papers, and my first serious crack at a novel. I presented my capstone paper on “Superman: Jewish Messiah or Christian Christ,” at an academic conference. I finished a Spartan Race.

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Perhaps most relevant to you, my readers, I finally got back onto the EpicTheology bandwagon after over a year of sporadic posting. As we close out 2015 and welcome in 2016, I want to look back at some of my favourite posts from this year. If you haven’t been keeping up, or are a new reader, this is a great time to see more of what EpicTheology is really about.

5. Why Christians Need to Stop Boycotting

This post had been on my mind since before the film Noah came out. The outrage that compelled some Christians to refuse to interact with a piece of film based upon hearsay and rumours was troubling to me. While it is true that there are films I won’t see because of their content and I defend anyone’s right to not see a film, calling everyone to do the same just doesn’t sit right with me. I believe in dialogue.

4. Lest We Forget

When I first read about the origin of this popular Remembrance Day phrase, I knew I had to write about it. I also love poetry and relish the opportunity to include more of it on EpicTheology. I welcome any poets to jump in the conversation with well versed tidbits of literary art.

3. A Slow Cup of Wisdom

Many people who know me well know two things about me. I love a good cup of tea (and probably drink 3-4 cups a day), and I’m usually really busy (like the rest of the world). This post is a good reminder to take some time, especially now at the end of the year, and ponder. Slow down, make a cup of tea, and perhaps whatever you’ve been worrying about will find it’s proper place.

2. Why We Don’t Actually Care About Slavery

This one was hard to write. It is hard to come face-to-face with just how awful our society can be to the rest of the world in the name of consumerism and materialism. It’s even harder to know that some of my daily choices directly impact this situation. This post was not incredibly popular when I first wrote it in October, but has recently become more widely read. I hope that we can continue to talk about what we can do to help those in a less fortunate position than we are, both at home and around the world.

1. Advent: All You Need is Love

I know this just came out a week ago, but go read it again. It’s one of my favourite things I’ve written all year, and it’s short. Just do it. And imagine someone from England reading it to you. It makes more sense that way.

To all of my faithful readers, thank you for making 2015 a great year to get back into blogging. Let’s make 2016 even more awesome!

Happy New Year everyone!

Blessings

NaNoWriMo Update 3

This is where reality sets in.

It’s highly unlikely that I’m going to win NaNoWriMo this year. Not only have I fallen woefully behind, but I’ve had a little realization. My life is beyond busy. Work, ministry, family, Christmas, kids, work. I finally reached my breaking point this week, and realized that, although NaNo has been amazing and has given me the push to write over 20 000 words in a few weeks, I would rather stay sane and enjoy my family and the upcoming Christmas season.

That said, I am not abandoning the project, just lowering my personal bar. I will aim to have 40 000 words done in November, and finish the first draft of the novel (somewhere between 60 000 and 80 000) in December. To that end, I will continue these updates throughout December, because you all have been great incentive to fire off a few hundred words whenever I can. For those keeping track still, here are the stats for today:

Words written: 20 017

Word I should have written by the end of today to stay on track: 35 000 (28000, adjusted)

Average number of words written in my genre: 11911

Average number of words written in Calgary: 15588

Still well ahead of the curve. But then, I believe only about 20% of NaNo participants actually finish in November. So, we’ll see.

As far as the novel goes, I finished outlining the second half of the story, threw in a few subtle twists, and kept drilling on my word count. As far as plot points go (with a 7-point plot structure), we are just recovering from point 3 and heading towards the halfway mark of point 4. It’s been really neat, because every time I start to grow tired of putting fingers to keyboard, I start talking about the story to someone, and the fire to keep writing comes right back. Let’s hope that fire can keep me going through another 60 000 words!

Blessings

NaNoWriMo Update 2

Well, everyone, it’s been another week. We are now 12.5 days into NaNoWriMo, nearly halfway to the end already. Supposedly, the second week is supposed to be where we run into the wall and find ourselves without any creative juice. It’s true that there have been times that I’ve been tempted to spend free time playing video games or reading, but being behind in my word count has given me the push to keep going. Unfortunately, with a busy weekend last weekend and a Christmas script to finish, I wasn’t able to get any writing done for a few days. That really starts to hurt when each day of no-writing puts you back 1667 words off the pace. But I’ve kept going, and I’ve reached a new milestone in my writing.

Before this project, my longest piece of writing was a 38 page manifesto for a Hermeneutics class. That translates to roughly 9500 words. Yesterday, I crossed the 10000 word mark, making this novel already my longest project yet. It’s exciting to think about how much has already been put into this, and how much I still have to do. I really believe I have enough in me to finish a proper length book!

Another interesting observation: my writing has sped up! By about 20%. I was averaging about 1000 words per hour when I started, and have increased that to about 1200. If this continues, I’ll be tearing through the latter half of the book in no time!

So, here are my stats so far:

Words written: 11726

Word I should have written by the end of today to stay on track: 21 667

Average number of words written in my genre: 8370

Average number of words written in Calgary: 10717

So, I’m ahead of the averages, but I’ve got a lot to do to catch up to where I should be.

This week, I’ve introduced the rest of my main cast, written a piece for my main antagonist, and introduced more of the world. We’ve also been introduced to the big mystery that our heroes have to solve. I’ve been writing a bit out of order, but will end up putting it all together soon.

I should have time tonight to add another 2000-3000 words, which will carry me well past the 1/4 way point. Let’s just hope my boys cooperate and that my mind doesn’t melt in the process.

Until next week!

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