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Help Me — or Kill Me!

Concept art for the original Disney series The Wishing Map The Wishing Map is a full-length fantasy that is being posted episodically at this site. To read the previous episode, click here. To read the entire novel, begin here. Still a … Continue reading

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5 Years Ago This Week

Five years ago, my newly-completed feature film Healing River (then titled Over-the-Rhine) had its world premiere at Cincinnati’s historic Memorial Hall. It was a heady moment, to say the least — the audience cried and cheered. Healing River went on … Continue reading

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In the Claws of Mercy

Photo by Birgl The Wishing Map is a full-length fantasy that is being posted episodically at this site. To read the previous episode, click here. To read the entire novel, begin here. After unwittingly sleeping in the nest of an … Continue reading

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A Whoom! in the Room

Photo by jplenio The Wishing Map is a full-length fantasy that is being posted episodically at this site. To read the previous episode, click here. To read the entire novel, begin here. Ever since Aunt Aloysia had given them the … Continue reading

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The Wishing Map is Here!

Preface: There’s Magic in the World Bedtime is the time to stall. And asking for a story is the best way to do it. In response to such requests, many years ago I began improvising an ongoing story for my … Continue reading

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The Wishing Map is Coming!

Concept art created for the Walt Disney series. Introduction Seven years ago, when my blog site was new, I published a complete fantasy novel The Wishing Map here online at The Power of Story. It was received with great enthusiasm … Continue reading

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Finish It!

Just a quick post. I’m at film festival this week, where my feature film Healing River has been nominated for Best Picture of the Year by ICVM (International Christian Visual Media). My wife Trudy and our terrifying six pound watch-cat … Continue reading

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Lord, Order My Steps

“It’s ‘not by bread alone’ we live, but by ‘every word’ that comes from His mouth (Deuteronomy 8:3). Not every paragraph or sentence, but every word. Not every year or every month, but every moment. God’s word is ‘a lamp … Continue reading

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In Praise of Plotting

At the moment I’m holed up (who isn’t?), working on the “final final” structure of my novel, removing sequences and putting them back, adding sections and then taking them out. I know all the rules and apply them religiously, until … Continue reading

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I Am a Novelist!

When I was a kid I wanted to be everything. I practiced tight rope walking on the chain-link fence behind my buddy Jeff’s house in preparation to join the circus; explored the city sewers, preparing to become a world-class archeologist; … Continue reading

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