Hinckley Challenge

I don’t usually participate in this kind of stuff, but a group of people are getting together online to commemorate President Gordon B. Hinckley’s life by pledging to read the Book of Mormon in 97 days, starting this Monday.  President Hinckley was an incredible man and his teachings and leadership profoundly affected my life.  Like all church presidents, he constantly encouraged the rest of us to read the Book of Mormon, and I feel that he would be pleased that people are commemorating him by doing just that.  If you would care to join me, you can follow the link below:

The Hinckley Challege

Thoughts on Writing Groups

It’s been really interesting to compare my experience with the Quark writing group with the writing group in English 318.  There really is a lot of contrast between the two, and that’s helping me to understand what works and what doesn’t, and what writing groups are good for and not so good for…

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Old Man’s War by John Scalzi

In English 318 at BYU, every time somebody mentions Scalzi’s name, Brandon Sanderson (who teaches the class) counts to three, raises his fists and shouts out “Scalzi!” in this voice that makes it clear that he’s cursing his name. Why? Because he beat him to some kind of award or something. But Scalzi is definitely a good writer, not only because Sanderson chose Old Man’s War as one of our “textbooks” for his class, but because he wrote a sci fi book that sold better than most fantasy books, in a time when the genre has been experiencing a downturn. And he is a good writer; I thoroughly enjoyed his book… Continue reading “Old Man’s War by John Scalzi”

Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein

When I started this book, I was a little bit surprised that it’s such a famous sci fi book–the story wasn’t that strong, and there were a couple of flaws that even the Quark writing group would pick up on pretty quickly. By the time I finished it, however, it gave me the urge to do two things: vote for McCain and join the marines…

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