Another year further from the high school freshman who had discovered writing the summer before and bravely started sending out his poetry and stories. Didn’t sell any stories, but won a couple of cash-paying poetry contests, so he managed a $400 profit that first year.

Yay me.

Advice to musicians, writers, artists and creative people everywhere: Pursue your dreams when you’re young. It’s much easier!

​”Mistake, mishap, and disaster are socially organized and systematically produced by social structures.” – Diane Vaughan

“It is Christ Himself, not the Bible, who is the true Word of God. The Bible, read in the right spirit and with the guidance of good teachers will bring us to Him. When it becomes really necessary (i.e. for our spiritual life, not for controversy or curiosity) to know whether a particular passage is rightly translated or is Myth (but of course Myth specially chosen by God from among countless Myths to carry a spiritual truth) or history, we shall no doubt be guided to the right answer. But we must not use the Bible (our ancestors too often did) as a sort of Encyclopedia out of which texts (isolated from their context and read without attention to the whole nature and purport of the books in which they occur) can be taken for use as weapons.” – C. S. Lewis in a letter to Mrs. Johnson, written on November 8th 1952

“I think post-singularity AI is more likely to keep us as pets than exterminate us. They’ll have been initially programmed to help and protect humans, and will probably pass that imperative down to their descendants as a part of their culture. Based on this reasoning I conclude that cats invented humans.” – CarrieVS (@xaade) at

“In the name of Jesus, go forth and piss off the wolves wherever they show up; in your home, your school, the streets, the church, in City Hall—or in the White House.” – John Pavlovitz, Stuff That Needs To Be Said

Christ is not the power of positive thinking.
                       the power of name-it-claim-it.

                       the power of Caesar.

Christ is the power of laying down your life

                      for everyone else.
© 2016 David W. Jones

  1. Read Ted Chiang’s Nebula Award-winnig novella Story of your llfe
  2. Think about how you could turn it into a movie treatment. What would be the story in the movie?
  3. Write that story in a couple of paragraphs.
  4. Repeat #2 and #3 until you run out of ideas.
  5. Go see the movie when it comes out, and think about how it was like and different from your ideas.

    Or, if you prefer, see the movie first, write your ideas of the story, then read the novella.

    So how’d it turn out for you?