Podcast Guest Appearance: Despite Popular Belief with Erik Marti and Stephen Lauterbach

On The Writer’s Lens, I am usually the one doing the interviewing, but this past week, I got to be a guest on another podcast, Despite Popular Belief, with Erik Marti and Stephen Lauterbach. Erik and Stephen discuss Biblical worldview on a variety of cultural hot topics like, self-love, bumper sticker evangelism, and even alien abductions.

More recently, they did an episode on being the image bearers of God – what does that look like? Why do we create what we create? And do our expressions have any correlation to this idea of being “image bearers”?

I was fortunate to give my own two cents (and more, of course) on what that looks like through the lens of a creative writer.

You can check out the full episode and interview here. And if you like what you heard, be sure to check out some of their other episodes too via Soundcloud, iTunes or Spotify.

You can find Despite Popular Belief on Facebook and Instagram too.

The Writer’s Lens – E49: Can We Be ‘Gluttons’ For Our Writing?

Gluttony is yet another member of the seven deadly sins. A sin most commonly associated with eating excessively, but Gluttony can also be associated with chasing after status or symbols of status and power. So, keeping that in mind, how might ‘gluttonous’ actions cause our creative and / or writing ventures to get derailed?

That’s the focus of this episode, as well as being part of my continued exploration into how each of the seven deadly sins can hinder our writing and creative expression.

And in case you missed it, I tackled Gluttony’s close cousin, Envy, in a previous episode.

The Writer’s Lens – Episode 48: How Can Envy Kill Our Creative Pursuits?

You may have heard of the seven deadly sins. There’s Greed, Gluttony, Lust, Pride, Wrath, Sloth, and…Envy. Of those seven, I find Envy to be the least talked about. Or rather, it’s the least recognized of the seven. In this solo episode, I talk about why I think Envy can be a major hindrance on our writing pursuits.

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Podcast: The Writer’s Lens

My Video Interview with David Ramos

#ICYMI, I did an interview with fellow self-published author, David Ramos recently.

David is extraordinarily talented at building a platform and has the scars to prove it.

You can find the full audio on Podbean, but it’s also on YouTube (for all you visual peeps out there).

David Ramos

 

“The Scientist’s Dilemma” – J.C.L. Faltot

I told you about The Color of Soul, and now I’m telling you about another short story of mine: The Scientist’s Dilemma.

An oldie but a goodie, The Scientist’s Dilemma holds a special place in my heart as it represents two things about my writing life: 1) my transition from publishing non-fiction to fiction. And 2) my transition from being a lukewarm, skeptical believer to an actual believer in God – and more specifically, Christ.

The Scientist’s Dilemma is a piece that explores what I believe lies at the core of every person: a longing to know all so that we might be able to be all. So you might say this is an exercise in learning humility. Or at least exploring what that might look like.

If you enjoyed The Color of Soul, then this might be up your alley too.

Available only in Kindle ebook format (for now).

The “Pens of Steel” Group Discussion Special: Competing in the Sea of Voices

The Internet is a sea of voices and narratives.

In part 2 of this group discussion special, the Pens continue the dialogue on “what is a digital voice” – while transitioning into another frequently asked question: how do we compete with so many other messages? Should we be focused on beating other voices? Or should we just focus on our own message?

Clockwise from top to bottom: Josh “J.C.L.” Faltot, Brian Del Turco, Willie Scott, and Brent Mclaughlin – The “Pens of Steel”

Jump back in with Part 2 and just in case you missed Part 1, you’re in luck – you can click here to check it out and get back up to speed.

And for more info on the rest of the group, here are some links below:

Brian Del Turco, owner / operator of LifeVoiceQuest

Website: http://www.lifevoicequest.com/

Podcast: http://www.jesussmart.com/

 

Willie Scott, co-founder of Better Than Blended and T.K.I. Publishing

Website: https://betterthanblended.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/betterthanblended/?hl=en

 

Brent Mclaughlin, writer

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brent.mclaughlin

Interviews with Brian Del Turco, The Voice of “Jesus Smart: The Podcast”

Welcome to the #NarrativeWars.

Brian Del Turco is a fellow creative in Cleveland and is the voice of Jesus Smart: The Podcast as well as the owner / operator of LifeVoice Quest. He is passionate about emerging voices – those looking to broadcast and share their message with others – and I’ve been fortunate to dialogue with Brian about this topic. For we live in the digital age and we are surrounded by hundreds of incoming messages, all vying for our attention.

That being said, how do we sort through them?

How do we know what is true?

How do we know what is not true?

Brian and I begin our discussion on the #NarrativeWars in part 1 below.

034: Take the Red Pill — Wake Up to the Narrative Wars with Joshua C. Faltot! 

In part 2 of our conversation, Brian and I dive deeper into the concept of #Worldviews and what they mean to each of us.

On my podcast, The Writer’s Lens, I take a look at things through the lens of a writer. I believe human beings tell stories to help them interpret their world. To make sense of things. To exchange information and share experiences.

This can ultimately shape our individual worldviews. The conclusions we make; the stories we believe; the ways we think the world ought to be.

For this second half, Brian and I discuss in greater length how we are not only in the midst of a #NarrativeWar, but a battle of competing #Worldviews too.

039: War of the Worldviews with Joshua C. Faltot

Brian is a commentator on society and culture with great and helpful insights who can also be found on SubstanceTV’s podcast at SubstanceTV.org.

Facebook Launch Interview – Dr. Robert Snyder, author of “Why Did Daddy Have To Leave?”

About a week ago, I was fortunate to take part in Dr. Rober Snyder’s Book Launch event for Why Did Daddy Have To Leave? – a children’s book detailing the things a child may go through when his parent goes off to war. Dr. Snyder is an Iraqi war veteran and fellow author friend of mine, among other titles including educator and P90X instructor.

Below I’ve included a link to the full interview where I take Rob through his inspiration to write the book as well as what his time was like overseas.

Here’s that link: Click here

And P.S. – please excuse the slight lapse in sound with the video (I’ll go ahead and take the blame for the connection speed if need be, Rob).

So…what’s next?

I’ve been fired up since I finished Spirit Run. Not because I’m really angry or because I’m disappointed with the story – no, not at all. I’m fired up for a plethora of other reasons. I’m experiencing some new activity in this writing gig and it’s a tad overwhelming. How so? And what does that look like? Well, thanks for asking….

There’s a realization I’m having and it’s about as good as it is bad. Over the past year, I’ve been amazingly fortunate to be a member of a local writer’s group – one that shares, critiques, and encourages one another’s work. That has been remarkably life-giving. For example, remember when you found yourself surrounded by people who spoke the same “language” as you? You could share, in a group, the same kinds of thoughts and aspirations that this other group of people had? That’s a great feeling.

So…that was good – wait, amazing.

But that was only the first step into a much larger universe. Once you get to a place where others share a similar vision, you will eventually find yourself limited by your own resources. In other words, the affirmation you needed has worn off and the need for more third-party support becomes increasingly relevant. You need a team of other highly skilled, highly proficient individuals who can further maximize the bigger vision. I wrote about having skill sets I wish I had a couple weeks ago. Well, that post is having extreme truth in my life. And it’s happening now.

As such, I’ve been trying to accumulate a team of the following individuals:
– Editors
– Illustrators
– Social Media Experts
– My fiance’ (which has already been established as part of the team but incredibly crucial all the same)

I’m still doing the agent search thing, but I’m not sitting on my butt, waiting around either. I’ve decided to take a little more initiative and put some feelers out to even more media realms. And the responses have been very good. The more knowledge I can assimilate, the better. And knowledge is what I need if I’m going to be anywhere near effective in this fast-paced, fast-moving environment. How do you create good techniques for editing and not create bad ones? What is proper pricing for digital imaging? What’s not proper? And so on and so forth. It will be an ongoing process, I’m sure; one that will not happen overnight. A reality that my generation has a hard time believing is true. And unfortunately, I have a hard time reminding myself of daily.

So…here’s to the next “I don’t know” turning into “I understand now.” Here’s hoping I can get there sooner than later.

Coming up for air

So, have you taken in the new year yet? It’s been 2014 for a little over a week now. Actually, it’s been about two weeks if you’re counting correctly. Anything changed for you yet? Anything worth reporting on? Celebrating, perhaps?

Well, as for me, I made some small goals last year and I was blessed by having several of those goals realized. And as a bonus, I had a few others come my way that I wasn’t expecting. That was very exciting. This is not to say that I didn’t experience some unexpected problems. I cut ties with my publisher; I gave up several social things (such as coaching and my wonderful bowling team) and my car was in the shop more than it was on the road. But if that’s all that I have to worry about, then I’m doing rather well.

In my last post, I stressed how I was going to not stress about the big goals I may have. To be better at taking things as they come. Turns out that’s a really hard thing to do for a Type A like myself. But that’s what I also love about it – the challenge. And because of said challenge, I did something to further stretch myself in the new year: I fasted from writing for a week. And when I say “writing”, I mean anything creative. No making notes, no blogging, no preparation – nada.

That probably doesn’t make much sense considering how I’m a writer. I need to write in order to survive – both financially and for my own peace of mind. So taking a break from writing may appear to be something like professional suicide. Like an employee who takes a week’s vacation without pay. But I knew this was a needed appointment with myself, regardless of my apprehensions towards the decision.

Why? Well, it’s simple: we need breaks. Fasting is more than just the act of being fast. And it’s more than just giving up something for a short while because you were told to do so. It’s a release. Too many times we find ourselves in the same old, same old. We repeat patterns of behavior, for good or bad, and we slowly grow accustom to the familiarity of whatever process we’ve adopted. What started out as inspirational may become routine; thus, lacking any heart, any conviction, or any proof of passion. That piece of us, the reminder, becomes buried beneath all the busy work of the objective. Pursuit is cast aside and the vision becomes clouded.

Knowing this, I took a breather. Writing can be a spontaneous yet grueling trade to take up, but I love it all the same. And as with anything that’s anchored in creativity, we need to take a hiatus once in a while. If nothing else, to be reminded of the call that we were given a long time before passion was replaced with procedure and process. Not that those things are bad – procedure and process – we need both to effectively live our lives, but we also need to have the passion to live it fully.

So here I am, a week later, and the writing juices are free to flow once more. I’m excited to see what happens.