"The Questioning Ones" – My First Blog (From 2002!)

Check it! Discovered a link to the Way Back Archives (which log just about everything) which hold my very first blog. It was a hack of php and html, mashed together from tutorials found on the web. Not pretty.

It had a problem with quotes and backslashes, the editor was a "Title" field and a "Body" field. But hey, it was a blog!

The archive doesn’t hold most of the images, or the background color. But here ’tis:

The Questioning Ones

All of these posts have been added to stuandrews.com, so you can take a gander at the Archives if you like, or go to "the questioning ones" tag.

Writing A Story Online In Real-Time

Brandon Sanderson, author of many fine books, wrote Warbreaker in a rather unusual fashion.

He wrote it on his blog, in real-time, going through the entire process (writing, annotating, editing) with amazing transparency.

It was a really cool thing to do, especially given that at that time he was quite a successful author. He was under the Tor banner, and was a rising star. Not an easy thing to convince people about the wisdom of I imagine. But he did.

I’m not even an unknown author. But, this still inspires me. I’ve had a story rumbling in the back of my mind for a while. A number of chapters have been written, and the Synopsis is weakly fleshed out. I think I’m going to give it a crack.

Perhaps the reason why Brandon Sanderson could do it was that he was successful. That’s okay. Have never been one to not attempt something for fear of failure. You just have to read back over this blog to see all the crazy ideas I’ve had and tried .. and failed :)

But anyway.

Just have to work out how it will work, practically, in terms of the blog mechanics.

The story is about a girl who lives in a world where Magic is the Dark Father and the Dark Father is Magic. It’s a story that isn’t quite right, where those telling the story are scattered not just across the world, but across time. Also, it has zombies. Sort of.

The God of the Testaments is a God of MERCY

Now the LORD said to Abram, "Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed." Genesis 12:1-3

Today we heard a wonderful sermon. We’re starting a new series on the Covenants God gives in the Bible.

This week we looked at the Covenant given to Abraham (Genesis 12, 15, 17 and 22). It was a sermon packed full of wisdom, bits of truth, woven together.

One that struck me was of God’s MERCY.

The God who is revealed in the Old Testament is often seen first and foremost as a God of RIGHTEOUS FURY AND ANGER BURNED OUT AGAINST HIS ENEMIES.

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Do Christian Parents Seek God’s Wisdom? – A Thought On Decision-Making

“Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold. She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her.” Proverbs 3:13-15

What does it mean, as parents who love the Lord Jesus, to seek out God’s Wisdom in parenting?

Granted, I don’t have a definitive answer. All I have is what I read in the Bible, what I have experienced myself, and what I’ve seen from other Parents (including my own).

First, there are a couple of ground-rules.

* In my experience, wisdom is not about having to get everything right exactly always forever. You are not going to agree with everyone, or please everyone.

Mums who breast-feed will have people who disagree with them. Mums who bottle-feed will be told they are wrong. Dads who teach their sons how to play contact sport will have people worried. Dads who decide to leave sport out of their sons lives will be accused and belittled. Mums who do not go to “back to work” will be socially neglected, and Mums who do work after having babies will find themselves under fire. Dads who strive for obedience in their children will be told they are wrong to do so. And Dads who are afraid of becoming what they were brought up with will have mutterings about the state of their children.

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Late Night Coding and Burn Notice

Michael Westen always lays it out clearly in the voiceover. That’s one of the best things about the show, but it happens mostly underneath the layer of story-telling.

That is, we know Michael is going to tell us something. He’s going to give us a hint of what is coming. Usually just before it does, and sometimes revealing a larger plan. And every now and again, he gives us a choice piece of wisdom after the plan hasn’t gone according to .. plan.

I don’t do a lot of late-night coding at the moment.

But here I am, working away, getting distracted as the tiredness weighs down the eyes and the mind.

The problem is I don’t lay it out clear. Sure, there’s an end goal in sight (“Create an Invoicing module”), but from there on it’s react. React. React.

And when you get tired, that leads to mistakes.

What my brain needs, when late at night coding, is a Michael Westen voice-overing the way ahead.

That would be cool.

Kings and Stormlight, A New Epic Has Landed!

“The Way Of Kings” is the first book by Brandon Sanderson in his epic series, “The Stormlight Archive”.

By his own admission, this is the series that has been moving around his brain for many, many years now. Brings hope to any nerd who spent their saturdays writing out characters and places and scenes where Drizzt, errr, “Blogdan” fought off twenty evil creatures at once.

Sanderson fits somewhere in between GRRM, JVJones and RJ. Those are the three Epic Fantasy authors that are closest to my heart.

He doesn’t always split his chapters per character. There are a couple of chapters with a number of points-of-view in them. And there are a couple of povs that you only hear from once, some of them for obvious reasons.

There are scenes in this book MADE for Visual Story-Telling.

Spoilers

Kaladin running up the Bridge (4), leaping from the top, drawing magic from little stones entwined in the dreadlocked hair of those he faced.

Suits of armor that grant superhuman strength and agility. Massive swords which are linked to the wielder, and take ten seconds to summon.

A warrior in white, an Assassin really, who is a weapon with or without his Shardblade. Moreso without, casting magic that causes gravity to be upturned and great stones to be flung through the air.

End Spoilers

This is a fantastic book. The start to a truly great series. And with Sanderson’s obvious skill in time-management, which so few Epic Fantasy authors seem to have, it would seem that we might be able to get ten books in ten years, or close enough.

Brandon Sanderson, hats off to you! Champion effort.