If You’re Feeling Down This Christmas… Read This

Faith, Uncategorized


If you’re feeling down this Christmas then you’ve come to the right place. This blog post is not about how you can ‘fix’ your Christmas season, though I do hope you find a bit of joy hidden in it’s depth. Instead, I want to take a look at one of aspect of the Christmas story from a very different point of view.

Photo taken from StarWars.com

Can Fan Service Really Work? A Reflection on The Mandalorian Season 2

Star Wars, TV Reviews, Uncategorized, Writing Advice

A little over a year ago a small green creature took the entire world by storm as millions of memes flooded our social media feeds. His name was Baby Yoda.

Or at least that’s what we called him, those at Lucasfilm and others working on The Mandalorian called him “The Child.” He was this mysterious green creature who is clearly of the same species as Jedi Master Yoda, one of the most recognizable characters in all of Star Wars. And in a day, “The Child” somehow became just as popular.

Season 1 of The Mandalorian followed a mysterious bounty hunter who obeyed a specific set of rules while trying to keep a valuable child out the hands of many greedy and nefarious foes. Throughout the first season he becomes attached to the child, learning that there more in life than making a quick paycheck, and quite possibly, that there’s more to being a Mandalorian than he originally thought. The end of the season tasks the Mandalorian, whose name is revealed to be Din Djarin, to return this child to a group of enemy sorcerers known as “The Jedi.”

There was also one other reveal at the end of the season, a fan favorite lightsaber pulled straight from The Clone Wars. This saber is called the dark saber.

In eight short episodes The Mandalorian was able to reveal quite a few surprises that kept the fans wanting more and felt true to the story they were trying to tell. And now that the second season has concluded. The question is, did the latest season do likewise?

I believe the answer is yes. Somehow, season two managed to have triple the amount of surprises without changing the core of its story. As a Star Wars fan, and as a writer, I would like to take a look at why this approach seemed to work.

MAJOR SPOILERS INBOUND!

Sighs of a Discouraged Writer

My Life, Uncategorized, Web Updates, Writing Advice

I am discouraged.

There, I said it. I am discouraged. Lets be real. Writing is not for the feint of heart, and even if my heart is feinter than most my mere stubbornness and sense of calling practically forbids me to stop. There are somedays where I absolutely love writing, I find it refreshing for both the mind and the soul. But there are other days where I just want to throw in the towel, throw my hands up, and say I’m done.

Sometimes I look at an hour or two of work… and just sigh.

Maybe you’re a writer and you feel the same way. If you are not but still work and dream of doing something creative, there is a good chance you are often disappointed by your own work. I suppose it is a flaw of our broken world. God created us to get pleasure from our work, and yet often it leaves us drained. And I can say, one month after writing my initial draft of this article, the drain only gets harder when you have a full time job. Writing has been sparse over the past few months for me, both time and disappointment can really hold you back.

Today I would like to share with you three reasons I typically get disappointed. Maybe you can relate.

On a Hill of My Own Design: By Riley Nichols

Faith, Guest Writers, Short Story, Uncategorized

Today’s blog post is going to be something a bit different. Recently a friend of mine sent me a short story he wrote and I absolutely adored it! His story was just too interesting and powerful not to share, and so, with his permission I am sharing it with you today!

Hamilton Review

Disney, Movie Reviews

Once again, the musical ‘Hamilton’ is sweeping across pop culture throughout our nation. The hit musical, which first was seen exclusively on Broadway, can now be seen from the comforts of your home through the magic of Disney+. (By the way, what I say ‘our nation’ I am speaking of my own, that is the USA, if you are outside of the States, and I know some of you are, hello! I am glad you’re here! Is Hamilton as big as a hit outside of the States?)

While Hamilton, due to some of its themes and language, may not be the most family friendly musical to watch in Disney’s streaming service, it is nevertheless a beautiful and powerful story of ambition, tragedy, as well as forgiveness. My intention is to briefly point out a few of the themes I noticed in the musical that I think make it one of a kind.

Since the musical has already been streaming for over a week, there will be a few spoilers in this post, so if you still haven’t seen it yet I recommend watching it first before reading. If you have already seen it, and don’t care for hearing major spoilers, by all means, continue reading below.

Available Now: Poems for the Redeemed Heart

Books, Faith, My Life, Poetry, Redeemed Heart, Sneak Peak
Cover Art
Front Cover Created By David Brandt

My latest book, Poems for the Redeemed Heart is out now! As I mentioned in a previous post, this project is very near and dear to me. It collects poems I wrote throughout both High School and College, most of which I never was really intending to publish. I hope you consider purchasing a copy. I think you will find it highly enjoyable!

What exactly is the book about? Here is an a description from the book’s back cover

This book is for redeemed hearts! It is for those who have been brought from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light! In short, it is a book for Christians and perhaps anyone interested in learning more about who Jesus is from a creative point of view.

Contained within are over sixty poems meant to stir your heart towards encouragement and genuine worship through theologically packed poetry that seeks to exalt Jesus Christ and edify the soul.

May the Lord use the words contained in this book to direct your heart towards him, the great redeemer of all who call upon his name!

Poems for the Redeemed Heart is 177 pages. And is currently selling on Amazon.com for $11.99!

Find it here!

CLONE WARS BREAKDOWN – AHSOKA AND THE UNDERWORLD ARC

Disney, Star Wars, TV Reviews

The second to last episode arc of The Clone Wars, historically called “Ahsoka’s Walkabout” features four new episodes that deals with the aftermath of Ahsoka leaving the Jedi Order. It includes episodes such as “Gone With A Trace,” “Deal No Deal,” “Dangerous Debt,” and “Together Again.”

These episodes followed Ahsoka, who after leaving the Jedi Order sought to hide from her Jedi past and learn how to live like a normal citizen in a galaxy far far away. Throughout this arc she faces many challenges and each of which forces her closer and closer to revealing the truth about who she is.

An Easter Poem

Faith, Poetry, Sneak Peak, Uncategorized

Hello friends! I hope you all are having a safe, healthy, and blessed Easter! While the world might be feeling chaotic right now there is always hope. I am comforted that God is still in control and has power over even death itself.

I would like to share with you a poem from my upcoming book “Poems for the Redeemed Heart.” Easter has always been my favorite holiday! I believe that Jesus died on the cross and rose again for all who trust in him. If Jesus didn’t rise again, then the faith I have would mean nothing. But I am certain that he did! Jesus offers you forgiveness and change, no matter what you have said, thought, or done. And, I believe, he is the only hope for eternal life.