Wisdom Bites Back (pt. 2)

Red helium balloon. Birthday baloon flying for party.


An abundance of caution is roughly the equivalent of being spanked by a helium balloon.


Well, attention spans are short and my stories are too long and confusing, so why not distill the essential message of a short story into one sentence and simply avoid all that pesky filler and amorphous meaning? This is called being efficient.


In other news, I just finished writing a novel. I don’t know why I don’t tell people these things, but there, I finally did. I still need to polish it a bit, but I think it’s kind of wonderful. It’s the best thing I’ve ever written. Catastrophe Jones has read an earlier version, and that’s about it. She’s an awesome writer.

Dream hard, rage hard.

35 thoughts on “Wisdom Bites Back (pt. 2)

      1. Absolutely. I’ve been reading other author’s manuscripts and offering whatever input I have for the last six or seven years. I’ve done it for several dozen manuscripts and would be honored to do so for the fabulously talented Trent Lewin. I promise honest, but respectful feedback.

    1. I’m a-working on it. I think it’s about done but needs a slight polish. I figure two solid days of just concentrating on it. Then I guess I see if the world wants the story or not – I think it’s a tough slog, a very very tough slog, but I believe in the story and I believe in me. I really really hope you get to read it someday, Michelle. I think you’d like it.

    1. If you really are up for it… I’m done this novel in the next two weeks. I’m just finished with it and happy for people to read it. I don’t know if it’s any good. I think it is, but I’m a little biased. I’ll take you up on your offer, my friend.

  1. Congrats on the novel. That is quite an accomplishment. Now—well, you have to share with some folks so you can move on to the next stage of the journey, whatever that is for you—publication, perhaps? I’d be glad to read too. Or just join in a conversation. I self-published a novel several years ago, and read fiction like crazy! My day gig is as an academic—fiction writing and reading is much more fun!

    1. What kind of academic, might I ask? I really appreciate the offer of review of the book. I have it out to a few people right now and editorial advice is coming in, which is awesome. So I’m okay for now. But I really hope you get the read this thing when it’s published. And I’m saying when. Because I believe in my writing and that people will want to read it.

  2. I am a theologian teaching at a divinity school. I’m glad you have readers! Those early rounds of feedback are so important. And I look forward to reading the novel WHEN it is published. I am glad you believe in your writing. That is the way to succeed as a writer! Thanks for conversation and blessings as you continue the journey.

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