Into the Book

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Posts by Jesse Rice

  1. It may not surprise anyone that I am a writer. I write stories and always seek to enhance my writing ability. Therefore, I am always on the lookout for books that will help me pursue that goal. I’ve read books on plot and characters, grammar and editing. Yet, I rarely read books on the craft of writing itself. After all, anyone can write: it is the story that is difficult, right?

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  2. When I was young, I dreamed of being something amazing when I grew up. I dreamed of being a super-powered crime-fighter, a ship-captain sailing the seven seas, even a teacher educating students on complicated subjects (because that would mean I was actually good at maths). As I grew older, my goals shifted to other things, finally settling to become a writer. Yet, for whatever reason, one thing that I never considered being was a prophet.

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  3. I grew up in a church with very little liturgy. As a result, the words “Apostle’s Creed” meant very little to me until recently. Of course, the term ‘creed’ was familiar, I had taken enough church history for it to ring a bell, but when it came to the actual content of the creeds I was clueless. Therefore, when I was required to read Affirming the Apostle’s Creed for a college class, I was both excited and a little wary. I wasn’t sure what I was about to encounter. I was afraid, due to my lack of previous knowledge, most of the book was going to go far over my head. Thankfully, that fear was unfounded. (more…)

  4. Ever had one of those days? One of those days where life in England is just rainy and gloomy and the summer can’t come fast enough? A day where, if given the chance, your nest egg would be given up just for some vacation time? A day where traveling to Italy to share a castle with people you don’t even know doesn’t seem like such a bad proposition? Yeah, Rose Arbuthnot and Lottie Wilkins are having one of those days.
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  5. Throughout history, liberty has been something important to the human race. This can be easily proved by taking a look at the stories we tell. There are stage plays, such as Oedipus Rex, which state humans are completely at the mercy of fate. There is television, such as Season 4 of Angel, which argues that freedom, even at the cost of perfection, should be sought after. Surely, individual freedoms are not something to give up easily. Yet Golan Trevize readily does so before his story even starts. Why? That’s the very question he would like answered, and he sets off with two friends to find out. (more…)

  6. Sometimes, after a long day, it’s nice to just sit down and read an epic novel. Usually, these stories end up being about a hero who is revealed to be ‘The Chosen One’, finds out about an Evil Emperor, trains to defeat him, and saves the day through hard work and sacrifice. Of course, this is only entertaining because I don’t have to live it. If the villain is murderous, I don’t have to worry. If the fate of the world is threatened, I can rest assured it is just a story. Jim Hunt has no such assurance. (more…)

  7. When buying a house there are three important things to remember: Location, location, location. Everyone knows this, even Count Dracula in Middle-of-Nowhere, Transylvania, knows this. Strangely enough, even with all the money and all the power (he’s a Count, not some shabby Duke), Dracula chooses a place right next to an insane asylum outside of London, England. As if things weren’t strange enough, Dracula arrives into port on a ship devoid of crew save for the dead captain. To top things off, the guy starts hanging out in cemeteries and the solicitor who helped him buy the house has mysteriously disappeared.

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