Shattered Reflections

Beauty from the Broken

In Disney’s recent remake of the classic Aladdin, the genie says something to Aladdin that I find quite profound. Here, I paraphrase in my own words:   “The more you gain while pretending to be something you’re not, the less you’ll have.”   Jafar—the villain—is the villain because he seeks power, status and riches above …

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Setup: The character, Jasper, finds himself in a very real-feeling vision, where he’s in a desert having to face the accusation and pain of all the people who have hurt him or whom he believes he has hurt in his life. It’s a desert of self-condemnation and loneliness; essentially, this world of lies that he’s …

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I used to look up at the stars and feel like I mattered. Because even in possession of all this vast beauty, God still made me. I existed, and that had to mean something. I’m not sure how or when this feeling began to fade. I don’t know if it was merely childhood resilience that …

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“For a moment of silence Theoden stood looking down at Eomer as he knelt still before him. Neither moved. ‘Will you not take the sword?’ said Gandalf. Slowly Theoden stretched forth his hand. As his fingers took the hilt, it seemed to the watchers that firmness and strength returned to his thin arm. Suddenly he …

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Why are writers so afraid? I seem to face a demagogy of unfounded and unexplainable fears throughout a given week, and I just don’t understand. Why the barrage? Why can’t I just enjoy life and live in the moment and stop. worrying. worrying. worrying? It’s like a tick is scratching away at my brain. I …

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I want to talk a little about what I have learned on my writing journey. This is not an “I have arrived” commentary or an attempt to tell you all I know. It is merely a reflection passed from one wanderer to another along this path that I’ll probably be traveling for the rest of …

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