Breakfast Blend 10.02.14

The Question You Need to Ask Before You Write – THE WRITE LIFE: “You may be writing a novel or a blog post or even an essay for school. It doesn’t matter what you’re writing. It matters how you’re writing.”

Crime and Punishment Starring…Batman – AGAIN WITH THE COMICS: ” Crime and Punishment, originally written by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, was brilliantly adapted here by R. Sikoryak, as seen through a Dick Sprang Batman filter. This marriage of Classic Russian Literature and the Caped Crusader of Gotham also serves as further proof, if any were needed, that everything is better with Batman.”

This Old Grammar Trick Still Works – HUFFPOST BOOKS: “Back in ye olden days (okay, about thirty years ago) elementary school students were taught how to diagram sentences. The theory was that it would be easier to learn the parts of a sentence by seeing the underlying structure. However, as educators moved in the direction of free expression and away from basic mechanics, the diagramming system developed by Reed and Kellogg fell out of fashion.” (Added Bonus: This is a fantastic tool for understanding Biblical Epistles!)

Write Better By Reading – BLOGGING THEOLOGICALLY: There are certain authors whose books are about as much fun for me to read as chewing glass. Some are written so poorly that, in my cynical moments, I wonder whether their authors are functionally illiterate or simply hate words. Most of these are written by pastors and academics, sadly.

The Trailer for Gods and Kings:


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Nicholas McDonald is a blogger, pastor, and author of the book "Faker: How to Be Real When You're Tempted to Fake it." He studied creative writing and communication at Oxford University and Olivet Nazerene University, and received his M.Div from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. He currently resides in Lexington, NC, with his wife and two boys, Caleb and Owen.


  1. I just read the diagramming sentences post on Huffpost Books. Love it! I bookmarked it for future reference. I have memories of diagramming sentences from the KJV Bible in second grade; I don’t know if I should categorize these memories as “fond” or “frustrating.”

  2. Just the thought of diagramming sentences makes my eyes glaze over. Reading that article about it almost put me into a coma.
    Batman C&P, on the other hand, brought back all the pleasure of both C&P and Batman. Perked me right out of that coma.

    • No, it’s not fun diagramming sentences. But I’m not sure it’s fun to try to understand Romans 7, for example, without it.
      Batman and C&P – holy shark-repellent, that was grand!

      • It’s not that I don’t find it fun. It’s that I don’t understand it no matter how many times I’ve read about it.

        • Yeah…trying to read about how to diagram sentences is a bit like reading about the digestive system to learn how to eat a hamburger. Much easier just to have someone show you, and do it with you. It’s not that difficult once you’ve run through it on your own.

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