Breakfast Blend 10.16.14

Fears of the Writer – BRIAN C.E. BUHL:  “I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” — Frank Herbert, Dune. “That’s easier said than done.  Let’s crack open some of these little-deaths, and see what’s squirming inside.”

Top Ten Places Books Make me Want to Visit – STARDANCE PRESS: E.L. Bates composes a fun list – “Oh man, how to narrow this down to ten?”

How to Deal with Literary Rejection – BOOK BABY: Speaking of Frank Herbert: “Herbert is just one name on a long list of writers who found success after being repeatedly rejected. Nearly twenty publishers told Frank Herbert “no thanks” after he’d submitted the manuscript for Dune.”

Mark Driscoll Resigns from Mars Hill – RELIGION NEWS: “By God’s grace I have pastored Mars Hill Church for 18 years. Today, also by God’s grace, and with the full support of my wife Grace, I resign my position as a pastor and elder of Mars Hill. I do so with profound sadness, but also with complete peace.”

5 Common Characteristics of Ideas that Spread – 99U: “Your success as a creative depends not only on coming up with great ideas and making them happen, but also with getting those ideas adopted by your target audience. Whether it’s the buying public, an art dealer, or just your direct supervisor, getting your work off of your hard drive and into the world is perhaps the most important (and scariest) part of creative work.”

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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.