Saturday, August 19, 2006


That's my online handle. If you see my posts on message boards, chat with me on AIM, or visit my xanga and myspace, you already know that.

I came across a link to my primary blog on another aspiring writer's site. He mentioned chosing a tag for your writing. I hadn't thought of a good one yet, but I've always liked Mary Engelbreit's statement - "Books fall open, you fall in." Fall in. Waterfall.

WaterfallBooks - Fall In.

No good for a tagline with my name, but for a newsletter with book reviews - perfect. I'd been having a bit of trouble with the Narnia theme. Where, for example, would chick-lit go? (Perhaps Lasaraleen's estate, but who would get that?)

With a waterfall theme (and extending it to other waters), I have plenty to choose from. Cataract. Cascade. Rapids. Torrent. River. Brook. Stream. Creek. Canal. Ocean. Sea. Lake. Pond. Pool. Lagoon. Fjord. Inlet. Fountain. Whirlpool. Mud puddle.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Even More Thoughts

Not even really awake yet, but I've been pondering a rating system for the newsletter reviews. One idea that popped into my head last night (and I'm not awake enough to know if it's any good) is a theme-based rating. And if you know me, you know what theme I'm talking about: Narnia.

I'm not sure if it's too corny or dealing with copyright issues. One nice thing, the books are well-known. And they're Christian novels, which goes with the purpose of the newsletter.

I was thinking of going primarily with place names. A book with the rating of "The Stone Table" will be poignant. "The Beavers' House" will be a bit rough around the edges, down to earth, and good-hearted. "Cair Paravel" will have a sparkling beauty. More to come.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

More Thoughts

Since I tend to think while writing, I might as well dump my thoughts here. This site will likely be the archive for my new newsletter. How new? Well, I came up with the idea today.

I've thought of developing an email newsletter many times in the past. It's great for building up connections for later on, when I get a book published. The problem was content. How was I going to fill the newsletter with enough worthwhile words so that people would read it? I tried writing a serial - it went nowhere. And I have enough books to review as it is.

Then today something clicked. I was on Yahoo Groups requesting quotes, and the "Start your own group" button looked way too attractive. Then a package arrived from Harvest House, with a book to review for an author friend plus three other novels. Titles the publisher sent with no obligation on my part. Books that if they turn out to be incredible (why not?) I'll want to tell the world.

And I wondered why I was reading books to review when I could just review the books I read. No forcing myself through boring books. No agonizing about making each review more eloquent than the last. Just short, snappy reviews delivered straight to your inbox. Posted on this blog. Linked to at Christian Novels.

You can get the back cover copy at any online seller. You can get the first chapter on Christian Book Previews, email lists, and publisher websites. You can get author interviews on half a dozen blogs. You can get academic reviews in journals and uninformed reviews on Amazon. But nothing beats having a friend who loves to read telling you, "This is good. Here's why . . ."

And so Reviewing Christian Novels was born.

It'll likely be monthly. It'll include reviews of fantasy and suspense and chick-lit and historical and romance and mystery and more - because if it's a good book, genre doesn't matter to me. It'll launch sometime this fall or winter - January at the latest. And it'll likely include contests and drawings, because everyone loves free books.

Stay tuned for more! But you don't need to keep checking back here. Subscribe to my Yahoo Groups mailing list!


Cool idea which will likely launch this fall or winter. We shall see.