Persevere and Keep on Writing!

Just a few quotes from some of the greats to encourage my fellow writers! Don’t stop and don’t quit until the draft is done!

“Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any.”
– Orson Scott Card


“I notice that you use plain, simple language, short words and brief sentences. That is the way to write English–it is the modern way and the best way. Stick to it; don’t let fluff and flowers and verbosity creep in.”   – Mark Twain

“Any man who keeps working is not a failure. He may not be a great writer, but if he applies the old-fashioned virtues of hard, constant labor, he’ll eventually make some kind of career for himself as writer.” – Ray Bradbury

“Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” – Stephen King

“Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper. Never correct or rewrite until the whole thing is down. Rewrite in process is usually found to be an excuse for not going on. It also interferes with flow and rhythm which can only come from a kind of unconscious association with the material…” – John Steinbeck


“We must not of course write anything that will flatter lust, pride or ambition. But we needn’t all write patently moral or theological work. Indeed, work whose Christianity is latent may do quite as much good and may reach some whom the more obvious religious work would scare away. The first business of a story is to be a good story. When Our Lord made a wheel in the carpenter shop, depend upon it: It was first and foremost a good wheel. Don’t try to ‘bring in’ specifically Christian bits: if God wants you to serve him in that way (He may not: there are different vocations) you will find it coming in of its own accord. If not, well—a good story which will give innocent pleasure is a good thing, just like cooking a good nourishing meal. . . . Any honest workmanship (whether making stories, shoes, or rabbit hutches) can be done to the glory of God.” – C. S. Lewis

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Who Am I To Judge?

“”Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” (‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7:1-5‬ ‭NASB‬‬)

We’ve all read or heard this passage quoted at some point. Many have summarized the main idea of this passage by quoting the first verse: “Do not judge so that you will not be judged.” Yet we all do it every moment of every day. As human beings we excursus each judgement constantly, often with little to no regard for the truth. We jump to conclusions, judge a book by its cover or a person by their appearance, and categorize a person by their faith or political opinions as being just another radical liberal or stiff-necked conservative. We make snap decisions about individuals and judge them harshly.

One of my favorite passages of scripture is found in John 8:3-11.

“The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery, and having set her in the center of the court, they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act. Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do You say?” They were saying this, testing Him, so that they might have grounds for accusing Him. But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground. But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. When they heard it, they began to go out one by one, beginning with the older ones, and He was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the center of the court. Straightening up, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.”

What are the main ideas of this passage?

1. We have all sinned, even the most religious or seemingly “righteous”

2. We have no right to judge anyone

3. Commuting adultery is a sin; one of the Ten Commandments. The penalty of commuting adultery is death. “You shall not commit adultery.” (Exodus ‭20:14‬)

3. Jesus knows you are a sinner, but He loves and forgives you anyway.

You may not have committed adultery or murder, but you have sinned against God  (Romans 3:23). Yet Christ came to die for us so that we could be free from sin and judgement (John 3:16-17). The question we should ask ourselves after accepting His forgiveness is: If Jesus forgives us and no longer judges anyone who comes to Him, what right do we have to judge anyone?

Novel News Update: 2017

Another year has come and gone, and God has been good. My first novel is doing well was even nominated for the 2017 Readers Choice Awards!

In addition, I am also very please to announce the completion of the first draft of the sequel. Work will soon begin on the second draft. Please keep checking in for more novel news!

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For those still wishing to pick up a copy for yourself, The Chronicles of Alethia: The Heir Comes Forth was re-released to the public August 2, 2017. Click here to purchase either the paperback for $9.99 or the Ebook version for $4.99.

Every month I acknowledge my readers and the significance that your support has on my writing and success. Yet even more so than each of you, I must give the honor and credit to Jesus, my Lord, without whom all my efforts would be for not. Thank you all and thank you Jesus.

Blessings upon all of your writing endeavors in 2018.

“The world does not need more Christian literature. What it needs is more Christians writing good literature.” — C. S. Lewis

A Few Christmas Quotes

“Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.” – Washington Irving

“Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.” – Charles M. Schulz

“For it is in giving that we receive. ” – Francis of Assisi

Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. Maybe Christmas, he thought… doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps… means a little bit more!” – Narrator (Boris Karloff)

“The very purpose of Christ’s coming into the world was that he might offer up his life as a sacrifice for the sins of men. He came to die. This is the heart of Christmas.” -Rev. Billy Graham

Merry Christmas to all of you!

– R. S. Gullett

This Christmas Season

There are many bloggers out there that could probably put this more eloquently, but here is my effort to conceptualize what Christmas truly means.

If you were to ask random people on the street what they thought Christmas was really about what would they say? There’s been a tendency in our fast-paced modern society to speed through holidays and events with the same frantic attitude we sustain every other day of the year. Because of this, we often loose the opportunity to stop and reflect upon the true meaning of these special days.

Obviously even secular (nonreligious) sources point out the tendency for Christmas to become about gift-buying (not just giving) and seemingly endless activities and events that flood our calendars until we can’t breath let alone ponder their significance. Dr. Seuss’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas provides a welcome critique on how Christmas should not be about commercialism but about family and togetherness. Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol also reminds us of our need to extend charity and love to our fellow men. Yet these wonderful stories fall short of the true meaning of Christmas.

If you’ve seen the Charlie Brown Christmas Special, you’ve heard Linus quote Luke 2:8-14.

Yet this is only the beginning of the Christmas story. The birth of Jesus is only the beginning of a story whose climax is here:

This is what Christmas is all about. Not about Jesus being born, but in the fact that He came as a baby to die for our sins.

“”For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.”

‭‭(John‬ ‭3:16-17‬ NASB)

I sincerely hope you keep your heart on the true meaning of the season. Take time to reflect upon what this season means for our hearts and souls. Make time for family and for Jesus. Thank Him for what He has done. God bless you all and Merry Christmas!

-R. S. Gullett and family.

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