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CE Martin

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  • Birthday 11/24/1967

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  1. Hello, fellow authors. I'm looking for a few good dads to interview on a new dad-centric, weekly podcast a friend and former writing partner and I have launched this year: the Troglopod. We're only a couple episodes in so far, but are trying to line up interviewees for the coming weeks and months. Basically, we're looking for dads that can do a phone interview and talk about how their unique job or hobby affects/affected their parenting. You will be able to plug your books, but we want to focus on interesting professions... think of it as when kids used to do a bring your parent to school day. Our overall theme for this podcast is the need for "primitive parenting" (non-woke) by troglo/cavedads. That is, a return to manly, knuckledragging, blue-collar role models like the ones we grew up with, as opposed to the coiffed beards, caramel latte-drinking, manpurse-carrying, metrosexual fathers of today (all done tongue-in-cheek). Basically, we're grumpy old men doing our blue collar versions of the Muppets' Statler and Waldorf. We have almost no audience as yet, having soft launched in January so as to find our rhythm and get a decent backlog of episodes. Currently we're only on Podbean but will be expanding to iTunes in the coming weeks. This is a no politics podcast, focused more on being a manly dad in a two-parent family--a niche we felt was underserved. We're not looking for celebrities, but rather every-day dads. You only have to have an interesting or unusual job. You can even be anonymous and go just by your first name. We're interested in your perspective and story. I'm appealing to this forum because I'm hoping to snag a youth minister, pastor, etc who's also a writer. I'd love to hear about the transition to professional writer or how you balance so many hats: 9 to 5'er, father, author. If you're interested and have an hour free one night or weekend, please PM me (we're shooting for a 30-45 minute interview, but you can talk longer, if you want). Interview one is with a musician, podcaster, and skeptical ghost hunter and drops Tuesday, February 11th. I've got several other authors lined up as well, but I'd really like to hear from some Christian author/authors who are Christian (like myself).
  2. Making God be female isn't questing God's existence?! Scripture is VERY clear: our FATHER in heaven
  3. Does satan and his minions know when the world will end? I say no. B/c if they did they could tell humans, which would then contradict scripture that says no man will know the hour, minute, or day. Yes, they want to take as many down as possible before then. More people = more breeding = more people = more being led astray. A global catastrophe, nuclear war, etc would reduce a population. Why then is it hard to imagine evil stopping one major event not to help us, but to keep us in the same state we are?
  4. Yes, God's plan will happen. But shouldn't evil at least try to prolong a world of sin and suffering?
  5. There's a newish program on Amazon Prime: Good Omens, that embraces a theme I've long wondered about... Now, I haven't watched the show, as I was offended to find out they changed God to our Mother Who Art in Heaven, but the basic theme is a demon and an angel try and forestall the apocalypse because they like living on Earth the way it is... at least, that's what the previews depicted. Has there been any other fiction with a similar theme? Most fiction seems to have evil rushing headlong into the abyss, trying to trigger the end times. Why wouldn't evil want to put it off for as long as possible--to postpone that punishment they KNOW is coming? I've been tempted to write a story like this, where evil "saves" the world, prolonging suffering, but have been holding back. Anyone seen or read anything else that incorporates a similar theme? How would secular or christian readers react to this--the idea that evil saves the world, while good would want Armageddon to get here already?
  6. Well, if you do something for the glory of God, it's for Him, not an audience, and not you. And I disagree that everything we do is for the glory of God--bodily functions aren't. Eating that third steak at a barbeque isn't. There are lots of things that aren't part of His plan or for His glory. Many people feel they're called to do something, whether it's something good (like art) or something bad, like looking at pornography. In both those cases, one might be a God-given gift, while the other clearly is not. But what about activities that don't have clear delineations? Some might argue nudey pics are art, but even if they are, they're being taken by the "artists" for their own wants/needs or those of others. On the other hand, a person singing a hymn in church may just be singing to God, their voice drowned out by others. What they do is still for God, whether anyone hears them, or whether or not they have the talent.
  7. So Glory to God can't be a deciding factor if something is a gift from God. Whether you're a freakishly good carpenter, or someone building rickety saw horses that are as ugly as sin, but do the job, could both be equal if they're done to bring Glory to God (e.g. building a Church)
  8. How does any talent, short of painting murals composing hymns truly bring God glory? And I'd argue that any action which someone sees you performing brings you glory/attention, not God. Which loops me back around... how do you know if a talent is a gift from God, for His plan, or just an obsession?
  9. How do you know if you have a God-given talent? How do you know the difference between that and a knack, learned-skill or just an obsession for an activity? I've wanted to write my whole life. I've tried, unsuccessfully, off and on for more than thirty years. Over the past 6 years, I've self published (Amazon, Kobo, etc) fifteen novels, more than a dozen short story/novellas, and even one non-fiction book. During these six years, the hardest part has either been marketing or finding the time to write. Over the past two years a lot of obstacles have risen up in the time-department (family illnesses, injuries, etc). It almost seems, at times, like these obstacles flare up specifically when I have plans to do a marathon writing session. Yet, I still feel a call to write, and I just can't keep from coming up with new ideas for stories. Conversely, my eldest daughter seems musically gifted, but refuses to pursue it. At the age of 5, she taught herself how to play music on her mother's electronic keyboard. But as soon as we showed interest and talked about lessons, she turned away from it. I see her ability as a God-given talent that she won't embrace. How do we know if what we feel called to do is from God? Surely He wouldn't give us a gift but not help us find a way to use it? Surely He would only give us a gift to fulfill His plan?
  10. Writing novels and podcasting weekly with my daughter (Weirdology101.com)

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