My Editor, My Critic, My Support

I am blessed to have an editor and critic with a keen eye and sharp claws but a fuzzy, affectionate manner about him. Here, he is helping me work on the plot of my current novel project. He has not yet told me what he thinks of it, but I’m sure he will.

Faith seeking understanding #076: Coming face to face with yourself

Sometimes, all it takesIs rounding a cornerTo come face-to-face with yourself,Face to face with your future,Face to face with your potentials,Face to face with your truest self. And you realizeThat you’ve been there all alongWaiting for you to drop the maskAnd discover yourself anew.

Faith seeking understanding #075: A return, a recommittal, a new resolve

Folks who follow me may be surprised to see that I’m writing reflections again under the title of “Faith seeking understanding.” Although I swore off the series and thought I was bringing it to a close in #072: “Goodbye to “Faith seeking understanding”? I couldn’t envision an umbrella for another series that “felt” as rightContinue reading “Faith seeking understanding #075: A return, a recommittal, a new resolve”

Faith seeking understanding #074: Give me success… but not yet!

“Nothing succeeds like success.” This is what we are led to believe by Sir Arthur Helps, who wrote these words in his book Realmah, published in 1868. For a long time, I had been inclined to agree with this sentiment. Then a minor success happened to me, and it really shut me down.

Day 001/100. An introduction to me: a queer/gay, Black, Christian intellectual writer… and the limitations of identity

Please allow me to introduce myself at the beginning of this hundred-day undertaking: my name is Jon Carl Lewis, and I identify as a queer/gay, Black, Christian, intellectual writer. I am cisgender and my pronouns are he/him/his. At the time of this writing I am approaching my mid-fifties and sort of smugly glad I haven’tContinue reading “Day 001/100. An introduction to me: a queer/gay, Black, Christian intellectual writer… and the limitations of identity”

Faith seeking understanding #071: What I learned from skipping a day of writing… or two… or three…

Breaking my writing streak and skipping a day of writing taught me a lot. That missed day turned into a week of erratic writing, much of which produced no writing at all. But I’m not going to beat myself up. I’m feeling okay with having broken the chain after reflection number 70, but the mostContinue reading “Faith seeking understanding #071: What I learned from skipping a day of writing… or two… or three…”