Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Good stuff on the Internet

One of the books I'm looking forward to reading this year is the first novel by Kathleen Popa, a fellow member of the Faith in Fiction community and a regular blogger I read. Her book is called To Dance in the Desert and it's coming out in May. There's a trailer up now and I encourage you to visit -- it's beautiful. Then enter the Web site and find out more about what inspired Katy to write about the desert, and read the first chapter.

I don't listen to a lot of podcasts, but one I listen to regularly is by Michael Spencer, otherwise known as the Internet Monk. He's a Bible teacher and preacher in Kentucky and I have to admit that part of why I like listening to him is I like his accent -- I lived in Southern Indiana long enough for a Kentucky accent to sound like home. But mostly I like what he says -- he's got good insights into Scripture, a heart for his students, a sharp wit and a keen eye for inconsistency and pretense in the American church. And he always plays cool music. (By the way, you do not have to have an iPod to listen to a podcast -- and you can download his podcasts from his blog if you don't want to mess with iTunes.)

OK, I have to add something. Chris posted about this very fun game that is right up a word geek's alley: Word Shoot: Spell Fast or Die. The idea is simple -- spell the word next to the alien ships coming at you. And sometimes you get the word "detonate," which blows up everything. This could be addictive.


Katy said...

Linda, thanks so much for plugging my book. And for reading my blog.

I listen to Internet Monk too. Because he sounds just like my brother-in-law.

Hey, where's your picture gone?

lindaruth said...

I've been using my Wee Me for a picture. I like to change things up now and then. I might find a new picture to use for spring.

Janey Demeo said...

Great review of Jeff's site, Linda. Your blog is wonderful.

Janey www.orphansfirst.org

Anonymous said...

We *must* get together this year sometime...for our mental, spiritual and emotional health. (maybe a dr. will write us a prescription). 'Tis the year to comfort each other. Half a century. ackackack! When the heck did THAT happen?!
Thanks for the encouraging post. At the moment, my characters will not let me shower in peace, go to the bathroom in peace, or even let me eat or sleep in peace. I find myself yelling while I'm at the shower/bathroom/table/bed, "Well, get a PLOT for your lives, already! sheesh!" Then they *change* everything that's supposed to happen when I DO sit down to write. They're sooo annoying. ~becca