Well, yesterday I started Feinberg and Feinberg’s Ethics for a Brave New World, a massive tome covering the major issues in modern applied Christian ethics, and I started Oliver O’Donovan’s The Resurrection and the Moral Order today. They both should be fairly interesting. Life is funny sometimes in that what you expect simply isn’t what you get, or really even remotely close to what you get. A couple of years ago I wouldn’t have expected to be here at the moment. So, my bit of advice for you before I get to you’re challenge: do your best and let God take care of life. Whatever you plan won’t work out the way you expect, and whatever you fear won’t work out the way you expect. Some things will be much better than you expect them to be, and some things will be much worse than you expect them to be. Either way, you won’t be able to predict what your life is going to look like. This goes for writing as much as for anything else. Whether you’re convinced that you’re one letter away from being the next George R. R. Martin, or convinced that you’ll never receive anything but rejections, realize that you’re probably wrong. Do you’re best, always, but realize that apart from doing your best, you have absolutely no control over what happens. So, relax, realize that the world is bigger than you ever thought it could be, and God is bigger than the world. This is something that Alayna and I have been talking about a lot lately: it’s hard to live like we actually believe that there is a real, sovereign, good, just, and loving God. We tend to live like God’s not sovereign, or he’s not good, or he doesn’t care about us, or he’s not real. But this is not what is true, at the very least, this is not what we actually believe. Anyway, I have a writing exercise for you. If you can’t remember the rules, I’ll provide them: I provide you with specific rules for how to write a particular scene. Try to keep your scene under five hundred words, and try to keep it in the same tone as the introduction. If I give a line that is very dark and depressing, then I don’t want to see a scene about a drunken monkey in a tutu…it just doesn’t fit. If I do give you a line about a drunken monkey in a tutu, then you should probably try for a funny scene.
Your rules: You task this week is to write a scene of at least 150 words that is all one sentence. If you’ve been following the blog then you’ve seen this challenge before. Remember to make sure that the scene is grammatically correct, and that it flows well. Again, you might want to give it to a grammar nazi after you finish to make sure that your grammar is solid. Your cue: “I was surprised when I opened the box…”