D.A. Gray

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D.A. Gray Driving at two a.m. you pass a pale-faced hitchhiker standing beside the mile marker. You've seen him at every mile marker ever since you felt that…moreDriving at two a.m. you pass a pale-faced hitchhiker standing beside the mile marker. You've seen him at every mile marker ever since you felt that bump in the road.(less)
D.A. Gray Read. Read voraciously. Find the voices that speak to you, that address the world that you're seeing, that offer clarity. Don't stop there. Read…moreRead. Read voraciously. Find the voices that speak to you, that address the world that you're seeing, that offer clarity. Don't stop there. Read authors far outside your comfort zone. And use these ideas of others to interrogate your own assumptions about the world.

Practice. Write daily, unafraid to crank out a crappy first draft. If your story hits a roadblock, write another one, letting your subconcious find a detour around that roadblock. Write without thinking about publishing. Think about the story you want to read that you can't find anywhere. Write that.

Revise. Read your work aloud. Mark the places where you stumble. Don't just copy edit typos and grammatical mistakes. Mark the places where you trip up in reading it. There is usually a reason why, even if it's not immediately apparent.(less)
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'Doubt in this way becomes an antidote against believing rumor. Doubt keeps us from falling prey to authoritarians that hide behind the church. Doubt keeps us from following a person rather than following Christ. Doubt encourages us to study, no matter where our starting point is. Doubt encourages us to engage in contemplative prayer – that form of prayer where we stop submitting our w... Read more of this blog post »
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"I went into this with a ~mostly~ open mind, but give me a break.* This quote, from an NYT review, sums it up for me: "It must be nice to be Ben Sasse, in a position to pick and choose the hardships one will adopt in order to learn some life lesson..." Read more of this review »
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“We sit close, but without touching; a thousand flickering
images pass through the screen. A hand stretches toward another,
stopping just short. A woman makes fists in front
of a pile of rubble, and though we can’t understand her words,
we know. Anyone who ever knew someone who’s lost knows.
Anyone not turned to piles of stone. Tonight, who has a right
to risk bringing life into this? The images shift—
flashing blue lights, twisted metal, the angry eyes
and stiff lips of fearful men, a Glock here, a Bushmaster
there, refugee fingers wrapped around chain link, and flags,
an abundance of flags. Mothers show premature
wrinkles without shame. Sirens lure the fearful men
into the rocks. Tonight, with effort, the hands find
each other. It’s the job before us, the not turning to stone.”
D.A. Gray, Contested Terrain

“It is the child
turning his head,
wanting to breathe something more
than soil-warm dinner, the one day
laughter of his own child
which makes a man

in a foreign land chamber a round.

Swift but surgical, his decision closes
heaven‟s door―but decide he must
should it open again for anyone
willing to
wipe the dirt from his face and stand."

--from Shepherd Bodhisattva”
Allen Gray, Overwatch

“The truth isn't always beauty, but the hunger for it is.”
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“I like grit, I like love and death, I'm tired of irony. ... A lot of good fiction is sentimental. ... The novelist who refuses sentiment refuses the full spectrum of human behavior, and then he just dries up. ... I would rather give full vent to all human loves and disappointments, and take a chance on being corny, than die a smartass.”
Jim Harrison

“For the birds there is not a time that they tell, but the point vierge between darkness and light, between being and nonbeing. You can tell yourself the time by their waking, if you are experienced. But that is your folly, not theirs.”
Thomas Merton

“Give a man a fire and he's warm for a day, but set fire to him and he's warm for the rest of his life.”
Terry Pratchett, Jingo

“We started dying before the snow, and like the snow, we continued to fall.”
Louise Erdrich, Tracks

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