How can I be like Peter

How can I be like Peter

The apostle Peter often gets a bad rap. He’s often talked about as impulsive and making mistakes. There’s the walking on the water incident; the “get thee behind me” moment; he boasted that he’d stay even if everyone else fled and then denied the Lord three times. His parts of the gospel seem so often to be object lessons on what not to do. I remember many years ago the Christian singer Don Francisco said he loved Peter because, in…

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7 ways to make a better Assassin’s Creed movie

7 ways to make a better Assassin’s Creed movie

So I took the family to see Assassin’s Creed last night and almost from the get go I was doing that thing so many writers do, thinking how I could make it better. This is actually a piece of advice given to budding screenwriters – if you don’t like something you’re watching, ask yourself why and what can I do to make it better? The idea is that you can develop your skills in specifics this way and it teaches…

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5 sleeps to go and already I need a week off to recover

5 sleeps to go and already I need a week off to recover

Christmas is a big deal in our house. Obviously, having kids we have found it easy to slip into the festival for years, but that’s barely the beginning. My wife loves Christmas. Just about every aspect of the festival delights her. There’s a standing rule that the tree is not allowed up before December 1 and by the time that date rolls around, my darling is already struggling to hold herself back. The house gets decorated as well, but it’s complicated…

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Five Minute Friday – Now

Five Minute Friday – Now

Hi all – five minute friday is a writing exercise hosted by Kate Motaung on her blog, Heading Home. The principle is that she gives a prompt and for five minutes writers put down whatever comes to them from the prompt. So here’s my first one – the prompt is “Now” NOW My daughter has prompted me to join this blog party and so here I am, right now, writing now. Now is my exciting time, because I’m becoming an…

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Three days to go!

Three days to go!

My book “Prentice Ash” goes hard copy live on Amazon this Thursday. (buy it here) I’m excited and nervous. I only barely understand all the online publishing and social media stuff involved. If something goes wrong, I have no idea what I’ll need to do to fix it. This is where faith comes in, I guess. I truly believe that this is the path I’m supposed to pursue and I believe that the Lord will bless me, but I know…

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NaNoWriMo 2016

NaNoWriMo 2016

Tomorrow is the start of November and the beginning of NaNoWriMo. NanoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month. It’s a website that encourages developing writers to attempt a whole novel in one month, as a kind of motivational tool. It started in the early 2000’s and is going strong. You know people are serious about building a tradition when they give themselves heraldry! It’s not a competition, but people who complete their fifty thousand words are called winners. Last…

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Faith First

Faith First

Time to relaunch my blog. So, re-starting from the beginning, my name is Matt Barron. I’m a committed Christian, mid-forties married father of two. I’m the at home parent and love my family. I cook (well) and clean (less well), as well as having a hobby or two, but my main hope in this life is to be a writer. I’ve been working at it to a greater or lesser degree for my entire adult life. For a long time…

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