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My front yard mowers at work. Truly a diverse crew - black, white, and brown work in harmony. The news media would have nothing to report here...
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What wonderful lawn mowers and you get to eat grass-fed beef too.
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If you do any kind of writing, you should try Scrivener. If you've tried Scrivener and found it baffling, you should try this free webinar. Sign up now -- and even if you can't sit in on the live event, you'll be able to seed it all on video today.

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Today on my reading blog, I take a break from discussing great literature to respond to a recent incident at Columbia University. Catholic universities (and precious few of them) are among the few that still try to educate students in the classical sense. Take a look!
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Yep- St. Augustine's words about our hearts being restless until they rest with God are demonstrated every day with the frantic and tumultuous displays of young people who are in pursuit of one “experience” after another. They want the kind of satisfaction and fulfillment that only God's grace can bring, but all the world offers them is stimulation and titillation.

And even when some faithful folks do try to appeal to the popular culture we get insipid messes like God Is Not Dead- well he was kind of in that movie, since I have yet to get a shout out at a concert for standing up for my faith (being a little tongue in cheek here).

This is why I think this group is so important, because we all need to by hook or by crook get the Truth out there and engage contemporary culture tit for tat. I ran as far away from Catholicism as I could after I was confirmed and didn't come back till I was in college.

But I was challenged by three very powerful catholic men who were my professors to finally grow up and admit that I really didn't know what I was talking about. Along that way however, were many good stories in the form of books such as Father Elijah or TV shows such as the X-Files or Millennium or even the 90's cartoon The X-Men (which have a overtly catholic character)- all of these incorporated catholic themes in some of their story lines. Granted they weren't orthodox by any stretch of the imagination, but they did at least open up the discussion so that truth could be separated from hype- I gave up sleeping in on Saturday mornings to meet some fellow students for coffee, donuts, and theology.

This is what we all need to do with today's Millennials (the infamous “Nones”), we need to meet them where they are at and then lead them ever upward and onward and if it takes logic and reason, great, but if it takes a great story, even better. Take care, gotta get to Church.
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I've been doing a little refurbishing on my blog lately, which has involved going through old posts to check layout, images, etc. This one, on how the Christian imagination improved on the ancient heroic ideal, is number 6 on the list of all-time reader favorites. Take a look!
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Cute! Too bad the little guy can't go outside and do what comes naturally.
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Get a lot of great books by independent Catholic writers, almost for free. Don't miss it!
 
Here is the blog post announcing that our sale is next week. Please repost to your blog in the next few days, if you have one. Thanks!
Fifteen members of Indie Catholic Authors are hosting a sale of their ebooks from June 24-26.  All books are sale priced at $0.99 or less. You can buy a whole new library for less than $15! Partici...
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Here's my latest post on the DFW Catholic Writers blog. I think this advice is particularly apt for indie authors -- when you have to do it all, there is a natural tendency to want to streamline (i.e., skip over) things in a way a traditional publisher would not allow. Writing is a wonderful vocation, but you have to be willing to commit yourself to it.
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Everything you listed in the article I have come face to fact with in the last month, since I have been doing this full-time.  Nice to know I'm not losing my cool and its just par for the course.  Rewrites I'm finding are taking the most time. 
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My latest post on the DFW Catholic Writers Group blog. Next meeting is Tuesday, June 9. Join us!
 
The Truth About Becoming a Writer
Even Shakespeare had to learn the basic principles of effective writing. In the two or half years or so since our Catholic writers group was first formed, I’ve seen a lot of would-be writers come and go. All of them had valuable experience and insights they...
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This week on my reading blog, I go off piste a bit to defend the persistent value of old-fashioned education. Truth is a beautiful thing, but a false multiculturalism can blind students and make true education impossible.
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Tradition, Truth and the Literary Epic
Were Homer's epics inspired by ancient tales of Gilgamesh? Yesterday, by a piece of serendipity, I discovered that there's a revised edition of Charles Rowan Beye’s Ancient Epic Poetry: Homer, Apollonius, Virgil , which now contains a chapter on Gilgamesh. ...
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Education
  • University of Dallas
    Ph.D./Literature, M.A./English
  • Rockford College
    B. A., magna cum laude, English & Spanish
Basic Information
Gender
Female
Other names
L. A. Nicholas, Kit Pascoe
Story
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I read, write, think, and teach in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex
Introduction
After years in academics and non-profits, I am now dedicating my time to writing, and helping other writers succeed. I'm currently working on a Catholic science fiction novel (the first of a series) and have a best-selling book on the household use of diatomaceous earth on Amazon.com, as well as maintaining several blogs.

My Ph.D. in Literature from the University of Dallas helped me indulge my love of literature, languages, philosophy, and history, all of which I've had an opportunity to teach at one time or another (currently under the auspices of the Walsingham Society of Christian Culture and Western Civilization).

For many years, I have sung with the parish choir of St Mary the Virgin Catholic Church in Arlington, TX, and I have accumulated many years' experience volunteering in charitable outreach to the poor, in adult literacy, at the Arlington Night Shelter, and working with the St Vincent de Paul Society in Evansville, IN, visiting the needy and serving meals at the community soup kitchen.

After years of experience in community service, graphic design, scholarship, and teaching, I've finally returned to my childhood love, writing. I've finally figured out that you really can "have it all," just not all at the same time! Life is good.
Bragging rights
I've published a small book on the household uses of diatomaceous earth (Naturally Healthy Living With Diatomaceous Earth), which is selling well on Amazon.Right now, I'm working on a soft-science scifi novel with Catholic themes: _Cast Into the Deep Sea of Stars_. I'm available for all kinds of writing projects, but I prefer long-copy informational writing over copy-writing.
Work
Occupation
I'm a freelance writer and teacher.
Skills
Writing, teaching, editing
Employment
  • My computer
    Freelance Writer, 2012 - present
    Currently working on a science fiction novel, but available for all kinds of writing jobs!
  • Walsingham Society of Christian Culture and Western Civilization
    Tutor, 2012 - 2013
  • University of Dallas
    Adjunct Asst Professor, 2011
  • The University of Southern Indiana
    Instructor, English & Humanities, 2004 - 2009
  • Texas Society of CPAs
    Graphic Designer, 1988 - 1996
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Currently
Garland, TX
Previously
Arlington, TX - Fort Worth, TX - Newburgh, IN - Rockford, IL - Iowa City, IA - Madrid, Spain - Shreveport, LA - Alexandria, LA