Sean Astin’s Tale

Sean Astin in IcebreakerThe Lord of the Rings fun continues as Sean Astin, who played Samwise Gamgee, releases his new book, There and Back Again: An Actor’s Tale. You can read the first chapter on, which includes the story of Peter Jackson mentioning the b-movie Icebreaker, which starred Sean Astin.

The excerpt centers a lot on Astin’s journey as an actor, which gives you an inside glimpse at the not-so glamorous world of Hollywood. But a quick glance at the reviews on Amazon isn’t very encouraging.

I’m a Ramblin’ Man

The past two days I’ve been writing a ton, which is often a sign that I’m about to be away from my computer. I know I won’t be able to get some of these thoughts down over the next few days, so I frantically scramble to get them out while I can. There’s always next week, but I may lose them by then.

That and the fact that when I last redesigned my thoughts homepage, I included the latest entries from several other blogs. Which means there’s less than five or six days worth of entries at one time on my homepage. That seems so minimal, like people will be missing so much.

Those are just my impressions, but I don’t need to read my own blog, so I don’t know what it’s like for you, my readers. So how’s that new homepage working out? Do you like seeing what’s on my other blogs? Or is it annoying? I can say I’ve had more comments on my other blogs than I usually get, which says to me it’s doing the trick.

Anyway, just one last random entry before I head out this weekend. I’m going to Crosswoods camp with the youth group (and minus my spouse), so it should be a good time. Though no computer, no wife, no dog and today’s continual rain is kind of lame. But I like to have low expectations going into these things so then when it’s not that bad I end up having a blast.

Top 10 Lessons for Aspiring Writers

Earlier this week I spoke in the Publishing & Being Published class at Bethel University, a class I actually took four years ago when I was in college (way back then it was just a college). As part of my presentation I included a list of top ten things I’ve learned about being a freelance writer. I’ve done this kind of thing before, but I added a bit to it for this week’s presentation.

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