Author Archives: Evelyn Puerto

What is the Value of a Life?

Read just about any news story and the question of the value of a life will come up. Should the government use its resources to feed people, valuing their existence? Or educate them? Or does life have only the value … Continue reading

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Knowing Your Why

Why we do something is as important as knowing how to do it if we’re ever going to finish. Starting a project is exciting, like falling in love. When I start something new, all kinds of possibilities spin through my … Continue reading

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About Face

  Here’s a short piece I wrote in response to the prompt “About face.” I’m beginning to think this could be the start of a novel. What do you think? About Face Jenny never could say for sure why she … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Overcome Procrastination

Procrastination.   I know I’ve been fighting it the past few days. And I’m learning that overcoming procrastination isn’t as simple as telling myself to get to work.   Instead, I find myself flitting from project to project, not feeling … Continue reading

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3 Ways to Use the Power of Story

Who doesn’t love a story? Parents use them to amuse children. Speakers use them to illustrate a point. Politicians use them to sway people to vote for them. Great literature should first entertain. But its power can also be used … Continue reading

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Misperceptions

A short story about a family argument that started because one person’s perception of the other was wrong. The argument started simply enough. “Now don’t be mad at me,” she said. You know that whenever someone leads with that line, … Continue reading

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Revising a Novel

Writing a novel is like making a fine wine, so they say. You need to give it some time to develop.   So far I’ve been following that advice, now that I’m entering the fourth year of working on Raising … Continue reading

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3 Ways Fiction Uses Tragedy to Teach

Tragedy has been a key part of literature since Cain killed Abel. Whether the work has just one theme or several story lines and sub-plots, the common element is some series of events that are unpleasant, dangerous or sorrowful. The … Continue reading

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Why Christian Art Matters

When I was thirteen, two lines in a novel changed my life. Thirteen is a tough age. It’s a time of feeling awkward and ugly, unsure of the world and everything in it. It’s hard enough to make sense of … Continue reading

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[VIDEO] Can You Solve This Dilemma?

In thinking about moral dilemmas, I came across this little video that describes what’s called the trolley problem. Briefly, you’re near the junction of some train tracks. Five people are tied to one track, one to the other. A runaway … Continue reading

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