Author Archives: Evelyn Puerto

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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Wanting Justice

What does it mean to want justice? That you want a fair outcome to some conflict, or you feel a lack, a “wanting” of justice in the society in which you live? Both thoughts were in my mind as I … Continue reading

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Who Moved My Goals?

I’m learning that goal-setting is a trick business. Life has a way of adding new, urgent priorities. Procrastination, fueled by perfectionism and fear, doesn’t die easy. If I’ve learned anything these past few years, is that to-lists only go so … Continue reading

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Writing in Three Dimensions

Or, Why I Write This Blog My mother tells me she taught me to read when I was barely four just so I could read for myself and stop bugging her to read me a story. That love of reading … Continue reading

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How’d Those Goals Work Out?

  The start of a new year is packed with optimism. A new year, full of opportunities to accomplish great things. Then December rolled around. Achievements? Not so many.   I try to set ambitious goals for myself. But the … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Women

Last month I lost two women who were close to me. The contrast between them could not have been greater. One was born in India, in to a loving family. Her parents cared for her, protected her, and got her … Continue reading

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