Friday, June 16, 2006

Saturday is my Birthday

No, no, don't worry about getting me anything. I just wanted to share the joy with you. I am one day younger than Garfield (the cartoon cat). That's just a little weird to me.

I am celebrating my birthday by going to school (I'm taking a short course and we meet on Saturday morning). I'm not sure what else I'm going to do - I will probably nap some, eat some, have some cake, maybe watch a movie.

Just to mention it: I'm taking a class on Church Planting with Stan Granberg. I just don't have the words to describe how excited I am about all this. I'm finally taking a class that directly applies to the ministry I want to do!

I have so much that I want to write about in this regard. I want to tell you about the demographic research that I've done into NW Portland. I want to talk about bi-vocational ministry. I want to communicate my passion for starting a work in Portland as soon as possible.

But that will get to wait for a little while. If I tried to write about it now I would end up rambling. I need to process this stuff for a while.

I do like having arguments on my blog, though (like about how lame soccer is). So, since everyone and their goat are talking about the Da Vinci code . . . I would like to tell you why good books are hard to come by now-a-days. Authors are writing for the movie audience. The sentence structure is horrible; in The Da Vinci Code, Brown uses single word sentences like: "Christians." (pg. 232) That's just one word! One word cannot comprise a legitimate sentence in the English language (interogatives asside). Also, his chapters are about 2 paragraphs long. I know he uses this to build suspense, but there is no other good reason for his chapter breaks - they fall in the middle of all the action just to make you go on to the next chapter. Dan Brown wrote his book for a movie audience. I would rather let the narrative build the suspense. I would prefer for the sentences to be coherent. So, in summary: The Da Vinci Code is a poorly written book that sold a lot of copies to a lot of people who must like soccer because they like crap.

10 comments:

Mrs. Andrea Wood said...

I don't worry about good authors or bad authors- I just don't read. Takes care of that problem.

Later.

Meg said...

I liked the DaVinci code, but you're right. It was a FAST read, and as I read it I felt like I was watching a movie instead of reading. I read it when it first came out and already had the image of Tom Hanks as Langdon and that French guy as Fache. I think I read it in about the same time as it would take to watch a movie, as well.

The book was written for entertainment, though, and was geared toward the majority of America that DOESN'T like to read. So if one word sentences, short chapters, and a Nancy Drew mystery actually got people to read...well, I can't complain too much about it. ;)

Meg said...

Oh yeah, btw, happy birthday


And because I know just how much you love happy happy music...

I hope those work!

Davis Family said...

Happy birthday! I hope you have a fantastic day.

I'd love to hear about your demographic research into NW Portland...in that we live in NW Portland! Our particular neighborhood would be an interesting church plant...we have several Jewish families, a few non-church going protestants, some Indian families with a variety of faiths, and some Chinese families. Would make for some interesting discussions.

Tim Lewis said...

You're gettin' old, dude.

Rebecca said...

Happy birthday! I hope you had a wonderful day today. I hope someone sent you a million dollars. It wasn't me.

I also look forward to you planting a church in NW Portland.

KMiV said...

Hey now, wait a minute. Max Lucado did the short sentences and chapters and everyone liked it.

I think it makes the book move fast!

Happy Birthday. Mine is next Saturday but I am older! I remember taking short courses on my birthday.

Ron

Big Mike Lewis said...

Happy Birthday James.

I am looking forward to the demographic blog post.

James Wood said...

Ron, just because everyone liked it doesn't mean that it's good. A lot of people like McDonalds . . . and soccer . . . and country music . . .

arwen said...

Stan had only good things to say about Memphis yesterday--- heh... yeah. I didn't think you'd believe that one. Happy Beeeee lated birfday.