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How Not to Write a Novel

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  A short piece of humour, as posted on social media today: Person: how does writing work? Writer: well you type & delete. You rethink. Then you do 187 min. of research & correct it. You reread & wonder if you have a grasp of English. Then you revise. Person: then you’re done with the book? Writer: then you move to the next sentence. I have certainly experienced this. Most especially with my early days of writing at the website onepeterfive.com . My goodness. I think I spent over 20 hours once writing an article! What a waste of time! I’m sure that’s what the readers said too after they read it. But, as things go, writing got a little easier. Most things in life are like that. However, there is still a great deal of editing and re-editing required when crafting a paragraph - or sentence - for an article or essay. The struggle is real. When I started writing my novel - Disconnected: The Broken Path - I took this similar approach. It was slow, tedious, and altogether frus

Likes, Followers, and a Disconnection

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  Note: This article originally appeared at my author website: danieljmillette.com . As you can imagine, I have begun the process of enlightening the world about my upcoming book (and the reasons for it). This past weekend a typical scene played out. My wife and I took our four children to the outdoor rink to play hockey and practice some skating skills. Next to this rink is a heated little shack where you can lace up skates without freezing your fingers off. Trying to keep all your fingers intact is one of the main pastimes in Saskatchewan during the winter. As we entered the shack, we noticed two girls – both in grade 6 – just sitting there. Now, if we lived in a normal moment in history, these girls would’ve been out skating. But we do not. They were sitting on the bench, glued to their phones. Eventually we heard one of them comment, “Like, I just need ten more followers on TikTok! Ten more!” Like, ok then. We skated and what not. When it was time to go back into the shack we near

New Website: First Post

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I'm trying to get an author website up and running (I do plan on keeping this one, however). To read my first post, please click HERE . A preview: There are so many things I want to say in regards to my soon to be released novel - so many experiences to describe. The problem is, I don’t know where to begin. I know, I know. I’m a pretty pathetic writer after all. Maybe I should just begin with the one question I’m asked the most: “What is it like writing a novel?” The new website is: danieljmillette.com 

From One Heroic Priest, Perhaps Another Priest Rises

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  I wrote recently about living the traditional Catholic faith at home, even without the presence of the traditional Latin Mass. You see, in my parts TLMs are rare, and such actions become necessary. However, I will now add that there is hope for the future. With that, I offer a brief update. Our family was, in fact, able to make it to a TLM over the Christmas break. Our first since July. Never mind the continuous 35 below weather in Saskatchewan, nor the snowstorms and blistering winds which have accompanied these Christmas Siberian temperatures. Quite simply, over the Christmas break an FSSP priest hopped in his truck and drove 3000km, all the way from Ottawa, just to come and offer the holy Mass throughout the week of Christmas. I am humbled and amazed at what this heroic priest did. It boggles my mind. Really, it does. May God reward him abundantly. Well, the Mass we attended was New Year's morning. The church was full. The choir was great. The priest said Mass most reverently

Coming in 2022: My First Novel

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  Special Announcement: Yes, the rumours are true. I have been working on a novel, and intend to release it in the spring of 2022! It is a fiction work for the 10-14 age group. The basic plot concerns a day when the internet mysteriously dies, and a boy (and society) must learn how to live again. The topic is close to my heart, given what I’ve seen as a teacher the past 10 years. Stay-tuned in the new year for further details (and to even be a part of my book launch team).

Taking a Jab at the Sport Headlines...

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  I just did a super quick browsing of sport headlines for Wed. December 15th. The pro sporting leagues have been pushing the COVID vaccine quite heavily. How's it going for them? Majority of Flames roster now in COVID protocol Predators coach Hynes, 6 players in COVID protocol Bergeron among 16 NHLers to enter protocol Wednesday Sacramento Kings interim coach Alvin Gentry tests positive for COVID-19 Latest updates on the NHL and COVID-19: Postponements, protocols, the Olympics and more Burnley vs Watford: Premier League fixture postponed after visitors hit by Covid outbreak Barcelona's Sergio Aguero announces retirement from football due to heart condition Rams enter NFL's intensive protocols amid COVID-19 outbreak Browns' Baker Mayfield, Kevin Stefanski test positive amid outbreak, 7 NFL teams in enhanced COVID protocol s Believe me, I could've gone on and on... Cover photo from CNN (I know, I know...)

Think Fast Before Christmas

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  How many times have you heard "important" clergy and laity in the Church say things like...      The New Evangelization!      We need to accompany people...      How can we stop accompanying people right out of the Church?      How can we get more vocations to the priesthood?      We need to make the Church more relevant...      How come the youth aren't interested? We've made things so easy for them. Do they not realize we have GUITARS , for crying out loud!... We all know that these "important" clergy and laity don't know what the heck they're talking about, nor how to actually fix this mess. But there is good news.  Ahem. The Church does know how to fix this mess. Really, She does.  Take the vocations problem. What are we supposed to do about it? Maybe we could start with Ember Days. As I write this, Advent Ember Days begins (Wed.), and also goes on Friday and Saturday.  What do you do? You fast and pray, particularly for those to be ordained.

As the Catholic World Turns - A Soap Opera Update

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  Missed what's going on with non-liberal Catholics these days? Let me fill you in. Mike from RTF and Michael Voris had a fallout. It has to do with the fundraising of a private investigator in the accused Fr. Jackson ordeal. However, Voris is still friendly with Timothy Gordon, thanks in large part to Timothy's brother working for Church Militant.  Church Militant/Voris is also still on good terms with Patrick Coffin. But Coffin reiterated last week that he's most definitely anti-Taylor Marshall. Marshall had tried to stay close to Voris, but things went sour after the SSPX thing blew up. Marshall, known for his public Easter Sunday fallout with Timothy Gordon, was also getting it from Mike from RTF a while back. I'm not sure how that's going. However, Mike from RTF is trying to break into the 1P5 crowd of late. Meanwhile, the former 1P5 chief, Steve Skojec, has taken a break from it all, after having had it out with almost everyone else, save maybe Timothy Gordon.

Give Life to a Church, and then Devour a Church

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Many of the churches in Saskatchewan are lacking in aesthetic beauty and theological precision.  Ok, I will cut the vague chitchat.  Many are outright ugly.  However, there is a priest in Saskatoon (SK) who is doing something about it. His church was one of the worst. Weirdly shaped. Connected to a gym. Jesus hidden away in some closet. It had that Susan's touch, if you know what I mean. Yet this priest has been working towards a major overhaul of his church. Just yesterday he posted these on Facebook: Yay! It's not a magnificent high altar, but it still is very wonderful to see. However... Today on Facebook I saw another post, this time from Peter Kwasniewski. He was letting readers know that in the Philippines they are currently devouring their own churches. Behold the destruction of a high altar: A few people commented that Blessed James Alberione celebrated Mass at this high altar.  Even the secular world recognizes historical sites and artifacts. But we in the Church are a

A Priest's Struggle...

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  Dr. Peter Kwasniewski posted a letter written by a parish priest recently. You'll find it interesting: When the Church allows itself to be the puppet of the State, good people suffer. More to the point, good people start to go crazy. I worry for this poor priest. He is stuck in an abusive relationship.