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23
Oct

Give Angels some love?

Asking if someones could give Shift Tense: Angels some Amazon love. It’s the third and final section of the Shift Tense story and that lone review is looking kinda sad after all this time. Thanks much.

21
Oct

New Clar1ty Wars.

Chapters 4 and 5 now up. Click on the Clar1ty Wars: Under Strange Stars: Instruments of His Will or Under Strange Stars.

Or Click Here and Here

War is coming to Drop City.

Jealous of their power over the planet and their monopoly on the cerebral-enhancer Clar1ty, the Orbital Corporations are moving to stamp out any hint of rebellion. Seeb and her boyfriend Vasyl, along with Detectives Natesh and Cooper, are heading deeper into the dark heart of their conspiracy. Here are more snapshots from the crossfire.

Enjoy.

16
Oct

Goodreads Giveaway Announcement

Five Print copies of The Barrow Lover. Starts midnight Friday Oct. 17th. Ends midnight Tuesday, Oct. 21st. Tell a friend who might enjoy it. Thanks  Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Barrow Lover by Patrick Todoroff

The Barrow Lover

by Patrick Todoroff

Giveaway ends October 21, 2014.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

ENTER TO WIN

14
Oct

Pain in the glass

Two piece landscape installed this afternoon. Sun was coming from my left onto the surface of the panels – totally the wrong way to photograph art glass. You can’t see the high-strike mottled leaves, the subtle differences in the landscape from sandblasting, the ripples in the water… Day-um. At least they went in with no cracks, scratches or trouble.

Three more pieces remaining for this client.

Art8

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14
Oct

Today’s soundtrack

2
Oct

The Barrow Lover in Print

TheBarrowLover 2 eyes The Barrow Lover is now available in Trade Paperback as well as for Kindle.

*whew* And there it is.

Thanks everyone.

30
Sep

Lovely lass ready to haunt.

TheBarrowLover 2 preview-1The Barrow Lover for Kindle is live at Amazon. Print copy on the way. Tell a friend. Fire off a quick review. And don’t forget the Stained Glass Panel Giveaway.

Thanks.

29
Sep

Not So Subtle Reminder

TheBarrowLover 2 eyesMy latest book, The Barrrow Lover, will be released Oct 1st. A Celtic-flavored ghost story in time for All Hallows’ Eve, you can pre-order it for Kindle as of today. Also, I’m getting the trade paperback version ready through CreateSpace, so there will be a hard copy for those who prefer the heft and smell of printed matter. Special thanks to Michal Oracz for an excellent cover, G.L. Francis for her patience in tidying up the prose, and all the advance readers who took the time.

So please, if you enjoyed it, I’d be grateful if you’d post a link on your blog or FB page, tell a friend or three, and left a short, honest review at Amazon and/or GoodReads. Every little bit helps.

And please remember the Celtic Stained Glass panel Giveaway.

Foil-wrap construction, the panel measures 20.25" x 20.25"

Foil-wrap construction, the panel measures 20.25″ x 20.25″

The winner will be drawn at random from the first fifty folks who leave a review at Amazon. The two smaller second and third place panels are in process right now. (I’ll post pictures when they’re complete)

A thousand thanks.
Patrick Todoroff

10
Sep

Under Strange Stars Excerpts

Back when I was writing the first Clar1ty Wars collection – One Bad Apple – I’d post the stories here for free. Decided to get back into the habit. The first three in the next collection “Under Strange Stars” is now up. Pull down the Clar1ty Wars Excerpts tab up top. I’ll post more next week.

Thanks much and enjoy.

6
Sep

A card-carrying member…

in the Post-Evangelical Wilderness.

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Not that I want to be defined by ‘what I’m against’ or slap on a trendy label, but after being called a ‘good post-evangelical’ recently, I prayed to St. Google and realized it was time to send away for my membership card and decoder ring.

If you require further explanation, browse these links: Wiki Page, This Blog Post, or This One, and This Excellent Article.

No, I’m not draping myself in the mantle of Indignant Victim/Misunderstood Prophet, nor am I jettisoning foundational orthodox doctrines. I’m weary of the bullshit is all. Celebrity ministries, flatulent egotism, unrepentant rationalizations for long-term character flaws, imperious immaturity, moral failures, financial shenanigans, organization politics, dysfunctional and disproportionate sermons… Sad to say if you’ve been in church longer than five years, you probably know what I’m talking about.

Looking over 28 years of following Jesus, plus what I can discern and analyze of the current state of the American church, I wonder if in this Providential place and season, my service to God must be developed and engaged outside the traditional venue of the church. That recognizing the present options are not only less than ideal, but out of my purview, if I am being forced to grow into new areas of faithfulness and fruitfulness. I also wonder if this large shift – which I find myself a part of – isn’t a falling away as critics claim, but rather a divine pruning that requires Christians exercise missional impulse (i.e. obey the Great Commission) outside the traditional pyramid scheme church. Perhaps like the Acts 8 persecution in Jerusalem after the martyrdom of Stephen, this scattering is God’s intention. Maybe He’s saying it’s time to stop congealing around brand-name ministries in mega-churches, and go into the highways and byways and deal one-on-one with people.

If so, I need to move forward rather than drag old modes of thought and practice behind me.

It’s not a little scary – this pushing out into the deep and leaving sight of the shore. But the boat is solid, tempest-worthy if you will. The instruments work. So long as I keep my destination in mind and don’t lose sight of the North Star, I’ll get through it. The shore behind me was the starting point, not the goal. And it wasn’t what was keeping me dry either.

It’s just a thought.

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