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Welcome to the Writer's Lens! Hosted by Josh "J.C.L." Faltot, writer and self-published author of "The Road To Mars" and other works like, "The Scientist's Dilemma" and "Spirit, Run."
On this podcast, I'll be talking about my writing journey, but also a myriad of other topics such as passion, failure, faith, recognizing opportunity - all through the lens of an aspiring writer.

The Writer's Lens J.C.L. Faltot

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Welcome to the Writer's Lens! Hosted by Josh "J.C.L." Faltot, writer and self-published author of "The Road To Mars" and other works like, "The Scientist's Dilemma" and "Spirit, Run."
On this podcast, I'll be talking about my writing journey, but also a myriad of other topics such as passion, failure, faith, recognizing opportunity - all through the lens of an aspiring writer.

    Is Art Valuable In a Time of Crisis?

    Is Art Valuable In a Time of Crisis?

    Many Americans (and others around the world) are shaken by the COVID-19 pandemic. And by shaken, we mean that many are without work. Income streams are not as plentiful as they once were and the sobering reality that things may not go back to normal soon has become a real fear. 
    So with that in mind, what becomes of art and literature? Do our favorite paintings, stories, music, and other forms of expression have a place in the midst of a crisis such as this? A crisis that genuinely requires material resources to keep us going? 
    This episode is dedicated to looking at just that. 

    • 23 min
    COVID-19 and What Story Do You Feel Is Being Told Right Now?

    COVID-19 and What Story Do You Feel Is Being Told Right Now?

    The coronavirus pandemic is affecting every human being on the planet. And in the midst of this crisis, voices are speaking to the pandemic in one way or another. Some are telling a story of fear, others a story of hope. It's caused me, a storyteller, to take pause and ask a question, "What story do I feel is being told right now?" 
    In times like these, there are servants, leaders, and voices waiting to step up and cut through the panic. Cut through the haze. It's what every great story is made of. So in this episode, I spend some time talking through that and how we might put our sights on a bigger picture as we move day to day through this storm. 

    • 23 min
    Mulan and #MeToo

    Mulan and #MeToo

    In case you didn't know, Disney has been remaking its animated classics into live-action films (well, sorta. The Lion King isn't exactly 'live action' but you get the idea). And if you're still tracking with me, Mulan is the latest film to get the "live action" treatment. It's currently slated for a release later this year. 
    So far, the film looks good. The cast is impressive. The cinematography appears to be top notch too. So what about the story? You know, the one where a woman sneaks into the highly elite Chinese fighting force, pretends to be a man to save her aging father, is found out, but ends up saving the whole kingdom? Yeah, that one. But wait, there's more: she falls in love with her commanding officer. A man named Shang. And yet, this part of the love story, at least according to this most recent news story, is not gonna happen.
    Why do you say? Well, that's what this episode is all about. So tune in, enjoy, and if you feel led to do so, let me know what you think of this latest creative decision by Disney. 
     

    • 28 min
    Narrative Wars 12: Marriage: Real-Life Fairy Tale? Or Just a 1-in-2 Divorce?

    Narrative Wars 12: Marriage: Real-Life Fairy Tale? Or Just a 1-in-2 Divorce?

    It's another Narrative Wars! And this time we're talking about one of the oldest institutions of human experience: marriage. 
    There are a lot of narratives out there about marriage. There's the fairy tale, there's the broken-but-being-repaired, there's the "it's going to be another 1-in-2 divorce for these two" - the list goes on. So with this episode, I'll be zeroing in on which particular narrative I've found to be a myth. The myth being that 50% of all marriages end in divorce. Say what now? You're saying that they don't? 
    Short answer: yes. 
    In addition to that, we'll be looking at how our culture develops these narratives. And what is a marriage anyway? What is the significance of it? And why would there be so many stories surrounding this ages-old commitment? 
    These are a few of the topics covered in this episode's #NarrativeWars. 

    • 25 min
    E66: "Bambi" and Initiating Boys Into Manhood

    E66: "Bambi" and Initiating Boys Into Manhood

    Question: can a story about a fawn teach us lessons about what it means to be a man? Well, I happen to think so. In this episode of The Writer's Lens, we're taking another deep dive into an oldie but a goodie. It's the story of a baby deer and his coming-of-age journey into...um, staghood.
    And as we work our way through this story, how can we humans - specifically those of the male gender - learn a thing or two from Bambi's journey? Tune in to find out. 
    Lastly, be sure to bring some tissues. We'll be talking about that infamous scene with Bambi's mother too. 
     

    • 44 min
    Narrative Wars 11: Humans - Advanced Breed of Apes? Or Something Divine?

    Narrative Wars 11: Humans - Advanced Breed of Apes? Or Something Divine?

    Did we evolve from some breed of advanced hominid? Or were we plucked from the dirt by a divine being and made into the people we are today? 
    The origin of mankind is one of the most hotly debated issues of our time (or any, for that matter). So in this episode I attempt to solve all of those quandaries in a mere 30 minutes or less. Kidding, of course. Or am I....
    Some chief questions to consider in this episode are: who is winning the culture on Evolution vs. Creationism? Who has the better narrative? Which is more appealing to you? And why? A lot of it comes down to story. How effective is the story being told from either side and how effective are the ones listening to these arguments. As always, a worldview can be at the center of the conversation. 
    Hope you enjoy. 
     

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

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Insightful Podcast!

Great to hear a show speak on writing from a Christian perspective, though I think it would be thought provoking for anyone aspiring to be a writer.

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Thought-Provoking, Solid Content

J.C.L. Faltot brings a brilliant perspective to relevant ideas. This podcast does a great job of portraying thought-provoking concepts, produces honest confessions, and brings experienced encouragement to readers and writers alike. 10/10 recommend!

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