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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.

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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.

    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
    Update 2020 (It's a Short One)

    Update 2020 (It's a Short One)

    For the sake of keeping algorithms in my favor, here's a brief update on what's going on with The Writer's Lens. I promised it would be brief and it most certainly is. 
    Catch all of you sooner than later! 

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    E65: "Star Wars: A New Hope" and the Allure of Uncharted Space

    E65: "Star Wars: A New Hope" and the Allure of Uncharted Space

    It's one of the most iconic; most recognizable; most pilfered-for-all-its-worth franchises of all time. If you were born on or after 1977, then you have probably heard of the film, "Star Wars". And for this episode, we're talking about the OG Star Wars. That's right, Episode IV - the one that started it all - A New Hope. 
    But this discussion isn't going to be about wookies, lightsabers, or warp travel. No, we're talking about why human beings have such a fascination with deep space. What's out there? Are we alone in the universe? And perhaps most pressing of all, what if there is nothing out there at all? 
    This is my deep dive into the world that is Lucas' original moneymaker, "Star Wars: A New Hope". May the odds be ever in your... wait, no. That's not right. Wrong episode.
    "May the Force be with you". Yeah, that's the one. 
    Enjoy!

    • 24 min
    E64: "Rudolph" and the Bullies, the Misfits, and Life's Harsh Lessons

    E64: "Rudolph" and the Bullies, the Misfits, and Life's Harsh Lessons

    Rudolph is as synonymous with Christmas as the jolly elf himself, Santa. But is this timeless tale of overcoming the odds really just a pale cover for a story that encourages bullying and non-inclusiveness? 
    Well, I have a few things to say about that. Stick with me as I do a rather thorough analysis on one of my favorites from my childhood - and now my adulthood. Just in time for the holidays, no less. 
    Credit to Burl Ives for his rendition of "Rudolph: The Red-Nosed Reindeer" and 1964's television special of the same name. 

    • 29 min
    Narrative Wars 10: Should We 'Bend the Knee' to Our Critics?

    Narrative Wars 10: Should We 'Bend the Knee' to Our Critics?

    The Narrative Wars returneth.... 
    You may have never heard of Amelie Wen Zhao (or maybe you have?) but just in case you did or didn't, this episode was catalyzed by a recent ordeal involving the up-and-coming YA fiction writer. Ms. Zhao was the subject of some harsh criticism for her new book, Blood Heir, which hadn't even hit the shelves yet. Her book, as described by her earliest of critics, was said to be "racially insensitive" and was encouraged to the point of not releasing her book. Here's the catch though: many of her detractors had not even read the book. Apparently hearsay and a few buzzwords had caused many to take to the social media to block the Blood Heir release. Much talk and discussion over Zhao's ordeal followed. 
    Yet after the social media mob settled, she decided to move forward with her book anyway and not give in to earlier pressures to not publish it. Her book was published mid-November 2019. 
    This episode is an attempt to talk through artistic expression and how creatives can face a lot of external pressure - even before their idea is off the ground. 
    Hope you enjoy. 

    • 26 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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