A Farewell From Kingdom Pen

Dearest community members,

 

It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you that Kingdom Pen has reached the end of its life. As of tomorrow, we will be shutting down the website and disbanding the team. We, as the staff, simply cannot continue on. Not only is time scarce due to many of being enrolled in college, but, we also have no money; many of us are working two or three jobs to make ends meet. pitfallsandstrengthspost-200x300 (2)

I’m sure you’ve noticed that the graphic for this post is somewhat lacking. Laurel went on strike earlier this morning after demanding payment for her services. The cookies just weren’t cutting it anymore. We also apologize for any errors in this article. Both our editors left a few minutes ago to go beg for food in exchange for publically correcting peoples’ grammar mistakes.

I hope my pirated internet connection will hold long enough for me to get this message through. I’m pretty sure the Jittery Joes people are going to notice the new cardboard box soon. It’s not a lot, of course, but its home. A little wet when it’s rainy, but not that bad after you get used to it.

We have really enjoyed our time together these last few years and wish you all the best.

 

Sincerely,

Your Now-Cardboard-Box-Indwelling Secretary Sarah

 

PS—Happy April Fool’s! But seriously, we really do depend on y’all to help us keep KP running. *cough* Swag yourself. *cough* Sorry, this weather is really getting to me. Cardboard boxes really breathe a lot, y’know?

Book Reviews Now Accepted!

The last page has been turned and the final sentence read. You have to tell someone about this amazing book; the whole world should know!

Today, Kingdom Pen is making that possible. KP isn’t global yet, but we are on the World Wide Web, which is close enough. Bookreviewspost

Book reviews can be difficult to write, but we’ve simplified the process just for you! One of our editors, the talented Josiah DeGraaf, has written up guidelines that doubles as a how-to for writing book reviews!

Once you’ve written up your stellar book review, simply put it in a Word document and email it to kingdompenmag@gmail.com with the subject line: “Book Review.”

We look forward to receiving your reviews!

KP Guide to Writing Book Reviews

Fiction Book Reviews

The goal of this guide is to give a general sense of direction for subscribers who want to write fiction book reviews to be published on Kingdom Pen. Book reviews should try to hit all of the different aspects included below, and preferably should follow the suggested format. But if you feel like the book review would work better with the elements below in a different sequence, reviews need not strictly follow the suggested sequence (although it is recommended).

Summary of the Book

Begin the review by describing what the book is about. A good way to do this would be to start with a one-to-two-sentence hook and then go on to explain what the book is about. Now, since this is a book review and not a book report, you don’t want to give away the whole plot of the book (don’t include any spoilers). Rather, you want to give a general idea of the book’s premise and what it’s about in order to entice people to read the book. One to two paragraphs would probably suffice for this section of the review.

If this book has won any awards or has been really popular, include this information at the end of the summary.

Review of the Book

Moving on to the actual review of the book, explain to the reader why this is a good book and why it is worth reading. For the book reviews that KP publishes, we prefer to only publish reviews of books that we’re actually recommending, so at this point in time, we’re not going to publish negative book reviews. However, if there are any weaknesses that you see in the book, please include a brief discussion of those weaknesses as well, since we do want to give a balanced review of the book. In listing the book’s strengths, try to include specific things in the book that you liked as well as general things, although of course you’ll want to avoid spoiling major plot developments in the book.

Since KP is focused on helping Christian writers to write well, a quick discussion of the book’s worldview, to whatever extent it’s present, would be appreciated. In addition to this, since KP is focused on helping Christian writers to write well, if there are specific aspects of the book that you think writers could learn from, please feel free to include some particular discussion of those aspects as well.

Content Advisory

If there are any parts of this book that you think might not be suitable for younger or less mature readers, please include that in this section of the review.

Nonfiction Book Reviews

The goal of this guide is to give a general sense of direction for subscribers who want to write nonfiction book reviews to be published on Kingdom Pen. Book reviews should try to hit all of the different aspects included below, and preferably should follow the suggested format. But if you feel like the book review would work better with the elements below in a different sequence, reviews need not strictly follow the suggested sequence (although it is recommended).

Summary of the Book

Begin the review by describing what the book is about.  A general explanation of the book’s thesis and the different points that the author makes would be good. You don’t need to be too specific because those sorts of descriptions are better sorted to the review portion. However, a general discussion of what the book is about would be good. One paragraph would probably suffice for this section of the review, but two paragraphs would be fine as well.

If this book has won any awards or has been really popular, include this information at the end of the summary.

Review of the Book

Moving on to the actual review of the book, explain to the reader why this is a good book and why it is worth reading. For the book reviews that KP publishes, we prefer to only publish reviews of books that we’re actually recommending, so at this point in time, we’re not going to publish negative book reviews. However, if there are any weaknesses that you see in the book, please include a brief discussion of those weaknesses as well, since we do want to give a balanced review of the book. In listing the book’s strengths, try to include specific parts of the book that you liked as well as general parts, and explain what specific lessons or applications you personally took from the book. When relevant, an explanation of the author’s specific arguments would be good, but try to avoid stating the author’s entire line of reasoning, since we do want the reader to read the book as well.

While nonfiction books don’t need to be explicitly focused on writing, since this is a website for writers, if this book is not explicitly on writing but you still see applications in the book for writers, please try to include that as well in the review.

Content Advisory

If there are any parts of this book that you think might not be suitable for younger or less mature readers, please include that in this section of the review.

-Josiah DeGraaf

October and November Themes

Ellohay Ingdomkay Enpay!

 

Here is your friendly reminder on the monthly writing themes coming up for Kingdom Pen.

 

October:

 

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This month we would like to post articles on gore and Darkness. No, we don’t want you sending us excessively gory and dark articles; rather, this month we would like to discuss where the line is. How much is too much? How dark is too dark? How much gore is too much?

 

We can’t wait to read what you have to say on this subject!

 

November: 

 

We are also including November’s theme in this update because we have changed it. Rather than dialogue, we would like to feature articles related to National Novel Writing Month. Have you attempted or completed NaNoWriMo before? What are some tips you could give to others attempting to make the feat?

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We would love to be able to publish a bunch of encouraging articles concerning NaNo during the month of November to help inspire the Kingdom Pen community to persevere in their noble quest to write an entire novel in one month!

So if you have some advice, tips, or encouragement concerning NaNo, write those up and send those articles to us ASAP! This will ensure that we will be able to them scheduled in time for November to provide aid to Kingdom Pen’s writing warriors.

We can’t wait to read your submissions!

Kingdom Pen Radio and Beyond!

Regarding Kingdom Pen Radio

Hey all,
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We just wanted to give a brief word concerning the current status of Kingdom Pen Radio. The particular podcasts that have been presented here as Kingdom Pen Radio have undergone a name change to more accurately reflect their unique and independent nature.

The basic reason for this is that one of the defining aspects of Kingdom Pen has been its submission and review system. In order to get published, everyone, including our editor-in-chief, needs to go through the submission, review, and approval process before a piece of work is published. When the podcast was originally started, we failed to formally put a system in place to graft Kingdom Pen Radio podcasts into our existing submission and review system.

When we began to try to incorporate the podcast into that process, we realized that there was a conflict of vision and goals since some wanted Kingdom Pen Radio to be limited to podcasts produced from a single source and excluded from the standard review process. Both parties did try to work out a compromise and explore alternate review systems for the podcast, but we couldn’t find one that was suitable enough to all parties. Because of this, the Kingdom Pen team as a whole agreed that the best option would be to make the podcast independent from Kingdom Pen. This way, the podcast will have the freedom to do whatever it wants, but Kingdom Pen will be able provide a platform for a variety of podcast sources and apply a consistent review process for all content it promotes.

As long as episodes continue to be submitted, we’ll seek to feature them on Kingdom Pen. The only difference is that the podcast will have its own name, and is a separate entity from Kingdom Pen and Kingdom Pen Radio going forward. In addition, Kingdom Pen Radio expects to provide a variety of audio-based content in the future and hopefully some of it will be created by you!

If you would like to submit a podcast episode to us to feature on Kingdom Pen Radio, just follow our publication guidelines and email us your submission at Kingdompenmag@gmail.com!

Signed,

Josiah DeGraaf

Sarah Spradlin

Amy B

Laurel Adams

Rachel Ramm

Reagan Ramm

 

How You Can Help Kingdom Pen

Four and half years ago, Kingdom Pen began as a simple eMag comprised of articles, short stories, and poems. Primitively produced with Microsoft Word, Kingdom Pen was founded, run, and written for Christian teens, by Christian teens. It was free, and it was basic, maintained by volunteers.

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Kingdom Pen has drastically changed since we began, though we are all still volunteers, and our content is still free.  It is also still our goal to encourage a generation of Christian writers and artists to use their God-given talents to impact the world for good and advance God’s kingdom here on Earth. Our culture is starving for truth—the truth of Christ. As Christians, we have the potential, more than anyone else, to supply this truth. Kingdom Pen wants to be here for the long term to equip you—the bringers of truth.

As it stands right now, most of us on staff are not teens anymore.  Now into our early 20s, many of our staff members are in college, and/or work two or three other jobs in addition to Kingdom Pen. Our free time is very limited so we are always looking for help and new talent to become tomorrow’s leaders of Kingdom Pen.  The current Kingdom Pen staff members were once Kingdom Pen readers who responded to opportunities as they arose to lend their talents as writers, editors, graphic designers, content managers, administrators, and so on.

If Kingdom Pen is going to continue to thrive, it will be as a result of some of our current readership stepping up into active participation as members of the Kingdom Pen staff.

If you’d like to get involved, email us at kingdompenmag@gmail.com with the subject line, “I Want To Help!”

If you enjoy Kingdom Pen, and share our vision of encouraging young authors to write for Christ and advance His kingdom here on Earth, then we would love your help in this endeavor! There are many different things you can do to join in and aid Kingdom Pen, and we would greatly appreciate any assistance you can offer.

Here are a few things you can do to help:

 

Pray!

 

Pray for us as we seek first and foremost God’s will above all else. There are a lot of things we would like to do with Kingdom Pen, but they would not be good unless they were part of God’s will.  So join with us in asking God to direct our paths into His purpose for this work.

 

Read, comment on, and share the posts!

 

Being engaged on the Kingdom Pen website goes a long way as well. Not only will you be encouraging your fellow Christian writers, but increased activity and sharing will allow more Christians to find Kingdom Pen, and benefit from what KP has to offer.

 

Subscribe and submit!

 

Yes! We want you to submit! We want to publish you! So subscribe to our newsletter to be eligible, and send us your writing!

 

Spread the word!

 

Tell everyone you know whom you think would be interested in KP. Tell your friends, your homeschool group, and any writers you know. The bigger Kingdom Pen grows, the more resources we will be able to offer you in return!

 

Buy Merch  

 

Birthdays, Christmas, Easter, or just for fun, Kingdom Pen Merchandise make great gifts for your Christian writing friends! Not only do you and your friends get an awesome piece of clothing, but you are also helping to support and spread the word about Kingdom Pen in the process!

 

Donate!

 

We welcome those of you who are led to contribute financially to growing the Kingdom Pen platform.

More funds would mean more contests with bigger cash prizes.  It would also help cover our operating expenses related to our web hosting platform, domain name registration fees, design software, etc ., and enable us to invest in other areas to continue to expand and enhance Kingdom Pen.  As stated above, we are all freely donating our time and effort Kingdom Pen, which we are more than happy to do. We LOVE getting to spend our time working for Kingdom Pen, but we hope to someday be able to retain our valuable human resources by competing with those who would entice our staff with jobs that pay money!

Basically, the more funds we have, the more we can improve Kingdom Pen! We would very much appreciate any amount you can donate to the cause of Kingdom Pen!




We are very grateful for all of the support and encouragement so many of you already give us! We are optimistic about the future, and can’t wait to see what is in store for Kingdom Pen in the coming months and years!

New Video Series on Kingdom Cinema!

A new Kingdom Pen Youtube series?  Can it be true?  Check out the video below to see the announcement, and don’t forget to subscribe to our channel on Youtube to be the first to see the premiere of the new series on September 1st!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfW1H62xN98

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Josiah DeGraaf is a high school English teacher and literature nerd who fell in love with stories when he was young and hasn’t fallen out of love ever since.
He writes because he’s fascinated by human motivations. What causes otherwise-good people to make really terrible decisions in their lives? Why do some people have the strength to withstand temptation when others don’t? How do people respond to periods of intense suffering? What does it mean to be a hero?
These questions drive him as a reader, and they drive him as a writer as well as he takes normal people, puts them in crazy situations (did he mention he writes fantasy?), and then forces them to make difficult choices with their lives.
Someday, Josiah hopes to write fantasy novels with worlds as imaginative as Brandon Sanderson’s, characters as complex as Orson Scott Card’s, character arcs as dynamic as Jane Austen’s, themes as deep as Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s, and stories as entertaining as Wayne Thomas Batson’s. In the meantime, you can find him writing articles here or short stories at his website (link below) as he works toward achieving these goals.

KP Merch Has Arrived!

Hey Kingdom Pen! If you haven’t already noticed, we have finally launched our merch shop! Swag yourself with some sweet and beautifully designed Kingdom Pen T-shirts and hoodies!

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What is more, we are having a grand opening Sale! 20% off all T-shirts, and 10% off hoodies from today through this weekend!

 

Upon donning one of these absurdly awesome apparel items, you will find yourself infused with preposterous amounts of writing inspiration and know-how. Stories of a power and magnitude unknown to mankind will flow from your finger tips (or the tip of your pen if you like to roll old school). Your friends will be amazed; your haters, silenced! You will change the world so much that the citizens of some town somewhere will name a street after you, and then subsequently change the name of that very street just days later upon the realization that no one wants to cross you.

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Do you want to look like this?

With this KP gear, you will be able to count to infinity: multiple times. You will discover yourself winning games of Connect Four in only three moves. You will be able to start fires by rubbing two ice cubes together, and you will be able to swim through land.

 

All of this, and more, is possible if you but buy an item from the Kingdom Pen store!

 

Actually, no, not really. You won’t be able to do any of the above listed things, but it sure sounded pretty cool, didn’t it? And you still can be cool if you–okay.”Cool” might be too strong of a word. However, these items are still uber awesome! (In our moderately humble and biased opinions.) 

 

And remember, 10-20% off  everything in the KP shop the 27th through the 30th! Click below to shop!

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Additionally!

 

We will be adding a new T-shirt design(s) to our shop of YOUR choosing! Today is the last day to vote in our T-shirt Quote Contest!

Vote now if you haven’t already!

Kingdom Pen Radio #1 – The Ultimate Canadian Love Story

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Yo guys.  Welcome to Kingdom Pen Radio.

 

In the inaugural episode of Kingdom Pen Radio, Daniel and Ezra map out an ancient Canadian love story, bash Hunger Games, give away a t-shirt, recite a culturally inaccurate Canadian poem, and generally make a mess of whatever professional reputation this show was intended to have.  But hey, this is what writers at work look like.  Abandon expectations, all who enter here . . .

 

Kingdom Pen Radio will release new episodes every Monday from now until they strap Daniel onto a platform and lock him away in a padded room some 20,000 leagues under the sea.  Once that happens, episodes will premier on Tuesdays.

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Username Daniel (Leinad)
Age 19
What type of writing are you most interested in? Writing for Film/Other Media
How did you hear about Kingdom Pen? I work here, crackers.
Tell us about yourself in 1 sentence: I am the very model of a modern major general; I’ve information vegetable, animal, and mineral; I know the kings of England and I quote the facts historical from Marathon to Waterloo in order categoricaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal.

We’ve Been Keeping A Secret…

Greetings Kingdom Pen community! I am here to inform you that we, the Kingdom Pen staff, have been keeping a secret from you. A good secret though, which some might call “a surprise”!

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What exactly is the surprise we have for you? Well…you might remember that survey we ran awhile back about launching a radio show/podcast for Kingdom Pen. Your feedback was overwhelmingly positive, and so we have been working diligently to bring it to you, and now it is finally here! (almost)

 

Announcing Kingdom Pen Radio!

 

Thanks to the great work of Daniel Thompson, the host of Kingdom Pen Radio, we will begin releasing a new podcast episode every week through the Fall. Each episode will include a guest, many of whom are young Christian writers like yourselves. Others are professional writers you may have heard of, including but not limited to, Kerry Neitz, Bill Myers, Bryan Davis, and many more! Tons of writing wisdom and fun will be headed your way!

 

And if that wasn’t enough, you’ll definitely want to listen in because we will also be regularly giving away FREE STUFF on the podcast!

 

In conjunction with the launch of KPR, we will also be launching the Kingdom Pen Merch Store! From here, you’ll be able to buy awesome Kingdom Pen and writing related T-shirts and other merchandise to fuel your writing spirit!

 

The first episode will go live on the 17th! We can’t wait for you hear the fantastic shows we have cooked up for you, the first of which, is entitled, “The Ultimate Canadian Love Story.” Ladies and gents, you won’t want to miss this!

 

Thank you all for your support and enthusiasm!

 

Do You Want The Kingdom Pen E-Mag Restored? – A Survey

Hello Kingdom Pen!

 

As many of you know, Kingdom Pen began as a free E-Magazine over four years ago (you can download the last issue we created from the home page). Since then, the Kingdom Pen ministry has grown considerably. However, as we grew, the cost of creating the free E-Mag increased dramatically, so we had to suspend the creation of magazine issues.

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Now, we are considering bringing the magazine back, but only if you want it. The KP Staff would really appreciate it if you would take the time to answer our short 4-question survey to help us know where we should go in the future.

 

The last survey we created, concerning KP Radio, helped us a lot, and we are very thankful for your answers! Your responses were overwhelmingly positive, and we are gradually working toward making podcasts and live radio shows available. Now we are asking for your help again. Do you want the Magazine back? What what you like the Magazine to include? What about other KP Merchandise? Please let us know in the survey, and in the comments if you have anything else you’d like to say or suggest.

 

Thank you so much!

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