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June 28, 2014

On The Redemption of Bad Characters

As character creators and consumers, how should we handle redemption and evil?

thoughts about my wilderness journey

“The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.” ~Miss Prism, The Importance of Being Earnest

Okay, so confession: I first watched The Importance of Being Earnest around a month ago with my family.  Before that time, I had never read or seen the play.  (I know, I know.  I am going to sit myself in a corner just as soon as I finish this). Anyway, this particular quote provoked an unladylike snort (as my sister the Barefoot Hippie Girl likes to say) from me.

On one hand, the idea of a person getting what’s coming to them is incredibly appealing to me. Since that doesn’t happen often in my real world experiences, a big part of me likes this ideal to be upheld in fiction at least.  You know, what goes around, comes around.  Karma. You reap what you sow.  All of that.

On the other…

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November 19, 2013

How Writing is Like Acting

I was doing some personality research on characters for my next novel (which is really my first novel) yesterday.  I want to be able to write these characters and do them justice, so I do this research to get out of myself and into them.  I can’t be writing and say, “How would I respond to this?” Rather, I have to ask, “How would Character X respond to this?”  It’s much like the acting process.

In order to better understand the reactions of the four main characters (the characters through whom the story is expressed) in my novel, I did something I’ve never done before.  I took the Myers-Briggs Personality Test for each of them. For all sixty-some odd questions, I had to abandon who I am and what I would do or prefer, and ask who these characters are.  It was a great exercise, and the results were accurate.

Now, if I ever lose their voices, I have great reference points to regain them.


ISFJ: The Nurturer


ESTJ: The Guardian


ENFP: The Inspirer


INFP: The Idealist

I am definitely a character-based writer.  I think I love writing characters more than I love writing actual stories.  I am always looking for better ways to make my characters more real, more relatable.

And isn’t that what actors do too?
(Originally Published on Wilderness Adventure by Lydia Thomas).

October 12, 2013

The Many Hats of a Producer

How do the arts translate to “real life” jobs? Because let’s face it, we can’t all earn a living wage doing what we love. Here’s the story of how my being and independent producer opens up some job options.

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In my search for jobs, I will often apply for administrative positions. This is because I know I can perform these jobs, and dare I say, excel in them. However, most employers take one look at my education (a Bachelor of Arts in Radio, Television, and Film) and refuse to look any further. They tell me my qualifications are not what they are looking for in these positions. Never mind that I have actual administrative experience, the fact that I have producing experience seems to disqualify me from these roles like nothing else.

In honor of more rejections to the administrative field than I care to recount, here is why being a producer should increase my value in administrative positions, not decrease it.

Most administrative positions require three things: a high level of organization and efficiency, the ability to communicate effectively with others, and quick-on-your-feet thinking to solve any issues that…

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January 17, 2013

This is Goodbye

I really hate to do this after my post yesterday, but trust me, this is the story of my life. I’m like, “Oh hey, I’m going to do this.” And God is like, “Oh hey, no, you’re not.” It’s all good though.

After further consideration, God really laid it on my heart that this blog has served it’s purpose in my life.  God may use the articles here to get others to consider artists and art in the light of the gospel, and it is my prayer that this will spur thought, writing, and action on the part of you, my readers.

I am so thankful for last year and all of the things God taught me through this ministry. It was a hard year, with hard lessons, but God has been good and faithful. And now it is time for me to more practically apply what I’ve learned in my life with a dream that long outdates this ministry! 

I am really thankful for the many artists who prayed and served alongside me in this: Kathleen C., Seth, RJ, Kathleen S., Hope, Leslie, Emily, and Abi. I would not have been able to do this without your insight and experience. Thank you for giving your time. 

I am also incredibly thankful for the support of my former church, Restoration Family Church of McKinney. I am not there anymore, but I am so thankful for the prayer and accountability that I received as I launched this blog from Pastor Derrick and Sister Melanie Scobey, Cynthia F., Linda S., and Jenay S. Thank you for the opportunities to serve in the arts at RFCOM, to be challenged and applying what I’m learning.  It meant alot to me then, means a lot to me now.

And thank you. Thank you for reading, commenting, emailing, sharing. What an encouragement to know that this was such a timely and necessary topic. May it continue to grow through you.

Normally, when I’m done with a blog, I close it down. I’m not going to do that with this, because I think we have some great material here.

Check it out. Share it. Talk about it.

Thanks again,

Lydia Thomas and the FortyOne20 Ministries team


January 16, 2013


Oh my.

Sorry it has been so long since there has been any new content here at FortyOne20. Hopefully, beginning in February, we will have some new content!  I (Lydia) have mostly fallen off of the face of the earth since mid-September, but I’m getting back on my feet again.

I still see a great need for artists to be reaching and be reached with the good news of Jesus Christ.