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One Word for 2017: Onward!

2016 is only a few days from being over; the New Year is on the horizon.

Since 2009, instead of choosing a New Year’s resolution, I’ve been choosing One Word to live by for 365 days.  This year, my One Word is:



Onward!  The road may be difficult, but I refuse to quit or stop; onward I go!  Onward to new and better things.  Onward to climbing the difficult mountains and feeling victorious afterwards.  Onward to crossing the roughest of seas and knowing I accomplished something.  Onward into the night to seek the morning.  Onward to get a new understanding on God’s love for me.  Onward to fight battles rather than stand by and watch.  Adventure is waiting, onward I go!

Sometimes there are road blocks and stumbling blocks, but that shouldn’t stop me from continuing onward!  They may slow me down a little, but I won’t stop, and after moving past the barriers, I will have grown and learned from the difficult path.

2016 was a year of striving for me, but in 2017, I’m going onward!  Adventure ho!

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This blog was written in connection with OneWord365.com.  Check it out.  Forget New Year’s resolutions, just choose one word.



Cited on BuzzFeed

Just a quick post to say how geeked I am right now.  My post about The Neverending Story was just cited as a source on a BuzzFeed article by Crystal Ro.  Check it out, it’s a cool list:



Thanks, Crystal!

One Word for 2016: Strive

Happy New Year, everyone!

For the last several years instead of choosing a New Year’s resolution that’s hard to keep, I’ve been choosing One Word to live by for 365 days (or 366 days, as this is a leap year).  This year, I’ve chosen:

OneWord365 - 2016 - Strive


Strive to be a better person.  Strive to be a better writer.  Strive to take chances and try new things.  Strive to get out of my comfort zone.  Strive to live for God every day.  Strive to make some changes in my life.  Strive to get a novel published and/or work on new writing projects.  Strive to live life, instead of watching others live it without me.  Strive to be more than I can be.

Striving isn’t always easy.  I may need encouragement and a helping hand along the way.  As I get older, the more I see that I can’t do everything alone.

Strive to help.  Strive to heal.  Strive to learn.

Once we stop striving, we stop living life and reaching for more.  Continue to strive.

2015 was a year of change for me.  Now that change has happened.  It’s time to STRIVE!

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This blog was written in connection with OneWord365.com.  Check it out.  Forget New Year’s resolutions, just choose one word.


Read Chapter 1 of “Written in Silence”

Happy 4th of July!

On this wonderful holiday where we celebrate freedom and the birth of the United States of America, I have some exciting news!  For the first time, I’ve put up a sample chapter from my YA novel Written in Silence, which I’m currently seeking representation for.  However, I’m only making it available to read on my official author website.

Some of you may remember that this was a novel I wrote for NaNoWriMo back in 2011.  The novel has a very patriotic theme to it (though that isn’t apparent in the first chapter), so I’m happy to be sharing it with you today.  You can read the sample here:  Written in Silence – Chapter 1

You can read more about Written in Silence here: www.andrewronzino.com/books

Over the last few months, I’ve done some test marketing for the novel in the age demographic it’s written for, and have gotten very positive feedback from everyone who has read the samples, including the inability to put it down.  So, please let me know what you think of it.

Have a great holiday, and stay safe as you celebrate freedom by blowing stuff up!

One Word For 2015: Change


Not so much the change itself, but the acceptance of change.  This is the one word I want to use to describe 2015.  2014 has been a hard year; between the difficulties of dealing with the ongoing ugly divorce of my parents and the subsequent health issues said divorce caused in my mother, my seemingly stalled writing career, and the ups and downs of the single life, next year needs some acceptance of change.

Next year is going to have a lot about it that I will be able to look back on.  The family vacation to Italy in January, and the writer’s conference in August (the same one I was supposed to go to last year, but I had to change my plans last minute).  There will be more, I know there will, but it will require change…and my acceptance.

Things will never be the same again, and sometimes that’s a good thing.  For 2015, it will be a great thing.  God is doing so much in my life, and I’m excited to see what He will do in the next year.

I’ve already taken some steps towards change.  I’ve tried new foods I wouldn’t normally try.  Taken some chances with my writing I wouldn’t normally take.  2015, bring on the change, I’m ready for it.  Let’s just try to keep it positive.

This blog was written in connection with OneWord365.com.  Check it out.  Forget New Year’s resolutions, just choose one word.


Public Launch of My Author Website!

For the past few months I’ve been working on developing my public image as an author.  I’m going to the Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City this August, and I wanted to have something to show agents and editors once I got there.  So, besides polishing my novel, getting it critiqued, and writing my query letter, I’ve been working on having my author website running and a Facebook Page set up and ready to go.

I am happy to announce the public launch of both!  Yesterday I released my website and Facebook Page for myself as an author.

Check out the site: www.andrewronzino.com

Like me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/AndrewRonzinoAuthor

I will have a blog on my website, but that will be more geared towards writing, whereas The Paradigm will still be used as my personal blog.

This is exciting news for me and I hope you’ll check them both out.

Have a great day!

The Prodigal Father

The parable of the Prodigal Son is well known.  The younger son spit in the father’s face, metaphorically speaking, took his inheritance and ran off to live a wild lifestyle with it.  When it was gone, and famine struck the land, he ended up living with the pigs.  He decided to go home and beg his father to let him work as a servant in his home.  But when he got home, his father ran to him and celebrated his lost son’s return.

This whole parable was Jesus’ way to show us the love of God, to show us that, no matter what, we can return to Him, for He is waiting for us.

Ever since I was little it was about the son, a story about the son walking away, and the father accepting him back.


What about when it’s the father turns his back on the son?  What about when it’s the father who takes everything and leaves?

Here is the story of the Prodigal Father:


There was a man who had two sons. One day he said to his sons, “Sons, I am taking what is mine and leaving to live the life I want.” So he divided his property up. The younger son let him go.

Not long after that, the father got together all he had, set off for a distant country, and there squandered his wealth in wild living. After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

When he came to his senses, he said, “How many of my sons’ hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back home and say to my sons, ‘Sons, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your father; make me like one of your hired servants.’” So he got up and went back home.

But while he was still a long way off, his younger son saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his father, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

The father said to him, “Son, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your father.”

But the son said to the servants, “Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For my father was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.” So they began to celebrate.

Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. “Your father has come home,” he replied, “and your brother has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.”

The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his brother went out and pleaded with him. But he answered his brother, “Look! All these years we’ve been working to keep this estate running, and we have never even had a young goat so we could celebrate with our friends. But when this father of yours who has squandered his life and wealth with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!”

“My brother,” the younger son said, “We are a family, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because our father was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.”


What happens when it’s the father who leaves?

The same thing that happened to the son.

What happens when the father is the one to walk away and live foolishly?

The same thing that happened to the son.

What will happen when the father eventually comes back?

The younger son will do the same as the Father.

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