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February 27, 2009

The Dimmer the Better

In the beginning, Strangely Dim was a solo venture. I worked alone, and I liked it. Truth be told, I was a bit of a diva about the whole thing, contriving ways of punctuating my conversations with phrases like "I wrote about that ON MY BLOG," or, if I wanted a bit more gravitas, "I'll be addressing that very issue soon IN MY ONLINE COLUMN."

But like many things, over time blogs can get a little stale, and ideas conceived in isolation can forestall in arcane incoherence. It was, eventually, no longer good for the solo blogger to be alone, so Lisa Rieck very graciously joined the Strangely Dim party. The result has been a nice counterbalance between our voices with the occasional silliness framed in a whole fortnight given over to something or other.

So nice, in fact, that Lisa and I recently shouted out to our colleagues at InterVarsity Press the sober-minded, professional equivalent of "Red Rover! Red Rover! Send Christa right over!" And like a bolt of lightning Christa Countryman shot across the field, broke through our tightly locked arms and joined our little blogging entourage. You'll start seeing posts to Strangely Dim from Christa in the next couple of weeks.

Christa came to InterVarsity Press originally to help coordinate our participation in the 2006 Urbana Student Missions Convention, but people here know a good opportunity when they see one, so Christa's temporary position in the business department morphed into a permanent one in the editorial department. She now proofreads books and marketing materials, and keeps everybody up to speed on the Cylon menace chronicled on the TV show Battlestar Galactica--for which I, for one, am especially grateful. She likes to bake and, as you'll see, she likes to write really well. Either way, you're in for a treat.

So there you have it: Strangely Dim is now a troika of strangeness and dimness. Consider yourself warned.

Posted by Dave Zimmerman at February 27, 2009 1:20 PM Bookmark and Share

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Behind the Strangeness

Lisa Rieck is a reader and writer who likes to discuss good ideas over hot drinks and gets inspired by the sky. She takes in all kinds of good ideas as a proofreader for InterVarsity Press.

Rebecca Larson is a writer/designer/creative type who has infiltrated IVP's web department, where she writes and edits online content. She enjoys a good pun and loves the smell of freshly printed books.

David A. Zimmerman is an editor for Likewise Books and a columnist for Burnside Writers Collective. He's written three books, most recently The Parable of the Unexpected Guest. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/unexpguest. Find his personal blog at loud-time.com.

Suanne Camfield is a publicist for InterVarsity Press and a freelance writer. She floats ungracefully between work, parenting and writing, and (much to her dismay) finds it impossible to read on a treadmill. She is a member of the Redbud Writers Guild and blogs at The Rough Cut.

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