I've been pretty darn hard on Christian fiction and Christian art in general, and I stand by what I've said. However, I cannot and will not say that everything in Christian fiction is terrible--far from it! But I haven't given much attention to the good things, and that's not fair. So to make up for … Continue reading The 5 Best Things in Christian Fiction Right Now
I've once again run into the enemy of all writers: employment. Granted, it's only temporary employment, but it's amazing how much less time you have to write when you're contributing to society and feeding your family. But whether you're a full-time writer or a hopeful on Wattpad, if you want to be a serious writer, … Continue reading A Creator’s Journey #21–How Much Should A Writer Write Every Day?
No, not Stephanie Meyer. You can relax. I'm talking about Brandon Sanderson. Author of the Mistborn novels, The Stormlight Archive, the guy who finished Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time after his death, and lots more. Dozens of factors play into success, but there's one fact that should not be overlooked: Sanderson is good. Freaking good. Now, … Continue reading Why a Mormon Writer is Smarter Than Most Christian Writers
Here’s what someone is saying about Ferryman. Thanks S.M. Tsonis for the review. She does other book reviews, too, plus some more stuff, so check her site out.
Author: Michael Blaylock
Genre: Superhero Fiction
Story: Dark, bold, adult-ish. Charlie Ferris is capable of taking life with a single touch. In this world, they live side by side with Olympus and all of the Greek mythological beings, who do not condone this power, including making a living from it. But when evil, underworld creatures threaten to destroy both Olympus, and the mainstream world, they must work together to destroy the “tarlings” and their creator.
What Worked: “I am on my way to kill a man, but I am not murdering him.” That is the first line of the book. BOOM! It stuck with me the entire novella. The book is short and he makes every sentence count. Very impactful. The book is a perfectly blended creation of Mythology (Greek) and Traditional Superhero.
There’s always a love story, right? As a lover of love and all things…
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Music has the power to say what words alone cannot. Poetry reaches deeper than any lecture can. That's why Christians invest so much in the music industry. But sometimes, we miss things. Sometimes we make mistakes. So rather than write a bunch of blog posts, I'll simply give you guys five songs to listen to. … Continue reading 5 Christian Songs Christians Need to Hear
You want to know why I call my blog "Fencing With Ink?" It's a callback to Cyrano de Bergerac. In 2012, God spoke to me, saying I was much like that character. Cyrano was a fencer, but also a poet, scholar, musician, and biting humorist. A man of many talents, but they were all Cyrano. … Continue reading A Creator’s Journey #21–A Foot in Both Camps
You've heard the hype, you've seen the posters, just WHAT is this anime thing all about? Unfortunately, answering that question is like describing how the letter V tastes. I can answer, but it might not make sense. Anime has become its own culture, and it can be hard to pop that bubble without getting even … Continue reading 5 Anime for Newbies