You read that right: a Christian vampire. Well, that's just unique enough to pick up. Oh, and it's on sale through Halloween, which is perfect when you think about it. TITLE: Blood for Blood AUTHOR: Ben Wolf GENRE: Christian, Fantasy STORY The aptly-named Raven Worth has been a vampire for 80 years, drinking human blood, … Continue reading “Blood for Blood,” or “See! Christians can be Vampires, too!” (4/5 stars)
Month: October 2016
A Creator’s Journey #12–The Plan
Once upon a time, I played a fighting game with my best friend. I chose a character who could teleport so I could jump out of the way when my friend launched a massive attack. Sure enough, when he powered up a big laser, I teleported. I reappeared with my face exactly one inch from … Continue reading A Creator’s Journey #12–The Plan
8 Simple Rules for Dating my Teenage Gamer Girl
This is something I wrote for Pop Culture Uncovered about sexist gaming culture. Even as a man, it’s disgusting and I think this is an important topic as video games become more and more advanced and popular.
I admit up front that I don’t actually have a teenage daughter. However, I want to, and she and countless other girls will grow up in a culture of video games. So when I heard that a woman was sexually assaulted in a virtual reality game, I knew this world wasn’t ready for my daughter or anybody else’s.
So here are eight steps to making the virtual world safer and friendlier towards our sisters.
1. Just because you’re laughing doesn’t mean she is.
To you, it’s a joke. To her, it may be frightening or just plain repulsive. It’s good to laugh, but it’s far better, more respectable, and a greater measure of your own wit when everyone is laughing, not just you.
2. Talk to her like she’s really there.
Would you make that rape joke to her face? Would you use her in a sexually explicit sentence…
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A Creator’s Journey #11–Ferryman Funded and Other News
Life is full of great surprises. Earlier this week, my novella, Ferryman, was only 35% funded. Today, the book is 100% funded. At last, I can move forward. How did this happen? Well, it still would not have been possible without my wonderful donors. Each will get a free copy of the book and their … Continue reading A Creator’s Journey #11–Ferryman Funded and Other News
Christian Fiction: Where’s the Grace?
Writing Christian fiction is kind of like dating. There's no book of rules, but you know when you've broken one! One of those unwritten maxims goes something like this: Christian characters cannot have "bad" traits or habits unless they a) repent of these actions at some point or b) are clearly "bad" characters, be they … Continue reading Christian Fiction: Where’s the Grace?
A Creator’s Journey #11–Making Book Timelines
Do any other writers out there make timelines to keep track of all that happens in their books? Or am I just so daft that I can't keep it all together in my head? Either way, I need a timeline for some of my books--not the shorter ones like Ferryman, just longer series. When you … Continue reading A Creator’s Journey #11–Making Book Timelines
Have you ever read smut? If you said yes, you're a lustful sleazebag and you need Jesus. If you said no, you're a lying sleazebag and you need Jesus. It's a tough religion, I know. For those who honestly don't know, smut is any written work that's only there to titillate. They have titles such as … Continue reading Christian Smut
A Creator’s Journey #10–Just Can’t Stop
Sometimes I wonder why I'm still writing. It's not as though I have a hungry readership chomping at the bit, nor do I really understand how to get one despite my research. Oh, sure, I do have a fingerful of people who like and/or comment on a semi-regular basis, and while I'm grateful to them, … Continue reading A Creator’s Journey #10–Just Can’t Stop
5 Sober Predictions for the 2016 Election
Usually, I try to inject a fair amount of irreverent humor into my blogs, but on topics like this, it's difficult. The 2016 election is a pretty serious matter. Don't get me wrong, it's a joke, but a very serious one. I'll admit up front I am no political watchdog; I have no special insight … Continue reading 5 Sober Predictions for the 2016 Election