Can I be honest? I'd like to go ONE DAY without seeing something on the internet to the effect of, "And here's another reason why Christians are slack-brained mouth-breathers." One day! Sadly, this isn't heaven, where there is no sorrow, nor is it the heyday of the Catholic Church, when you could just boil dissenters … Continue reading A Quick Word on Comfort, Tolerance, and Christianity
Month: January 2017
Why Christians Should Care about the Muslim Ban
Well, it happened. President Donald Trump signed an executive order barring Muslims in war-torn countries from entering the United States. Specifically, Muslim access will be restricted from certain countries and a religious test will be required, giving preference to Christians. So, sounds like a good deal for us Christians, right? Christians have been persecuted, too, … Continue reading Why Christians Should Care about the Muslim Ban
A Creator’s Journey #15–Why I Launched Patreon
Ah, the good ol' days. Artists could get patrons who would pay them to make art, giving them regular or partly-regular income for their craft because art is awesome. And then stuff happened. What stuff? I don't know, centuries of stuff. Look, I'm no history buff, I just know that patrons don't exist anymore, not … Continue reading A Creator’s Journey #15–Why I Launched Patreon
Author Interview: Liberty Speidel (The Darby Shaw Chronicles, Omission)
Fans of superhuman and detective books, rejoice! Today, I'm pleased to have author Liberty Speidel here on Fencing With Ink to talk about her latest book, Omission, among other things. Special thanks to Liberty for consenting to an interview. You can read more about her at libertyspeidel.wordpress.com. FENCING WITH INK: Tell us about your book … Continue reading Author Interview: Liberty Speidel (The Darby Shaw Chronicles, Omission)
Why Bad Art Means a Bad Christian Message
Once upon a time, there were two stories. Both were penned by authors of Christian faith, each eager to communicate a Godly message to the world. Book A became an international success, resonating throughout the decades, being read in classrooms across the world. Book B flopped critically and financially, and became the laughing stock of … Continue reading Why Bad Art Means a Bad Christian Message
Get a FREE Copy of Ferryman
Yep, free. Ferryman, my new novella, launches on February 7th for $3. You can pre-order the e-version if you like, or you can get it entirely free. How? Simple. Sign up for my newsletter. Now for you WordPress folks, I have to unfortunately burst a bubble for you. Clicking that "Follow" button doesn't subscribe you … Continue reading Get a FREE Copy of Ferryman
Why I Hate What You Love
Go on the internet and say you don't like something and you'll immediately be graced with misspelled cuss words, racism, sexism, and the general frothing of humanity's dregs. Or at least get a fervent, "Nuh-uh!" But did you know that the way you say something changes the reaction you get? If you experience a book, … Continue reading Why I Hate What You Love
The Gaslighting of the Millennial Generation
Some excellent thoughts on the millennial generation.
I was in graduate school when I first heard the term “millennial.” It was at a conference. The session was about how to serve millennial students, because they have different characteristics than the Generation X students that went before them. It was here that I first started hearing things like “millennials need to be recognized for participation,” “millennials feel they are special,” “millennials are sheltered,” “millennials are likely to have helicopter parents,” and more. Society as a whole loves to hate on the millennial generation (those born between 1980-1999), calling us “special snowflakes” and sarcastically referring to us as “social justice warriors,” calling us out for “being offended by everything” and, everybody’s favorite, pointing out how very entitled we are.
Here’s the secret: We’re not.
The negative opinions directed at millennials are a perfect example, on an enormous societal scale, of cultural gaslighting.
Glad you asked. I learned…
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A Creator’s Journey #14–The Creative Power of Absolutely Nothing
The other day, I announced that Ferryman was available for pre-order, so I should be focusing on that, right? Ha! You mistake me for someone who has control over himself! No, I've been working on a totally new and unrelated novel. Well, I was until I hit a wall. Twelve characters enter a room. All … Continue reading A Creator’s Journey #14–The Creative Power of Absolutely Nothing
Announcing My Book: Ferryman
If you've been following me for any length of time, you've seen me post about my novella, Ferryman. I tried a Kickstarter, which failed, then I simply received donations, which went better, and through an unexpected check, I was able to finally pay a cover artist and an editor to get this bad boy polished … Continue reading Announcing My Book: Ferryman