Why would someone call their blog “Fencing with Ink?”
For many years, I’ve felt that God has likened me to two fictional characters: Cyrano de Bergerac and the Red Mage from the Final Fantasy games.
Cyrano was a passionate soul, zealous in battle, philosophy, romance, and hope. He was never one to lie down quietly, but pick up his sword and fight for what was right. This goes in line with another passion God has given me: waking the dead. Christianity sleeps under the dirty blankets of Christendom, drowsy with the lullabies of conformity. We must shed both and remember both the gentleness and ferocity of Jesus to become effective workers of good.
As for the Red Mage, this character type was a moderate in all ways. Swordsman, wizard, runner, and strategist, but never dedicated to any one discipline. I am a generalist. I see the wisdom in both Republicans and Democrats, gleaning from the past while planning for the future. There’s a time for war and time for peace, a time for jokes and a time for sobriety, a time for harsh language and a time for sweetness. But a moderate is not docile, for the red mage is a warrior still, often holding a rapier.
Such as these I hope to be, and by God already am.
As the title implies, I have no sword, only a pen, though you’ve heard which is mightier. May this weapon swing in the name of God—not in the bloodlust of nationalistic crusade, but leveling itself at damning theology, cowardice, hypocrisy, at cruelty and complacency alike. May I wound only evil and protect only good. And may I also teach others to fight, to get off the couches of shame and failure, and by the light of God forge new weapons and new names.
I write about many things, all with some degree of theological bend, for I believe Jesus is the ultimate truth and the only true hope for the world, the savior from both religion and secularization alike. May He be my only extreme. Beyond that, I hope to launch discussion points on a variety of topics, from humorous jabs at Christian fears of “666,” to serious conversations on suicide. Whatever is needed at the time.
But my most prominent topic and interest is art. Cyrano and the Red Mage are both fictional characters, emboldened by myth, which lies at the heart of every human. I don’t mean myth as in fake, but as in the deep mystery that calls us to more than what we are. Art encapsulates this myth and makes it understood, revealing from the soul what the brain couldn’t say alone.
I appreciate and enjoy film, video games, anime, music, and more, but I create my own art through novels, mostly fantasy. My aim is to show God in strange, new ways, whether through explicitly-Christian fiction or general-market stories.
My name is Michael A. Blaylock. I’m a husband, dad, creator, thinker, humorist, and of course Christian. You may contact me at any point by filling out a comment on a blog or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for reading, and may you be all God has made you to be.