My name is Michael A. Blaylock and I’m here because Frank Peretti spoiled me rotten.
The Oath, Monster, The Illusionist, this guy is an amazing writer. I first learned this from This Present Darkness, and that book got me into reading, into writing, and into speculative fiction.
But then I started reading other Christian books and found that I couldn’t stand 99% of them. In part, that’s mere preference, but as I look around, I’m seeing something more and more:
Christians and non-Christians alike are tired of the same old stories.
There’s nothing wrong with Amish fiction, chaste romance, or lace-covered coffee table books, but when that’s all there is, the market becomes stagnant. Many Christians don’t want to read the same books their parents and grandparents did. They want something new.
That’s why I write. Because I’m one of them, too. I want to create something different in Christian art.
What does that mean? Sometimes it’s more adult content (I’m no children’s writer), sometimes it’s topics other Christians might not touch, but most often it’s just working carefully and prayerfully to make a good story and let my message (if I have one) speak through that instead of a ham-fisted sermon.
I’m a creator, mostly of fantasy fiction, who believes that stories speak to people. Words still hurt and they still heal.
That’s why I called my blog Fencing With Ink. Changing art is an uphill struggle, but the pen really is mightier than the sword.
As for this blog specifically, I circle around three main topics:
Writing–I am a writer myself, so I’ll be talking about the writer’s life as I see it, my personal journey, and whatever advice I can give.
Art–Beyond books, I love art itself. Movies, games, anime, martial arts, fine arts, performing arts, culinary arts, art itself is my passion. I want to connect with other art lovers and creators, and show everybody else how important and wonderful art truly is.
Christianity–Most specifically, the tenant of freedom. Legalism chokes the spirit, but freedom unlocks greatness. Jesus didn’t just die to save us, but to set us free from religion.
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C’mon. Let’s go change the world.