Now seems a good time to stop and take stock of what my supporters and I have accomplished together in the last 24 months.
A lot of modern storytellers, critics, and reviewer types lament these things called tropes, literary and rhetorical devices which appear frequently enough to be recognizable. The same goes for archetypes, characters of certain frequencies types (wise old granny, etc). The complaints go that tropes and archetypes are tired and old and no longer interesting. That … Continue reading Why Tropes are Good
The first recorded instance of passive-aggressive behavior took place shortly after the invention of fire. A man named Grog sat stoking the new fire, cackling with glee as he piled giant logs into the flames. Eventually, he'd created a raging inferno. Nearby, Thunk snarled at Grog for making the cave too hot. Annoyed, Grog hurled … Continue reading Passive-Aggressive Behavior: Why it happens, and why it wears so thin
I've launched a Patreon to fund ongoing installments of new Deus Vult Wastelanders stories. The Kickstarter system is fantastic and I'll likely use it to fund the two current existing story lines, Gideon Ira and Valkyrie Doll. But I needed a way to fund additional stories. Introducing the first story line: Neon Knights. This will … Continue reading Christian Cyberpunk announcement
Christian fiction has a problem. People tend to scoff at this genre. The cliche is that Christian fiction preaches to the choir and tries to convert the reader. Are non-believers likely to buy Christian fiction books? Aren't the readers already Christian? If you start with a message and smear a thin layer of story over … Continue reading The Deus Vult Wastelanders Project
Picture this: You have an extended family of 20 close relatives. You all live together in one giant house. You tend your gardens together, cook your meals together, do your laundry together. All chores are shared. All expenses are shared. You will grow up and grow old here. Your career will be in one of … Continue reading The loss of family estates and the rise of existential dread
Took my son to a fair with a bouncy house. Little boys jumped around inside. The outside was ringed with women clustered at the windows, shrieking at the boys if they even came close to physical contact. They dragged boys out, scolding and shouting. Not a father in sight. Boys are naturally energetic, aggressive, competitive. … Continue reading The importance of rough play to create moral men
Author's update: This post has been so tremendously popular that it inspired me to pen an entire book of writing advice. For authors seeking help in silencing self-doubt and overcoming writer's block, check out my bestselling guide Write like a Beast. Artists are a weird breed. We love our work, but we loathe whatever our … Continue reading Crushing Perfectionism for Authors
Release day is here! Burrito Avenger is out in the wild, now for sale on Amazon. Writing this book has been an incredible process. Today we're gonna peek behind the curtain and talk about what it took to bring this insane story idea to life. Where did this idea come from? The first question I … Continue reading Behind the Scenes with Burrito Avenger
Author's update: This post has been so tremendously popular that it inspired me to pen an additional book. The first book, Exhausted Wives, Bewildered Husbands, explores the misery of marriages which have become so saturated with resentment that they feel like endless secretive transactions and exploitation. If you're feeling unfulfilled and don't even remember what … Continue reading Are Transactional Relationships Bad?