James Matthew Wilson over at FIRST THINGS alerts us to the creation of The Colosseum Institute: For the Arts of Poetry and the Renewal of Catholic Letters in Our Time. He makes a strong case for the desperate need of such an institute. It is a case many of us are familiar with, but it is … Continue reading The Return of the Catholic Writer
When the idea for my novel, One Last Flight, first came to me, I thought it could make for a fun short story. Thirteen months and sixty thousand plus words later, I had a novel on my hands. More than that, I had created a world I wanted to return to again and again. I … Continue reading Sequels and Second Thoughts
I confess that I judge books by their covers all the time. For Instance, if I see one or more cool looking starships or mechs on a cover, I'm going to judge that book worthy of closer look. I will click on the description or, if it's a dead tree version, flip it to read … Continue reading Judging Books By Their Covers
And by 'we' I mean those of us who eschew the nihilism of Grimdark. Hugo and Dragon Award nominee, Benjamin Cheah Kai Wai recently posted: 'This world is a dark world. Open a newspaper and see for yourself. Murder, genocide, civil war, assaults, rapes, kidnapping, sex trafficking, corruption, on and on, and endless litany of … Continue reading Why We Write What We Write
If Good God is willing and the creek don't rise, I plan to launch Faith and Empire, the second book of my Holy Terran Empire space opera soon after this coming Easter. Along with it, I will be re-launching the series' first book with a brand spanking-new cover. I am muy mucho excited to be … Continue reading Cover Art Sneak Peak
On this, the second day of Christmas, the Church celebrates the Feast of Saint Stephen, her first martyr. Alternately, the day is also called Boxing Day, and in the spirit of this latter designation, I offer you the chance to pick up a FREE Kindle copy of my first novel, The House Of War: Book One … Continue reading Happy Saint Stephen’s Day!
From INFOGALACTIC: In February 1938 Stern awoke with the story in mind. Inspired by a dream that was reminiscent of the 1843 Charles Dickens novella A Christmas Carol, Stern wrote a 4,000 word short story called "The Greatest Gift". He began work on it in 1939 but didn't finish until 1943, and was then unable to find a publisher. He … Continue reading It’s A Wonderful Tale
When Luke Skywalker tossed his light saber over the cliff, my interest in the Star Wars franchise went with it. Thus, while I will not be watching the latest installment of Disney's dismal Mary Rey Sue saga, I am intrigued by The Mandalorian series. I keep hearing really good things about it. The latest … Continue reading Franchise Redeemed?
I've long considered Jim Butcher to be one of the Master novelists living today. His books are consistently exciting and thoroughly enjoyable. Oddly enough I've never thought to seek out his wigwam on the worldwide web until just the other day. Having done so at last, I found nothing less than the secret to his … Continue reading Anatomy of the Scene
The blog Nimisi Dominus uses a Next Generation Star Trek episode to make a serious point about the Mass in general and ad orientem in particular. We got a new priest in our parish a couple of years back and one of the first things he did was resort to ad orientum posture for the Confiteor, … Continue reading Star Trek and The Mass