The Return of the Catholic Writer

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

Sequels and Second Thoughts

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

Why We Write What We Write

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

It’s A Wonderful Tale

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