My fuel gauge is bumping against empty today after a couple of weeks on the road for work, so in lieu of my usual half-baked meandering, here are a few links to recent articles touching on the intersection of faith and fiction, from blogs I enjoy.
“The Real Work,” from Adam McHugh at Introverted Church: If you’re a writer, is everything in your life besides writing simply a distraction? Adam is a hospice chaplain and author who explores in his books and blog how introverts can cope with and flourish within a church culture that often values volume over thoughtfulness.
“Why We Should NOT Label Christian Fiction,” by Mike Duran, guestblogging at Novel Rocket. The always-provocative Mr. Duran, author of supernatural tales The Resurrection and Winterland, explains why he believes the term “Christian Fiction” concedes a stereotype that burdens authors and repels readers. If you’re looking for some literary food for thought, or a good fight, check out his blog, DeCOMPOSE.
“If I Only Knew Then…” by Stephanie Morill, guestblogging at Writer…Interrupted. Stephanie, a YA author with publishing credits that include the popular Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series from Revell Books, reminisces about a few things she wishes she would have known when she began her writing journey. Stephanie hosts a forum for aspiring young authors, Go Teen Writers, which is chock-full of excellent advice for writers of any age. If you know a young person who would like to pursue writing as a career, or simply as a rewarding hobby, point them toward Stephanie.
And now for something completely different: “Lackadaisy Brimstone,” by Tracy J. Butler. Lackadaisy is a webcomic that tells the story of what Prohibition culture in 1920’s St. Louis might have been like…if everybody was a cat (you can read my review here). Ms. Butler does her research and seasons her remarkable artwork with historical scenery and props, usually with a bit of commentary on the side. In this particular strip, an amateur rum runner finds herself in a tight spot, and on the receiving end of a sermonette.