Bound by Words: Love, Tragedy and Faith in a Writer’s Group

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(Last year, I met the five remarkable ladies who make up Writer's Cubed. They liked my writing and did me the honor of inviting me to speak at the 2014 Teen Author Boot Camp, a one day conference for teen writers. I had the time of my life and made life long friends. This year I'm going back and speaking at the 2015  TABC conference in a few weeks. Stay tuned for more interviews from the other authors at the conference. I've also updated this article with recent information. Go here for last … [Read more...]

A TREMOR IN THE FORCE – Part 4 of 5

A great screenshot from Star Trek the original series.

What is Captain Kirk doing in a series on Star Wars?  Well, I personally don't mind a Shatner cameo anywhere, but it actually has a lot to do with my journey to the ______ side.  (Fill in the blank based on your prequel proclivity.) WARP SPEED HYPOCRISYMy Star-Wars-is-a-banquet-come-as-you-please change of heart actually reveals my own hypocrisy. It's called (and this term I hereby coin) Warp Speed Hypocrisy.I love Star Trek. I LOVE Star Trek. Every rerun brings me home to my happy p … [Read more...]

A TREMOR IN THE FORCE – Part 3 of 5

Mark Fordham (Vader) and George Lucas

 As we re-explore the Star Wars prequels and steel ourselves for the upcoming installments, we need to hear a grounding voice.  A deep, sonorous, awe-inspiring... terrifyingly epic voice.  Sith Lords are notoriously unafraid to state their opinions. Mark Fordham is an artist, filmmaker, former cop, father of five, husband of a Stormtroopette, seasoned veteran of the 501st Alpine Garrison, and a well-known Darth Vader impersonator.  Mark can be contacted through markfordham.com.  And m … [Read more...]

Catholic Imagination Series: How I started Writing Catholic Science Fiction And Fantasy

Created by Damon B. Shackelford

(I am delighted to introduce Karina Fabian who will become a regular contributor here at The Rogue. She is a fantastic writer who founded the Catholic Writer's Guild. In light of the Catholic Imagination that I'm going to be exploring at The Rogue, I thought it was appropriate this would be her first article here. Enjoy! J-)I never intended to write Catholic science fiction and fantasy. I didn’t even know such a subgenre existed. I had not yet read Canticle for Leibowitz or heard of Father A … [Read more...]

A TREMOR IN THE FORCE – Part 2 of 5

Yoda fights Dooku in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones

SO, what was it that changed me from a Star Wars prequel-hater to a... well... something different? As I debated "Jessi-Wan Kenobi," (AKA Jessica the Uberfan) on many occasions, she consistently drew upon Star Wars "stuff" not contained in the films---the Expanded Universe.Here is the definition of the Expanded Universe (now called "Star Wars Legends") from Wookiepedia: The Expanded Universe (or EU for short) encompasses every one of the officially licensed, fictional background stories of … [Read more...]

A TREMOR IN THE FORCE – Part 1 of 5

The Force Awakes official title logo, with a little philosophical embellishment...

Are you ready for the new Star Wars movies? Were you ready for the prequels? Or does your spacefaring heart beat only for the original trilogy? You see, something weird happened to me. Something which may cause me to lift the ban preventing the prequel movies from getting within 100 feet of my house. And lest you think this is just some tired old rant, this little blog series will include interviews with Bryan Young (recognized guru and Con fixture who writes for starwars.com), Mark Fordham … [Read more...]

Daredevil Teaser Trailer is Here! Fighting! Blindness! Catholicism!

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As everyone who has been around the Rogue long enough knows, I'm a huge Daredevil fan (Click here  and here to see why). So, when Marvel announced they would do a TV series on Netflix, it was all I could do to refrain from uttering a Ron Swanson giggle of glee.The tone of this trailer...wow. It got everything right, especially Matt's conflicted Catholicism, which is the heart of his story. Bam. I'm totally in.     … [Read more...]

Ron Swanson, Meat, and the Art of Being a Real Man

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(We here at the Rogue are huge Parks and Recreation fans. On January 13, it begins its final season at 8:00 PM EST. Jo Schaffer writes about her favorite character on the show)Some say that gender roles are dead. The “new woman” can do anything a man does and the “new man” is allowed his feelings, to love shopping for clothes and even the occasional manicure. While some of this may be progress there are a few things happening as a result that may be less than an improvement.In the book Bo … [Read more...]

2015: Yes, Marty, We’re in the Future (But Not Quite)

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We're now a week into 2015 and if you're anything like me, you might have noticed we've finally reached the year that Marty McFly and Doc Brown traveled to in Back to the Future Part II. The crazy unknown they zapped themselves into, aka the future. Back when the film was released in 1989, trying to picture 2015 was nearly as hard as trying to picture 3015. After all, while the world of the 80s saw some advances in technology, namely the VCR, it wasn't until the early 90s, and now the 21st … [Read more...]

Taking on Scott Farkus: Standing up to Your Bullies.

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 In writing my YA novel, Against Her Will, I had to immerse myself in some sad realities. The story follows the struggles of teens in a psych ward who battle their inner demons in a place where not everything that happens is for their own good. As a nurse in a facility, co-author, Serita Stevens, has witnessed the sometimes horrific outcome when young people have been the victims of mistreatment. The book has strong themes about bullying and the dire consequences it can have.In … [Read more...]


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