Radio Free Geek: Interview with Dungeon Crawler Radio

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  (I  (Jo Schaffer) met Daniel Swenson(aka Revan)at the LTUE writing conference in Provo, Utah. He sat at a table with a bunch of microphones interviewing authors and attendees at the event. Curious, I stopped to chat with him. Turns out he runs the fabulously geeky, Dungeon Crawler Radio. I later had the opportunity to be interviewed on the show along with Jonathan Ryan. We talked a little bit about Teen Author Boot Camp, comic books and movies. (The Man of Steel debate got a bit … [Read more...]

I Sold My Soul to Amazon; Plus, Major 3 Gates News.

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Here is a straightforward fact; Amazon is helping make my writing career through the huge success of 3 Gates of the Dead. I know there are a lot of people who beat the "anti-Amazon" drum with intense fervor. In truth, I used to be one of them until I realized the absolute hypocrisy of doing so. I'm not saying Amazon doesn't have some complicating things that go along with their business model. Others have written about it in a much more detailed and nuanced critique (Google it sometime). I … [Read more...]

New Writer Inside!: Tom Durham

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(We are Geek Goes Rogue try to bring you the most entertaining, and frankly hottest writers around. I mean, look at our Founder's St. Louis Cardinals sock hat. Hawt. Anyway, we're not sure if Tom qualifies as "hawt" (apparently his wife thinks so), but he is an amazing filmmaker, writer and geek. So, he seemed like a natural fit. Enjoy his writing. We sure do)      Tom Durham is a writer, filmmaker, Emmy nominated producer, family guy, idealist, and advocate for underdog … [Read more...]

Geek Goes Catholic, Part Two: In the Lair of Richard Dawkins

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For four years, I spent time hanging out with atheists at The Ohio State University. I started a group called The Thomas Society (after St. Thomas the Doubter) where everyone was welcome. Our weekly meetings often consisted of atheists, agnostics, Christians, Jewish rabbis, and an odd assortment of students from campus. As I look back on it, I realize this sort of thing doesn’t happen much. During the meetings, I adopted a “no question off limits” and “no edit policy” with only one … [Read more...]

God’s Not Dead…But Films Like This Should Be (Part 2)

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It's official. God's Not Dead, released by Pure Flix Entertainment, has been nothing short of a financial smash success, raking in over $8 million in its first three days. Opening in just 780 theaters nation-wide, the film made close to $3 million on its Friday release date alone, en route to cementing itself as the number three movie of the weekend. I guess this is the part where I admit to being way off base in part one of my review, in which I offered some harsh reactions and assessments … [Read more...]

JoJo’s Hollywood Stories: Interview with Clark Schaffer

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  (We at Geek Goes Rogue are...welll....Geeks. And, we love to hear behind the scenes stuff. Clark Schaffer is a wizard in all things artistic, prop development and other artistic things that make movies real. He's done over forty movies and is one of the most talent individuals we've ever seen. Jo Schaffer, our intrepid reporter for all things behind the scenes, didnt' have travel far for this one, as Clark is her husband.) I really liked the original Iron Man movie back when it came … [Read more...]

God’s Not Dead…But Films Like This Should Be (Part 1)

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Back when I was in college at the dawn of the 21st century, Christian films were just starting to explode onto the scene. Sure, religious-themed films have always been around to some extent, but it's been just under twenty years since the era of the "Hey, we're just as cool as Hollywood...no, seriously, we are!" types of Christian films began hitting the market. You know, the kind of films that cause churches and ministry groups to gush in anticipation of a release date while acting like … [Read more...]

Geek Goes Catholic: How Atheists, Comic Books and Eating Jesus Led me Home

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Prologue: Somewhere in the fields of Southern Indiana… Imagine, if you will, a boy. There is always a boy or a girl in these sorts of stories. He is blond and skeletal thin, running across the large green field beside his house. Star Wars, the St. Louis Cardinals, and Jesus are all jumbled up inside his head. If you asked him, he could talk about all three with equal passion. See him as he bikes around his small, Southern Indiana town. The world is alive to him, and somehow, he knows … [Read more...]

Teen Author Boot Camp 2014: 3 Gates, Awesome Kids, and Jet Lagged Author

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As I write this post, I’m a bit blurry eyed, tired, and my body isn’t entirely sure what time zone it’s in. However, I wanted to write this post without too much thought because I wanted to give my unedited feelings on my time at Teen Author Boot Camp. Let me get this out of the way; I had the time of my life. To refresh everyone’s memory, I instructed a class at a Teen Author Boot Camp on Saturday. This great conference is run by Writers Cubed, an amazing collection of ladies … [Read more...]

Teen Author Boot Camp 2014: Interview with Renee Collins

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  (In a few hours, I'll be boarding a plane for Utah to speak at Teen Author Boot Camp. I'm beyond excited. One of the reasons is that I get to meet cool fellow authors like Renee Collins.) How did you get into writing? It sounds like such a cliche, but I've always been a writer. In high school, however, I wrote mostly angsty teenage love poetry to boys who absolutely didn't deserve my fervent passion. It wasn't until years later, after most of the angst had left my system, that I … [Read more...]