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...]

Musings on the Future of the Catholic Imagination Conference

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It’s been one year since I was confirmed in the Catholic Church with a bunch of junior high school kids. That glorious day brought to completion a long journey that began in my intense love for novels. While it’s true that my time with atheists at Ohio State had a significant impact on my faith journey, it was not the spark that ignited the inferno. Rather, my journey to Rome began in my own imagination when I realized that all my favorite fiction writers were either Catholic (Percy, O’Connor, an … [Read more...]

Still Getting Hit, Still Moving Forward: My Continued Journey Toward Full Time Writing

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This past summer, I wrote a post about the ups and downs of my exciting, thrilling (foolish?) decision to pursue a career as a full time writer. With a little inspiration from my friend, Rocky Balboa, I decided that if I was going for it, I was really going for it - with all the painful agony, but hopefully joyful rewards on the other side.Almost exactly one year ago, I finished the first draft of my debut novel, Hitting for the Cycle - the most challenging and fulfilling creative endeavor … [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...]

2015….The Year I’ll Become a Writer Again And Not Chase Hollywood

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I’m not sorry to see 2014 go. It’s been like riding a roller coaster ride conceived by Quentin Tarantino with enough violent twists to make anyone’s neck snap.A few of the turns include:I got a job as a book editor and moved to Notre Dame, Indiana. I love my job. I get to produce great books and help fellow authors hone their words. Is there a better job for a writer? I don’t think so. The whole thing about writers not being good editors is a crock of poo. Yes, writers shouldn’t edit thei … [Read more...]

Horror Writer Goes in Seach of Michigan Dogman…Will Said Author Return Alive?

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Sometimes, writers hit a wall. It happens to the best of us. I won’t call it “writer’s block”. This frightening tale is an urban legend used to scare young  and developing storytellers. Anyone with a work ethic can find a way to put words on a computer screen. Maybe what a person writes is bad, but it can always be rewritten. There's no such thing as not being able to write at all.However, at some point, a writer comes to a point where the Well of Imagination from The Mystical Realm of Creati … [Read more...]

HWA Scary Writers: Tom Calen

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(As everyone knows, I just became a fully active (and proud) member of the Horror Writer's Association. So, I thought it would be a cool way to celebrate Halloween by interviewing some writer's from the HWA about the genre. Tom Calen has some great insights below...) What made you want to write horror?By the fourth or fifth grade, I had made my way through Poe and was on to Shelley and Stoker. About a year after that, I “borrowed” my sister’s copy of SILENCE OF THE LAMBS. I was blown away … [Read more...]

SLC Comic Con Exclusive: Teen Author Boot Camp To Announce their Main Speaker for 2015!

As regular readers of The Rogue know, staff writer, Jo Schaffer, along with the other ladies at Writer's Cubed, started an amazing writer's conference called Teen Author Boot Camp. They've started to attract some of the largest names in the YA business, including last year's speakers James Dashner and Ally Condie. If you're at Salt Lake City Comic Con this weekend, they will announce the main speaker for next year's Teen Author Boot Camp. So, make sure you stop by the Writer's Cubed/Teen Author … [Read more...]

SLC Comic Con Names Me to FIVE Panel Discussions…

I woke up this morning to an amazing email from Salt Lake City Comic Con. My publishing company (Open Road Media) submitted my name for panel discussions as they ramp up their marketing for 3 Gates of the Dead, and the sequel, Dark Bride (March 2015).  According to the email, they had over five hundred panel  submissions and hundreds of willing participants.Salt Lake City Comic Con has exploded on the scene as a major player in the geek world. This is pretty amazing when you realize this is o … [Read more...]

Robin Williams, the Canary Prophet

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 The news of Robin Williams’ apparent suicide yesterday hit the Internet with blinding speed. People are pouring out their grief and utter disbelief. How could someone who brought so much joy and beauty end their life? How could he do something so contrary to what he brought to others?While no one will say it outright, some believe that anyone who commits suicide is a failure. They think that people who take their own life fail to see happiness of life and cannot face their "own … [Read more...]


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