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...]

Marvel’s Agent Carter: Self-Worth and Street-Cred

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(Jonathan Ryan posting for Rogue writer, Jen Schlameuss-Perry.)The first season of Marvel’s Agent Carter came to a close last night. I sincerely hope they make a second season—they certainly left the door open to it. Since the first episode aired, I eagerly awaited each new one. I loved the setting (post-WWII), the costumes, the storyline and the cars…so many pretty cars… And I also loved the themes they dealt with; reconciliation, knowing your worth, seeing the worth of others, ambition, hon … [Read more...]

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

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(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...]

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...]

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...]

Dracula: Doing The Wrong Thing For The Right Reason

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 (Jonathan Ryan posting for new Rogue writer, Jen Schlameuss-Perry.)I finally got to see Dracula Untold the other night. I’ve been wanting to see it since I saw the first trailer months before it was in the theaters. I thought it was pretty good—it included the proper history of Vlad and included some very interesting moral questions.I’ve always been sympathetic to Dracula. Don’t get me wrong—vampires are the worst (besides European dragons—I don’t get all this Hollywood propagan … [Read more...]

If God worked in Social Media

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I’ve always fancied myself a candid photographer. Oftentimes when I show up for work armed with my trusty camera and a huge cup of coffee, many groans and unsuccessful attempts to hide take place. I’m the ninja photographer of social media, quietly and unobtrusively taking photos of people when they least expect (or appreciate it). I’m just doing my job, and I love doing it. A few quick shots of what we do and why it matters is all I ever really need so that I can showcase those things for our … [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...]


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