On The Road with the Dark Bride….(on second thought, that might be a BAD idea) and a cool contest!

 Well, it's been a long and strange road to get here. But, finally, the second book of the 3 Gates series, Dark Bride is here.To that end, my excellent publisher, Open Road Media, my agent Amy Jameson, and myself are planning sort of an epic book road trip/launch/craziness.Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the Dark Bride Crazy Road Tour of 2015. And you can participate too!So, all this madness will begin on April 8th, when I leave my day job at Ave Maria and drive west. Yes, … [Read more...]

Does Top Gear Stop Here?

(Jonathan Ryan posting on behalf of Jen Schlameuss-Perry) Mondays are…well, Mondays. Garfield hates them; most people in the workforce hate them. But, for me Mondays were a good thing. Sunday is the first day of my work week, so there’s that, and I have karate Monday night. I love that. Then, I had the great joy of looking forward to a nice cold beer and some beautiful escapism while playing the jewel game on my phone and watching the eight billion episodes of Top Gear that would rec … [Read more...]

Against Better Judgment, the First Entry of My Daughter’s Diary

The other day, I found a small notebook in my daughter's room. Her diary. I probably shouldn't do this, but here's the first entry. If it can provide hope and inspiration to other toddlers out there, it's worth sharing. My name is Kaylin. My life is so hard. Everything is provided for me. I have a whole house, including a big room all to myself with closets and drawers full of clothes. The walls are blue because I wanted them that way, and my stuffed animals take up a good three quarters of the … [Read more...]

You Didn’t Say It, You Didn’t Do It


(Jonathan Ryan posting on behalf of Jen Schlameuss-Perry.)The Princess Bride was on TV the other night. No matter what else is happening in my life, if I’m flipping channels and I come across The Princess Bride, that’s as far as I’m going. I have the movie on DVD—I could watch it any time I want—without commercials. But, if I see it on TV, I’m watching it. It was playing in the background while I was working, and while I wasn’t paying 100% attention to it, it didn’t stop me from saying the li … [Read more...]

Dragon Baptisms

Chronicles of Narnia wallpaper

(Jonathan Ryan posting on behalf of Jen Schlameuss-Perry.)For almost half my life it has been my job to work with individuals who are converting to Catholicism through the RCIA process. During Lent, as is the case with all Catholics, we focus very much on our sinfulness and our need for reconciliation with God and one another. The whole 40 days of Lent is dedicated to this and have we rituals to assist in it.Everybody is always super jealous of the Elect who will be Baptized at Easter … [Read more...]

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


(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...]

Curt Schilling: Father of the Year & Anti-Cyberbullying Advocate

Schilling fam

Now that Harrison Ford is on the mend after his latest real life Indiana Jones stunt, I'd like to bring us back to a rather unfortunate story that broke a few days ago, one that shed new light on a very serious cultural issue. This past week, retired Major League Baseball pitcher Curt Schilling publicly discussed the recent cyberbullying of his daughter, Gabby. It all began with a tweet he posted, congratulating his daughter on her acceptance to college. What followed were a number of seriously … [Read more...]

Happy Little Accidents

(Jonathan Ryan posting for Jen Schlameuss-Perry.)These days, when I think of the things that were formative to me in my youth, I get a little sentimental. Maybe because I’m old, or because it’s Lent, or because I’m making major changes in my life, but I’m feeling very reflective. I owe a great deal of gratitude to my family, my faith, the people I’ve met and spent lots of time with, various good and crappy circumstances…and TV. TV was a big influence in my young (who am I kidding…and my adult … [Read more...]


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...]


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...]