Month: March 2015
…I’ve been thinking about glory. Maybe I’m a bit of a prude, or something like that, but sometimes I get concerned about how much glory I should put into my book series. What’s that mean? What I mean is: how much should I try to make people think my series is glorious, or deserving of praise and admiration? “Is there such a thing as too much glory?” you might think, at least on the level of fame and fortune.
But I don’t really work on that level. By now, you should know I’m a person very deep in my faith. That being said, I ask such questions of whether my book will be too awesome on a religious level. So here’s the heart of the problem:
If my series is so awesome, with amazing characters people love, fantastic worlds that people get lost in, powers that people are obsessed with, and truths that they found inspirational, will such glory distract people from God?
Think about it. People can get lost in fictional worlds. Those worlds have power. We have power as writers. I have power. I personally don’t want to draw anyone away from God, and certainly not to myself. He deserves all the credit (although my series couldn’t be classified as Christian or Religious).
But, as I thought more about this problem, I started to realize something. See if you can follow this logic:
God is perfect in every good way.
My book is perfect in every good way.
Therefore, my book is a reflection, in one way or another, of God’s perfection.
Okay, so it’s probably a stretch to say that my series will ever be “perfect in every good way”. My logic is probably a little messed up too. But…BUT, similarly, if my book is outrageously well thought-out, well-plotted, with characters you can’t get enough of, scenes beautifully depicted, and all people can think of is “this is AMAZING”…won’t they, somewhere down the line, think of God, and how awesome He is?
Well, not everyone. I guess I’m talking about people who know and believe in God. But think of it this way. Whenever someone (at least a guy), takes a bite of the perfect hamburger, doesn’t he immediately think “Mmmmm! Thank you, God!” (maybe that’s just me). Amazing things leave us in awe and wonder. We think, “how can this be?” (*ahem* Blessed Mother). Glory and perfection aren’t things that naturally come from this world. Lots of things leave us breathless. And they don’t come from us.
We see a beautiful sky. Who created such beauty?
We see a beautiful painting. Who created the painting?
The painter. But what he painted only could have been inspired by something beautiful he experienced else where. If he paints a picture of a bowl of fruit, the form of the fruit which he tries to capture came from somewhere. Where did it come from?
So here’s what I want to do. I want The Golden Lands to be so awesome, so wonderful, that people will immediately be directed towards God. They’ll immediately think words of praise and thankfulness to Him for ever inspiring a teenaged guy. I want TGL to be something heavenly (although not religious). They’ll thank God for the beauty in the series, the way it makes them feel, the way it empowers them. God is at the source of all good things.
God willing, people will be able to discover and continue seeing this through my work!
Another post from my other blog, The Golden Lands. Feel free to check it out!
So I’ve got something to tell all you. I know I shouldn’t be entirely proud of it, but it’s given me an idea for some good advice to pass on.
Almost every wicked-awesome idea I think of for The Golden Lands come to me when I’m praying.
Note that I don’t say “through prayer”, as in “I pray for cool ideas and then God gives them to me”. Nope. I get distracted during prayer, and that’s when I get the ideas.
Now don’t get me wrong. I’m sure that, even if I’m getting distracted at Mass (the service Catholics hold on Sunday), the inspiration may very well come from God. God is good like that. And I’m sure He wants to help me to become a better writer, and to create awesome stories. And who better to help me than the Creator of Wisdom?…
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I’m afraid that I should just be flat out honest. There’s no reason to deny it. And, being as faithful as you all have been, I believe you deserve a bit of honesty. (Gee, thanks!)
So here’s the scoop: literary agents, whom I’ve been targeting for over three/four months now, don’t seem to be interested in my type of fantasy. I’m talking about Montairyus, and all of the types of fantasy it encompasses, namely “high fantasy”.
That’s right. Montairyus is too noble for the fantasy of this world. That’s what I tell myself 😉
But the truth is, if you look at the New York Times Bestsellers list, all you see is lots of immoral erotica, and, my main competitor, crime fiction. (If any of you are writing crime fiction, please take no offense. Keep on writing, because it’s your time now!)
The point of all of this is that, while I can’t write anything other than fantasy because that’s what I love, I can write in a more modern type of fantasy. Unlike TSOM, The Golden Lands, a new series I’m working on, is very fast paced, written in first person, and is much shorter.
Please consider checking it out over at https://thegoldenlands.wordpress.com/ . I’m planning on self-publishing very soon, so spread the word!
Here’s the final part of my response to why abortion is wrong. You can read the first part here, part two here, and the third part here. Please tell me if agree, and why, or if you disagree, and why, with any of my arguments. Thanks for reading!
So here is the conclusion and works cited:
Abortion is wrong, and it is intrinsically immoral. Using simple reasoning skills and careful inspection of embryology we have discerned this. However, abortion is still present in the United States, and it continues to kill the lives of millions of innocent people. For years, the people of the United States have allowed the death of millions of babies for years. Today, there is no prominent sign of abortion being outlawed. Based on this knowledge, and knowing the truth about abortion, we must ask: what hope can be offered to the unborn of American society?
The pro-life movement currently stands as the hope for the unborn and the force that opposes abortion. Numerous pro-life groups are spread throughout the United States, working to defend human life and dignity. Some groups, such as the National Right to Life Committee, have been working to aid the unborn for nearly fifty years. Despite the efforts of the Pro-life movement, however, abortion is still legal in America. Victories do appear throughout the years, such as restrictions on abortion in this state or that, and we cannot forget these, but what will it take to officially end abortion in our country and in the world?
The unborn are crying out for freedom and for life. The mission of saving their lives cannot be left to only a few Pro-lifers that work arduously but without aid, and nor can the job be given to the Pro-lifers who lazily work to preserve dignity and life in America. Rather, it must become the task of everyone who knows the truth to stand against abortion, against the murder that fills our society, and right this wrong that has become deeply rooted in America since 1973. May the people of the United States come to recognize the truth and accept the reality that abortion is murder. May the world understand that from the point of conception a new human possesses dignity and freedom that cannot be taken away from it. And may the world understand that under no circumstances can the worth and value of human life be deprived from another person, a person with the capacity to think, grow and develop into a full-fledged human being. As the motto of the Pro-life movement Life Peace and Justice states, “Our worth is not based on circumstances but in our shared humanity”.
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Chacon, Fr. Frank and Burnham, Jim. Beginning Apologetics 5: How to Answer Tough Moral Questions: Abortion, Contraception, Euthanasia, Test-Tube Babies, Cloning and Sexual Ethics. Farmington, NM: San Juan Catholic Seminars, 2000-2001.
Fox, Pat. Abortion in the Ancient and Premodern World: http://womenshistory.about.com/
George, Robert P. and Tollefsen, Christopher. Embryo: A Defense of Human Life. New York: Doubleday, 2008.
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Reichmann, James B.. Philosophy of the Human Person. Chicago, Illinois: Loyola Press, 1985.
Sandra, Alexander. Fetal Development. Human-Biology Encyclopedia, www.biologyreference.com
Wile, Jay L. and Durnell, Marilyn F. Exploring Creation with Biology 2nd Edition. Anderson, IN: Apologia Educational Ministries, Inc., 2005.
This is the third part of a series of posts about the immorality of abortion. Please feel free to ask questions, comment about what you think, and challenge me! You can read the first part here and the second part here.
So here’s part three:
Another argument, in accordance with the “It’s my body” argument, is that the baby cannot even survive on his own without his mother (Chacon and Burnham 15). How can he really be a person, if he cannot even survive on his own? The baby isn’t developed enough to interact with people, should he be born prematurely. He can’t reason, and he isn’t conscious of what’s happening around him. How can he be a person?
The answer lies in the realization that a two year-old baby can’t survive on his own without his mother. We all rely on other people to provide for us; this is a self-evident fact about society. We rely on family and friends to provide for us. Yet is it moral to kill someone that relies on you? The answer is an obvious “no”. But what about the question concerning that a fetus can’t reason? A two year-old baby can’t reason either. It doesn’t necessarily know right from wrong. But what is important, and what links the two year-old baby to a fetus, is that they both have the capacity to develop reasoning skills and a better awareness of what’s happening around them. They both lack mental development, but such development can be achieved. All things take time to grow and mature; this is an obvious fact and it is no different for a fetus. We must also remember our discussion of what it means to be a person. The baby doesn’t have to do anything to become a person; he is a person by his own nature as a human being. We haven’t the right to kill an unborn baby any more than we do a two year-old child, and no one should have a legal right to have an abortion. How can our own law ignore this? Law is something that is enacted to protect and form a better future for those subject to it. How does our law protect and provide a future for the unborn? It doesn’t.
What about a more drastic situation? What if a mentally handicapped girl is raped? She didn’t consent to conceiving the child, and, due to her lack of mental awareness, how can she possible raise, or even handle, the presence of a child in her life? What right does the baby have to be present in the handicapped girl’s womb? Wouldn’t an abortion be justified? A pro-lifer would argue “no”. But why?
Consider that there is a man that is in need of a woman’s liver, and while she is sleeping, he uses modern technology to attach himself to her so that he can survive. Unless he receives the aid necessary from the woman, he will die. In this analogy, the man is the baby of the raped girl, who didn’t consent to the infant’s conception or presence, and the man also resembles how the baby, without the woman, couldn’t survive. But do the man and baby both have the right to attach themselves to the woman and the raped mother respectively, when neither of the females willingly allowed them to do so?
It is wrong for the man to attach himself to the woman. He has no right that enables him to begin using the organs of the women, especially without her consent. He is, to a certain extent, stealing, or grabbing, what he needs to survive, in an intrusive way. Analogously, how can a pro-lifer argue that it is moral for the baby of a rapist to be present in a handicapped girl, while it isn’t for the man in need of a woman’s liver?
The answer lies in the fact that the baby has a right to his own environment; that is, the womb of a mother is his natural environment. A man attached to a woman’s liver without her permission has no right to be there because it is not the natural environment for the man; he doesn’t belong there. All fish deserve to live in water, all lions deserve to live on a savannah; these are the places that they are designed to live. An unborn baby has the right, no matter what, to be present in his mother’s womb because it is his natural, his own, environment, in which he is meant to live until he is born. He belongs in the mother’s womb, and we cannot deprive him of his rightful environment.
At last we come to a last resort argument by pro-abortionists: It’s legal to have an abortion while the baby is in the fetal stage (Chacon and Burnham 15). To refute this, we must realize the fact that it is intrinsically wrong to have an abortion. Already, we have discussed why abortion, under certain circumstances and arguments, is wrong, and merely for the fact that it is legal doesn’t mean that it is moral. Our law is wrong. If the law says that theft is permitted, does that mean it is morally correct? The law that the baby may be aborted during the fetal stage is based on the idea that it is not yet a human person. But how, after the fetal stage, can it somehow be a human person, when, in perhaps only a week’s time earlier, it was not? Once again, we must remember that personhood is not something that is developed; it comes with our human nature. I am not saying that a child should be able to be aborted after the fetal stage. However, a fetus cannot be anything else but a human. What else can the offspring of two humans be? And once out of the fetal stage, why only then can the child be justified as a human? How can it change from not being a human person to being a human person? You cannot get something out of nothing. Can you grow an apple tree unless you have a seed? The infant is a person at an early stage in its life, and just like a girl who has not gone through the developments of her body that would make her a woman, still the fetus is not a full-grown baby ready to be born. But we cannot take away the dignity and rights owed to the baby, for it still possesses the capacity to become a full-grown baby, and no matter what, from the point of conception, it is a human being.
Reblogging one of my posts from The Golden Lands so that you guys can get a feel for the new blog. Hope you like it!
So far, the only thing you know about my novella series is that it’s supposedly “epic”. And that’s all you need to know. Anticipate my masterpiece.
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And right now you’re probably thinking, “Um, #uninformative.” (Maybe you’re not a “hashtag” person, but I’m a teen so I’ve got rights ;).) If you did think that, you’re a smart person. If you didn’t think that…
So, on to describing my novella series. What’s it about? A jaded, depressed, angry teenager, who goes on a quest of personal vengeance to get back at a group of evil dudes for nearly killing him and leaving him to bleed out…in the middle of his family-room floor. And let’s not forget they’ve kidnapped his younger siblings. Wrath making him relentless, the main character is prepared to do anything to find these “Evil” and punish all who do evil. He…
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