Second Television Interview

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My followup television appearance is now live on YouTube! Both appearances will be aired across nearly a dozen communities.

We talked mostly form and process for writing, some of the pitfalls and minutia of being an indie author… when the studio guy waved from the soundbooth that we were almost out of time I was surprised we had to wrap it up–I was just getting started. We could’ve easily shot five more of these.

Check out the video here!

My Interview/Podcast alongside Lou Ferrigno

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I was on the Minnesota Skinny podcast as a lead-up to my Wizard World Comicon appearance this weekend (starting today) at the Minneapolis convention center. The original Hulk will be at the con, too, and Frank Haataja (the interviewer) got to interview him as well (plus a neat magician who does stuff for kids in hospitals).

Check it out:
http://minnesotaskinny.com/2017/05/03/episode-33-comic-con-minneapolis/

we also talk a little bit about my Kickstarter campaign! Go check it out over here:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2070483758/wolves-of-the-tesseract-taking-of-the-prime-fantas
I appreciate all the  backers and shares!

Help Launch my Comic Book #Kickstarter and support #literacy and #freecomicbooks

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We’ll do a full cover-art reveal once this project’s funding reaches 50%!

When I was in 7th grade one of my teachers commented, “Reading is so important that, if all he would read is comic books, I’d buy my son a subscription to every title he wanted. It’s the foundation to everything.”  A few years prior I’d gotten into comics when my grandmother gave me a box of classic golden-age titles she pulled out of storage. It certainly opened my mind to new worlds.

My crowd-funder is meant to do the same thing–inspire other readers by giving away a free comic book. The comic book, being developed by myself and my art team, is an original “one-shot” comic and a prequel to my Wolf of the Tesseract series. I’ve got agreements with 6+ local comicons who want to distribute a total of 5,000-10,000 copies of this for free to people–especially to young readers.

I’m launching this fundraiser to 1. encourage child/teen literacy by getting something in front of a specific, targeted audience and 2. promote my YA fiction series. The crossover from comics to the novel will be easy because the comic sets the stage and action that occurs in the novel and encouraging teens to read larger, print books is my ultimate goal!

The Kickstarter campaign is not meant as a money-making vehicle. The funds raised are only a portion of the costs necessary to develop, print, ship, and distribute 5,000 copies of the comic book; $2,500 is not a significant sum, but I’m only trying to cover enough of the actual cost to put books in kids’ hands; once we exceed that amount, additional funds will go towards purchasing more printed copies and paying for a stretch goal. I’ve already committed to paying the art team from my own pocket and cover artist Rebecca Alexander donated her art as a favor!

Please join this ambitious project and be a part of something amazing (and get your name listed in the thank-you/credits page!) Check it out by clicking here:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2070483758/630914271?token=05122c5e

Announcement: John in the John under contract

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I wanted to write a bit of a special announcement this week. I have officially signed a contract with eLectio Publishing for my Christian humor/devotional book, John in the John (a daily reader meant to be left in the bathroom.) You can learn more about it at http://johninthejohn.my-free.website/ as well as potentially contribute a piece for the second installment (it was always planned to be a series).

The book should hopefully be out near the end of the year and I’m actively looking for about 30 contributing stories for #2: Gospels in the John (the website has a sample of the kind of writing I’m looking for and other guidelines).

 

I came across a great article last night while doing some reading. It brings up both the psychology about how we decide what kind of fiction we prefer (based on the question, “what kind of setting is our ideal paradise?”) and how Sci-Fi and Fantasy are barely even a mention within the Christian genre of fiction. They’ve got plenty of Amish Romance, but Amish Vampires in Space is a no-no.

The crazy thing is (and nobody talks about it, although I did hear Chip Ingram’s radio sermon briefly touch on it,) Romance-novel escapism is basically the equivalent to porno-mags for many people. They are wholesale endorsed (as long as there are no exposed, rippling muscles on the cover, and references to a “turgid member” are kept to a minimum,) by the Christian market. We can thank Pat Pulling‘s spec-fic McCarthyism for that… but more on that topic later. It will be the subject of a future nonfiction I’m working on.

Check out the intriguing article, Why Does Christian Romance Outsell Christian Fantasy?
http://www.speculativefaith.com/why-does-christian-romance-outsell-christian-fantasy/

The Crazy Side of Blogging & Writing

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So yeah. There’s a lot of idiots out there and all of them feel entitled to put others down and go crazy with their opinions. I think this post is a bit of a PSA to warn those who would engage me in all forms of jackassery that I do rebroadcast your nonsense for the rest of the world to shake their head at. (I had to post another recent gem from an author who did almost the exact same thing and also resorted to name calling and profanity because of his failure to read submissions guidelines.)

Most of the garbage I get thrown on me is from authors who fail to properly read my submissions guidelines which I’ve clearly posted must be adhered to for writers to get a book review posted on my site. Today I got a wonderful gem from an author who didn’t like getting my occasional newsletter (or the fact that I believe in Jesus/identify as a Christian.) He not only failed to read what genres I read/review (none of his books fit and he never received one,) but he failed to see “When you pitch me you understand that you will be put on my occasional mailing list.” (under the heading “What I require when requesting a review.”)

For your viewing pleasure, “a lesson in how to be a dick on the internet:”

Reply from my mailchimp campaign with some book giveaways in which I mention
“PLEASE leave me highly positive reviews on those titles–they help other people find the books and decide to purchase. It’s the most important way that readers can help and it’s all I really wanted for Christmas… you will also notice that there are 1-star reviews on each title left by atheists whose only problem with the books are that they are Christian in nature and so they’ve tried to hurt my author reputation by leaving flame/troll negative reviews. Your 5 star review helps reverse those!”

Here is the well-thought out response of a quality author with an excellent command of grammar.

Do your promotional scumbag I am an atheist to tell bother me with your religious crap
Martin Kimeldorf
Resist

I figure, being thoughtful and kind is always the best way to meet insanity. I’ve italicized the actual remarks about atheism I’m referring to in the above.

I’ve got no problem with your atheism,  sir. And calling a scumbag is pretty bad form… the same kind of trolling ive been trying to avoid: people judging me and my writing because of my beliefs rather than who I am or my actual writing.

Can I venture a guess that your reactionary insult is because YOU have been judged or put down because of your beliefs (or nonbelief)? If thats the case, can I say I’m sorry on behalf of real Christians? Some of us do things wrong and are unworthy of the title. Levying hate and vitriol should be the opposite of what either side of the faith line is pushing.

I think if you reread my message you’ll find that i did not insult atheists or atheism, I merely identified them (which is how they identified themselves through review or personal messages). Being a Christian doesn’t mean i become a “keyboard warrior” and cut other viewpoints down with negative reviews and neither should it have any part of atheism, both sides of the issue should be civil and be intellectual and theological positions rather than a radicalized movement to drown out opposing viewpoints, which is what “trolling” (or leaving negative reviews on unread titles) is.

Please, let’s keep it civil.

Guess what. He didn’t like the idea of civil conversation. Somehow Donald J Trump is responsible for me not giving him a book review and putting him on my mailing list (per his submission requirements?)

One simple word did you vote for Trump?
Therein lies the meat of this email… also you passed your spam you started this…and yes I see your letter as an attack on atheism
You can’t make this stuff up. I wanted to tell him I am a Libertarian and that whom I voted for–if I exercised that right–had no connection to the conversation. I wanted to open his brain and show him how his emails are the 100101101 equivalent of the hypocritical riots happening down on the UC Berkley Campus where they fight for free speech by setting fire to the campus in order to prevent someone they don’t like from speaking. That and so much more. Instead, I stuck to facts… I’ve been casting too many pearls before swine lately, anyhow.
Everything you just said drips with logical fallacy and the presumption that all Christians are the same. I am choosing not to entertain your blind rage and judgements.
also, I just want to be clear that you opted into my email list when you asked me for a book review a while back. I’m going to assume you want off that list and unsubscribe you.
He did go on to continue emailing me with more insults (somehow I’m a religious bigot and am dishonest because I use my review service to grow an email list.) You can’t argue with stupid and so I blocked him. If you want to check him out, maybe Mr. Martin Kimeldorf has something to say in his books… but I’m no longer listening–and I can’t can’t assume anyone subject to whims of blind rage and wild accusation will have content I find at ease reading.

Great Review Online of Why Your Pastor Left

 

Networking with other authors and bloggers is paramount! A fellow blogger asked for a copy of my nonfiction book and I obliged. The result is a very nice analysis of the book from my someone in my target audience. I invite you to check out the review and subscribe to April Yamasaki’s blog:

https://whenyouworkforthechurch.com/2016/12/08/life-in-the-fishbowl-and-why-your-pastor-left/

20 Signs You’re a Sci-fi Reader

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When you’re done with this blog, go get a shiny new copy of Dekker’s Dozen

quick disclaimer, I totally lifted the idea from Author J.S.Morrin’s blog post 20 Signs You’re a Fantasy Reader (http://www.jsmorin.com/2013/11/20-signs-youre-fantasy-reader)

If you’re like me and have read a ton of science fiction from the golden age and beyond then you’ve probably internalized enough of those tropes to make you feel as appealing as a scruffy looking nerf herder. Here are my top 20 that I literally jotted down in a spare 10 minutes.

1. If you ever got mad at the Halo franchise for not calling it a Niven ring.
2. If the topic Star Wars vs Star Trek has ever been listed as “off limits” during a social gathering.
3. When people skeptically looked at your junky, first car you replied “She may not look like much, but she’s got it where it counts, kid.”
4. You own a high quality replica tricorder, sonic screwdriver, or any other handheld SF film device.
5. You avoid any shirt more than 80% red
6. You already know what color your lightsaber blade should be (bonus points if you’ve ever sketched out the handle).
7. You only allow references to Nathan Fillion as Captain Mal.
8. Driving through snowy weather is always referred to as Hyperspace.
9. You’ve ever tried to give a secret message in binary code.
10. You and your friends have had serious discussions about the science and practicality of lasers.
12. You make Battlestar Galactica references every time you go to Starbucks.
13. The word Quark conjures up at least two mental images.
14. You’ve engaged in 10+minutes worth of debate over why Jar Jar has ruined everything holy.
15. Not only do you know what the acronym TARDIS stands for, but you have a fierce opinion about which actor was the best Doctor
16. You have a preference for which type of Mech or a class of starcraft you’d like to pilot.
17. You draw political parallels and advice from Babylon 5.
18. You have a cosplay costume hanging in your closet right now and are actively seeking excuses to don it.
19. You know more than a little about xenomorph biology, predator culture, or the weyland yutani corporation.
20. You know any words in klingon.

Have a favorite on this list or something else to add? Let me know in the comments!

A Meeting of Giants

Everyone’s got a style. Not everyone’s success looks the same. An editor friend turned me on to this great conversation between author giants Stephen King and George R.R. Martin. They sat down for an hour long round-table discussion this summer in ABQ. At about the 50 minute mark Martin asks King how he writes so many books so fast. She told me that King responded later with his own question asking how to get a film or show made from his stories that doesn’t suck. (though it’s not in the video and maybe from another interaction between the two.) It’s a great interview and I wish I could’ve been in the audience for it! Also, this would be a great premise for an Epic Rap Battle: Martin vs. King.