God Is In Control

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I spoke with a friend  a couple of weeks ago, details changed to protect the innocent, who’s been trying very hard to get a job in a certain arena he’s very good at. I mean extremely good. The type of person where if I needed advice in the field, I’d turn to him for it. He’s been struggling with a couple oft he major players in the field who, despite his qualifications, are passing him over.

I voiced to him how it wasn’t right in my opinion, and he should be a shoo-in. When he responded, he was very calm and shook his head. “No, God is revealing my path to be another way.”

Those words struck me as something to aspire to. We all have problems in our lives, all face adversity, but it is part of God’s plan for us to strengthen our bond with Him, and to ensure we are serving His purpose.

His purpose might be revealed to us now, tomorrow, next  week, next year, or in the next life, but it is there, and we are an active part in it. And it gives us cause to rejoice despite our present troubles. Sometimes our suffering and death can actually be a part of the purpose, and it sounds counterintuitive, but that’s something to rejoice in as well.

It says very clearly in Pslam 116:15: Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his faithful servants.” It doesn’t mean God’s taking some joy in seeing us in pain, but what it does mean is that God respects what we’re going through because he understands suffering and death better than anyone. He can rejoice because we are brought closer to Him. The Pslamist continues on how we are to respond to this in verse 117: “I will sacrifice a thank offering to you and call on the name of the Lord.”

Our sacrifice is our duty. To be mistreated is to be expected. In John 15:18-20, Christ himself warned: “If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master ‘ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also.”

We’re blessed because of any suffering we undertake in His name, and in His purpose. We should not fear such persecution, we should not be brought down by it, but instead we should act like the Pslamist and understand  our duty. We are here to follow His path, not our own desires. But the end of verse 20 also gives us some hope, because it helps us to identify those who are brothers and sisters by seeing whether others keep His word. If we hold close to keeping His word and keeping that of our brothers and sisters in Him as well, we create a bond of loyalty that is greater than anything else in the world. It’s precious as His purpose.

His purpose is perfect, His purpose is worthy, it is all that matters in the scheme of eternity. Our temporary pains and ills will be something to laugh about in the final days. Trust in Him. God loves us, and will stand by us, and it’s reason to stand strong and proud.

And the best part is? His purpose cannot be thwarted. It cannot be undone. We cannot lose because we already have won.

On reflecting on my friend’s attitude, I want to strive to be more like him, content in knowing God will guide the way, no matter whether I understand it in this moment or in this lifetime. A peace in understanding that our purpose is right because it is His.

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Defending Our Veteran Artists – A Tremendous Success

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We all came together in the last 24 hours, united behind a man who served our country and professes Christian faith, who was blacklisted from small indie publishers for making a truthful comment on facebook.

Will Caligan’s Comic

And we have good news to report today, that the fundraiser for Will Caligan is at $26,800 as of this writing, and only going to continue to go up. It’s truly amazing what this community can do. Mark my words this is sending a big signal to the blacklisters and SJWs in the publishing industry. It’s rocking them to see how much purchasing power we collectively have.

And they haven’t seen it before. You have to remember, they’ve watched their sales dwindle slowly over time. They blamed outside factors – the economy, people not reading, etc. Never did they ever reflect and say “maybe the way we treat other human beings like Will Caligan is the problem.”

Now they’re faced with that reality.

And Caligan is a grateful, gracious guy according to Megan Fox over at PJ Media: 

Caligan is humbled by the outpouring of support from the comics community, but not used to the attention as his profile has been launched into the national spotlight. The attention can only bring positive things, however, as the industry is buzzing about Caligan and his work. All Short Fuse Media seems to have accomplished with their politically correct panic attack is push Caligan to the next level of his career.

Now, not only is Castalia House funding a project for Caligan, but other publishers are following suit.

What’s great is he’s in talks with Chris Kennedy Publishing to draw an adaptation of their Four Horsemen military science fiction. Those books are fantastic and the more stuff like this that gets made in the comic realm, the more we’re going to reshape the industry and bust the oligopoly. This is just the beginning of a cultural revolution.

On my front, I’m creating a revolution in science fiction, as well as comics. If you like my content, make sure you don’t miss out on all the exclusives in my patreon, including monthly short stories, comics and books as they are made. 

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Book Marketing: Believe In Yourself If You Want Anyone Else To

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I’ve got enough success now that I have troll vultures circling my profile every day trying to snipe at anything I say. Exhibit A is an innocuous book marketing post, where I’m appropriating a popular hashtag because it can apply to my book if you change the meaning of it as I did. I’m very savvy at social media marketing like this and stay on top of trends.

But the comment actually ties into a larger point in book marketing. Projecting confidence. Now this guy wasn’t ever going to buy my books anyway, he was just here to troll me, and so I can completely discount what he says. On the other hand, I do get approached by authors very regularly asking about their books and if I’d check it out or if I think it looks like it’s good from the cover/blurb. Invariably it’s accompanied by a self-defeating comment like “I hope it doesn’t suck too much.” That’s modesty, and that actually is the turn off to most potential readers.

If you’re modest about your work, it’s going to kill your sales.

You have to have confidence in your work if your’e going to be out there presenting it to an audience. Some people are going to love it, some people are likely going to hate it (unless it’s For Steam And Country which out of 88 reviewers, none are below 3 stars! Unheard of success!), but if you don’t come out there 100% behind your own work, people are going to sense that.

When you’re selling, a customer doesn’t need an excuse to walk away. Psychologically, they want to walk away because they’re so bombarded with ads and sales pitches constantly in their day to day lives. If you’re in the process of that and you let them know your product is not top notch, you’ve killed the sale every single time.

I’ve seen other authors post things like “I haven’t sold a book since the day it came out, and even then I only sold 5 copies! If someone doesn’t buy this I can’t keep writing!”  While this may get you a couple of sympathy sales from your mom and a couple of friends, your goal isn’t to get from 5 copies sold to 7 copies sold. This sounds like desperation, and it also signals to someone that other people weren’t interested in checking out your book, which turns them off as well.

It’s imperative for success that you wipe any lack of confidence from your mind in terms of your book or product you want to sell. If that means going through and doing another revision, making it better because you know it’s not the best, do that. If it means changing your cover design because it’s not top notch, do that too. If you don’t believe in what you’ve got, readers or potential customers won’t either.

It can be hard for a lot of people not used to sales. I come from a sales and marketing background so it’s much easier for me. But it starts with the way you internalize things as well. It’s mindset, like anything else. If you find yourself thinking “my book sucks”, get rid of those thoughts. Stick yourself in front of a mirror every morning and say “my book is great.” Externalizing a thought helps you to more naturally internalize it, especially with repetition. It’s a very necessary step toward getting the desired result — other people thinking your book is great.

If you like my blog and other content, you’ll really love Gravity Of The Game, which many people are talking about for the Nebula and Hugo awards. It’s classic science fiction that’s uplifting and heartwarming, and there’s nothing else out there like it in the market today. Check it out! 

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That Time When Sour Scalzi Mansplained Being A Strong Woman To Oprah

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Very interesting stuff. Scroll to about 20:22 to see the excitement.

Talking over her. Interrupting. I literally can’t even. He should attend sensitivity training immediately.

If you’re tired of old white men mansplaining, check out the book with a strong female lead by the leading Hispanic voice in science fiction. Zaira  is in charge in For Steam And Country..


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No One Is Pure Enough For The Outrage Inquisition

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The last couple days have been pretty eye opening, as I’ve watched a couple of SJWs get savaged by their own kind for not toeing the line hard enough. The first incident was a reviewer by the name of Bookworm Blues, who was all too happy to attack me for saying it’s not a good look to attack other authors to someone else. She posted an innocuous image on twitter:

Other than showing her bad taste in fiction, it’s not that interesting of an image. However, having played to the SJW outrage train, she made a fatal mistake: posting a single image that mentioned male authors. Even though this is just some powerless book blogger with a few hundred followers, dozens of comments, emails, blogs were made about her posting this image. Now despite her signaling, apparently she got a bunch of flack because it lists Robin Hobb (one of the better authors on her diagram) who is female and therefore she somehow offended Hobb by posting this? The situation is unclear, but what was clear, was she started receiving threats via email for her post. Bad enough that she was contemplating quitting Twitter:

The mob went after her, someone with zero power in the industry, because of one tweet that mentioned a few books in conjunction with emotional responses they evoke in readers. That’s it. Nothing offensive. Nothing weird. This is the level of crazy the SJWs go to to attack someone. And yes, I’m defending someone who attacked me for no reason. But seriously? This woman doesn’t deserve this kind of heat.

But it doesn’t stop there. The next interesting outrage of the day moved onto the Midwest Writers Workshop. This is a group that’s been teaching people how to write for 18+ years, running this non-profit, helping out. Of course, they’re steeped in SJW politics from the board on down to who they invite to speak at their conference, and have been perpetuating the culture of fake “representation” outrage for a long time.

This is even more unclear drama than happened with Bookworm Blues, as I can’t get to the heart of the details of what’s being accused with all the back and forth public signalling  going on from authors who aren’t remotely involved in it. The situation came to my attention when author Roxanne Gay called to boycott the conference:

This is a workshop designed for people just to teach n00b writers how to make their writing suck less. It’s not that interesting of an event for demanding boycotts, but perhaps they did something egregious?

Having seen the outrage-spin with different people and organizations, I investigated into this, hoping to find something interesting from a journalistic standpoint. What I found is that this is just another example of how the professional science fiction community is filled with worse drama than high school. Cliques will be cliques, and it’s ugly. As I mentioned, some things are unclear but here’s what I was able to determine on the situation from a factual standpoint:

  1. A woman who worked for the group was called fat by someone in the board of this conference in a private meeting.
  2. This woman at some point was not invited to come on the board, which I presume is unrelated to point 1 having seen no evidence to the contrary.
  3. Later on, the board decided they’re having problems and wanted to restructure how their efforts are going in order to streamline/make a better convention. They were planning on cutting someone else.
  4. This someone else claimed she was a whistleblower about the fat comment, and was removed from the board for whistleblowing. Made big internet stink about it. There is no evidence one way or another.
  5. The convention organizers posted a long-winded apology basically apologizing that someone on the board (not the person posting) called the first woman fat.
  6. SJWs smelled blood and went for “it’s not enough of an apology!” And that’s where calls to boycott, destroy people, etc. came into play, including some help from a NYTimes writer who decided this was the outrage cause of the day. I guess she wasn’t outraged enough by her pal Paul Krugman winning the #1 Fake News Award.

Not a very interesting story. Sometimes in journalism you come across interesting stuff, other times you don’t. In this case, everyone involved seems to be just absolutely steeped in high school drama and there’s no clear winner or innocent.

I do have advice for the conference however: your mistake was issuing a verbose public apology. You didn’t call someone fat. Someone else did. Even if someone else did, people call names all the time, it’s not a big deal and doesn’t merit you acknowledging it on a public forum. When you make a big apology like this that’s vague, you give openings to pick it apart. The intention of these people is to disrupt organizations and change their stated purposes from their stated purpose (in this case, just critiquing n00b writers and helping them get better) to a political agenda of some feminist unclear goal.  Because that’s their goal and not the surface of what they’re outraged about, they will use anything you post to try to destroy you. An apology only opens the door for their outraged friends to say “see! they are this bad and know it!” They’re not trying to meet you halfway.

I was hoping to have more, but the workshop did not reply to my comment asking for an interview at the time of this blog.

But the mistake is made, and I expect this conference is not much longer for this world. Oh well. When you play with social justice, the world loses, as excellent book reviewer, the Injustice Gamer says quite often. 

I write books that are just fun, drama free, politics free. My readers come in all shapes and sizes, fat, thin or in between, and I love them all! You should check it out because you’ll probably enjoy the epic adventure that captivates so many people. Join us and read For Steam And country today!

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The Ever-Changing Narrative And Double Standards Show They’re Disingenuous

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The reactions seem to be a law with these keyboard warriors out for vigilante social justice. 1. Someone flies in the face of their Narrative 2. They lose their collective minds and won’t stop droning on and on, parroting each other in an attempt to prove their virtue 3. When it doesn’t seem to be effective, they change the Narrative.

This is what’s been happening to me with the sci-fi establishment. These writers can’t seem to spend their time writing fiction like is their jobs (in theory) but they make  post after post and blog after blog trying to defame me, as if it’s going to stop me from writing great books that everyone reads.

The original Narrative was a defamatory statement calling me a “racist bully” and claiming I was “planning on engendering a hostile environment” – that’s quite a mouthful of lack of meaning. When it was clear that didn’t make any sense, and in terms of double standards, it could apply to almost everyone attacking me, they did what they always do, they changed the Narrative.

It took some time for the “he’s planning to record!” Narrative to surface. They were coached on it by a couple of my usual trolls before it came about, and I don’t believe it was ever part of the original Narrative plan, which was left vague and unprovable on purpose. This change in Narrative fast proved a mistake, because the double standards were even worse here. A quick YouTube search shows dozens of people who record at WorldCon regularly, and other conventions. It’s a normal occurrence with these events being open to the public and being in essence media events. Normal people saw this rightly as a violation of my civil rights and free speech as a journalist, and it wasn’t an effective strategy to be blasting me on this. The most damning part of this Narrative for the haters trying to criticize me on it was it said right on their website “Recording is permitted.” So it wasn’t about that.

In the past couple days, with that Narrative being such bad publicity for the convention because of the double standard they applied over political affiliation, it’s shifted to “he’s mean on the internet!”  NYT Bestsellers have been swearing about me on their twitter, lower-selling midlist authors are cheering and congratulating each other over spreading rumors and gossip like this is a high school clique rather than professionals. This strategy is going to backfire as well, because first, being mean on the internet is not a crime. No one has been banned from conventions over being mean on the internet before. And it applies to these folk in a massive double standard way. I don’t go around being nearly as mean or cruel as they are. I’m generally pretty nice and only even respond after someone’s been unusually cruel in the first place, which is well-documented. Anyone researching their “examples” of my “meanness” will find in every instance, those people attacked me hard first.  It’s another desperate effort to preserve an ever-shrinking clique, and it’s really sad to watch the lengths they’ll go to for their Narrative. If the standard for banning is being mean, all of these people who are attacking me now should be banned. But they won’t be, because of the double standard of their political affiliations.

And none of that has anything to do with conventions. As one of the commenters on a recent hate thread noted, someone who attacks me regularly even admits: “he really is open and friendly and personable in person at cons.” The Narrative doesn’t make any sense in this context.

It’ll be interesting to see what they’ll do when this backfires again because of the double standards and disingenuousness. We’ve seen them do this a dozen times to right-leaning authors in Sci-Fi over the last several years. You’d think they’d learn. But at the end of the day, these folks are scared of their diminishing power structures because of self-publishing and small press. They can’t stop my books from coming out, they can’t stop them from being well-received by readers despite their desperate attempts to destroy me personally.

Their motives are clear: ban first because of his identity, then we’ll come up with a reason later. If that reason doesn’t work, we’ll try a new one. Will they ever get tired of being dishonest?

If you like the blog and my work, do check out For Steam And Country. Everyone loves it.  It’s fun. It’s all-ages friendly. And because of you my readers, it’s been in the top 10 in Steampunk for the last 8 days straight. Read it and find out why readers love me so much.

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