Matt Smith Panel at Dragoncon 2017

For those of you who care, Matt Smith.


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ANNOUNCEMENT: Tales of the Once and Future King Anthology is here

Okay, to be perfectly technical, the anthology Tales of the Once and Future King is only available for preorder. And, as of this exact minute, only available as a Kindle.Yeah. I know. Don’t look at me, I’m not in charge of this one.

As you may recall, the editor of this project is Anthony Marchetta, the co-editor of God, Robot, from last year. In fact, if you recall, this project was first announced on my podcast, The Catholic Geek.

Like God, Robot, this is yet another compilation book. It’s got a frame tale that links all of the short stories together.

But Anthony wants to promise more.

When Anthony put together his own package on Tales of the Once and Future King anthology, over at Superversive’s blog, he listed it as the following

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DragonCon 2017: The Logic of Magic

A panel on developing magic systems, with Jim Butcher, Kathryn Hinds, Faith Hunter, and Elizabeth Moon.

Yeah, sorry about the audio on this one. Turn the volume up to maximum, and concentrate real hard. Otherwise, you may not be able to hear anything.

Again, I didn’t do this video, so I have no control over how it turned out. Though I’m going to have to listen to this one later. I couldn’t get into this one for love or money.


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So, book one of my epic thriller series, A Pius Man: A Holy Thriller, will be only $0.99 from now, this minute, until 11AM Eastern on Wenesday, October 4.For those of you who don’t recall what A Pius Man is about, the flap copy reads as follows.


Murder in the Vatican!


As the head of Vatican security, Giovanni Figlia must protect a new, African Pope who courts controversy every other day. The Pope’s latest project is to make Pius XII, “Hitler’s Pope,” a saint. Things haven’t gotten better since the Pope employed American mercenary Sean Ryan.

Then a body fell onto the Vatican doorstep.

Mercenaries, spies, beautiful women, international intrigue and ancient secrets – The Pius Trilogy has it all!

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DragonCon 2017: Keeping the Peace: Liaison Characters in UF

Whether striving to improve communication & relations between supernatural & human communities, or between different groups within the supernatural world, our panelists’ characters often find themselves in the position of peacemaker.

Panelists: Patricia Briggs, Jim Butcher, Delilah S. Dawson, Kim Harrison, Nancy Holzner, Faith Hunter.

This is another one I couldn’t get into. Because, again, the hall was WWWAAAYYYY too small for Jim Butcher ALONE, nevermind all of the other authors.

And the audio is a little finicky at times. The farther away you get from the camera, the less you can hear people. Even with headphones, you might want to edge the volume higher and higher. That’s all.

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An Hour with the Ponds, Dragon Con 2017

And now for those people who are interested in Doctor Who…


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How To Make Catholics Look Like Crazy Extremists: A Courtship Fisk

Sometimes, it seems like Catholics forget that while Christ told us that we should not be “of the world,” we still have to live in it.  “I pray not that thou shouldst take them out of the world, but that thou shouldst keep them from evil” (John 17:15).

That’s why articles like this one make me so exceptionally angry.  People who spout this kind of extremism and then wrap it up in phrases like “Traditional Catholicism” are, in my opinion, more of a problem than the Nancy Pelosi brand “catholics” of the world.  They aren’t keeping themselves from evil; they’re retreating from the real world into a mystical Utopia that doesn’t exist, and making the rest of us look completely deranged in the process.

So, for your reading pleasure, I give you another fisk, this time on a blog post pointed out to me by fellow Catholic Geek, Matthew Bowman.  Alas, he couldn’t do his own fisk on the subject; apparently (according to various Facebook commenters), he’s not allowed to have an opinion on the topic because . . . he’s male.

As if that made sense.

But he didn’t ask me to fisk this particular example of hysterical absurdity.  He didn’t have to.

So, from “Traditional Catholic Femininity,” I give you “Stages of a Traditional Catholic Courtship.”

As per the usual fisking procedure, the original text is in italics and my commentary is in bold.

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