Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Of blogs and fiction

National Novel Writing Month 2015 ended Nov. 30 at 11:59 p.m., and so the only excuse I have for not blogging yesterday is that it takes me a bit of time to transition from fiction writing to opinionated ranting. Should be back online with that shortly, but please excuse any strange lapses into civility, politeness, or attempted dialog.

:)

So, there's this:


I actually got to 50K with about ten days to spare, and at ten minutes to midnight on Monday night I managed to finish the whole first draft of A Smijj of Havoc, with a final word count of just over 83,000 words.

I have to admit it: I love writing fiction. I enjoy blogging, too, but for me the joy of daily blogging was greater back when there seemed to be more of a "Catholic blogging community" out there. These days, Catholic bloggers are dropping like flies. Some are just shifting platforms, while others are giving up altogether. And I get that; when people don't bother to read your blog and act all annoyed if you don't just a) post a blog link on Facebook and b) pay no attention if a flock of commenters then uses the post as an excuse to repeat their favorite Catholic Blog Rants even if those have nothing to do with your post, it can be hard to keep going.

And that's before we even talk about the reality that many people jumped on the "blog for money" bandwagon back when it was a shiny new bandwagon full of glittering promise, only to wake up a decade later and find out that the blogging bandwagon industry has gone the way of the buggy whip, so to speak. One of the great things about being a Tiny Insignificant Catholic Blogger is that I have never made a dime doing this, and never will. I'd love to make money as a fiction writer someday (and have started to make just a dribble of it), but somehow that seems different--maybe because when I publish a book I create an actual product to sell instead of shooting off my mouth the same way I used to back when telephones still had cords, with the difference being that I used to have to call multiple people if I wanted to distribute my rants over a wider audience, and now I can freely rant to anybody who is still reading (and, surprisingly, some of you still are).

And Sometimes Tea may not be updated as close to daily as it used to be, but I'm not planning on quitting. So long as there are still people willing to argue, discuss, and engage on issues of faith and culture I'll be here. I hope you'll keep reading.

14 comments:

John Whitehead said...

I'm still reading, Red! Thanks for continuing this blog.

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

These days, Catholic bloggers are dropping like flies.

Not me - but perhaps you don't count me as Catholic, since I am against Bergoglio?

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

I'd love to make money as a fiction writer someday (and have started to make just a dribble of it), but somehow that seems different--maybe because when I publish a book I create an actual product to sell instead of shooting off my mouth the same way I used to back when telephones still had cords, with the difference being that I used to have to call multiple people if I wanted to distribute my rants over a wider audience, and now I can freely rant to anybody who is still reading (and, surprisingly, some of you still are).

When Chesterton ranted to anyone reading the newspaper that published his rants, for one thing the newspaper was already an actual saleable product, for another - and this is where similarity to blogging comes in - the essays were collected into books which were sold (Utopia of Usurers, Eugenics and Other Evils, All Things Considered ...).

THIS can also be done, of course, with blogged texts.

Food blogs have become cookery books.

Part of Father Joseph Huneycutt's blog Orthodoxie have been removed while entered into a book form, but I think the removal was not necessary.

An internet text available for free does not compete a printed same text out of existence.

Btw, here are the conditions for using MY blogs as quarries for nuggets of book suitable essays:

hglwrites : A little note on further use conditions
https://hglwrites.wordpress.com/a-little-note-on-further-use-conditions/


Applicable for all my blogs on blogger too. Unless a modification is explicitly noted. Here these are:

En lengua romance en Antimodernism y de mis caminaciones : Otros blogues del mismo escritor/oltri blogghi del stesso scrittore
http://enfrancaissurantimodernism.blogspot.com/p/otros-blogues-del-mismo-escritoroltri.html

Elizabeth said...

Congratulations on your accomplishment this NaNoWriMo! Glad to have you back, Erin.

I keep reading because I've learned much about Catholicism here. I appreciate the depth of your commitment and how you actively work to apply the teachings to your own life, even if it means changing.

Merry Christmas to you and yours now.

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

So, A Smijj of Havoc is the next novel in the Smijj series, as well as the reason for the prize?

Red Cardigan said...

Hans, yes, in a manner of speaking--that is, anyone who writes at least 50,000 words in the month of November and verifies it by uploading the text is a winner. It's an honor system, but those of us who participate do so for the reward of meeting a difficult writing goal in 30 days or less!

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

I was aware of the difficult writing goal, but I thought you had taken an award over and above the rest. I was not aware there was a competition and now I am aware that after all there wasn't.

Even so, congratulations on reaching the goal!

Siarlys Jenkins said...

Not me - but perhaps you don't count me as Catholic, since I am against Bergoglio?

I'm not Roman Catholic, and never have been, unlike eighty percent of my childhood playmates. But this does strike me as a bit inconsistent.

Yes, I know that there can be such a thing as an individual in the top leadership position abusing their power and authority to promote a personal agenda, contrary to the received institutional principles of the body. Such accusations have been made against Francis I, Benedict XVI, John Paul II, Paul VI, John XXIII... and John Paul I (anyone remember him?) escaped this opprobrium only by dying within weeks of being installed.

But one of the distinguishing characteristics of the Roman Catholic Church has been that the Bishop of Rome is Christ's Vicar on Earth. Since another component has generally been (per de Sales critique of Luther and Calvin) that mortal men and women generally don't know the true meaning of Scripture unless instructed... well, Hans Georg Lundahl's lack of obedience and respect, and insistence that he knows better than the current duly elected Pope, does strike me as rather inconsistent with Catholicism.

It reminds me of the self-proclaimed Sedevacantist who sometimes comments at Rod Dreher's blog, who turned out to be a rather nice and thoughtful person to engage with, but she was a former Protestant who became Catholic just long enough to decide that the current hierarchy was illegitimate, which struck me as a rather Protestant thing to do.

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

"But one of the distinguishing characteristics of the Roman Catholic Church has been that the Bishop of Rome is Christ's Vicar on Earth."

Sure.

Namely the BISHOP, not just the USURPER of Rome. St Francis of Sales would know what I mean, he was bishop, but Calvin was usurper of Geneva.

"Since another component has generally been (per de Sales critique of Luther and Calvin) that mortal men and women generally don't know the true meaning of Scripture unless instructed."

In certain passages which were at dispute back then. ALL parties agreeing for instance that Genesis 1 - 11 were literally true. And I agree with Catholic side back then that Genesis 3 predicts sinlessness of the Blessed Virgin Mary, from first moment of her conception, and Genesis 4 endorses free will, God is NOT deciding what sins the sinner does.

"and insistence that he knows better than the current duly elected Pope"

DULY?

You know Obama can only be duly elected president of the states if he was born a US Citizen.

Bergoglio can only be duly elected Pope of the Catholic Church if he was no heretic when accepting election.

"but she was a former Protestant who became Catholic just long enough to decide that the current hierarchy was illegitimate, which struck me as a rather Protestant thing to do."

Chesterton once said, the last real Catholics will have to be saying all over what old Puritans said - but when it really NEEDS saying. He was obviously thinking about protesting against a frivolity of culture, since Catholic Culture back 16th C is not really a tenth as frivolous as ambient culture now. But it does also apply if Popes try to overturn inerrancy of Bible as proclaimed by Council of Trent. Or the conditions of validity of marriage as per centuries of Church law. If they just take a short try, one may resist and hope they desist. If they try long enough, one must conclude they really mean their disagreement with the Church of the past. And that they are thus not Catholics, thus not Popes.

Siarlys Jenkins said...

I'm disappointed Hans... I was expecting you might offer a cogent, carefully considered, argument rooted in canon law and documented traditions. Instead, all you offer is a long-winded rant fueled by personal angst.

Calvin is, for purposes of this discussion, a straw man. My mother, a conservative Republican, CALLED herself a Calvinist, but she was mostly talking about work ethic and morals, not predestination or burning people at the stake who questioned the Trinity. (You might approve of that last one). I'm not a Calvinist, if anything I'm an Arminian, which in the eyes of Calvinists makes me practically Catholic.

Interesting that you essentially relegate the guiding role of the Magisterium to some long-resolved disputes of centuries ago. Anyway, pace de Sales, by what criteria do you distinguish between the Bishop and the Usurper? Were all the cardinals appointed by John Paul II and Benedict XVI usurpers too? And who are you to determine who was a heretic at the moment of their election? Has an angel appeared to designate your mission? Are you relying on your own personal reading of Scripture, sola scriptura?

As I said, I'm not Catholic, but I am a disciple of due process. I generally respect any institution's right to establish rules, canons, criteria, for itself, and then to expect that those who adhere to the institution will learn and be guided by, even obedient to, those common criteria. Thus, when I attend mass, which occasionally happens, I refrain from taking communion, although I could easily do so, because I respect the rules the Roman Catholic church has for who received communion in its own service. (Ditto for a Lutheran church I also don't belong to, but attend quite often.)

I know where Barack Obama was born. As a matter of fact, I have an image of his birth certificate on the side of my car, with the heading "Made in the USA." He's been a considerable disappointment in many respects. But he is a natural born American citizen.

Red Cardigan said...

Siarlys, I haven't posted Hans' latest comment. While I try to be patient with commenters of every background, there reaches a point with sedevacantists where I just can't even anymore. Hans seems to be a proponent of the antipope who calls himself "Pope Michael," and I assume it's the same one who though never ordained to the priesthood runs a little sect in Kansas. If I'm wrong, Hans, you can contact me through email, but if you're a follower of "Pope Michael" then I think it's best that this particular conversation come to an end.

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

One update please.

You are right about who he is, not about what he is.

That "though never ordained to the priesthood" WAS correct up to Advent in civil year 2011 (of Church year 2012), in which Advent he was consecrated bishop on Gaudete Sunday after being ordained priest the day before.

That is the Sunday at which I started writing my fan fic "Chronicle of Susan Pevensie", and I attributed this grace to his first Mass, even while as yet not accepting him as Pope. I knew him from back earlier when I was Palmarian.

His line comes from Duarte Costa. The bishops who ordained and consecrated him had been reconciled - by him as Pope elect.

Popes do not need to be priests before election*, the one who returned to Rome from Avignon was both ordained and consecrated bishop after election.

After this, feel free to end the conversation in good conscience.

* Also true of other bishops, confer St Ambrose of Milan.

Siarlys Jenkins said...

Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore.

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

Red Cardigan, I stood up for you when a library's filter stamped your blog as porn.

You are NOT wrong about WHOM I mean. But you ARE WRONG about what he is (apart from who is Pope or Antipope), namely in pretending he is not yet priest.

At the time of the documentary, he wasn't, it was released 6 December 2011, and five days later he was. THIS info, you are not letting through, but Siarlys' mockery you are letting through.

I don't think email is the only right place to reply to that, and anyway, according to your words, that would have been if you were wrong about whom I meant.