2017: Writing Highlights

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Stranger Longings: Adoption and Belonging in Stranger Things 2

This one is a big deal for me. I’ve wanted to write for Christ & Pop Culture since I started following the site in 2014 and now that it’s finally happened I can focus on making it happen again.

But I didn’t do it myself. Allison Barron, the wonderful and long-suffering editor of Area of Effect magazine and Geekdom House, helped me take an observation and a lots of feeling and turn it into something focused and readable.

She also said: “Do it.” Which is really good advice.

Read the result over at Christ & Pop Culture.

Reading Middle-earth

This was supposed to be my big project for 2017 but I didn’t make as much progress as I hoped to. I started it after reading The Silmarillion and The Hobbit early in the year and I’m mostly happy about it. It’s more for me than anyone else, but I’m trying to weave together all my reading about Tolkien, Fantasy, and Stories into life lessons from The Lord of the Rings.

Reading Middle-earth may be incomplete but you can still read the entries from Book 1.

Area of Effect magazine

2017 is officially the year I started making a (modest) living as a writer. Most of this was copywriting, but some of it was exactly the kind of writing I want to do and do more of. As a staff writer for Geekdom House’s magazine I wrote eight articles exploring the connection between my faith and the geeky things love.

My article about Stardew Valley and avoiding community was the year’s most read article in the video game category. I’m less proud of the fact that I still struggle with the problems I identify in the article.

In a tie for the position of thing-I-wrote-that’s-most-meaningful-to-me are my articles The Gift of Story and The Importance of Rest and Save Points.

The Fellowship of The Ring: At the Sign of the Prancing Pony

The Fellowship of The Ring: At the Sign of the Prancing Pony

2017: Reading Highlights