Why #Exvangelical and #EmptyThePews

Finding my way through deconstruction and back to reconstruction was hard. It wasn’t until I found the #Exvangelical community that I began to re-embrace my faith and figure out how to move forward in it. Before I get into what it means to be part of that and the #EmptyThePews movement, I want to give a rundown of what it’s …

True love, all because of Star Wars

Being the Star Wars nerd I am, it’s only fitting that my ‘fairy-tale’ romance started because of the franchise. Scott grew up in a small town where my grandparents lived from the time I was 10 until I was in my 20s. It’s a beautiful little port town with a beach, a quaint harbour, and small enough population that everybody …

Return of the Expanded Universe?

One of the most devastating blows to my Star Wars fanaticism was the day Disney announced the Expanded Universe (EU) was canon no more, and would now be reclassified as “Legends”. I had bonded with the Expanded Universe characters; as pathetic as it may sound, there were times they were my closest — and only — friends. In a way, …

Incels and the question of regulation

In the aftermath of last week’s violent murder-spree by Alek Minassian, there are many questions left unanswered. While most circulate around the motive behind such an abhorrent action, there are also questions regarding how to stop this from happening again. These latter questions involve two very specific areas. The first, regarding van rentals — a seemingly “easy” way to create …

Selfish Gain

We all are selfish at times. Sometimes we lose track of where the line of determination and self-care/support becomes selfish pursuit. It’s easy to convince ourselves that we are doing things for others, when in fact, it’s all about us. There are a lot of selfish people within the Church. People who take advantage of the hearts and generosity of …

How Creative Planning Keeps Me Motivated

Like many people struggling with mental health issues, getting motivated can be a challenge at times. For me, I basically have two modes — super motivated and completely unmotivated. Over the years, one of my biggest challenges has been finding ways to overcome this. Looking at what stifles your motivation can reveal a lot of interesting things. One of the …

Why Pregnancy April Fool’s Jokes are Cruel and Unfunny

Without fail, at least one person on my news feed annually takes the opportunity to make an April Fool’s joke about pregnancy. People laugh in amusement and then mock those who comment saying it’s hurtful. “Learn to take a joke!” “Take a chill pill!” And more recently, “You’re such a snowflake!” Here’s the thing though — there is literally nothing …

The Crown Princess’ Voyage: Book Review

Some of you may recall a book review I did last January for a book called “The Gift Knight’s Quest.” I had the privilege of reading the sequel to this book over the past year. Much like the first, it is quite enjoyable and features an interesting premise. The only criticism I had regarding the first book was the difficult …

Dragon Age’s Varric to be a Published Author

If you’re a fan of the Bioware series Dragon Age, then you’re likely more than aware of Hard in Hightown. The novel is a piece of fiction within the fiction–a book written by Varric Tethras, one of the main characters of Dragon Age:2. For those unfamiliar with the game series, Varric is a smooth talking, wry, poetic, and witty ‘sexy’ …

Mid-Month Short Story Challenge

Tim, a blogger that I follow, and an incredible writer, has been hosting a mid-month story challenge for several months now. Although I was super-excited right from the beginning, this is the first one I’ve been able to finish. The challenge is posted (as the title suggests) in the middle of each month. It is due on the first of …