Outermost Mansion Preview 1 – “Prelude: Consumed”

This is the prologue of the first book of my ever-in-the-works fantasy series. The book is The Outermost Mansion and the the series is The Trilogy of Trilogies split into three smaller trilogies or “Triads.”

More previews to follow.

© 2013 

You have spent your life in hard labor and devotion to study the depths of this world.

You have tried to sound the abyss with every intricate cord of your thought.

You have each of your tomes printed prudently in the meaningful script of memory.

All measure of your strength has been spent in trying to find the understanding.

You have your countless inventions, your myriad of theories like fruits on a tree, your numberless paintings of what your senses have whispered to you, and all these things are admirable. They are admirable, but they are yet childish. They are childish because they are only a palmful of sand from an endless desert of terror and beauty.

You have not even begun to find the understanding.

–          from The Zaidōkyō

by Teonoro, Anchorite of Kantō

Year 355 VR

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Divine Unrest (A Meditation)

Divine unrest. I’m not sure what it means if you want a strict definition. I do not know of it, but I know it, right now. It’s that feeling of anxiety and restlessness that equals joy. It’s that call from Beyond, so close to your ear that it tickles and irritates you. It’s like the feeling in your muscles when you’ve been sedentary for too long, the strange yearning for lactic acid and soreness. It’s that boredom that produces yearning that produces possibility that produces mystical rapture. It’s when Something needs to happen, but that need becomes a deep, almost romantic love for the Something. Continue reading

Academic-Speak: A Parody

I am fed up with how most academic scholars choose to write. You’ve all read something like it at some point: those pretentious articles filled with unnecessarily convoluted sentence structures and bizarre word replacements like ‘problematic’ for ‘problem’ or ‘crucialities’ for ‘important stuff.’ Some of the words they use don’t even exist.

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The Cinematography of “The Passion of the Christ”

In the style of Evan Richard’s brilliant cinematography blog, I’ve captured screenshots of the breathtakingly cinematic “The Passion of the Christ” (2004) by Mel Gibson. This film should have received much more accolade than it did given its technical and artistic achievements.

The Cinematography of “The Passion of the Christ)” (2004)
Cinematographer: Caleb Deschanel
Nominated for 2004 Academy Award for Best Cinematography

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Top 30 Catholic Movies That Hollywood Made

The truth is all the best Catholic movies weren’t made as Catholic movies. For all the complaining we Catholics do about ‘Hollywood values,’ mainstream (and often Hollywood) cinema has been doing a better job of promoting Catholic values and Christian teachings than all the second-rate films labled officially “Catholic.”

Here is my list of the top 30 of such films – ‘pagan’ movies that save souls. Continue reading