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The day Megan proved four of you wrong.

On Friday, I explained Megan’s Surprise Dilemma, a gambit wherein Megan had the option to unravel various surprises.

As a bonus, I included a poll to predict both Megan’s reaction and Jason’s plans. Only five people voted (despite >30 reading the article) but there were still interesting “trends.” (Can you say “trend” of a tiny sample size?)

  • Nobody voted either “surprise” was a lie. Everyone expected both surprises to exist.
  • Four readers predicted that Megan would not want to know and would abstain from checking the laptop bag.
  • One reader predicted that Megan would check, deliberating spoiling both surprises.

Neither Megan nor I voted.

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ASK JASON ANYTHING: Evaluating The “Christian” Role-playing Game: Soterion

It’s a writer’s job to know a little bit about everything, and to thoroughly research anything he doesn’t know. ASK JASON ANYTHING is your opportunity to challenge Jason with a question of any kind, whether it’s scientific or religious, financial or social, political, historical. It can be something you already know, or something you’re genuinely curious to learn. You can ask trivia or knowledge or advice, and every Thursday, Jason will do his best to answer.

Today’s Question:
I am asking you to review the information presented by the game developers on this site and let me know your take on it. If legitimate, my husband and I would be very interested in it.

The game in question is “Soterion” (http://soterion.com/), which bills itself as a “Christian Role-playing Game”. The name is obviously derived from the word “soteriology”, which is the study or doctrine of salvation (in turn derived from the Greek word soteria; salvation). Soterion is being developed by a company called “Lamplight Media”.

The website’s front page describes Soterion as “an imaginary world that is full to the brim with spiritual symbolism” and promises “a Christ-centered game…a fantasy world that is not silly or hokey [and is] extremely interactive with realistic consequence and action, clearly defined heroes and villains…Biblical values, and an evangelistic message.”

The above is really two questions, and will be treated as such; particularly since my answers pull in opposite directions. Read More →

Non-fiction Article Sold…Again?

soldLast night I received notice from www.helium.com that another the same article was purchased again by a third-party publisher.

Same circumstances as before; subcontracted for pennies-on-the-dollar of the going rate for freelance articles. We’re talking payment so cheap, the article has sold TWICE and I still don’t meet the “minimum withdrawl” amount at Helium.

So although my work has proven profitable, to Helium in actuality and to two publishers in theory, I haven’t yet made a dime from it.

Still, it’s a thrill to know my work strikes a chord with people. Just a shame that even my marginal successes (so far) come from non-fiction!

The really good news is that I still own the copyright, and as many publishers as desire can buy the same article again, furthermore I can also still submit it to magazines on my own. (Just not for First North American Rights.)

The other cool thing is that this reminded me of a fiction story idea built around the same frustrations I express in this non-fiction piece.