Short Hiatus

Hello, faithful readers!

As the end of the school year draws nigh, we the writers are dealing with a lot of transition type things. Some of us are preparing for new teaching jobs in the fall, some of us are focusing on school and some of us (!) are getting married.

Unfortunately, real life has to take priority over our literary endeavors, so the Uncommonplaces will be taking backseat for a while.

There should be a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 review coming fairly soon, but until next school year starts, updates will probably be fairly irregular.

Thank you for your patience, and keep an eye on the facebook page for updates!

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Special Announcement

Hey everyone! Since tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, we will be changing the formatting a bit. So keep your eyes peeled for some special pieces and enjoy the holiday!

(This post was written by the sole single writer of the Uncommonplaces. Don’t worry, other singles, tomorrow’s pieces will be for you too!)

Happy New Year!

We’re back, after our two-month (much-needed) hiatus. Over the holiday season, we have both partaken (partook? partooken? partaked?) in lots of excellent literature and media, as well as restored our writing skills and had a good rest. Our first Uncommonplace of the New Year will be going up tomorrow night, and we will be resuming our Tuesday-Friday posting schedule.

Thank you for your patience, and enjoy 2017!

Was I Born to Be Tame? Second Installment

Second: Justice is a Better Story

Why do I call myself a feminist? Because I believe that it is still necessary.

Warning: this post may contain triggers for victims of sexual abuse. Please read wisely. 

Dear Turner Family, Judge Persky, et al,
I should not have to write this. I shouldn’t. I can’t believe I am writing it.
But I am.
Being sorry you got caught is not the same as being sorry you did it.
Regret is not remorse.
And rape is not okay. 

Continue reading “Was I Born to Be Tame? Second Installment”

Science AND Fiction

Often literature and the arts are posited as in opposition to more technical disciplines, such as science, math, and technology. However, opposition amongst disciplines almost always leads to loss of knowledge and beauty. The wedding of science and literature–science fiction–has been used to great effect over the past century, in such stories as Frank Herbert’s Dune series (which also welds political theory), Kurt Vonnegut’s novels, Isaac Asimov’s brilliant Foundation series, and countless others.

Christians have written very little good science fiction, mostly because we often espouse a sharp divide between imagination and reality. In practice, though, we should be of those who are best at wedding the seen and the unseen, the known and the mysterious. What little has been written is not very good–because the Christians who write and the Christians who understand science, math, and technology are of two different sets.

Christians who write must lose their fear of science, and Christians who love science must stop clinging to pragmatism.

The 21st century is ready for good Christian science fiction. Not “science fiction” that sits on the Christian shelf, but well-written sci-fi by Christians.

Why I Write

“So Scheherazade rejoiced, and thus, on the first night of the Thousand Nights and a Night, she began her recitations.”

–One Thousand and One Nights

The first story I ever wrote was, frankly, terrible (as were all my early artistic attempts; never ask me about songwriting. *shudders*) I remember that it was definitely at least somewhat a ripoff of the Lord of the Rings, but with a self-insert character and romance. I have never shown it to anyone. If that had been all, I would never have willingly written another word. Continue reading “Why I Write”