I’m Not Done

For eight awesome months, I ran the Star Wars website at About.com. I’m proud of the work I did there; I think it’s some of the best I’ve ever done. A few months ago, I was told that About would no longer be pursuing Star Wars as a topic site, due to some heavy restructuring of its business model.

That’s entirely their right, and I completely respect it. Jobs come and go for writers; it’s the nature of the business.

I don’t entirely understand their decision; Star Wars has never been a hotter topic than it is right now, and it’s only getting bigger by the day. Rogue One, Episode VIII, Rebels, novels, comics, video games… Disney is doing Star Wars right, and now is the best possible time to cover it.

But things happen and we move on.

The thing is: I’m not finished talking about Star Wars. And funny enough, people are still subscribing to my Star Wars social media feeds even though I haven’t written anything on the subject in months! I had all kinds of ideas cooking, materials to review, features to share, and insights to offer. And there are people out there who still seem to want to hear what I have to say.

So I’m going to keep going.

But as long as this is my own thing, why limit it to Star Wars? I’m passionate about lots of geeky stuff, like superheroes, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Tolkien, Harry Potter, video games, comic books, LEGO, movie soundtracks, board games… Basically, if it promotes great storytelling and creativity, I’m in.

I’ve been in this business for more than 20 years, and I still receive communications and review materials from a variety of sources. Many of those materials are quite brilliant, and I’m dying to share them with you.

But there’s another reason I’m doing this.

People love the Internet because it’s an endless well of content, and it’s content that’s posted insanely fast. Before the Internet, the fastest turnaround time in media was newspapers, which published the next day, i.e., the day after something newsworthy happened. The Internet changed that; we’ve been trained to now expect our content to be fed to us with the utmost immediacy. Major media companies employ staffs of dozens or hundreds to catch the latest minutiae and write about it as fast as humanly possible. Breaking news alerts are fed to our phones via notifications. Twitter gives us a steady stream of instantaneous, knee-jerk reactions and snarky commentary.

I believe that in pursuit of all that speed, we’ve lost something valuable. Anyone can regurgitate a press release or turn around a quick news piece summing up known facts, or say something in less than 140 words. What’s missing is voice. Authority. Intelligence. Quality has taken a backseat to the almighty throne of urgency.

This is something that’s been bugging me for a while, and a recent viral video crystallized my feelings on the matter. Maybe I can do my part to reclaim some of what we’ve lost.

I’m not reinventing the wheel, I’m just looking for an outlet. And maybe I can add a little thoughtfulness and depth to the conversation. I might even present a few things you won’t see anywhere else. The usual stuff — structured, scored product reviews, for example — has been done to death. Who needs more of that?

This is going to be different. Experimental. Unexpected. Fun.

I’m not setting a publishing schedule. Life is too crazy for that. I’ll post something when I have something to post. Follow along on social media to find out when something new is up. (If you already follow “All About Star Wars” on Facebook, Twitter, and elsewhere, you’re good to go.)

Welcome to Assorted Geekerywhere quality is baked right in.

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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Morphsuits But Were Afraid to Ask

You’ve seen them at sports games, and in goofy YouTube videos. Maybe you know someone who wears one — and probably at every chance he or she gets. You may have chuckled at them, or shook your head in bewilderment.

I don’t know why exactly, but Morphsuits fascinate me. Maybe it’s morbid curiosity about what kind of person would wear such an outlandish thing in public. Maybe I secretly wish I was brave enough to be that silly in front of other people. More than anything, it’s probably because they look like superhero costumes — and anyone that knows anything about me knows how much I love superheroes.

Journalism is a highly competitive business, far more than it’s ever been before. News happens constantly, and you have to turn stories around insanely fast to keep up. At the same time, finding ways to stand apart from the crowd gets harder everyday, so we’re always encouraged to come up with new ideas or angles, think outside the box, and plan far ahead for content that’s timely.

With Halloween approaching, I thought it’d be the perfect time to finally get to the bottom of this zany spandex craze. I’d satisfy my own curiosity, and create a guilty pleasure piece that people couldn’t not read.

After receiving some press releases and other offers from Morphsuits, I reached out to them with a proposal of my own: a nothing-is-off-the-table interview that would ask the questions people wonder about, but no one ever asks.

I just couldn’t help wondering. And be honest. Some part of you, deep down inside, is wondering too.

WHAT IS IT LIKE?

What’s it like to wear a Morphsuit? What’s the appeal? What if you don’t have a body-by-God? And why do people who wear them love them so much? (more…)

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Today’s the Day

Starting now, the movie Persecuted is in theaters. What happens when a prominent evangelist is framed for murder? Is his plight just one small part of a much larger agenda? A conspiracy is afoot, one that hopes to undermine the most important freedoms the United States was built upon.

Buy your tickets here, and find out more about the movie here.

And don’t forget to get your copy of the novelization, written by yours truly.

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Get Corridor for FREE on NoiseTrade

I’m pleased and excited to announce that Corridor is now available to download for free from NoiseTrade.

If you’re not familiar with NoiseTrade, it’s an awesome service where you can download free-and-legal music from tons of artists. Recently, NoiseTrade added a second tier to their services: ebooks. And now Corridor is part of their growing library of free ebooks. You can download and own it 100% free, no strings attached. If you feel so led, you can leave also a tip for the author (that’s me), but there’s no obligation.

I can already hear some of you wondering: Why in the world would I give away one of my books for free? Simple: I want more readers. Musicians and authors use NoiseTrade as a PR device to help build their audience, while consumers get free stuff to enjoy. Everybody wins.

So do me a favor: download Corridor and spread the word by clicking on that “SHARE” link in the bottom right corner of the Free Download window above. Tell your friends, family, and anyone that can read to come and get it. Let’s get it into NoiseTrade’s top downloads!

As always, many thanks for your love and support.

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Persecuted

Published: 7.18.14

I will not be silent.

A storm is coming.

The most popular evangelist of his day, John Luther, simply wants to share the Gospel and enjoy a quiet life with his family. He never asked to be at the center of a political controversy, but an ill wind has been blowing through the halls of Congress, and supporters of a new religious-equality bill see Luther’s endorsement as critical.

But when Luther refuses to lend his support, he unknowingly sets in motion an explosive plan bent on destroying his reputation and undermining everything for which he stands. His once-normal life is turned upside down as he becomes a fugitive left with only one dangerous option–putting everything he holds most dear at risk while he fights to expose the truth. It is a mission that brings him face-to-face with the coming storm of persecution that could threaten the very fabric of our nation’s freedoms.

Bethany House Publisheres presents Robin Parrish’s official novelization of the Daniel Lusko film, Persecuted. Available in cloth hardback, trade paperback, and ebook formats.

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Buy It:
Amazon: [Hardback] [Paperback] [eBook]
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Also see: PersecutedMovie.com.

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