Magazines and Moving On

Those of you who’ve followed me for a while know that I’ve been a Contributing Writer for Area of Effect magazine since May 2017 (if you missed it, here’s my old blog post announcement). When I first began writing for AoE, it took me a while to find my feet and get comfortable with the magazine’s guidelines and preferences. Thankfully, the lovely people behind the magazine are dedicated to mentoring writers like me, and I learned so much through the pitching, writing, and editing processes of each of my 21 articles.

Sadly, early this past October, Area of Effect had to go on a hiatus. The magazine is one part of a bigger organization called Geekdom House and, to quote from the GH Facebook page, “We are in the process of applying for our Charitable status in Canada and as a result have been forced to consider a lot of what we do in light of Canadian charitable tax law. The long and short of it is – Geekdom House is evolving into something new.”

When this news came, it was unexpected and saddening. I’d really gotten into a rhythm with my articles and I loved the work I did for Area of Effect. Moreover, I felt sorry for my editors and fellow writers, who put so much heart and dedication into this endeavor.

But, sometimes God uses unexpected disappointments to point you down the path to something even better. First of all, part of Geekdom House’s “evolution” is the origin of a new independent publisher called Mythos & Ink. Not only does Mythos & Ink look and sound super cool, but this new publisher will be releasing an anthology in early 2019 that includes some of the best articles from Area of Effect. Even cooler, Mythos & Ink will also release a fandom-and-faith devotional book called Thy Geekdom Come, featuring writing from me and other Area of Effect writers.

More good news: even though I can’t contribute to Area of Effect (at least for a while), God led me to a Contributing Writer position at another magazine. My wonderful editor from Area of Effect told me about an online publication called Think Christian and put in a good word for me with the magazine’s editor. To make a long story short, my first article appeared on the Think Christian website early this December:

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My first article for Think Christian magazine on its first day of publication

My first Think Christian article used the context of the Internet show RWBY to discuss what it means to be strong as Christians, even when we feel weak and afraid. This is one of the most personally meaningful articles I’ve ever written, and I hope you’ll check it out here.

Similar to Area of Effect, Think Christian examines pop culture and considers the connections to life and faith found there. However, Area of Effect crafted its articles for Christians and non-believers alike, and while Think Christian is certainly not inaccessible to non-believers, the articles include Biblical references and dig deeper into Christianity’s connection to the fandom or pop culture topic.

I’m looking forward to seeing where Geekdom House’s evolution ends up, and I’m glad I got to be part of the journey. It wouldn’t have been my choice to move on, but evidently, God has new adventures in store for me and my fellow writers. I’ve enjoyed beginning at Think Christian, and I’m excited to continue writing articles for this new publication!

Thanks for reading, my friends, and for sticking with me through the twists and turns of my writing career.

Note: If you’ve been trying to access any of my articles published in Area of Effect, the website is currently shut down. Until the Area of Effect anthology book is released, please check out my articles for Think Christian instead!

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