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Every Easter, a meme goes around saying that the Christian holiday Easter actually comes from the Babylonian goddess Ishtar. This isn’t done for scholarly reasons, either; it’s meant to be a little “gotcha!” to the Christian religion because some people really have nothing better to do.

Here’s the thing: no one denies that a lot of pagan practices were absorbed into Christianity. Religions have borrowed from other traditions for as long as humans have practiced formal religions. In fact, it’s probably been going on for longer than the existence of the major religions!

Moreover, if you’re…


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(NOTE: I intended to write something for Good Friday, but this article was on the back burner, so I finished it up instead and originally posted it here. It’s an odd thing to talk about on this day, but history cannot be forgotten…)

I absolutely love history, and historical movies are a lot of fun. I normally prefer historical documentaries, as I like historical facts more than fiction, but I still have a soft spot for historical films. …


I’m writing for both Medium and Read.cash at the moment, and this article can also be found there for anyone interested.

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I’m an animal lover. Specifically of the variety who prefer the companionship of animals to humans. You know, the best kind of people! We live in our houses with our animal family members and eschew the rest of the world until it becomes impossible to do so.

This isn’t going to be a post about pets, though. I was tempted to write about dog breeds, language learning, or some other subject I know so well that I don’t have…


Happy International Women’s Day! Sorry for the tardiness of this article, which was originally posted (still late) at read.cash. It functions similar to Medium, except people can tip you in Bitcoin Cash.

There’s something very unfortunate about the narrative of women’s rights. First of all, when I was in school the suffrage movement wasn’t covered at all. We neither learned of Mrs. Pankhurst and the struggle for the vote in England or about the horrors faced by American suffragettes. …


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The Elephant in the Room

There’s an elephant in the room: the coronavirus, also called COVID-19. It’s such a novel thing that my spell-checker doesn’t even recognize it as a word!

The virus escape the confines of Wuhan, China and created a modern-day pandemic. Thousands are sick within hospitals, self-quarantined, or fighting for their very life. Some have said it could turn into the next Spanish flu, growing deadlier with each new wave. Other have said we’ll just create a vaccine or use our newfangled antibiotics and the problem will go away.

In the meantime, however, we’re all sitting around while the schools and businesses…


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This last week was International Women’s Day, and I fully intended to get something up on the actual day, but, alas, I got caught up doing other things.

Typical me, I guess.

Anyway, I had two articles in mind: one reminded people that there’s still one woman (Tulsi Gabbard) left in the Democrat’s race, the other a commemoration of accomplished women in the ancient world.

Since politics has gotten dangerous lately, I decided to first do the article on women in the ancient world. …


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I’m the type of guy who gets into world building more than almost anything else, and if I’m going to be thrust into a new environment, I like to know the ins and outs of it. Unfortunately, many authors and filmmakers have a habit of losing consistency when writing sequels, and if there’s one thing we know we can learn from Disney’s Star Wars it’s that a lack of consistency creates huge problems.

All stories have inconsistencies to them, first and foremost. The difference between when a reader or viewer can overlook those inconsistencies and when they can’t comes into…


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This article is part 5 in a series. Check out all the other articles here.

We need to talk about the elephant in the galaxy: subverting expectations. The balancing act between giving your readers exactly what they want and expect vs subverting expectations and giving them something they didn’t know they wanted is a tricky one, but it can be done! For this section I’m going to talk about themes, since we’ve already covered keeping your characters consistent yet growing.

What if, at the end of Avatar: The Last Airbender, Aang had decided to retire to some backwater Earth Kingdom…


Look at all the wasted talent…

This is Part 4 in an ongoing series regarding Disney’s Star Wars trilogy. To see the other parts, click here.

We’ve got the old characters out of the way and we’ve learned valuable lessons about how to keep them compelling. After all, they’re the reasons your readers will be picking up your books, so heeding the warnings of The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi are important! But we also have to give our readers new characters to like. Sometimes this is done right, as in Cobra Kai or the prequel series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. …

Guy Andersin

Guy Andersin spends his time writing, learning languages playing video games, creating games for PC and iPhone, binge watching movies and TV shows, and camping.

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