Morgon Newquist

“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic.”

Month: August 2016

Art From Life

The real problems came with toddlers – when the parents had waited to have their kids baptized for one reason or another. Sometimes the parents were recent converts to the church. That he understood, and he always welcomed them, challenge and all. But most of the time it was just lazy parents who couldn’t be bothered – the “CE Catholics” who only came on Christmas and Easter, or who waited a year and a half until Grandma was in town to do the baptism.

Baptising toddlers was a pain in the neck. Most of them were just frustrating. The little tykes just couldn’t sit still. But some of them were downright infuriating. He’d had children sit on the altar giving him the stink eye.

That is an excerpt from my husband Russell‘s short story Knight of the Changeling, that can be found in the anthology Between the Wall and the Fire (which is an awesome collection by the way, if you need some new reading material). A deacon is talking about his experiences baptizing children after he just witnessed a supernatural occurrence at one.

I thought I would post the inspiration behind it, because it cracks me up and I like to see how life inspires art.

Our eldest son, S, was not baptized until he was a toddler. Russell and I joined the church at Easter in 2011, and we waited until we were full Catholics before having the ceremony.

And this happened:

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We printed a copy and gave it to the priest, who just laughed and laughed.  And there is photo proof of that throw away line in the short story.

Announcement: Tales of the Once and Future King

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I am excited to announce that my short story, “The Hounds of Camelot”, has been accepted into the forthcoming Tales of the Once and Future King young adult anthology! It is a collection of King Arthur related short stories that promises to be very interesting!

I’ll keep everyone up to date on that, and while you’re at it, go ahead and check out Superversive SF. Anthony Marchetta over there is putting together this collection, and you’ll also be able to find updates there, as well as excellent commentary by a variety of authors.

 

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