Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Contest Winner: The Fifth Term

As promised, here is the story that won the Holy Worlds Science Fiction Drabble Contest. You can read it on the Holy Worlds Blog: The Fifth Term

(c) 2012 Jonathan Garner

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Animal Tips for Writers: Hog-Nosed Snakes

The hog-nosed snake is sometimes erroneously called a puff adder, but it is not venomous, so your hero has nothing to fear from it no matter what some people may claim. Hog-nosed snakes get their name from their upturned snout, which they use to help with digging. They are often brown with darker and lighter brown markings, but can also be a variety of other colors.

Some hog-nosed snakes eat only toads, while others eat rodents and lizards. Despite being pretty much harmless, they are sometimes mistaken for copperheads and killed. While the hog-nosed snake is unlikely to bite, when it is threatened it will sometimes raise its head off the ground and spread its neck out like a cobra, while hissing loudly.

If this does not scare a threat away, or if the snake is too scared to make such a display, it will roll onto its back and play dead with its mouth open and its tongue hanging out. On the rare occasions they do bite, their saliva contains a weak toxin that causes relatively mild localized symptoms.

Have you ever encountered a hog-nosed snake?

(c) 2012 Jonathan Garner

Friday, May 4, 2012

Resources for Finding Godly Entertainment

Over the past few months, I have written about the importance of choosing Godly entertainment and how to find Godly entertainment. One person’s comment on the latter article gave me the idea to do a post about some of the resources available to help with finding Godly entertainment.

There are all sorts of review sites out there, but not many of them look at entertainment from a Christian perspective, and even fewer offer any sort of a content overview to help choose your entertainment wisely.

Here are the review sites I’ve come across so far that focus on the content and in some cases the worldview of entertainment.