Welcome to the Inspirations Cafe'. Grab yourself a cappuccino or something of that nature and pull up a chair. If you're a bookaholic like me, you've got a dozen books lying around in various stages of being read at any given time. At this corner of Emporia USA, I'll give you a running review of some of them. In the Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy Blog Tour section, I'll keep you up to date on some of the new entrants and luminaries in that particular literary niche. I'll also discuss some of my other favorite literary forms, so check in from time to time and see what's going on. For reviews of some of my old favorites, visit the "Friends and Favorites" area of the bookstore.
Amish WHAT???

A previous CSFF Blog Tour introduced Jeff Gerke's micropublishing venture, Marcher Lord Press. This fall, Jeff's company published a controversial new title called Amish Vampires in Space. The title is a bit of an inside joke. Christian writers' conferences are usually 90% women (not an entirely bad thing!) who write Amish fiction, women's fiction, chick lit, etc. The few guys who are there usually write science fiction or action thrillers. The title Amish Vampires in Space got to be a running joke among the guys there, and Kerry Nietz, one of Jeff's writers, took on the challenge of writing the book for real. With books like Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Slayer out there now, it only makes sense, but Jeff says he got more "What are you doing?" questions over this title than any of the others he's written. I've read it, and it's actually pretty good. I admit the girl on the cover made me a little sad. She looks like she would have been a good little Amish chick before her run-in with the vampires. Kerry Nietz actually took the story seriously. Check it out, if you dare.

Moonbot Studios of Shreveport, Louisiana, received an Oscar for their 15-minute animated short film The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore almost two years ago and the story still inspires me. Morris combined computer generated animation, stop motion photography, and traditional cel animation.

I've visited their studio and seen the walls plastered with ideas for storybooks, apps, comics, and movies. The place is boiling over with the kind of creativity I always envisioned in places like Disney Imagineering. It makes my one-man studio seem so lonely by comparison, but I don't think I'm ready to pay their kind of overhead.

I'm delighted for these guys. Maybe a little envious, too, but delighted.

One of their most recent project is the Diggs Nightcrawler game. I've included graphics and a description below. o

MOONBOT''S DESCRIPTION OF THE DIGGS NIGHTCRAWLER GAME

Diggs Nightcrawler has six arms, a reading habit, and a nose for trouble. When his pal Humpty Dumpy gets bumped off the wall, Diggs is framed for the crime.  Library City is in a scramble, and Diggs needs your help. We’re elated to tell this story with Sony Playstation’s Wonderbook, one physical book that brings to life a thousand stories, adventures and experiences through augmented reality.

Amish Vampires in Space by Kerry Nietz
From: $5.99
Jebediah has a secret that will change his world forever and send his people into space.
The Amish world of Alabaster calls upon an ancient promise to escape destruction. Then end up on a cargo ship bound for the stars.
But they are not the only cargo on board. Some of it is alive…or used to be.
Now, with vampires taking over and closing in on the Amish refugees, these simple believers must decide whether their faith depends upon their honored traditions or something even older.
622 pg. | ISBN: 978-1-940163-04-8