I am a storyteller. My methods of storytelling include writing, music, and photography.
I've been in online fandoms for many years. Now that I'm beginning a career in writing and photography, and starting to own my online identity (thanks to the fanzines I can now list in my oeuvre), I'm not sure exactly what I'll use this account for in the future. Selling prints of my pictures on this site hasn't been very lucrative. I'm debating whether to continue posting my photographs and cosplays here, or just keep them on my website.
The responses I've received have been amazing. Several reviewers have shared their own background before commenting. Some have ADD or ADHD, like me and the character, and relate to it for that reason. Some are atheists. Some are fallen-away Catholics. Some are believers who are glad to see a positive portrayal of faith. A few have said it helps them imagine how their Catholic friends understand the world.
Tonight, I received my most astonishing and heartfelt review so far. The reviews are public, so it's not a betrayal of privacy for me to share it. (The person was reviewing this chapter: www.fanfiction.net/s/124……)
"I was close to crying reading this chapter. I must confess, I've stopped putting faith in religion, my own even, Islam, because of the way it is used to justify of people's stupidity and selfishness. But this...this is beautiful. What I see is love... while I know he's a cartoon character, I feel Lance's love for those around him and his love for God...through him, and do forgive me if I'm wrong, I feel your love for God. Someone dear to me was raised Catholic, and the ending to this chapter reminded me of her gentle words to love God unconditionally and to understand, Lance reminds me of her at this point and it dug up a part of me that I've forgotten. Thank you so much...you have no idea how much you helped me through this chapter."
I am blown away. I can't really take credit for the quality or content of the story. The credit goes to God, Who made me a writer and shows me His love so much that it bleed into my work. The Mother Teresa quote that I put on my cap when I graduated last spring is proving true for me: "I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world."
I see this as strong evidence that making Christian art and stories is a worthwhile endeavor, that including themes and character development centered on faith is a good thing to do. But this must not be done in a way that comes across as self-righteous, condemnatory, or propagandist, as some Christian books and movies can be. (Madeleine L'Engle talks about this in her book Walking on Water, which every Christian artist and writer ought to read.)