Have You Ever Created a Religion?

L. Ron Hubbard created a religion. He made a fortune off of it. He was a science fiction author. Like any new religions, it’s highly controversial. But what about in fiction?

It’s quite common for fantasy authors to create religions for their worlds. Since they are totally original worlds that usually have no link to our world, their religions are extremely likely to also be original. The author has complete creative control over the religions, and can make them as conventional, bizarre, or extreme as they like. And they’ll often form the basis of the world’s culture, magic system, and even interfere with what happens in the world.

In science fiction, real religions are already available, but over time, religions tend to change or branch off into cults or new denominations. It’s happened in the past, and it’ll happen in the future. Many of the science fiction novels I’ve read deal with religion of the future extensively (Hyperion with Christianity, Reality Dysfunction with multiple religions, and Dune with its far future mix of Buddhism and Islam).

What I’m doing with Ariadne is no different. There are three religions I have already created: a form of militant fundamentalist Christianity, a kind of mix of Christianity and Neo-Paganism, and something entirely new that develops out of an obsession with Earth.

Have you ever created a religion?

Month in Review – August 2015

What July didn’t have, August had plenty of. I was disappointed in July, but like last year, August rebounded, and in a big way. Not only did the stats improve, it became one of the best months yet. It reached a new milestone, as well: 50,000 views. This month ended with 1,051 followers, up by 50, my best increase in a long time.

August Stats

August was up and down, with some great highs and some mediocre lows. As for the highs, 18 out of 31 days were over 100 views, some of them pretty high. In fact, 4 days reached 150 (almost 5 days) views. The average views per day was 108, which was the second best, after January’s remarkable run. The busiest day was August 18th with 169 views. In August, there were 3,361 views, the 11th in a row over 2,000, and the 5th time it went over 3,000. The total views at the end of August were 51,069. There were 64 posts in August, bringing it to a total of 1,251.

The month ended with 8,787 comments with 808 coming in August, which is the busiest it has ever been by a wide margin.

The top 10 countries were:

  1. United States (1,901 views)
  2. Canada (394 views)
  3. Japan (278 views)
  4. United Kingdom (272 views)
  5. Australia (58 views)
  6. India (28 views)
  7. Germany (27 views)
  8. Norway (27 views)
  9. France (27 views)
  10. Spain (21 views)

Top Posts

The top 5 posts in August were quite popular. At least the top 3 were. These are the top 6, though.

  1. Reaching Out to the World (209 views)
  2. You’re Japanese? My Daughter’s Future (156 views)
  3. Authors Answer 42 – To Be PC or Not to Be PC (106 views)
  4. Disney Japan, What Were You Thinking? (59 views)
  5. 1,000 Follower Celebration: Meet and Greet (57 views)
  6. Authors Answer 43 – Promoting the Book (57 views)

My most popular post written before August was exactly the same as last time, INTJ – An Analysis of My Personality with 272 views. This is slightly up from July.

These are some posts that I think deserve some more attention. Please check them out.

Reviews

I should have had one done. I didn’t get around to doing it, but I will soon. I finished that very long book finally, so look for it soon.

Social Media

On Twitter, I have 2,825 followers, which is an increase of 81.  I follow 2,725, which is up by 5. I did a little purge of some I was following that haven’t updated in months. I finished with 7,461 tweets, with 213 coming in August.

On YouTube, I uploaded no videos in August.  I have 39 subscribers, an increase of 1 since last month.  The month ended with 8,188 views, which is a small increase of 100. I’ll be making a lot more videos coming soon with content about Japan, especially on location in October.

Looking Ahead to September

Hard to beat August. Things are getting busier at home, so I hope I can keep up with everything. I’d love to top August, though.

Expect a review, that’s for sure. I’d like to finish another book and get a second review in, too.

Writing has slowed down a lot, but I don’t expect a lot of writing to be done until after our move to Canada next year. But who knows? Maybe I’ll get some done this month. And maybe I’ll do some critiquing so I can have Journey to Ariadne parts 4-6 critiqued and edited.

There may be videos coming this month, as well. I’m going to get my channel back up to speed, especially because I’ll be taking a lot of videos when my sister is here in October. I’ll have a lot of videos to show about different places.

I started something new with blog spotlights last month, so that will continue. Authors Answer will continue, this time with the return of Elizabeth Rhodes. And I’m working on something behind the scenes that you won’t see at all this month, but you’ll get to see next month. Also, expect more Astronomy Quick Facts, and hopefully a start to Geography Quick Facts.

I’ve started participating on Reddit recently, so if you’re there, you may see me, especially in the fantasy and scifi subreddits.

I’m looking forward to how September goes. It should be another interesting month!