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I spent my weekend reading about Tibetan dialectics and Buddhist views of reincarnation. It's a bit amazing that I was raised Buddhist and yet don't follow the logic of reincarnation very well. I'm glad the narrator of Cyberlama isn't Buddhist herself, otherwise my ignorance would really show through.
Religion has always been an interesting topic for me to explore. When I was a child, my mother--whom I love dearly--was always very open-minded about religion. I often went to church with some Mormon friends that I was very close to, and later on I would go to church with some Catholic friends.
But, although I was very interested in religion, I was afraid to bring it up in my writing for a long time. So many people take religion so seriously that writing about the subject matter always made me feel like I was playing with fire.
When I finally did allow myself to explore the topic in my stories, it was very freeing. I created characters that were atheists and Mormons and Catholics and Buddhists. I had them interacting with each other, which also allowed me to explore bigger themes in my stories. Overcoming my fear of offending my readers has really broadened my range and made my writing a lot more interesting, at least in my opinion.
Are there topics that you consider off-limits in your writing? Religion? War? Sex? Racism? Miley Cyrus? Are there topics that should remain off-limits? Have you ever written something that offended others?