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Bad Superhero Ideas

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Growing up, I wasn’t that interested in superheroes. I’m still not. I mean, yeah, sure, I watched the Fantastic Four on Saturday morning television, but what kid my age didn’t? I certainly never got into the comic books, which at that time was the medium for superhero narrative consumption.

But times have changed. Superheroes have become a major movie franchise, or several. My children debate the classic Batman versus Superman question. My oldest was a fan of The Tick, and (more recently) Doctor Horrible’s Sing-along Blog. And of course no one can escape the impact of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in shaping the esthetics of late twentieth century American culture.

And so it is only sensible that as someone with aspirations to making an impact in today’s storytelling world, I should invent a superheroes series of my own.


Wisdom, and the Lack Thereof

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

February was a hectic month. Multiple deadlines. Multiple projects. Trying to help my family hold onto their collective and individual sanity, at least to the degree that this is still a relevant goal.

Which, naturally, made it the ideal time for me to take on another project: low-income, not all that high importance if I’m to be honest, and nothing I was under any obligation of doing. For no good reason except that it caught my eye, and, well, I wanted to. Did you expect anything else?


Classic SF&F You Should Have Read

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

The idea started, as so many do, with good intentions. Life, the Universe and Everything, Utah’s annual symposium on science fiction and fantasy (previously held at BYU, though not for the last couple of years because BYU’s administration includes poopheads), is being chaired this year by my son. And it’s been a lot of years since I’ve gone. And my daughter wants to go too. And so I thought, why not? I can attend, catch up with friends, trade a Utah February for a Wisconsin February (not any real bargain there), heckle my son, get revved up on my sf&f writing — all that good stuff.

Well. That was before I looked at our bank balance and checked the price on airline tickets. Also before my creative writing juices ran out of steam last year, leaving me unsure that I can justify the expenditure on writerly grounds. And yet the idea, once entertained, was hard to dismiss. And so I am going next month (Feb. 14-16), with my daughter, and will be appearing on a panel on Tolkien with my old thesis advisor. And I’ll be doing a presentation on classic sf&f you should be reading, though honestly, I’m not exactly certain how I got into that one, except that I’m sure it involved incautious volunteering around people who were paying far too much attention.


Status Check

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

So it’s the second of September. School has just started for the younger two children, and is about to start for my Beloved Spouse (who teaches). Oldest Child gets back from his mission in a week, and we’re back from our summer excursions Out West. And I’m ready to get back in the harness and start being more regular about posting on this blog again — and about my not-for-hire writing in general.


I’m a Mormon Mommy! (Blogger)

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Work responsibilities notwithstanding, my relationship to the 21st century is (as some of you will know) a somewhat reluctant one. I spend a lot of time on the Internet, but most of it’s for specific, fairly well-defined purposes. I haven’t done Facebook or Twitter. I’ve slowly been pulled into blogging, but it was only with publication of No Going Back that I acted on my longstanding intentions to create a personal website, and later this blog.

It therefore shouldn’t surprise anyone that it was (once again) my book that pulled me into involvement in yet another blogging venue. A while back, I emailed an acquaintance requesting suggestions on ways to both (a) spread news about my book, and (b) make readers more inclined to read it — particularly Mormon readers, many of whom seem naturally reluctant to pick up a book on a topic this controversial. She suggested that I try guest blogging at some of the wider-circulation sites within the Bloggernacle (as I gather the LDS blog world is sometimes called). A few emails later, and I was lined up to post a couple of guest posts at Mormon Mommy Blogs.