Category: My Day to Day Musings and Opinions

High Fives Taken to the Level of Art at Liberty Park

Do high fives make a difference if they come from complete strangers? You won’t need to wonder about this if you ever have the pleasure of circumnavigating Salt Lake City’s Liberty Park when master high fiver Brent Walton is putting in his laps. Walton’s running regime includes high fiving every person he passes, putting smiles on just about everyone’s faces. In fact, he runs … Read More High Fives Taken to the Level of Art at Liberty Park

A Gaggle of Favorite Poems

This week I am continuing my celebration of National Poetry Month by posting a gaggle of favorites. A gaggle is a term of venery for a flock of geese that is not in flight; in flight, the group can be called a skein. A gaggle is equal to at least five geese. A gaggle is also equal to eight fifty pound bags of salt. … Read More A Gaggle of Favorite Poems

A Couple of Poems for National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month so this week I’m posting a couple I wrote. I like poetry as a terse yet nebulous space in which to fling messy emotions. Basically, this means I write untidy poetry of the non-cuddly and free-form variety. I enjoy reading all kinds of poetry but when I write it, I tend to want it to be like the reverse … Read More A Couple of Poems for National Poetry Month

A Few Stunning Quotes About Imagination

In my experience, imagination is an important part of mental and spiritual well-being. It’s also rather handy for writing fiction! Here are a few quotes about imagination that inspired me this week… I write fantasy because it’s there.  I have no other excuse for sitting down for several hours a day indulging my imagination.  Daydreaming.   Thinking up imaginary people, impossible places.  Imagination is … Read More A Few Stunning Quotes About Imagination

My 6 Favorite Quotes from J.K. Rowling

I love much of how this woman thinks, so today I’m celebrating that. Here are my 6 favorite quotes from Joanne ‘Jo’ Rowling (the K is for her grandmother’s name, Kathleen, if you’ve ever wondered)… 1. “I was set free, because my greatest fear had already been realized, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I had … Read More My 6 Favorite Quotes from J.K. Rowling

Comic Con FanX15. . .Favorite Costumes and Panel Recap!

This year’s Comic Con FanX 2015 was of course fabulous so I wanted to give a quick recap of my panels followed by a dozen of my favorite costume pics. I love panels as an opportunity to talk about my fiction and non-fiction work, and a way to meet others who are writing or creating speculative fiction in various mediums. The “Writing and Your Health” … Read More Comic Con FanX15. . .Favorite Costumes and Panel Recap!

Two Blogs Diverged…

This past week I’ve done a makeover on how I blog. I’ve been like Robert Frost’s traveler in the woods facing two diverging roads, only I’ve been trying to stradle both until I think I pulled something! So then it came to me. Frost said he couldn’t travel both and be one traveler, but he wasn’t dealing with cyberspace. I can be more than … Read More Two Blogs Diverged…

These 19 Frequently Challenged Books Might Surprise You – Banned Books Week 2014

I’m often surprised by which books are frequently challenged or banned in our society. For example, take these 19 books the American Library Association reports are frequently challenged: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou Brave New World by Aldous Huxley Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George The Face on the Milk … Read More These 19 Frequently Challenged Books Might Surprise You – Banned Books Week 2014

My Writing Panelist Schedule for Salt Lake Comic Con 2014

Participating as a panelist at the SLC Comic Con Fan Experience (FanX) 2014 earlier this spring was a blast, as was speaking at Fantasy Con 2014 mid-summer.  Now the geekery continues with the autumnal Salt Lake Comic Con 2014, at which I’ll also be a panelist. Basically, Utah creates enough demand to justify a nerd conference once a season. . .at least. Winter? The awesome Life the … Read More My Writing Panelist Schedule for Salt Lake Comic Con 2014

On Why We Love Reading the Classics

Even though I read and write a lot of future-focused fiction, so many of my favorite books would be classified as classics. I thought that just made me old-school until Edith Wharton enlightened me today. Edith let me know I just have a taste for stories with ‘irrepressible freshness’. True, her ‘classics’ were different from those works I now think of as classics, but it still … Read More On Why We Love Reading the Classics

On Thor Being a Woman

Part of me doesn’t want to gush and clap and coo over Marvel’s announcement today that Thor will be a woman in the studio’s upcoming comics. Roughly half the planet is female so seeing the female gender more present and protagonistic in works of science fiction and fantasy should be an everyday kind of thing. It’s not. But stuff like this means it’s getting better. … Read More On Thor Being a Woman

Books as Proof that Humans Can Do Magic

“What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing … Read More Books as Proof that Humans Can Do Magic