Soul Soothing Sounds of Star Wars

(Jonathan Ryan posting for Jen Schlameuss-Perry.) Saturday night I purchased a Star Wars album on iTunes because my stupid phone won’t let me have my Star Wars CD on it since it last updated.  Anyhoo… I got to listen to the album on my way to work Sunday morning, rather loudly, in my car.  This particular version comes with the “Fox Fanfare” and then goes into the “Main Title” for A New Hope.  I often have an emotional response (not bawling or anything) to some of the Star Wars music … [Read more...]

Jane Says…

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(Jonathan Ryan posting for Jen Schlameuss-Perry.)There are certain books that I read over and over because no matter where I am in my life, they speak to me. They have spoiled me for inferior books. Like The Lord of the Rings or The Chronicles of Narnia, I couldn’t even guess how many times I’ve read another favorite—Jane Eyre. Some of the best lines ever written come from this poor, plain girl who has suffered so deeply, been overlooked so thoroughly and came to know herself so compl … [Read more...]

The Vision is a Vision!

(Jonathan Ryan posting for Jen Schlameuss-Perry.)WARNING: SPOILERS I actually got to go to the movies to see a movie! My family and I went and saw Avengers: Age of Ultron. It started off wonky—it looked like a video game. I actually thought that we were watching a training simulation or something at first. I’m still not sure whether the movie adjusted or I did, but it seemed to correct itself. I thought the rest of the movie looked great.And it was great. I’m a sucker for sup … [Read more...]

The Michael Scott School of Grieving

(Jonathan Ryan posting for Jen Schlameuss-Perry.) I guess that a lot of people who write do this, but I have a tendency to write about what I need to hear at the moment. It’s a sort of therapy, I suppose. This week (who am I kidding—it can be found in my blogs for weeks past), what I’ve mostly been dealing with (actually, “dealing” might not be the word…more like “avoiding”) is grief. I left a job that I loved after 16 years and left people who had become my family. This meant leavin … [Read more...]

Le Petit Prince

(Jonathan Ryan posting for Jen Schlameuss-Perry)I saw today that one of my favorite books, The Little Prince, is going to be an animated movie. I tend to stay cautiously optimistic (which a co-worker pointed out to me today is just a form a of pessimism…) about things I might be enticed to be excited about, but it looks gorgeous!! I really like the way they are framing the story in the life of a child who is being driven by her mom into a premature adulthood. The little girl befriends an old … [Read more...]

TABC 2015 Wrap Up: A Story about Mr. Potato Head

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 Hey Everyone,I could bore you all with my navel gazing self important reflections on my time at Teen Author Boot Camp 2015. I could brag about my class or meeting Brandon Sanderson and Jessica Day George? Really, are you all that interested in that? Do Brandon and Jessica need the hype (amazingly nice people though they are, staying two hours after the event to make sure everyone's book got signed). I thought not. Instead, I'm going to give you all an example of what it's all ab … [Read more...]

Flea Market Joy

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 (Jonathan Ryan posting for Jen Schlameuss-Perry) This past weekend, my eldest and I hit a local Flea Market. He found some treasures, and so did I! I found a few Star Trek Next Generation collectables (a phaser, communicator and a Lore action figure that the guy threw in for free) and a Doctor Who comic book in excellent condition, in a sleeve, from 1981. It was the Fourth Doctor, who happens to be one of my favorites.I usually only collect The Tick comic books … [Read more...]

Bigfoot and Chupacabra: Perfect Together

(Jonathan Ryan posting for Jen Schlameuss-Perry.) Very often, people think that working for a Church must be so nice and calm and easy. It’s not. It’s great—I love it—but on a daily basis we deal with the very serious realities of people’s lives: death, illness, poverty and disaster, mental and emotional issues, addiction; anything that can cause distress to an individual or family. There’s loads of happy stuff, too, but the weight of the reality of people’s lives can be borderline c … [Read more...]

Teen Author Boot Camp 2015 Interview: David Powers King

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   (So, tomorrow, I leave for Utah right after work. David Powers King will be our last interview for TABC and its a great one! Stay tuned to this channel for more TABC coverage. David talks about his new novel, Woven, and how important worldview is to any writer)  What started you on the writing path?I had a very cool idea pop into my mind when I was 13. I was getting into science fiction, and I had a hard time finding stories that I could connect with. So I wrote the ad … [Read more...]

Teen Author Boot Camp 2015 Interview: Matthew Kirby

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(Back In September at Salt Lake City Comic Con, I had dinner with a bunch of awesome authors, including Matthew Kirby. We talked about a lot of things from C.S. Lewis to the struggles of being a writer. Really appreciated him and his take on things. So, it's a pleasure to present this interview for Teen Author Boot Camp 2015. His new book series, The Arctic Code, comes out April 28th. )What was the one event in your life that got you into writingThe single most important event to my own … [Read more...]


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