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...]

Teen Author Boot Camp Interview 2015: J.R. Johansson

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 (Next up on the TABC 2015 front, author J.R. Johansson. She's got some amazing things to say about her struggles as a mom and a writer. Her new book, Cut me Free, is in book outlets everywhere ) What was the one event in your life that got you writing?I don't know if it was any one event, but I had just gone through a divorce, was a single mom for the first time ever, and my 5-year-old son had just been diagnosed with Type-1 Diabetes. With all of those things in my h … [Read more...]

Teen Author Boot Camp Interview 2015: Co-Founder and Author Lois Brown

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(The countdown to Teen Author Boot Camp is now at ten days. Rumor has it, over 625 teens have signed up for this conference. Lois Brown, one of the co-founders, has written an amazing book, Robbed of Soul,  that she is really launching at the camp. Below, she gives us her thoughts on writing, never giving up and working to be a better writer)  What was the one event in your life that got you writing?I really didn't think I'd become a writer professionally until I started college. On a whi … [Read more...]

The Battle Of What Seemed Like Five Hours

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 (Jonathan Ryan posting for Jen Schlameuss-Perry.) I am the parent of a teenager. This puts me in the weird new reality of my humongous child now venturing away from the house without me; going out with his friends instead. He gets to go to movies—in the theater. I used to do that… He has already seen two movies that I wanted to see before I got to. The first was “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and the second was “The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies,” both of which I had to w … [Read more...]


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