Teen Author Boot Camp 2015 Interview: Co-Founder and Author Jo Schaffer

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 (What better way to start our Teen Author Boot Camp 2015 Coverage than with two of its founders? First up is Jo Schaffer, whose book,  Against Her Will, releases today! So, go buy it.  She has some pretty fantastic thoughts on writing, her worldview, and how young writers can have fun. Plus, she will be doing a panel discussion and book signing at the King's English in Salt Lake the night before TABC). What was the one event in your life that got you writing?There re … [Read more...]

Bound by Words: Love, Tragedy and Faith in a Writer’s Group

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(Last year, I met the five remarkable ladies who make up Writer's Cubed. They liked my writing and did me the honor of inviting me to speak at the 2014 Teen Author Boot Camp, a one day conference for teen writers. I had the time of my life and made life long friends. This year I'm going back and speaking at the 2015  TABC conference in a few weeks. Stay tuned for more interviews from the other authors at the conference. I've also updated this article with recent information. Go here for last … [Read more...]

Can ‘Better Call Saul’ Break Out of Bad’s Shadow?

(Jonathan Ryan posting on behalf of The Rogue's newest writer, Jenn O'Mara.)For the last two nights, I’ve stayed up way too late to watch the two part premiere of AMC’s newest original series, Better Call Saul, co-created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould. Saul is the prequel-spin off (prin-off? Is that a thing?) of AMC’s smash hit, Breaking Bad, of which I was also a huge fan. Saul is shifting the light away from drug-cooking teachers and focusing on Saul Goodman, the lucrative, money … [Read more...]

Groundhog Day and Waking Up With Humility

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“What would you do if you were stuck in one place, and every day was exactly the same, and nothing that you did mattered?” I’ve been thinking a lot recently about movies which have had a profound impact on my faith. One such movie is the 1993 comedy Groundhog Day starring Bill Murray and Andie McDowell. Our lead character Phil, an arrogant TV weatherman is assigned to cover the annual Groundhog Day celebration in Puxatawney, PA and manages to become stuck in a time loop where he awakes promp … [Read more...]

It’s a Post Christmas Run Down, Charlie Brown!

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When I was a child, I always looked forward to Christmas with a sense of hope and wonder. Christmas wasn’t just one day in which we gave gifts and celebrated the birth of our Lord. It was two weeks of wonderful family togetherness and tradition thanks to Christmas break from school that coincided with the yearly steelworker union layoffs. Not that I understood that at the time. I only knew that I got to spend days on end with both my parents for a change. Blessed days they were; filled with m … [Read more...]

Not Quite Ten Things I Hate/Love About You

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Sitting down to write this article is bittersweet for me. Looking back over the past year, thinking about the memories and special moments that I wanted to share, as always my need for it to be meaningful and insightful in the hopes that it might help someone else; but opening up has always been a struggle for me. Writing is a solitary practice, my creative process I can’t explain even on my best days. My original intention for writing this was with the hope to inspire others to take stock of … [Read more...]

SpongeBob SquarePants is Serious Business: How Pop Culture Helped My Family through a Horrific Struggle (with a message from the real SpongeBob inside!)

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 Pop culture often gets a bad rap, especially from those styling themselves as intellectuals and “real artists”.  Some argue that it dulls the senses, doesn’t encourage “higher thoughts” and deadens the cultural tastes.  A few critics would go further to say it poisons our minds. They are right in some ways. Popular culture wields a lot of power in defining the music, food, fashions and even the way we talk to others.There is no doubt that pop culture as a giant menu and we g … [Read more...]

Salt Lake City Comic Con to begin with a Press Conference

Tomorrow is Salt Lake City Comic Con! The madness begins.My day will start off at 11:00 P.M with the press conference at the Salt Palace Convention Center.What will this look like? From the official press release....The press conference is a chance for Dan Farr, the Show Producer and founder and Bryan Brandenburg, the Chief Marketing Officer and co-founder, to give updates and answer questions from the media about Salt Lake Comic Con. Farr and Brandenburg will be joined by a variety … [Read more...]

Top Five Things I’m Looking Forward to at SLC Comic Con

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The countdown to Salt Lake City Comic Con is T-minus two days. As of this time Thursday, I'll be giving my first panel discussion.So, what am I looking forward to the most at my first ever Comic Con?Here is the list.....5) Interviewing Cool People.Here's the thing, I'm not really a celebrity geek. I've got my favorites, of course, but no one I'd really fall over myself if I met them. When I do a celebrity interview, I'm interested in what motivates them as a creative … [Read more...]

San Diego Comic Con Decides to Bully Salt Lake City Comic Con

In the midst of the festivities surrounding the San Diego Comic Con, they decided to bully the folks who run the Salt Lake City Comic Con by sending them a "Cease and Desist Order".This is kinda interesting, considering that cons all over the country use Comic Con in their names. You know what this sounds like to me? Sounds like the SLC con is threatening San Diego's primacy and someone decided to get pissy.From Salt Lake Comic Con Founder and Show Producer Dan Farr: “This cease and de … [Read more...]


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