Caecilius Est Doctor


 (Jonathan Ryan posting for Jen Schlameuss-Perry.) When I was in middle school, I started to notice that very often there would be a connection with the things I was learning and the things I was living. It seemed uncanny at times how we’d study a particular historical item, or something in religion or science and then that thing would show up in some way in a conversation or, even better, it would be useful to a situation I’d find myself in. And, sometimes it would be on a … [Read more...]

The Injustice League–Gods and Monsters

(Jonathan Ryan posting for Jen Schlameuss-Perry.) Warning: Potential Spoilers I came across some of DC’s “Justice League Gods and Monsters Chronicles” short videos today. I could share them here for you to make up your own mind, but I don’t want to be the one who shares them with anyone. They bill it as “dark” which is usually something I can get behind (tonight’s blog was initially going to be about how awesomely dark the new Aquaman looks, but then I saw the shorts) —b … [Read more...]

Nerdy By Nature

My lunchbox.

 (Jonathan Ryan posting for Jen Schlameuss-Perry.)When I was a kid (and it still happens now), whenever someone called me a nerd, or weird-o, or any of the other charming titles I was given, I didn’t get offended because, in my head, they were recognizing that I liked what I liked and wasn’t put off admitting it just because it wasn’t popular. I was proud of the fact that nobody else dictated who I was going to be and I chose to be authentically, unapologetically me. They didn’t nece … [Read more...]

Master Sue

(Jonathan Ryan posting for Jen Schlameuss-Perry.) I know that this is an entertainment blog, and that martial arts are not strictly “entertainment,” but they are “arts.” So, I’m going to write about that today. I want to tell you about my Yoda; my Master—Master Sue. She doesn’t look like a Muppet and she’s not wrinkled and green; she’s really gorgeous. And she’s awesome. Right now she’s kicking cancer’s ass, but she can kick yours (or your Master’s), too. Even in the midst of chemo a … [Read more...]

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…


(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


 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...]