Interested in science fiction, creative writing, or just looking to make connections with other like-minded geeks? Local author Bryan Young, who is also a prominent national Star Wars aficionado and editor-in-chief of Big Shiny Robot! (a geek news and reviews blog), invites you to a bi-monthly series of fiction readings featuring visiting and local authors, as well as readings from you! Every two months, Young will invite a different featured author to speak for an hour. After that, he’ll open up the floor to attendees as an open-mic forum. Interested in reading? Contact Bryan at email@example.com to sign up to read works of your own for peer review and critiquing! ABOUT BRYAN YOUNG As editor-in-chief of Big Shiny Robot!, Young has been invited to also write a weekly geek column for City Weekly. He is also a regularly-syndicated contributor, frequently having his stories featured in the likes of The Huffington Post. Bryan is author of several published works and co-writer of several series of the comic book Pirate Club. Location: Main Library, Level 4 - See more at the library's website.It would help me out a lot if you were able to attend. If you're a writer NOT from the Utah area and happen to be passing through and would like to set up a reading, be sure to let me know. I can make that happen. Even though I have so much on my plate, I think this reading series was important for me to be a part of. Building communities of writers is something we should all focus on doing, especially in areas around us. The world is always a better place for those of us encouraged to express ourselves in the written word. Creating a community out of sharing those words with others and the public and discussing them, I think, will lead to better writers across the board.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
As I write this, there are about 30 hours left on the Kickstarter campaign for my next book, A Children's Illustrated History of Presidential Assassination.
We're currently 215% funded and climbing.
We've been in the news in a number of places:
First, we have The National Journal. Writer Marina Koren interviewed me for her piece in their White House section today. How to Explain Presidential Assassinations to Your Kids is a great, positive piece. They read the book, loved it, and they even asked for a copy when the book is out. Then, the DCist wrote a great story about it, too, running some of Scout's art. Author Creates Illustrated History of Presidential Assassination For Kids. Some of the comments are pretty funny.
WatchPlayRead added a question mark to the title, A Children’s Illustrated History of Presidential Assassination?, and are very supportive.
Sadly, The DailyKos went straight to conspiracy theorist territory and assumed this book was some sort of manual to teach kids HOW to kill a president.
Then we've released a whole pile of art from the book by the talented Erin Kubinek. You can check it all out on the Kickstarter posts page here.
Then, we had a huge announcement this morning. Paul S. Kemp, New York Times Bestseller, Lawyer, and great guy all around, will be writing the introduction if we hit the proper funding level. You can check that update and his bio out here.
Things are heading in the right direction, but I still need your help. Over the next day, it's never been more important for you to either pre-order the book, or spread the word about it. Preferably both if you can.
The life of this project is dependent on what we can pull off in these next 30 hours. Thanks for helping. Truly and sincerely.
One more time, here's the link to the Kickstarter.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
I've spoken to him before about writing (you can read that here). And I saw this clip pop up on Bleeding Cool with Walt Simonson discussing the origin of Beta Rey Bill, one of my favorite characters in the Marvel Universe.
During the video, he drops this nugget of wisdom:
"You want to play fair with the reader but you want to mislead them in stories. You'd like them not to get the end and go, 'Oh yeah, this is going to go there,' and then you go there."
You can watch it in this video, the whole thing is worth watching, but this tidbit comes in at about 2:16:
And it seems obvious, but it's a brilliant piece of advice and it's something we tend to forget.
We all need to be reminded of this now and again.
We need to work to be two steps ahead of the readers, play fair with them, but keep them surprised.
Obligatory reminder of my Kickstarter, A Children's Illustrated History of Presidential Assassination. Please consider contributing.