Friday, April 11, 2014

A quick thought on writing women...

I've been thinking about this a lot lately and just wanted to get this out there.

I think the reason female characters seemed so hard for me to write was that I live in a society that made me think they were the incomprehensible (and sometimes irrational) "other."

Writing women was supposed to be hard.

But it got a whole lot easier when I stopped thinking of them as this alien species and more just like people. They have the same wants, needs, desires, thoughts, flaws, and defects as everyone else. They just have it harder because everyone seems to forget that.

And it was because of the constant attention that's being drawn to this phenomenon lately that was able to change my pre-programmed and automatic thinking about this. Otherwise, I'd have continued living blissfully unaware. This is why we need more stories about women and featuring women, and not just in the "strong female protagonist" role, but as bad guys, side characters, main characters, everything. Slightly more than half of our population is women, the cast of our books should be, too.

We will never have a greater understanding of our fellow humans if we narrow our experience to only understand and read about and empathize with people that look, act, and sound exactly like us.

That's the great thing about reading and writing, we can be all these other people and broaden our experience.

We just need to be open to it.

Monday, April 07, 2014

My 2014 Salt Lake Comic-Con FanX Schedule


I have my tentative FanX schedule. Things are subject to be added or subtracted, but this is, for the most part, the schedule I'll be sticking to. For the rest of the time at the convention, I'll be at my booth signing books or haunting the Big Shiny Robot! booth.

As far as I know, "A Children's Illustrated History of Presidential Assassination" will be available at the con.

I'm not on as many writing panels as Star Wars panels this year, but there are still a couple in there. Star Wars fans coming to the convention should be excited, though.

Hit the Salt Lake City Comic-Con website for tickets.

Thursday, April 17, 2014
  • 1:00 pm: Why Who Framed Roger Rabbit is One of the Greatest Noir Films Ever Made
  • 2:00 pm: The History of Robin and Why Batman’s Sidekick is Great (M)
  • 5:00 pm: The Boba Fetts – Daniel Logan and Jeremy Bulloch (M)
  • 6:00 pm: The Corporate Takeover of Geekdom: Is Disney’s Owning Marvel and Lucasfilm a Boon or Bane to our Favorite Franchises?
Friday, April 18, 2014
  • 11:00 am: The Writers of Star Wars (M) (Michael A. Stackpole, Dave Wolverton, Kevin J. Anderson.)
  • 3:00 pm: Star Wars Rebels: A Look at the Upcoming Disney XD Series (M)
  • 4:00 pm: Indiana Jones: A Look at the Character Young & Old (M)
  • 8:00 pm: What We Know and What We Think We Know About Star Wars Episode VII (M)
Saturday, April 19, 2014
  • 10:00 am: Downton Abby: How a Stuffy British Drama Became One of TV’s Most Addictive Shows (M)
  • 1:00 pm: Writing Children’s Books
  •  2:00 pm: Star Trek v. Star Wars: Living in a Post-JJ Abrams World, Part Deux (M)
  • 4:00 pm: Spotlight on Michael A. Stackpole (M)
  • 5:00 pm: Full of Sith Podcast
  • 8:00 pm: Star Wars: The Clone Wars (M)

Monday, March 31, 2014

An Update...

Things are still completely crazy in my neck of the woods. The documentary I'm working on for KUED (called "Normal, UT") is supposed to be done this week. That means that pretty much all of my available time is being sunk into that.

But that doesn't mean there aren't other things going on.

First: A Children's Illustrated History of Presidential Assassination is just about out. Kickstarter backers have received PDF copies of the book, the proofs from the printer are arriving tomorrow, and all of the other backer rewards are completed.

It's going to be great.

At this point, you can pre-order it on the Silence in the Library website, or you can enter to win a copy from Goodreads:



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Then, the next most important thing I've got going on is the new eZine from Silence in the Library publishing. The Stacks #1 came out today.

It's a free, quarterly newsletter with essays, short stories, and art. This first issue has my story "A Peculiar Constitutional" in it, as well as an essay from Aaron Allston, which is one of the last things he sent us.

If you want to download the first issue, do that here. Then, go to the main page of the website and sign up for the newsletter.

The next thing you should know about: There's an Indigogo campaign for an anthology to benefit CJ Henderson and my short story "The Red Ring of Death" is appearing in it. The campaign is just about funded with a month left to go, but you're going to want to snag a copy of the anthology. It has a lot of great stuff in it from a lot of great people.

You can do that here.

And last but not least, I did a piece on Wil Wheaton and TableTop Day. Two pieces, actually. One for Huffington Post/Big Shiny Robot! and another for the official Star Wars website.

I'll be back to update more as soon as I can...