What Would Cal Ripken Do?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgcM8II7L4o Cal Ripken's Many Batting Stances You’re probably like what? What does this have anything to do with writing and being  a parent?  Cal Ripken and Don Mattingly were my favorite baseball players growing up. What I liked about them is they were dependable, reliable, and highly competent in their jobs. That means they were… Continue reading What Would Cal Ripken Do?

On Chris Claremont’s papers.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEpZrZNtgxE davepress: Chris Claremont at Columbia on his papers being collected. I was at this panel discussion, and while I was excited to check out his papers at the time, I never did. Now I wish I did. Next semester, I’ll be teaching X-MEN: God Loves, Man Kills, because I think it’s especially topical to… Continue reading On Chris Claremont’s papers.

On Chris Claremont.

Last week I watched Patrick Meaney’s Chris Claremont’s X-Men documentary. Here are a few of the things that I learned from that experience. One: Claremont always asks is there any reason this character can’t be female?  Two: Intersperse issues with a focus on character.  Three: Don’t make a prison of your own making.  Four: Make… Continue reading On Chris Claremont.

How I Do It [or “Soule Work” for my students].

Paraphrased and adapted from this post by Charles Soule. DECIDE on what you can do today and do it. I practice this by meditating for ten minutes before I start my day–before a shower sometimes. I focus on my breath, while letting my mind run through all that I have to accomplish that day. Then… Continue reading How I Do It [or “Soule Work” for my students].