Great Writing

“That’s [Kamala’s predicament with her powers] quite a puzzle. But then—if you have lived like I have, lost what I have—you learn to find beauty in the pieces.”

—Sana, Kamala Khan’s Grandmother,
“Ms. Marvel” (2022)

Me and Ron, “Kevin Smith”-ing…

Ron is the handsome fella on the right.

I was pleased to recently hang with my friend Ron Marz (DC / Marvel / CrossGen / Dark Horse / Image …you get the idea), the comic industry writing Legend and all around Great Guy.

He was very helpful in guiding me when I wrote, edited, and produced my own comic anthology.

If there’s anyone, anywhere who spins a better Silver Surfer yarn, I don’t know who it is. And, for my money, his Justice League: Endless Winter graphic novel stacks up against any other JLA adventure.

As we posed for pics, I suggested we do a ‘Kevin Smith’ and he knew exactly what I meant.

Back When Life Was Simpler

In 1967, Paul McCartney let a stranger claiming to be Jesus Christ sit in on a Beatles recording session, saying, “Well, it probably isn’t. But if he is, I’m not going to be the one to turn him away”

Jerkwater Tweet #015

I don’t want a preacher in a pulpit telling me how to vote or a politician at a podium telling me how to pray.

Yet, strangely, I want Scarlett Johansson telling me how to do everything. Hmmm.

On Memes

I think I finally figured out why I don’t like #Memes.

The pictures are funnier without the words and the puns are better without the pictures. The sum turns out to be less than the total of its parts…

Vonnegut, on Art

“I say in speeches that a plausible mission of artists is to make people appreciate being alive at least a little bit.

“I am then asked if I know of any artists who pulled that off.

“I reply, ‘The Beatles did’.”

Thoughts on Writing To The Market

Aside from genre expectations, I also see a lot of discussion on writing forums about how they want to write what is popular “or else they’ll never sell any books.”

I’m not sure that is wise. For example, with musicians, about 1 in 5 million make a living with their music. Assuming it’s something similar to that with creative writing—does it really make sense to try to tailor your writing to particular audience tastes?

I think maybe, instead, I’ll try this Marketing two-step:
i) Focus on getting good, telling stories that I enjoy and resonate with me;
and then
ii) Hope that gets noticed?

The traditional approach of: i) getting in good with someone in the industry and then ii) writing to spec (which is definitely a worthy skill) is perfectly valid, too. But, if I’m honest with myself, that way isn’t consistent with my personality and current stage of life. Maybe that can happen, eventually, too, though.