My favorite part of writing is world building. Even during the lost years of corporate servitude when I wasn’t writing anything, I was still building worlds—stuck in traffic in a concrete canyon dreaming of a world covered in trees, where the inhabitants never see the ground or wondering what if my son’s ADD were actually a super power that allowed him to notice the remnants of creation and use them. Most of them I have forgotten. So many worlds created and lost. I journal now, so I don’t lose them. I find that many ideas that seem exciting when they first occur to me don’t hold up when the rush has passed. That’s all right though, because I have an endless supply.
Warning: This poem may be a slightly NSFW as it is about condoms. You have been warned. This poem was previously posted at www.amyleighstrickland.com
Back in my undergrad studies, I had the brilliant (note hyperbole) idea to write a modern Greek comedy. The play itself was full of superficial Greek mythology jokes, but was scrapped because it lacked heart. Some day I might revamp it. Today, after a conversation in my graduate Young Adult Literature class about teen sexuality, I recalled something that I did like about my play. I decided that I needed to share it.
The play, in the true style of an Aristophanic comedy, was a series of episodes strung together by choral interludes. This form of Greek Drama was later mimicked in my Olympia Heights series. The poems, written in Sapphic stanzas of 11, 11, 11, and 5 syllables, are the odes, the interludes. Rhiannon Frater, author of The First Days, said in her Goodreads review of The Pantheon: “In fact, the flashback stories were so beautifully written I would read a whole book just with that writing style.”
The odes I wrote for this play, Oops! I’m Oedipus, were far less classically structured. The one I am about to share, I know by heart. I hope that it gives you a little chuckle.
- “The Case of the Missing Research Station”
- “Bravo 6”
Let me start by saying I don’t normally buy comics. I have a small collection of graphic novels that is precious to me, that I have purchased over the years. They’re mostly weird little outside the box books that appealed to me for the very reason that they were not Superhero Comics. My opinion on superheroes has pretty much always been thus: “Ehhh.”
While I’ve always enjoyed the movies, recently the Marvel movies (Iron Man in particular) have really grabbed me and held on. As much as I would have liked to dive head first into their world, the way I have with previous fandoms, I, like many outsiders before me, have found getting into comics confusing, expensive, and it leaves me feeling ostracized (because I’m a woman, and because I’m a noob). Where do I start? What can I read without any previous background information? Why is everyone in this whole comic white? Isn’t she cold? I bet she’d fight better if she was wearing a sports bra.
When I saw that they were starting a new Ms. Marvel series and were looking for some support, I was all over it. I figured, maybe that was my way in.
Do you ever get stuck when deciding if you should use “its” or “it’s?” How about “who’s” and “whose?” This helpful info-graphic will teach you the one rule you need to know when punctuating possessive pronouns.
Enjoy Kyle Strickland’s office art, made in an office with office supplies.
Life Between Meetings 1
Five months ago, Zach Jacobs received a postcard from his oldest enemy. Now, Kronos’ arrival in Olympia Heights is having deadly consequences. College plans are derailed as The Pantheon switches into survival mode, and an old ally is pulled back into the fray by tragedy. As Kronos’ return threatens the very heart of humanity, the Olympians are faced with a choice: to surrender to his will or to leave their mortal lives behind. The stakes are high when anyone could be a servant of the enemy.
The final chapter of the Olympia Heights saga promises death, danger, and the answer to the most important questions of all. What caused the Olympians to be locked away all those years ago? And can they be trusted with humanity now?