For the past 11 years or so, I’ve been involved in something called the Real-Life Superhero movement.

So far, I haven’t published much nonfiction about Real-Life Superheroes (RLSH). My main focus as an author has been fiction and poetry. My main focus as an RLSH has been doing the work, not talking about the ins and outs of being an RLSH. As a result, I’ve hardly written anything about the RLSH movement and my experiences in it.

It’s time to change that.

This is the first in a series of essays about the Real-Life Superhero movement and my involvement in it. This particular essay is geared toward a broad audience that includes both RLSH and non-RLSH readers. Future essays may speak primarily to an RLSH or non-RLSH audience. All of these essays will in some way explore what RLSH are, what pitfalls we should avoid, and what we can aspire to do for our communities and the world.

I hope that these essays spark productive discussion about the ups and downs of the RLSH movement. They may even inspire positive changes in the RLSH movement and communities served by RLSH. If you have any suggestions along those lines, feel free to contact me.

I’m pleased to announce that my books are now available on Bookshop!

Bookshop is an online bookstore with a mission to financially support local, independent bookstores. If you want to find a specific local bookstore to support, find them on the Bookshop map and they’ll receive the full profit from your order. Otherwise, you can start at my online bookshop. Either way, your order will contribute to an earnings pool that will be evenly distributed among independent bookstores (even those that don’t use Bookshop).

I’m pleased to announce that I’m working on a new newsletter!

Creative Climate will be a weekly newsletter about climate fiction and other works of climate creativity.

The free version will include a weekly round-up of stories related to creative projects with climate themes: novels, short stories, films, music, art, and so on. It might also include some creative nonfiction and stories about creative solutions to the climate crisis.

The paid version will include new climate-themed short fiction and poetry. This will initially involve a new short story and poem from me each month. If get enough subscribers, I’ll expand this to include guest contributors.

I’ll be launching the newsletter in January of 2021. In the meantime, I want your input!

What do you think of this newsletter idea? Would you be interested in subscribing to the free or paid version? Would you like to see an emphasis on climate fiction, other types of climate creativity, creative climate solutions, or something else entirely?

If you’re interested in the newsletter, let me know what type of content you’d like to see there.

2020 is almost over, but here in the US, the pandemic’s just getting warmed up. Several vaccines are in the process of approval and early distribution, but it will take months to distribute them to enough people to make a major difference in the spread of COVID-19. In the meantime, the winter spike in confirmed cases, hospitalizations, and deaths continues. How we respond to the pandemic over the next few months will determine just how catastrophic a toll it takes on our communities and society.