Summer reading books with an apple and flowers
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Summertime is reading time! What are you reading this summer?

My short story, Three Scenarios, has been accepted for the FREE Diverse SFFH group promo on StoryOrigin. This promo is a great opportunity for you to find pro-queer, disability-positive, multicultural, and neurodiverse books and stories for free throughout the month of June.

Solar Panels and Dollar Signs

I was actually looking forward to doing my taxes this year.

As a homeowner who installed a solar energy system in 2020, my household is eligible for a big federal tax credit. The Solar Investment Tax Credit (Solar ITC) is a federal solar tax credit that currently offers a 26% credit for the cost of solar systems built on residential and commercial properties. For a residential solar system like ours, the Solar ITC translates into thousands of dollars worth of federal tax credit.

That’s the good news.

The bad news? The Solar ITC is nonrefundable. In other words, it only reduces our tax liability, which doesn’t necessarily translate into a bigger refund. Due to our current household income level, we don’t have much tax liability. Therefore, we can only claim a small fraction of our Solar ITC this year.

Thankfully, the unclaimed portion of the credit does roll over to future years. But if our household income doesn’t increase significantly in the next few years, it may take us a decade or more to claim the full balance of the credit (if it even exists for that long).

Real-Life Superheroes

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.