June 13th, 2006


Literature Guide and Additional Information for Summers in a Sea of Glory

In my stories, as in the X-Men movies, Scott Summers is a mutant superhero who also teaches high school. The movies don't specify what he teaches, but I've made him an English teacher. Xavier's Academy is a small school with a large variety of classes to choose from. Consequently each of the teachers takes on several different classes. Scott is seen in my stories teaching courses ranging from Shakespeare to Creative Writing to a poetry survey course, when he's not off on a mission. As Scott tells Logan in We’re Not What You Think, it's kind of a strange job. "Sometimes I teach English, sometimes I save the human race," he explains.

With Scott a major figure in most of my fiction, the stories tend to contain a lot of literary quotes, most of them guided by Scott's tastes in literature (which, strangely, mirror my own). It has been my practice to publish a literature guide providing references for the quotes in each series, along with URLs, where available, for those wishing to read the works quoted.
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And not a quote, but I have to put in a plug for one of my favorite places, one where some of the action in this series takes place:

The Bronx Zoo. It’s a truly wonderful place, full of fascinating animals cared for with an understanding of their natural habitats. It’s a rare event when Magneto terrorizes the Skyfari. You can stay all day and just see a small amount of what’s there. It’s open 365 days a year. Go soon, if you’re near New York. If not, visit the zoo at http://www.bronxzoo.com/.
Me writing

More on Con.txt and some miscellaneous fanfic stuff

I'm going to Con.Txt this weekend and quite looking forward to it. I had suggested a bunch of panels and two were chosen, so I will be leading or co-leading the following:

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Other fanfic stuff:
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I've also got some interest in writing X3 fic, particularly about Hank. And I've always got lots of meta to write, so I might be posting some of that in the near future.

I'm also very available for beta reading. I've been an ongoing beta for talktooloose's Bobby fic, which I think is just wonderful. I think he is so good at writing adolescents. If I didn't know better, I'd think he's a teenager himself.

I did a first pass beta for a new fic from marag where she was asking for a Jewish beta in particular. I can't wait to see the final. It's a very cool piece and its form is as interesting as its content. It also was fun to me that although it's not RPF it does have mention of some real people, and one of them was a guy I know.