Random House and Penguin Merging isn’t as bad as Disney and Everybody

            What is the worst Random House and Penguin can do?  Produce the best seller “Mister Poppers Randoms?”

            The news is George Lucas is selling Lucas Films to Disney.  Yes, I can see it now:

            Jedi jumps out with a blue light saber
The Hulk jumps out with a green light saber
Goofy jumps out with a yellow light saber and accidentally cuts off the Hulk’s arm.  “Oops! … Goarsh!”  That’s okay, Goofy.  For the Hulk that is only a flesh wound.
            Darth McDuck dies of laughter while the Disney narrator turns to the dark side …

Loki:    “I have an army.”
Iron Man:  “We have  Ewoks.”

            Kingdom Hearts IV will have Death Star land.

            Leia and Amidala get added to the Princess collection and laser-blast their rivals.

            Finding Nemo will be renamed “Finding Yoda.”  Buzz Lightyear will get a starring role in Star Wars VII.  And Marry Poppins will join the X-men by virtue of her mutant carpet bag. 

            Of course.  It all makes sense.  I can see it all now.  What could possibly go wrong?

Quotes From My Father: On Serious Writing for Serious Readers.

            My father landed on Normandy beach in about the twenty-third wave.  He was a secretary for the Colonel who took over running the railroads in France as they were captured.  Dad could type about a gazzilion words per minute on a manual typewriter.  That was important, because the Germans only had one that could type half-a-gazzilion wpm.

            After trying so hard to keep his trains and tracks from being blown up, and being shot at a few times, as well as being bombed, he came home and studied journalism at Northwestern on the G I Bill.  He went from there to work in Washington D C, a place known for having no sense of humor.  Then after a brief stint in serious gangster land (Chicago) he ended up in New York editing Railway Age Magazine. 

            The company my Dad worked for all of his career published mostly professional journals and magazines.  My dad ended his career many years later as Executive Editor of Banking Magazine, the journal of the American Bankers Association.  Bankers also have no sense of humor (so I have been told).

            All that serious, professional stuff.  I think that is why it made such a mark when every now and then he would say, “Life is too important to take seriously.”

            His heart was light.  His writing was easy to read, and even, and sometimes especially when the subject was utterly serious and professional.  People not only read his work, they enjoyed his work. 

            We who seek to write, fiction and non-fiction should consider this lesson.  We believe in our work, especially when it is non-fiction – that it is important and oh-so-serious.  But most of all, we want readers.  As my son says, “Lighten up.”  This is a good motto to remember when you are so deeply immersed in the serious importance of your work you can hardly come up for air: “Life is too important to take seriously.”  — J. W. Kizzia

Storyteller Wednesday: Market Schmarket.

I have been telling stories all my life.  I said screw the job and started putting stories on paper about seven years ago.  I started writing seriously about five years ago.  I started this Storyteller blog roughly two and a half years ago and the companion Word & Spirit blog in January 2010.

I have publicized nothing.  I have occasionally commented on certain forums and am known for offering my blog address with my comments.  Likewise, I often read but rarely comment on other blogs, though I leave my address when I do; but that is it.  I am not even sure my own mother knows I have a blog, much less two.

So I don’t publicize to speak of.  I also talk about stories and continue to tell stories, but I generally do not talk about my writing or even that I am writing.  And to date I have been content to post stories on my blogs, both blogs, for free. 

Some people think I am nuts.  They tell me if I am not interested in traditional publishing I should at least consider e-publishing.  Put the stories, books, novels up on Smashwords, Amazon, B&N, Apple, Sony.  With a little marketing you should at least get something out of all that hard work.

“Aye, there’s the rub,” (said an author you have no excuse for not knowing).  I am the biggest marketing moron I know.  But then there is this, and let me misquote Tennyson (another person you should know):  “It is better to have tried and failed than never to have tried at all.”


I suppose in the weeks to come I will have to chronicle making a big fool of myself.  Maybe I can become one of those annoying people on the forums who post with an air of desperation  (Please buy my book, oh please, oh Please)…  God, I hope not.