Category Archives: Superhero Alerts (Become a hero!)
I’m writing from the past to tell you that YOU live in the future.
I don’t mean that metaphorically. You live in a wild science fiction world that many people can’t even imagine, and you can impact and change that scifi tale if you want. Let me show you. Or, as a freaky man once put it, “I’d like to play a game.” Tell me which of these three technology scenarios is in development–or already working!–right now.
Do you have a family member with cancer? Do you know a child with cancer?
We talk a bit about responsible shopping and consuming here on the #superheroalert blog, and I love this anthology because all the writers involved, all the editors, just came together to give money to families who can’t afford cancer treatment, through the National Children’s Cancer Society. If you like horror, it got nothing but good reviews. So yeah.
Click the picture to read my story “I Am Disease,” a zombie fairytale about addiction and cancer, in the acclaimed Bleed anthology. Let’s scare cancer silly.
Hey SuperPeeps! Today we need to talk about art, and about how sometimes becoming a hero means celebrating someone else’s dreams. NGOs are discovering this, too–rather than handing out charity, or a one-time save, how can you help someone save themselves?
#ArtfulSpoons is a hashtag and account on Twitter that celebrates the art of #spoonies, or people who are suffering chronic illnesses. We had a chat with Alex, who runs the account.
Ever noticed that Batman always makes his decisions of discovery alone?
I’m sure you’ve seen the brooding pictures of any number of superheroes, slumped over with their heads in their hands like the Thinker.
How much time do you give yourself, in silence, alone? Away from social media. Away from DOING THINGS. Away from the party and the work. How often do you check your life’s direction, and re-set your goals, and center yourself on what really matters to you as you take the next step? How often do you allow yourself to experience your grief, your doubts, and your questions about how the world works, and just work through the deep stuff? And then, how often do you let your mind grow blank, and just wait for inspiration?
How can you become a superhero if you can’t even save your own thoughts?
“We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship.” ~ C.S. Lewis, ‘Weight of Glory’
If you want to become a superhero, you must get used to spending time alone.
Hey Peeps! Just a short little post today–sharing a link to this Inhabitat piece about the plastic bottle house in Nigeria. The architects noticed that they had waaay too many plastic bottles, and way too few houses, so they thought that problem should solve itself.
What if we did something like this in the more temperate areas where you live to help homelessness? And more generally, how can you use the things you don’t like in your life to solve the problems for the things you need?
True superheroes know how to use the things no one wants to make a difference.
Let’s Do Good
Because this is supposed to be a campaign about superheroes, we think it’s time for US to get off our butts and become the heroes we read about.
- Jen will be cleaning up the environment around her city during this Indiegogo. You can do the same in your own city! The SuperPeep who goes out and collects the most litter in their community will win a wood-burnt box by BurntMyselfOnce depicting Skye’s superhero team. It’s like the plaque, but it’s a box. Like the plaque, there is only one. ONE BOX TO HOLD THEM ALL. Post your litter count and photo here.
- We don’t want to cramp your style: we want to help YOU discover the”doing good” life YOU’RE passionate about. So during this campaign, the Superpeep who volunteers the most hours at their favorite local, qualifying charity (no controversial nonprofits please) will get a cameo in the comic as a superhero of their design. E-mail me at jen (at) becominghero.ninja, Subject: Volunteer Hours to log!
- Let’s use comics to help the homeless, the handicapped, orphans, or those in prison! The SuperPeep who comes up with–and executes–the best comics/superheroes-related event/project for one of these populations will get a speaking role character named after them in the book. An inspiring superhero-movie-night and meal at the local shelter? A job fair to help folks become their own hero? An art benefit, where you sell your comics to buy them blankets? Or just street-performing in a superhero costume while bringing the homeless hot dogs? I’m excited to see what you come up with. Post your project picture and story in a comment here!
- The coolest random act of workplace kindness done during the campaign will get a visual cameo in the comic as a helpful citizen. Post yours for voting here.
- One day during the 3rd week of the campaign, a donation to a qualifying charity of your choice will get you the equivalent value of digital prizes from my campaign. Stay tuned on FB!
*Safety First. You are responsible for taking care of your own safety whatever you do. We do not condone or endorse dangerous behavior, or putting yourself into dangerous situations.*
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