Super, a novel by Aaron Dietz from Emergency Press

You’re Going to Do Cool Stuff

Posted: January 20th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Serious | 2 Comments »

When I was young, I thought I’d do all kinds of cool things. As things turned out, I didn’t do any of them.

But I did all kinds of cool things I didn’t expect!

Read more in my guest post on Bellesouth.


How to Take Down My Web Site

Posted: January 18th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Serious | 2 Comments »

Here are directions for taking down my Web site:

1. Make sure SOPA and/or PIPA pass through Congress and are signed into law.

2. Complain to my hosting company by saying that someone posted copyrighted material on aarondietz.us.

3. My hosting company, Dreamhost, will be forced to shut down my Web site or else risk all kinds of nasty things the law can do to them. Read the rest of this entry »


Yes We Can – What, You Meant Me?

Posted: December 8th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Other People, Serious | 2 Comments »

Let me tell you what happened.

First, we got Obama elected. We woke up the next day and everything felt nice, happy, safer, and even loving.

Then we all forgot about politics for a while. We had worked hard to get him elected. We deserved a break. The President was going to take care of us, so what the heck–we could take it easy now.

That’s what we figured.

And so for a while, we thought, “Yes we can.”

But now we’re like, “What, you meant me?”


Why the World Seems Like It’s Out to Get You

Posted: July 19th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Especially Good, Serious, Short | 4 Comments »

Want to know why the world seems like it’s out to get you?

It’s like walking on a sidewalk of an average city block.

If half the people are going your direction and half the people are walking against you, you’re much more likely to encounter the people who are going against you. The others you may never notice.


Ways to Read My Novel for Free

Posted: June 18th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Serious | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

The following are some ways you can read my novel, Super, for free:

1. Read Super online. We’re posting the entire novel online at a rate of a page per day, so if you don’t mind reading at a slow pace, you will be able to read Super over the next 200 or so days at aarondietz.us. The first page of Super starts here. BONUS: You’ll get to take each Superhero exam online and see other people’s answers. You’ll also see fan videos of parts of the book, as well as various animations and recordings of live performances based on the book! Read the rest of this entry »


A Night with Phoenix Jones and Black Knight

Posted: June 15th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Documentation, Other People, Serious, Super Blog Posts, With Pictures | 7 Comments »

SEATTLE, WA — There is a sense of danger in the air. All we’re doing is walking around in the Pioneer Square area as bars let out for the night, but when you’re walking around with two real life superheroes looking for crime, it feels more dangerous somehow.

The two superheroes are Phoenix Jones and Black Knight. Their patrol is slowed by crowds of people wanting pictures with them. Phoenix is especially popular.

Someone says to Phoenix, “Hey, I’ve seen you on YouTube!” He smiles big at Phoenix and then looks at Black Knight. “Now you got a sidekick!”

“I’m not a sidekick,” Black Knight says. It’s the third time I’ve heard him say that. Read the rest of this entry »


Super: The Book Club Discussion Guide

Posted: October 27th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Other People, Serious, Super Blog Posts | No Comments »

The Super Book Club Discussion Guide is now available. Hey, more free stuff!

And book designer Charlie Potter created a regular and booklet form of it:

Super Book Club Discussion Guide – regular PDF version

Super Book Club Discussion Guide – printable booklet version (use two-sided printing)

This discussion guide includes questions on various topics from the book, suggested book club activities, a character-tracking chart for many of the main characters, a level-by-level breakdown of the book, and more!

You don’t have to use it in a book club, though. Teachers can use questions from the guide to push class discussion in specific directions. You can use it alone to discuss your thoughts amongst your own self. Or, sign up at Goodreads.com or another literary site, and post one of the questions from the guide to discuss the book online.


I’m just like that Scott Pilgrim character!

Posted: September 13th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Documentation, Other People, Serious | No Comments »

Recently, I saw Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, a movie in which the main character dreams about someone he loves, then meets that person in real life.

This happened to me. Twice, actually. The first time, I woke up from the dream and couldn’t remember what she looked like but I remembered her name. My friends looked her up in the school directory, and there she was. She existed. I was too shy to ever pursue it, and so that’s that.

The second time it happened to me was even more strange.

During my senior year of high school, I had a dream with A__ in it (this time it was a girl I did know existed–she was in my Creative Writing class). I think we were at a baseball game or something, hanging out in a totally ordinary way. But in the dream I absolutely loved her. It was wonderful.

The next morning, I picked up my ex-girlfriend on the way to school, and I told her about the dream. She told me that she, too, had had a dream the previous night. In her dream, she absolutely loved M___, who happened to be A__’s ex-boyfriend.

Strange enough.

I went to class. In Creative Writing, we had an assignment due and that meant that during the class, we passed around our assignment for comments from our peers before turning it in. When it was my turn to read and comment on A__’s piece, I wrote, without signing my name, “You were in my dream last night.”

I watched the comment sheet go around the room, and when it got to A__, she read about halfway down (where my comment was), and then immediately turned to her friend, pointing at the paper.

Her friend looked, and then turned straight toward me and stared.


Literature Is Science

Posted: September 8th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Especially Good, Other People, Serious | No Comments »

In an age where we are generating more content than we can possibly consume, it’s desirable to pursue artistic endeavors that can produce measurable results, and to use these results to guide future artistic inquiries.

Every artistic creation that has no measurable impact contributes to a glut of immeasurable content and distracts people from a scientific development of artistic knowledge.

In 1893, Émile Zola pointed out that so little was understood about medicine that some still considered it an art.

Today, this is the state in which literature resides.


Top Time-Travel Movies of All Time

Posted: September 2nd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Funny, Serious | No Comments »

This list is, of course, final. If you were thinking of making one of the best movies about time travel in the near future, you’re too late, unless it’s autobiographical. Because then you’d be a time traveler. So you could change time and stuff. Get it? Never mind.

1. Timecrimes. When you watch this, at first you’re all, that’s some freaky stuff! Then, you’re all, Soylent Green is people (except people is me)! And finally you start to figure everything out, and it’s still interesting. Even without time travel ability, I can already tell it’s better than the Tom Cruise knock-off version that’s scheduled to come out in 2012.

2. Twelve Monkeys. Possibly the best use for Brad Pitt yet.

3. Primer. Brilliant film, though I still can’t figure this one out. That bit about the party confuses me. What exactly happened there?

4. The Sticky Fingers of Time. Like any movie that combines time-travel with bisexual adventures and bionic parts, this movie is a classic.

5. Back to the Future. It’s just a very fun movie. It’s like the first Matrix, only from a different decade, with different technology, and a totally different plot.

6. Time Bandits. Honestly, I don’t remember this movie. I remember enjoying it, but I couldn’t tell you what happened. I just included it in this list because I know someone will be all, “Hey, what about Time Bandits?”

7. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn. Technically, not a time travel movie at all, but it’s way better than Star Trek IV.