Super, a novel by Aaron Dietz from Emergency Press

Amy Siskind’s Weekly List of Changes

Posted: November 5th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Other People, Serious, Short, Uncategorized, With Pictures | No Comments »

I used to write stuff. Now I look at data in support of various pro-human causes. One of the things I’ve put together is a visualization of Amy Siskind’s weekly list, now available on its own website:


In Case We Die Anthology: Seeking Submissions

Posted: February 16th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Documentation, Events, Other People, Serious | 2 Comments »

I’m looking for submissions for In Case We Die, a project I’m working on with Unknown Press. This is meant to extend the conversation I was attempting to get started with In Case I Die, which was a frank summary of all the strange and unexplainable things that happened to me. The general idea is that we don’t talk about the unexplained things that have happened to us, and therefore we are completely in the dark about how often those things happen, which leaves us with a disappointingly unexciting view of the universe that is also not accurate.

In In Case We Die, Bud Smith and I will be curating and editing submissions from others who wish to share their strange stories. The result will hopefully be that we all get a better sense about what is truly normal. Because perhaps the worst thing we could do as humans is pretend that the world is more normal than it is or withhold information that could shatter that sense of normalcy. And the submitters to this anthology, I’m guessing, will appreciate the chance to do their part, before it’s too late.

Submission details:

Essentially send your works to by 4/30/2015. Don’t worry too much about any other rules or specifications.

In Case We Die Anthology submission details

Splitting War and Peace into Just the War and Just the Peace: Origin of the Idea

Posted: January 21st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Other People | 7 Comments »

A couple years ago, I came up with the idea of separating Tolstoy’s War and Peace into two volumes. Then I went ahead and did that (Just the War, Just the Peace, Emergency Press 2013).

But I didn’t get the idea out of the blue. I got it from my friend, Lauren Hoffman, who once told me she didn’t read all of War and Peace–just the “peace” parts. And she apparently didn’t get the idea on her own, either. Recently, she reminded me that she got it from reading Lois Lowry’s Anastasia at this Address. Read the rest of this entry »

12 Books in 12 Months? Almost

Posted: January 7th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Long, Other People, Serious | 6 Comments »

In 2013, I spent most of my free hours working on the 12 in 12 project. It’s a project in which I attempted to produce 12 books in just 12 months. I finished the year with nine. Overall, I’m happy with that. After all, it took 10 years to write and produce my first novel, Super. Nine in one year is amazing. Read the rest of this entry »

Just the War, Just the Peace: Tolstoy’s Famous Work Separated at Last

Posted: December 10th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Events, Long, Other People, Serious, With Pictures | 2 Comments »

While I was working on splitting Tolstoy’s War and Peace into the two separate books, Just the War, and Just the Peace, I would occasionally tell people what I was up to, and most people would laugh and think it was a joke. And it was a joke! A very funny one, too! But I didn’t let that stop me from actually doing it. Just the War, Just the Peace is now available from Emergency Press. Both volumes are sold in one simple ebook, in most of the major ebook formats (Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble–I believe Google is coming soon). At $0.99, it’s a bargain!

Just the War, Just the Peace


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Wiggins Doesn’t Need to Live Up to Your Expectations

Posted: December 2nd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Other People, Serious | No Comments »

In case you’re not following Andrew Wiggins’ basketball career, I’ll give you a quick update. He’s possibly the best basketball player of his age, or at least could potentially one day be. Right now, he’s a Freshman playing at Kansas University, but will likely be a very high draft pick in the 2014 NBA draft.

When you’re as good at basketball as Andrew Wiggins is, some people expect you to score all the points and have a big game every time you play. Contrary to this expectation, Wiggins has not had a big game every time out so far this season. Jay Williams even quoted an anonymous NBA scout who implied that Wiggins has no skills. Tyler Brooke and others have chimed in with articles about the need for Wiggins to be more assertive.

But let me tell you, news people and basketball fans whom Wiggins apparently is disappointing: Wiggins does not need to live up to your expectations.

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Super for the iPad

Posted: October 12th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Long, Other People, Serious, Super Blog Posts, With Pictures | 1 Comment »

My novel, Super, is now available on the iPad, which fills me with tremendous joy–not only is it wonderful to see my book in one of the most prominent “bookstores” on the planet, it’s also wonderful to finally be able to present the book in a format that can handle the interactive needs of much of Super‘s content.

Super in the iBookstore

But of course it’s not all about fancy features and interactivity. Sometimes it’s just nice to see elements from the book with a little color.

Danger RBZ - Recommended Battle Zone: Whenever possible, shift the location of combat to the nearest Recommended Battle Zone (RBZ). RBZ's are areas that have a decreased likelihood of civilian casualties and a stronger change of minimizing property damage.

Does the RBZ sign really need to be in red? Yes. It really does need to be in red. The black-and-white printed interior of the paperback version is fine–but it doesn’t have a red RBZ sign.

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Charlie Potter Named 12 in 12 Art Director; Publishers Interested in Multiple Titles (a 12 in 12 Update)

Posted: February 11th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Long, Other People, Serious, With Pictures | 5 Comments »

I’m super happy to announce that Charlie Potter has officially joined the 12 in 12 project as Art Director. This means that he’ll be responsible for producing the covers for 11 of the 12 titles (one of the titles will be put out by Uno Kudo, the non-profit organization headed by designer Erin McParland), as well as oversee the development of any guest art included in the project. For one or two of the titles, he’ll do some interior illustrations also.

Charlie Potter is the brilliant book designer for Super, a book that required an intense amount of design in simulating physical documents as well as emulating the look of a corporate superhero environment (letterheads, etc.). As part of promoting Super, Charlie also developed posters, desktop backgrounds, stickers, props for the trailers, and more! 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?”

How to Avoid a Farmer’s Tan

Posted: September 6th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Documentation, Funny, Other People | No Comments »

It’s 1993 or so. Summer. I’m working in a corn field, with Dave.

Dave says, “I hate getting a farmer’s tan.”

I say, “Then roll up your sleeves.”

He rolls up the sleeves on his t-shirt. “It’s kind of uncomfy,” he says.

“It’s an old t-shirt that you probably don’t care about. Just tear your sleeves off. That’s what I do.”

He grabs a sleeve and pulls. His shirt rips down the middle of his chest. The rest of the morning it hangs on him by one shoulder.

We come in to the shed for lunch. Our boss gives Dave a weird look.

Dave says, “Don’t ask.”