Author Archives: Kenton Kilgore

A new “spider-man” for a new generation

Spider-Man Homecoming is not your dad’s Spider-Man.  It’s not even your big brother’s Spider-Man.  But it is the one you’ve been waiting for.  It is the quintessential Spider-Man movie. I’m a lifelong Spidey fan: when I was a kid, I … Continue reading

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“wonder woman” and rescuing the prince

(spoilers ahead—duh!) A month (as of this writing) after its release in the U.S., the film Wonder Woman is a box-office hit and a cultural phenomenon.  To people who were not comic-book fans, WW, like Captain America: The First Avenger, … Continue reading

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harry potter, katniss, and frodo: what makes a hero?

(h/t Patrick Eibel) Check out this cool animated video from TED-ed on the “Hero’s Journey.”  Based on Professor Joseph Campbell’s research of the “monomyth,” the video describes how many heroes in literature–including Harry Potter, Katniss Everdeen, and Frodo Baggins–go through … Continue reading

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what’s been the best day of your life (so far)?

Think about that for a minute.  Could you tell me or anyone else what single day has been the best of your life–at least so far?  (One can hope that an even better day awaits you in the future) I … Continue reading

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vikings with guns attack a 7-11 in africa, or why you shouldn’t look at a writer’s browser history

Many of the authors I know like to joke that if the FBI,  CIA, NSA, or any other 3-letter federal agency looked at the search results in Internet browser history, they (the writers, that is) would swiftly be hauled away … Continue reading

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feelings aren’t always your friends

Growing up, people tell you to Get in touch with your feelings and You’ll feel it if it’s right and Don’t fight your feelings and Go with what your gut tells you. They say things like: I feel your pain … Continue reading

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why hand-sell books?

Last Saturday, I participated in the 20th annual “Heck With The Malls” artisans’ fair in Centreville, MD, peddling my books alongside jewelry-makers, painters, woodcarvers, knitters, etc.  If you’re an author, you might wonder why I would try to sell books … Continue reading

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50 going on 15

Your life is like the clock at a football game: If you’re age 0-20, you’re in the first quarter; At 21-40 years old, you’re in the second quarter; Age 41-60 is the third quarter; 61-80 is the fourth quarter; and, … Continue reading

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when the world was young: edward gorey

The latest in a series about influences from my earlier days It’s Halloween, so let’s get spooky.  Lots of my friends are fans of director Tim Burton, known for his dark visual style and movies like The Nightmare Before Christmas, … Continue reading

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“miss peregrine” soars

I wasn’t expecting much from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, released in the U.S. last Friday.  That’s because: 1) the premise–a household of misfit children with extraordinary powers sounded too much like Marvel Comics’ X-Men or New Mutants; and … Continue reading

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