I have a pal, his name is Joshua Unruh, and he’s such a talented writer that I’m letting him take over my blog for a day. He writes stories about superheroes. I’ve read them. So has my young daughter. I never thought Katie and I would be superhero lovin’ chicks, but we totally are. We’re fan girls for these stories anyway because he empowers his characters instead of diminishing them, and the best part, he has plans to make a whole host of characters that people can relate to.
Y’all know how chatty I am, so I’m just going to let Joshua have the floor and tell you about his latest venture.
If I were going to compare imagination to real estate, I am a guy with great tracts of land in my head. But even among the seemingly endless rows of knights, dragons, barbarian kings, Doctors in TARDISes, Jedi, starships, action scientists, and a whole host of other things, you can pick out the superheroes. Because if imagination is land, they’re taking up all the prime real estate in my head.
They’ve been there since before I could read. I love superheroes. They have informed who I am as a grown up person in ways that make it hard for anybody who knows me to imagine a Josh without superheroes. It isn’t just t-shirts and comics, it’s who I am.
Another big part of who I am is an independent author. I have small-press published four short stories, a few magazines with other authors, and two novels. I’ve just recently started my own publishing imprint, Pulp Diction Press, to self publish my future offerings. I’m on the forefront of what it means to be an author in the modern world.
And that’s where Patreon comes in. Patreon allows me to set up a project where people are able to pledge money that is only paid when I send out an update for the project. If you are familiar with Kickstarter, think of it as a Kickstarter with ongoing, small payments to support a creator rather than one big payment to support a single project.
I’ve recently combined these two things into a Patreon project that will allow me to tell serialized, ongoing prose superhero stories. This is literally the marriage of my two favorite things in the world that aren’t actual human people.
This is truly a dream come true for me. Or it will be when I hit my first goal and can start sending out stories. But I also felt it was important to make some other dreams come true, even for some people who may not realize this is their dream.
You see, as much as I love superheroes, they have some problems. Nearly all the ones you can name are probably straight, white dudes. And that’s great for me. All my heroes look like me. But it’s not so great for all the other people out there who aren’t straight white dudes.