Tracy S. Morris

Quirky Mysteries, Screwball Fantasy and Sassy History

It’s a Wonderful Life

It’s Christmastime. One of my favorite movies is It’s a Wonderful Life. The protagonist, George Bailey is at the end of his rope. He’s decided that everyone is better off without him.  George gets a glimpse of what life would be like if he’d never have been born. He sees all the lives that he’d […]

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They’ve Given Wonder Woman Back Her Pants.  Pop Some Popcorn and Let’s Enjoy the Fanboy Rage.

It looks like Wonder Woman is getting yet another new costume change.   But not everyone is happy about things.  Some comics creators are out there giving us their humble opinions about why the costume dosen’t work for them. First up: J Scott Campbell, who wrote: “I  gotta say, shoulder pads, especially big bulky metal ones […]

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Writers Block VS. Opening a Vein

From time to time, I’ve heard various writer friends talk about writers block, or having their muse vanish on them. I don’t want to make light of what is a very real problem for them, but I’ve never had writer’s block. I think it’s because I trained as a journalist. When you are on deadline […]

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“Nesting” in the writerly sense.

They say that new moms go through a nesting phase of pregnancy. It’s that point somewhere in the end of the pregnancy where the baby is on the way, and the mom looks around at her home and thinks I can’t bring my kid home to this! Then there is usually a lot of cleaning […]

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The Personal Narrative

As a writer, I’m fascinated by the human condition. Partially from observing it from the newsroom, and partially from trying to craft realistic, fictional complex characters. Over the years, fandom has been a constant source of curiosity (or rather , fan dumb). I’ve wondered why fans of one ship would harass fans of another just […]

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You’re On Notice, World!

Right up until about a half hour after I found out I was having a girl, I was sure I wanted a boy. (The second child is a boy, but this is not his story.) Everyone says that raising boys is easier. I think they mean that while little girls are cute, they turn into […]

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Make every moment count.

Unless you live at the bottom of a well without a calendar, you probably know that today is the 10’th anniversary of 9/11. For me personally, 9/11 is a milestone that marks a very different turning point. The event marks the time that I stopped being a reporter and became a writer. For a little […]

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Monday Musing: Take Time to Think

Author John Maxwell, who is known internationally for his works on leadership, is a big proponent of structured thought. He plans several hours daily in which he can just sit and think in an uninterrupted block of time. Thinking time is productive time. That’s why some people say that they get their best ideas either […]

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A Few Announcements and some Self-Evaluation

As of Yesterday, I’m officially back from my hiatus. Sorry about not posting trip updates. Maybe I’ll do so in the future. I’ll resume normal author spotlights next week. but for today I’ve got a couple of announcements that I need to make. Upcoming Publications:: I’ve had a couple of short stories picked up recently […]

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Monday Musing: Shakeups in the Comics Industry! One Fan Reacts! (A Rant Circa 2001 that remains relevant today)

I was going through a stack of old essays that I wrote in 2000-2001 when I came upon one that I wrote about  the state of comics. Given DC’s announcements this summer about how they are changing everything (again) this seemed relevant. For some background information on where this particular tirade came from: in 2000-2001ish, […]

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