By C. Lynn Beck
Never-Never Land. Don’t we all secretly wish we could live there? Oh, wait. Maybe I should clarify. I’m not talking the Michael Jackson ranch, I’m talking the real thing—the delightful place where Peter Pan and Tinkerbelle lived. The world where no one ever had to grow up.
Writers wear many hats, and one of mine has been my less-than-grown-up hat of humor. It’s my favorite, because it’s blue with a big plume that squirts water. It’s covered in pin-on buttons with funny sayings, and when I meet someone sad, I pull off a button and give it to them.
However, I also have other hats, and in honor of fairness to them, it’s time for me to pull out a few, dust and polish them, try them on for size, and actually wear the hats in public.
Hence, the above name change. In keeping with my resolve to be a multi-hatted writer, I’m using a new pen name, C. Lynn Beck, for my more serious/grown-up writings. That’s not to say those pieces won’t contain a bit of humor. After all, I’m not actually taking off my humor hat; I’m just wearing it under the others. However, when I write under the pen name of C. Lynn Beck, you’ll know the topics are things I’ve observed, pondered or studied, and then written because I wanted to share those thoughts with you.
For those who liked hearing from C.L. Beck, don’t worry. You can still read my humorous column at the Sanpete Messenger. Or find humor in a forthcoming book about LDS goofs and gaffs that fellow blogger, Nichole Giles, and I are working on. Or in the new personal blog that I plan to have up and running in the near future. (Information on those last two will be listed at my website, ByTheBecks, so check often to see what’s new in the laughs department.)
I hope you’re not disappointed to hear the news. Humor will still slip in occasionally because it’s a part of me. However, you know as well as I do there really isn’t a Never-Never Land. Sooner or later we all have to grow up.
C. Lynn’s other work:
Cup of Comfort for Horse Lovers, "Horse on Lap"
Life is Like Riding a Unicycle by Shirley Bahlmann, "Priming the Pump, pg. 79
Ensign Magazine, Dec 2007-Q&A
2007 League of Utah Writer's Award-Historical Fiction
What books C. Lynn recommends:
Publishing Secrets by LDS Storymakers (BJ Rowley and others)
Writing for Story: Craft Secrets of Dramatic Nonfiction by Jon Franklin
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Rennie Browne & Dave King