Monday, April 14, 2008

A Few Announcements

By C. Lynn Beck
© 2008

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
Newspaper Column
Ensign Magazine, Dec 2007-Q&A
2007 League of Utah Writer's Award-Historical Fiction
Website

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

8 comments:

Rachelle said...

Cindy, I love all of your hats! Keep up the good work.

C. L. Beck said...

Rachelle,
Sounds like it should be a kid's book, huh? The 1001 Hats of C.L. Beck!

Thanks for stopping by and for commenting.

Tristi Pinkston said...

I have a hard enough time keeping track of names as it is -- you'll have to keep reminding me, okay?

Keith Fisher said...

Being one of those you have given buttons to, I want to say thanks. but you are wrong Never-never-land really does exist, but it must be nurtured in the heart.
does this mean you are going to be serious on this blog? I hope not, because that means one of us will have to be funny and I'm not sure we can handle it.

Weston Elliott said...

You know, I've never liked never-never-land. I think it could have a lot to do with the way Wendy was treated there. LOL

C. L. Beck said...

Tristi,
I know the feeling. Right not I'm not sure if I'm typing this as C. Lynn Beck, C.L. Beck, C.K. Beck, or Hey You! :)

Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

C. L. Beck said...

Keith,
You're right, Never-Never Land lives on in the heart. My body's a decrepit 50-something, but my heart thinks it's a 10-year old. Which explains why I'm always trying things I shouldn't and throwing my back out!

Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

C. L. Beck said...

Weston,

I agree, Wendy had all the chores and Peter had all the fun! What kind of deal is that?

Thanks for stopping by and commenting.