Today I flew to Toronto and back, learned for a solid eight hours, helped design a trilogy of training modules, arranged multi-province conference calls, and chatted with a lady on a plane about Rebekah Weatherspoon's upcoming novel At Her Feet.
Best plane flight conversation ever, by the way.
To be honest, I thrive in a learning/teaching/seminar environment, so even though I had to take a day out of my vacation (I get it back later) and do this breakneck back-and-forth to Toronto, I was happy to have done it. Even if I do feel a little like I'm coming and going at the same time.
"Your Changing Body: A Guidebook for Boy Super Villains - Introduction by Mr. Positive," by Matt Fagan
Before my whirlwind trip back and forth to T-Dot, The Lavender Menace arrived, and I had a major moment of utter glee, and then realized I wouldn't be able to sit down and read it for a couple of days. Still, even though I needed to go to bed, and even though I should have done so already, I opened the book and flipped through the pages, and my eyes caught on this story.
I gulped it down, and really enjoyed it. Told in a narrative style that was just shy of comedic at times, but always with an edge of something darker, Fagan has the villain Mr. Positive telling the story of what, exactly, happened to him that led him to choose to be a villain, but from the point of view of a kind of "self-help" book for other blooming super-villains. It was charming, and a bit tongue-in-cheek in places, which makes the sudden turns into darker places all the more satisfying for the reader.
To top it off, the power Mr. Positive has is in and of itself a good one, and as far as origin stories go, this one was definitely one of the better I've read. Someone give this villain a comic book.