Happy Father’s Day!

Today is Father’s Day, as many of you may already know, and since it is Father’s Day, I feel justified in bragging about my dad, so that’s exactly what I’m going to do!

My dad is possibly the most awesome person I know. If you’ve ever seen my dad perform or read any of his books (aside from The God Engines), you know he’s hilarious. This is a trait I like to think I inherited in full. Though he may be kind of a showoff and sometimes a tad bit of a mansplainer, he really is smart. I’m convinced he could win any trivia gameshow, he knows so much random stuff it’s unbelievable. But it’s not just random knowledge that makes him smart, he’s just an intelligent person in general, which is a trait I definitely did not inherit.

My dad grew up poor as dirt (which led to him writing his Being Poor post) and now he’s a New York Times best-selling author. He is the perfect example of a “rags to riches” story. My dad went from working at Del Taco to becoming a Hugo Award winning author. I mean, he really went out there and achieved his dream. How many people can say that they became what they always wanted to be as a kid? Well, my dad can, and I am so proud of him for everything he’s done.

Best of all, he believes in me. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been told I can do anything and everything I want. Whatever I want to achieve, whatever I want to become, I have his full support. He has given me amazing opportunities to reach my dreams. Paying for my college, letting me write on this blog, all of it is to help become what I want to be. I know he will always back me up (#7).

My dad is my role model, and I mean that 100%. I hope someday I can become half, even a quarter, of the amazing, caring, successful, awesome dude my dad is.


25 Comments on “Happy Father’s Day!”

  1. Your dad is, indeed, pretty great. Happy Father’s Day to John!

  2. Oh yeah, Yay him! But remember, he’s had awhile to get that smart. Give yourself time, you’ve got the technology!

  3. Samantha Bryant – Samantha Bryant is a middle school Spanish teacher by day and a novelist by night. That makes her a superhero all the time. Her secret superpower is finding lost things. She writes because it’s cheaper than therapy and a lot more fun. She’s best known for her Menopausal Superhero series of novels and stories. When she's not writing or teaching, Samantha enjoys time with her family, watching old movies, baking, reading, gaming, walking in the woods with her rescue dog, and going places. Her favorite gift is tickets (to just about anything). You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @samanthabwriter or at her blog/website: http://samanthabryant.com

    Aw! What a lovely tribute.

  4. I have been following your dad’s blog since before you were born. As a father of 3 and stepdad of 2, it is wonderful to hear a daughter talk of her dad this way. But don’t sell yourself short. You are only beginning your path. You have two great role models in how to do life. I am enjoying your internship. Keep us posted on what happens next in both your dad’s and your lives.

  5. Morgan Hazelwood – Virginia – Morgan Hazelwood (she/her) is a fantasy novelist who blogs and vlogs writing tips and writerly musings. She likes taking pictures of the sky, reading a good book, and ambiverting from her living room. She's also a voice for the fairy-tale audio drama: Anansi Storytime and its sister podcast: Legendsmith. She's been known to procrati-clean her whole house and alphabetize other people's bookshelves.
    Morgan Hazelwood


  6. It sounds like you have the kind of relationship with your dad that I have with mine. We didn’t always understand each other (or agree with each other!), but he has supported me all the way. The more I see the complicated relationships other people have with their fathers, the more I cherish mine.

    As for the intelligence part, some of that is life experience, so I suspect you haven’t fully grown into yours yet. Not sure that’s helpful, but it’s still true.

  7. I think I can say what we’re all thinking on that picture: Trim up the neckbeard a bit, eh? Fuzz and stubble is fine, but you got it going on way too low down there. Thanks. :)

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