Friday, 27 March 2015

The A-Z of Things That Grow

That’s right, friends. It’s THAT time of year again—the start of the A-Z Blogging Challenge!

If you’ve never heard of it before, it’s where you write 26 blogs, one for each letter of the alphabet, usually based on a theme, and post them to your blog every day in April, except Sundays. So, “A” starts on April 1.

It’s a great way to boost your word count (if you’re keeping track…), connect with other bloggers (there are thousands!), and learn something new.

This is my third year taking part in the challenge. Two years ago, I blogged about my inspirations. Last year, I did the A-Z of writing tips. THIS YEAR I’m blogging about…


Seems appropriate for spring, right? I’ll be kicking off the challenge with ALFALFA.

I hope you check in with me daily (I’m randomly giving away some Chase “Superman” Duffy comics!), and even join the challenge yourself. There’s still time to sign up.

Gotta jet! I have a LOT of blog posts to write….

— Chase Superman Duffy

Friday, 20 March 2015

E.T. Phone Home?

Today is Extraterrestrial Abduction Day — so keep your eyes on the sky and be ready to duck, run, and hide. UFOs may be anywhere…and everywhere! And, they may want to ABDUCT YOU!

Okay, probably not... But if you’re like me, you may be fascinated with outer space. (Really, what’s not to like?!) In fact, I’ve been to space…well, um, my character has.

In IT’S A BLAST, the third book in the Chase “Superman” Duffy comic series, “I” meet Canadian astronaut Robert Thirsk before captaining a space shuttle to three different planets where I teach some cool E.T.’s how to grow canola. Wait…you haven’t read the book?! Well, you can order it from the Alberta Canola Producers’ Commission at OR, you can check out this week’s story start challenge, write something, email it to me at, and WIN a copy!

Other ways to celebrate the day? Read science fiction novels or watch movies like E.T. But don’t forget to keep your doors locked—you don’t want to be abducted, right?

Gotta jet!

— Chase Superman Duffy

Friday, 13 March 2015

This weekend, I'm seeing green!

Do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

We don’t REALLY  “celebrate”, but my mom makes “green” pancakes for breakfast, and if we’re really lucky, we have Shamrock Shakes—mint ice cream, FTW!

But I have to admit, until we talked about it in school today, I didn’t know WHY anyone celebrated St. Patrick’s Day—or even who Saint Patrick was.

APPARENTLY he’s the patron saint of Ireland because he brought Christianity to the Irish. According to history, St. Patrick used a shamrock to explain the miracle of the Trinity of God. Today, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in countries around the world with shamrocks, rainbows, leprechauns, pots of gold and obviously, the colour green. The original intent has been lost, but it’s neat that every March 17 many people still celebrate the Irish.

This weekend, my sister and I are pulling out the craft supplies and making some fun St. Patrick’s Day-inspired stuff for Tuesday.

Like these paper plate leprechauns:

And these rainbow hands:

And these shamrock fingerprints:

And MAYBE this St. Patrick’s Day Princess crown—IF my sister’s LUCKY (see what I did there?) (P.S. This is NOT my sister.)

I’m sure the materials / instructions are self explanatory, right? What about you? Crafting anything for St. Patrick’s Day? (Don’t forget to wear GREEN!)

PS: These craft ideas and more found here:

Gotta jet!

— Chase Superman Duffy

Friday, 6 March 2015

Inspired by the beat!

Sometimes, when my grandpa is out in his canola field, he listens to podcasts. Not just about farming, but other cool stuff too—like history, science, and pop culture news.

The other day, Grandpa and I were listening to a podcast about the history of pirates (argh!), and for some reason we had to stop halfway through. Talk about a cliffhanger!  So, when I went for my run later that afternoon, I started playing  the second half on my iPod.

Not a good idea.

The information was great, obviously, but I probably had my worst running time—ever. There is something totally un­­inspiring about listening to a podcast when training…or writing, as it turns out.

Maybe it’s the beat, but I’m really motivated by music. I have a dozen or so playlists on my iPod—one for sprints, one for distance runs, one for writing scary scenes, etc.—and I can always count on them to make me go faster, or longer, or write harder. (Did you know that there’s poetry with a rhythm that will distress you?)

Sometimes, I even play the SAME song over and over again. Like right now, I’m writing a spooky scene in my short story. Know what song I have on repeat? The theme song from the movie HALLOWEEN. * shudder * If that isn’t enough to send shivers up your spine…

What about you? How does music inspire you?

Gotta jet!

— Chase Superman Duffy