For my first post on blog@, I wanted to confidently thank J.K. Parkin, who asked me to do this, and kindly ask readers to be patient with the rookie, but then decided I should just fess up to the truth. This is intimidating as hell.
Last night, after waiting until the last minute to figure out how to post on Blog@ as I fill in for the resident geniuses who usually do this unenviable job, I found myself downright nervous. Interviewing clever people is one thing, but attempting to be one myself is a whole different ball o’ wax. The thought crossed my mind that I could back out at the last minute in a desperate attempt to save face.
But then a telephone conversation I had the night before crossed my mind. And at the risk sounding like a braggart, I’ll share that it was Geoff Johns doing the conversing, and the subject was fear, on which Geoff is pretty knowledgeable, seeing as he’s the guy who created a big yellow embodiment of fear and thousands of his fear-wielding minions for DC.
And as we talked about how fear can be disabling and how it acts as a constant barrier to new experiences and opportunities, Geoff pointed out that overcoming fear is necessary if you want to live life to its fullest, comparing this fact of the real world to how the characters he writes have to overcome fear in order to do defeat their enemies and triumph in their roles as Green Lanterns.
So as I stared at my computer screen last night and wondered how the hell I would find a way to do this blog@ gig without making a complete, unmitigated fool of myself, I figured if Green Lanterns can overcome fear as they use their power rings to fight the evil Sinestro Corps, then surely Vaneta Rogers can find enough courage to write something on Blog@. That’s honestly what got me to do this job — inspiration from a bunch of flying space superheroes. And if that doesn’t prove what a geek I am, I suppose nothing will.