My name is Caleb Flanagan. I’m a former English major who now works as a web developer for a marketing firm in Salt Lake City, Utah. I am married to an amazing woman by the name of Holly, and I’m lucky enough to be the father of two totally awesome kids, my son, Jack, and my daughter, Lucy.
20four12 is a blog that focuses on books and what I think about them them. My personal reading taste leans heavily in the direction of science fiction and fantasy. However, I have been known to cross over into just about any genre if I think the book looks interesting enough.
Other interests of mine include sports and sports news, watching movies (especially in the theater), and a little bit of online gaming when time and mood permits.
Email: calebflanagan -at- outlook.com
10 Interesting Things About the Author
1. I DON’T ACTUALLY HAVE A COLLEGE DEGREE.
I studied English at Brigham Young University and have only one class to finish in order to complete my degree but a couple of things happened that prevented my actual graduation. During my final semester I was offered a full-time, entry-level job at my current employer. They were offering to double the amount of money I had been making as a student working on campus, and it was a job in my field of choice: web development. I had hoped to take the final class I need through some sort of correspondence course, but unfortunately that sort of option is completely unavailable. So, now I’m not sure if I’ll ever finish that degree, but the possibility is still out there.
2. READING BOOKS IS A SERIOUS PASSION OF MINE.
I don’t really know if it’s possible for me to number the books I’ve read over my lifetime, but I’m sure the number is pretty big. My parents worked very hard to teach both myself and my siblings to read at an early age and did everything in their power to encourage us to read as much and as often as possible. We even had dedicated reading times before going to be during a large portion of our adolescent years. As a result, I read as much as I possibly can. My favorite genre is science fiction and fantasy, but occasionally I’ll venture out into something a little more mainstream. A dream of mine would be to have a dedicated reading room in my home someday. A place where books surround you on all sides and comfortable chairs and couches abound.
3. I WAS A CROSS-COUNTRY RUNNER IN HIGH SCHOOL.
Most people wouldn’t believe it if they saw me today, but I used to be a pretty decent distance runner. I competed on the cross-country team in high school and regularly finished 5K races somewhere in the 18-20 minute range. My times were never quite good enough to make it to the varsity team, but they were good enough to be at the top of the junior varsity squad.
4. I CAN DRIVE A CAR WITH A MANUAL TRANSMISSION.
To this day I’m surprised by the number of people in the world who can’t do this. It was the first thing my father made us learn when we learned how to drive. He even bought manual transmission cars on purpose so we would be forced to learn. My wife didn’t know how to drive a stick-shift when we got married, but she is pretty awesome at it now. Driving a stick-shift should be a mandatory skill for all individuals attempting to get a driver’s license.
5. MY FEET ARE FAR LARGER THAN THEY SHOULD BE.
I wear a size 11 shoe. Want to know why that is such a strange thing? I’m only 5 feet 7 inches tall. Rather short compared to the national average for males. I’ve never met anyone my height who has feet as big as I do and much to the chagrin of my wife, I seem to have passed the big feet genetics on to both of our children.
6. IT’S MY BELIEF THAT COLLEGE ATHLETES SHOULD BE PAID.
There has been an ongoing debate on whether or not college athletes should be paid for their services to their respective athletic teams. I think they should and I think that if they were paid that almost every single controversy surrounding recruiting would disappear in college sports. It’s a win-win situation for both the schools and the athletes in my opinion and I’m personally shocked that the switch hasn’t already been made at this point.
7. SOMEDAY I WOULD LIKE TO WRITE A COMPLETE NOVEL.
When I was in high school I first took up writing creatively. I did a lot of it at that time of my life, and while I may not have been spectacular, I was pretty decent for a while. Serving and LDS mission, going to school, and getting married put a pretty big damper on my writing habits and I’ve never quite recovered. One reason for this blog is to jump-start my writing creativity engine and see if I can’t someday meet my goal of finishing a full story from start to finish.
8. I HAVE 2 AWESOME KIDS AND A MAGNIFICENT WIFE.
My wife’s name is Holly and she’s amazing. She’s beautiful and smart, and she does a great job wrangling the two of our children. Jack is our four-year-old son who has a passion for superheroes, trains, acrobatics, and all things little boy. Lucy is our two-year-old daughter who seems to believe she’s already sixteen. Her smile is punctuated quite perfectly by a gap between her two front teeth and she already knows how to use it to her advantage against me.
9. I PLAY WORLD OF WARCRAFT.
I’ve been playing the game for almost three years now and I love it. My wife tolerates that I like the game so much, and I’m grateful to her for that. I find that World of Warcraft gives me an outlet for my mind that lets me decompress in a way that doesn’t cost me a ton of money. And, I really like smacking dragons and other sundry monsters in the face with a big axe or sword.
10. SOMEDAY I WILL BE AT LEAST A LITTLE BIT FAMOUS.
I’m not entirely sure how I’m going to pull off being famous, but someday it will happen. It might be for something I’ve done in the professional realm, or maybe for something I write in the future, but I’m determined that before I die I will be “known” for something.