Ron Bates is a writer, journalist and humor columnist who has produced creative works for a variety of mediums. He began his career as a newspaper reporter in Texas, later becoming an editor and columnist. His frequently funny takes on life caught the attention of Legacy Publishing, which hired him as resident humor-columnist for their three regional-magazines. As a freelance writer, Ron’s works include the children’s story “Arnold Bought a Bug,” and “St. Mary’s and the Art of War,” the true story of how Italian POWs transformed a tiny, Texas church. Ron is the author of the Cranium Comics series “Brawn,” the inspirational play “Flight 1615,” and “Underground Ink,” a collection of humorous poems. An award-winning copywriter, Ron lives and works in Texas.
Some Friends Are Just Worth Making For Howard Boward, science genius, making friends in middle school is hard. The other kids have more fun creatively expanding Howard's name than actually hanging out, as in How-weird or How-Lame. . So, why not actually make a friend? A little wonder putty, some DNA, a few accidentally spilled chemicals and---boom!---instant friend. Monster friend, that is. Franklin ends up being cool in middle school, and he helps Howard climb the uber-popular ladder, becoming How-Cool. But the new fame and friendship isn't exactly everything Howard hoped. Turns out real friendship might not be so simple, even when you create your own friends from scratch.