So Mike's on vacation. Time to throw a wild party!
Or not. Because this is only an online magazine. Also, it would be wrong.
Which reminds me - I was thinking how one of the first things you need to do in a good story is either get rid of the authority figure or to have the conflict be with the authority figure. Why else would so many heroes and heroines be orphans? Although now that I'm typing, I'm also remembering that many good characters have only one functioning parent, or have two parents who are neglectful for some reason, thus leaving the character to have his/her adventures.
Jane Eyre? No parents. Elizabeth Bennet? Bad parents. Scout Finch? One parent (albeit Atticus Finch is practically Father of the Year). Characters in westerns and sci-fi are frequently parentless. Otherwise you wouldn't have lone gunmen, prostitutes with hearts of gold, and Luke Skywalker would still be on Tatooine tending his Uncle's farm.
Not that I'm arguing that we need to get rid of Mike to have fun around here. Without Mike we wouldn't be having fun around here in the first place! Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy was all about destroying "The Authority." So what is it with us humans - possibly us writers in particular? Any thoughts? I've been puzzling over this for a while and there's always some good thinking going on over here. Besides, Mike expects us to be constructive and we shouldn't disappoint him.